Tuesday, 12 August 2014

I was raped by Viscount Tonypandy - I was about nine

On 18 July 2014, The Daily Mirror quoted an unnamed 55-year-old man who said he was raped ‘at home in the late 1960s and early 1970s’ by George Thomas, who went on to become Vicount Tonypandy, Speaker of the House of Commons.

He said:
“I was raped by George Thomas in Cardiff. I was about nine. He spent a lot of time at my house as my parents were good friends with him. Things started small but then got a lot worse. It has been with me all my life.”
The alleged victim said his foster parents were Labour Party supporters and added:
“We went on many campaigns for Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan and George Thomas.”
He said he had to report the rape claim to South Wales police on two occasions, adding that he was disappointed by the response from officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:
“We were made aware of these ­allegations in April 2013 and have attempted to get in touch with the victim. Unfortunately incorrect contact information was used. As a result we failed to make contact.

We have since spoken to the victim, apologised for the delay and are investigating his claims.”
The Mirror added:
“Methodist lay preacher Viscount Tonypandy served in Harold Wilson’s government as Secretary of State for Wales from 1968 to 1970… Viscount Tonypandy, who gave a reading at the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981, was an MP between 1945 and 1983.
His friend, the late Labour MP Leo Abse, (who was flamboyantly gay and was known to cruise for rough trade) revealed in 2001 that the peer had been blackmailed by people threatening to expose him as gay. Mr Abse said:

‘He was living at a time when any overt expression of his homosexuality could have led to utter personal disaster’.”

Nothing like the 'personal disaster' those routinely raped by God-knows how many parliamentary perverts over the decades have had to endure.

'It has been with me all my life,' said the lad a bewigged top bloke abused back in the Wilson/Callaghan days.

Nothing like the disaster that befell him and many other such innocents, eh Leo?

You'll grant me that, surely.


1 comment:

  1. What a liberty ruining someone's life. Hope the police start to sit up and notice