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Former British politician Lord McAlpine has released a statement denying allegations he sexually assaulted a child in North Wales during the 1970s. Sky News reports the former Tory party treasurer says allegations linking him to child abuse are …

“Wholly false and seriously defamatory. He released a statement denying that he abused Steve Messham or any other resident of a children’s home in Wrexham in North Wales.” 

The allegations arose a week ago after a former Wrexham boys home resident Steve Messham claimed on the BBC’s Newsnight that a senior Tory party leader had raped him more than a dozen times during his childhood. 

McAlpine was never actually named in the report, but after what he called “ill or uninformed commentators” began to tie his name to the allegations, he released a strong statement vehemently denying ever even visiting a boys home in Wrexham during the 70s.  

"I have never stayed in a hotel in or near Wrexham, I did not own a Rolls-Royce, have never had a 'Gold card' or 'Harrods card' and never wear after shave, all of which have been alleged. I did not sexually abuse Mr Messham or any other residents of the children's home in Wrexham." 

According to evidence acquired by the Guardian, the paper says McAlpine is likely the victim of “mistaken identity.”

“A local councillor who was himself a victim of abuse at Bryn Estyn, the Wrexham care home at the centre of the allegations, told the Guardian on Thursday he did not believe Lord (Alistair) McAlpine was involved in the scandal.”

McAlpine’s name was one of several people were tossing around in the online rumor mill as possible pedophiles in the Conservative Party. After British talk show host Phillip Schofield compiled such a list of names, British Prime Minister David Cameron says there is danger in naming individuals without evidence.

"There is a danger, if we're not careful, that this could turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay.”

Although McAlpine has dismissed Messham’s claims, he does not believe the allegations are malicious — saying quote “He is referring to a terrible period of his life.” 

Former English Politician Denies Child Sex Abuse Claims

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Nov 9, 2012

Former English Politician Denies Child Sex Abuse Claims

 

(Image Source: The Telegraph)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR AND ANDREW GIBSON

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Former British politician Lord McAlpine has released a statement denying allegations he sexually assaulted a child in North Wales during the 1970s. Sky News reports the former Tory party treasurer says allegations linking him to child abuse are …

“Wholly false and seriously defamatory. He released a statement denying that he abused Steve Messham or any other resident of a children’s home in Wrexham in North Wales.” 

The allegations arose a week ago after a former Wrexham boys home resident Steve Messham claimed on the BBC’s Newsnight that a senior Tory party leader had raped him more than a dozen times during his childhood. 

McAlpine was never actually named in the report, but after what he called “ill or uninformed commentators” began to tie his name to the allegations, he released a strong statement vehemently denying ever even visiting a boys home in Wrexham during the 70s.  

"I have never stayed in a hotel in or near Wrexham, I did not own a Rolls-Royce, have never had a 'Gold card' or 'Harrods card' and never wear after shave, all of which have been alleged. I did not sexually abuse Mr Messham or any other residents of the children's home in Wrexham." 

According to evidence acquired by the Guardian, the paper says McAlpine is likely the victim of “mistaken identity.”

“A local councillor who was himself a victim of abuse at Bryn Estyn, the Wrexham care home at the centre of the allegations, told the Guardian on Thursday he did not believe Lord (Alistair) McAlpine was involved in the scandal.”

McAlpine’s name was one of several people were tossing around in the online rumor mill as possible pedophiles in the Conservative Party. After British talk show host Phillip Schofield compiled such a list of names, British Prime Minister David Cameron says there is danger in naming individuals without evidence.

"There is a danger, if we're not careful, that this could turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay.”

Although McAlpine has dismissed Messham’s claims, he does not believe the allegations are malicious — saying quote “He is referring to a terrible period of his life.” 

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