Watson in No 10 abuse link claim
Labour MP Tom Watson has urged the police to investigate a paedophile ring with possible links to "a senior aide of a former prime minister".
Mr Watson stunned MPs with the surprise intervention at Prime Minister's Questions today.
He said: "The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. One of its members boasts of its links to a senior aide of a former Prime minister who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.
"The leads were not followed up but if the file still exists, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10."
Mr Cameron said: "I'm not entirely sure which former Prime Minister he's referring to but what I'd like to do is look very carefully in Hansard at the allegations he's raised."
Mr Cameron also revealed in the Chamber that Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, was reviewing the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to bring charges against Jimmy Savile when it investigated allegations in 2009.
Earlier today Culture Secretary Maria Miller defended her comments about the BBC's handing of the scandal, saying it is "absolutely right" for the Government to reflect public anger.
BBC Trust Lord Patten last night questioned the Culture Secretary's intervention, after she warned there were "real concerns" about the public's faith in the corporation.
In a letter to Ms Miller, Lord Patten said: "I know that you will not want to give any impression that you are questioning the independence of the BBC."
The Culture Secretary hit back this morning, however she insisted she had full confidence in the BBC's internal inquries.
"These are very serious allegations and it’s absolutely right that the Government reflects the deep level of public concern," she said.
Tory MP and former Today programme producer Sir Roger Gale said this morning that if Lord Patten thinks the BBC is "beyond challenge", then he must stand down.