Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has accused police of engaging in a “homosexual witch-hunt” in their pursuit of him over child sexual abuse claims.
Mr Proctor has taken the unusual step of publicly detailing the allegations that have been made against him, including claims of torture, murder and that he was connected to a child abuse network that operated in Westminster.
Addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, he described the claims as “the worst allegations anyone can make against another person”, adding: “I am completely innocent”.
“I’m a homosexual. I’m not a murderer, a paedophile or a pederast.”
His decision to go public with the allegations comes a day after his second interview with Metropolitan Police detectives who are investigating claims of sexual abuse and three alleged murders in the 1970s and 80s.
Their inquiry, Operation Midland, is examining allegations against several high-profile figures and centres on claims that children were sexually abused at properties in Dolphin Square near Westminster and at other locations in London and the Home Counties.
Earlier this year detectives at Scotland Yard explained that one of their main witnesses known only as ‘Nick’ was “credible and true”.
Mr Proctor attacked the Met’s statement saying: “This remark is very prejudicial to the police inquiry and its outcome. It is not justice.”
He said Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald should resign or be sacked. He also called for Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe to resign.
The Metropolitan Police declined to comment on Mr Proctor’s statement.
In March detectives raided a series of properties linked to potential suspects, including Mr Proctor’s home on the Belvoir Castle estate in the East Midlands.
But Mr Proctor says the police investigation has been “bungled” and he has grown increasingly concerned about the “administration of justice”.
“Paranoid police have pursued a homosexual witch-hunt on this issue, egged on by a motley crew of certain sections of the media and press and a number of Labour Members of Parliament and a ratbag of internet fantasists,” he said, adding that police have abused their “power and authority”.
Mr Proctor represented the Basildon constituency in Essex from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987.
He left the Commons after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency.
Mr Proctor has stressed his guilty pleas related to homosexual activity with men who he believed to be above the age of consent of 21 that existed at the time, and who were older than the current age of consent of 16.