The British Scandal
"blow the lid off"
When a package was left on a London bus in October 1978, it began an investigation that had far reaching consequences within the very halls of power in the UK government. Found to contain child pornography, the package was later traced back to Peter Hayman, a senior British diplomat who served as a civil servant and MI6 operative. When police investigated Hayman, they found a disturbing secret life that also involved his membership of the Paedophile Information Exchange, a pro-paedophile activist group founded in October 1974, that consisted of men like Hayman, professionally-educated male paedophiles.
In 1981, MP Geoffrey Dickens spoke about Hayman and his alleged paedophile connections by using his parliamentary privilege, asking why the diplomat had not been prosecuted. Several years later, and under increasing pressure from pro-paedophile activists, Dickens assembled a dossier on alleged paedophiles associated with the British government. Dickens went on to claim there was a dangerous network of paedophiles, and threatened to name them in the commons. The Westminster dossier was handed to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1984, however the whereabouts of this document are unknown.