Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave after a private
family funeral amid fears any tombstone for the former home secretary
would be vandalised, it has been claimed.
The 75-year-old died on
January 22 before ever being questioned over accusations he concealed a
dossier of evidence that incriminated senior politicians in the sexual
abuse of boys in the 1980s.
The alleged abuse at a luxury block of flats in central London is now the subject of a Home Office inquiry.
Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave amid concern any
tombstone bearing his name would attract vandals, his family said
his death last month, critics feared the truth over whether or not Lord
Brittan deliberately withheld evidence from police would never
After a small funeral in north London, the politician has
been buried in an unmarked grave in a Jewish cemetery amid concern
vandals would damage a tombstone bearing his name, a source has
Staff at the facility say they have been asked only to
allow people to visit the site when granted permission by Lord Brittan’s
‘It is an unmarked grave. I need the permission of his family to take anyone down to the grave.
‘We have to respect the family’s wishes,’ said an employee at Golders Green Cemetery.
Lord Brittan served as Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government between 1983 and 1985.
this time he is accused of witnessing the murder of a boy by two
politicians at an apartment in Dolphin Square, the setting of the
alleged routine sexual abuse of children.
In 1984, he was said to
have been given a dossier of evidence by campaigning MP Geoffrey
Dickens which incriminated several senior politicians in the a
Lord Brittan has been buried at Golder’s Green Jewish Cemetery (above) following a ‘very private’ funeral
The politician was Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government between 1983 and 1985
Lord Brittan was accused of deliberately covering up a dossier of
evidence handed to him by Geoffrey Dickens (right) in 1984. The
documents were alleged to incriminate senior politicians in child abuse
Lord Brittan insisted he passed the documents on to the relevant authorities, though they have never been found.
fresh accounts from men claiming to have been abused as boys at the
property, an inquiry into an alleged Westminster paedophile ring was
It has been repeatedly delayed as officials struggle to find an appropriate person to lead proceedings.
Butler-Sloss, the first appointed chairwoman, was forced to resigned in
July last year. She is the sister of Sir Michael Havers who served as
attorney general in the 80s.
Fiona Woolf was selected to replace
her but stepped down after admitting she lived on the same street as
Lord Brittan and his wife.
This week the Home Office announced that Lowell Goddard would take her place.
Simon Danczuk, the MP who exposed Cyril Smith as a paedophile after
being contacted by his victims, said Lord Brittan’s death could impede
‘Lord Brittan’s death will make it that much harder
for the truth to come out about the missing “Dickens dossier” and the
alleged cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring in the 1980s,’ he
Lady Butler-Sloss (left) resigned over her relation to former
attorney general Sir Michael Havers while Fiona Woolf (right) stepped
down after admitting she used to live on the same street as Lord Brittan
Pressure is mounting on Theresa May to get the inquiry underway following a series of set-backs
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