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Ex-MI5 chief’s ‘shock’ over quashing of abuse inquiry

A FORMER MI5 chief has said it is ‘shocking’ that rumours about a Tory MP’s alleged ‘penchant for small boys’ were not passed on to police.

Baroness Manningham-Buller passed Westminster gossip to bosses as part of her role with the spy agency in the 1980s, when concerns were being raised about Sir Peter Morrison.

The peer (pictured), said she ‘must have been’ responsible for a report sent to her superiors at the time that said Sir Peter — now dead — had allegedly been caught soliciting in a public toilet. Files show she did write reports saying Sir Peter denied the rumours and then-PM Margaret Thatcher backed him. Soon after, MI5 stopped investigating.

Baroness Manningham-Buller, who took over as director-general in 2002 for five years, told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse police should have been told. She said it was ‘ironic’ her memos seemed to have have deterred bosses.