Paedo brothel advertised in Tory leaflet: Party’s gay link to guest house
Sunday People and Exaro investigation reveals Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality newsletter ‘strongly recommended’ visits to Elm Guest House
Flats that used to be Elm Guest House
A Tory Party gay campaign group promoted the guest house at the centre of the VIP paedophile investigation.
The Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality “strongly recommended” visits toin a newsletter to members, a Sunday People and Exaro investigation has revealed. Elm Guest House
The three-page leaflet – obtained by the Exaro news website – said facilities included a sauna and video studio.
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation after allegations that VIPs including six senior Tories, businessmen and members of the royal household took part in child abuse at the guest house in upmarket Barnes, south-west London, in the 1980s.
Among the claims are that horrific videos of young boys being molested were made at the guest house and sold through an underground paedophile network.
But the unearthing of the 1982 newsletter is the first actual proof of a Tory link to the guest house – originally raised by campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson in the Commons.
Tory party fringe group CGHE regularly publicised social venues that its members might enjoy in type-written newsletters.
One dated April 8, 1982, carried a glowing plug for the Elm.
It said: “I am glad to publicise another establishment strongly recommended by members.”
The newsletter gave the full address and two telephone numbers for the guest house and said: “It is just over Hammersmith Bridge, is well served by underground and bus services and by British Rail, and is near the M4, A3, A4 and A40.”
It added: “The facilities include a sauna, solarium and video studio.”The newsletter’s editor was Peter Campbell, a libertarian Conservative who founded CGHE in 1975 when homosexuality was still taboo.
He was a politics professor at Reading university, Berks, and died aged 78 in 2005.
The copy of the newsletter obtained by Exaro also has a hand-written note from “Peter” at the top that reads: “I have now inserted the entry about the hotel but can’t find the text about the Dutch venture – could you please let me have another copy?”
Just two months after the newsletter, police raided the guest house.
Its owners, Haroon, or “Harry”, and Carole Kasir were convicted at the Old Bailey of running a disorderly house, meaning a brothel.
But there are claims the VIP abuse was covered up by Establishment figures to protect the Tory government of the day.
Haroon,aka Harry Kasir
CGHE held fringe meetings at the annual Conservative party conference in the 1980s but attracted few people.
According to the minutes of its executive committee, there were 62 members in early 1981, but this had increased to 171 by late 1983.
The group campaigned for the age of consent for sex between homosexual men to be decreased from 21 to 16 in line with the age for heterosexuals.
The CGHE’s president from 1980 until his death in 1987 was Ian Harvey, a former junior foreign minister.
Mr Harvey was forced to quit as minister after being caught with a Coldstream Guardsman in London’s St James’s Park in 1958 when homosexual acts were illegal.