Police probe into Lord Tonypandy child abuse claim

IPCC say they've received a referral from South Wales Police over allegations of abuse by Lord Tonypandy.

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Ex-Speaker abuse claim inquiry

Police are investigating an allegation of child abuse made against George Thomas, later known as Lord Tonypandy. He was a huge figure in British Politics rising to become Welsh Secretary and Speaker of the House of Commons. An alleged victim told a newspaper he was abused at his Cardiff foster home in the 60s. With more here's Alexandra Lodge.

Alleged victim 'raped by George Thomas in Cardiff'

The alleged victim of abuse by Lord Tonypandy has told the Daily Mirror newspaper that he was attacked in Cardiff when he was nine years old.

"I was raped by George Thomas in Cardiff. I was about nine.

"He spent a lot of time at my house as my parents were good friends with him.

"Things started small but then got a lot worse. It has been with me all my life."

– Alleged victim

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Timeline: The political career of Lord Tonypandy

George Thomas, second from left, as Labour MP for Cardiff Credit: ITV Wales

Lord Tonypandy was one of Wales's leading politicians having held numerous of the UK's top political posts. Here are some key facts about his career:

  • 1945: Elected as Labour MP for Cardiff
  • 1968: He was appointed Welsh Secretary overseeing the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales
  • 1976 until 1983 he was Speaker of the House of Commons
  • After retiring he entered the house of lord as Viscount Tonypandy and died in 1997

Police urge victims to come forward

South Wales Police has urged victims of sexual assault or rape to come forward. It follows confirmation that an investigation has begun into claims former Speaker of the House of Commons George Thomas, later Lord Tonypandy, abused a child in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"It is important that victims have the confidence to come forward and speak to us. We take any allegations regarding sexual assault or rape extremely seriously and urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime to make contact with us."

– South Wales Police

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