David Mellor claims 'witch hunt' over 'abuse dossier'

David Mellor, who served under former home secretary Lord Brittan as a home office minister in the 1980s, said that a missing Westminster "paedophile dossier" was not as significant as it has been portrayed over the past week.

David Mellor claims a 1980s 'paedophile dossier' relating to Westminster MPs was not as significant as it has been portrayed.
David Mellor claims a 1980s 'paedophile dossier' relating to Westminster MPs was not as significant as it has been portrayed. Credit: PA

Speaking on his LBC radio show, Mr Mellor said he remembered "sort of chat around the department" that it "wasn't a very substantive thing at all".

"People are talking about this document as if it's a carefully worked through expose of people. There's no reason to think it was," he said.

Read: Lord Brittan's comments on 1980s Westminster 'child sex abuse dossier'

He suggested that criticism over the way that Lord Brittan dealt with the document was becoming a "witch hunt2.

"I think it is so unfair that on the basis of what is becoming a witch hunt, he's being pilloried for handling a document... that he did pass on," he said.

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