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Sir Peter Bottomley
MP for Worthing West

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Sir Peter states 'Paedophile group 'were not taken seriously enough by MPs'

 'The Paedophile Information Exchange "weren't taken as seriously as they ought to have been" by MPs, Sir Peter Bottomley has said.

His comments come as the former leader of the pro-paedophile campaign group Steven Adrian Smith claimed he stored material at the Home Office.

Sir Peter also responded to claims that there may have been an organised political cover-up of child sex abuse in the 1980s, dismissing the idea as "imagination".'

See full broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 7 July / link go to:

The Independent

'The interview on Monday’s Today programme with the Conservative MP Peter Bottomley was one of those rare, genuinely enlightening exchanges.' 

by Steve Richards

In the 1980s, Sir Peter Bottomley 'was falsely accused of being part of a paedophile ring involving a children’s home. There were rumours. The rumours were reported. Bottomley sued successfully. His experience is a reminder that some rumours are false. The Newsnight investigation that wrongly accused Lord McAlpine of similar offences is another example.
False rumours are an important element in this bleak saga. They make it more difficult for those with a degree of responsibility to decide how to act. The former Liberal leader, David Steel, has been attacked for not moving against Cyril Smith in the 1970s and 1980s. The rumours about Smith proved to be devastatingly accurate. They seem to have understated the extent of Smith’s depravity. But at the time Smith emphatically denied the allegations. There was no definitive evidence or the media would have rightly gone for him.'
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THE TIMES - Assisted Dying - letter from Sir Peter Bottomley MP

...'In my public life and private life more often than most I meet people with bad conditions, people who are dying slowly and I listen to their cares.  If many wanted changes in the law they would have told me.'
Published in The Times Newspaper 28th March 2014
Link (copy and paste):  http://www.alertuk.org/docs/2014-03-28-How.pdf

Sir Peter speaks in the Commons on tobacco products ....

Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West) (Con): Since Richard Doll and Bradford Hill’s report in 1950 and the 50-year study of British doctors from 1951 to 2001 by Richard Doll and Richard Peto, we have known that an over-£50-a-week habit, after tax, does no good to anybody at all. As well as talking about standardisation, which may or may not make a difference, will my hon. Friend make plain to those who smoke that they should not smoke in front of someone younger and that they should not be the first person in a group to light up? That way, we can reduce the incidence of smoking, which will also reduce the number of smokers.
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Question to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education (Elizabeth Truss) on mathematics in schools:

Sir Peter Bottomley: It has been said that MPs can be divided into three groups: those who can count and those who cannot. Can my hon. Friend tell us whether the people now going into primary school teaching are people who have enjoyed mathematics and are good at it and can pass on their enthusiasm and skills to those they teach?
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The fight for leaseholders continues as Sir Peter writes to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

'What data (a) his Department holds and (b) can be estimated from the Land Registry, the Census and the Office of National Statistics on the number of leasehold domestic premises in (i) Worthing West constituency, (ii) Worthing borough, (iii) Arun district, (iv) West Sussex county, (v) South East England region, (vi) England and (vii) England and Wales; what data collection his Department makes on housing tenure types; and if he will make a statement.'

Sir Peter hails the contribution of women to the Ordained Ministry (Church of England) and calls for an imminent appointment:

Sir Peter Bottomley: ...'We admire and welcome the continuing services of the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London, but we hope that there is no reason why the committees and councils that nominate people to those offices will not find the pent-up talent of women, which has not been able to be used, and allow one of them to be appointed and therefore come to the House of Lords straight away.'
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Excerpt from House of Commons Debate -
20th October 2014:

Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure

Sir Peter Bottomley: May I briefly say that in my 39 years in Parliament, I have shared in part the pain of many good women who could have made the Church even better if they had been able to be ordained as priests and not just as deacons earlier, and if they had been ordained as bishops long before the present time? Too often we have walked in sympathy with the parishes and the people who have found that difficult, and I deeply regret that the whole matter has been so one-sided. If Graham Leonard were here now, I would quote back to him what he said to me: that he was not in favour of the ordination of women as priests because he thought it had not happened before. He was in favour of the ordination of women as deacons because it had happened before. That is the historical negative. If Jesus brought anything into our world, it is justice and righteousness. We should have picked that up, and should have forced this change through far earlier.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has given great leadership, and many others have co-operated; I am glad of that. If, as the archbishop said in another place...
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Effective Campaigning:

It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling from individual constituients on matters important to them.

I prefer to respond to consituients direct but the sheer size of postal campaigns means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of mass campaign correspondence.

Instead I will respond to the campaign organiser(s) and post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" on this website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

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