Newsnight Claims 'Leading Tory Politician' Guilty Of Child Abuse

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A man who claims he was abused as a boy by a senior Tory politician has asked for a meeting with David Cameron.

In a report broadcast on the BBC's Newsnight programme on Friday evening, Steve Meesham said the abuse took place in the 1970s while he lived in a Welsh care home, but he was ignored by police when he reported what went on.

Detailing his abuse, Meesham told the BBC: "In the home it was the standard abuse which was violent and sexual. Outside it was like you were sold, we were taken to the Crest Hotel in Wrexham, mainly on Sunday nights, where they would rent rooms.

"One particular night that I always recall is when I was basically raped, tied down, and abused by nine different men."

In the Newsnight report, Meesham said among his abusers was a leading Tory politician of the Thatcher era. However the BBC said there was not enough evidence to name the man in their report.

"You were taken by car, where basically you were sexually abused. Various things would happen, drink would be involved, it was basically rape. But it wasn't just him, there be other people involved as well," Meesham said.

Meesham also said that when he went to the police to report the abuse he was ignored. "I was called a liar. I was pinned up against a wall. I could still name to this day the police officer who had done it," he said.

In the wake of the revelations about Jimmy Seville there have been calls for a wider investigation into the abuse of children.

Meesham said he would like there to be a "full investigation" into what happened to him and others.

"I would like a meeting now with David Cameron. He's made a statement, a sweeping statement that abused people need to be believed, we haven't been believed we've been swept under the carpet," he said.

"It's time he knew the truth. It's time a full investigation took place and until I can meet with him and get some reassurance I don't believe we will get anywhere."

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