Saturday, 14 September 2013

QUEEN OF THE CASTLE




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-259702/Queen-castle.html

Queen of the castle

Richard Kay

Last updated at 00:00 04 March 2004


WHAT HAPPENS to disgraced politicians? Some devote their lives to charity (John Profumo) others become bornagain Christians (Jonathan Aitken) and still more become absurd pantomime characters (Neil Hamilton).

Others disappear only to emerge in the most unlikely places. Step forward Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP for Billericay who resigned following a scandal that involved rent boys and spanking.

Forced to quit his seat, Proctor spent a year on the dole. He was last heard of running a shirt shop, in which he hung a sign reading 'Shirtlifters Will Not Be Prosecuted', and which was backed to the tune of Pounds 75,000 by a host of ministers, including then deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine. But Proctor's, as the emporium was called, closed some years ago and its owner vanished.

Until now, that is. I can reveal that Harvey (pictured in his shopkeeper's garb), now 58, is manager of the Duke of Rutland's ancestral seat, Belvoir (pronounced Beaver) Castle, and lives in a large country house in the grounds of the 18,000-acre estate near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The 365-room castle is hired out for corporate entertaining, private parties and concerts. It has also been used as a backdrop for TV and Hollywood films - Catherine Zeta-Jones filmed The Haunting there.

Proctor, meanwhile, is living with his long-time and amusing partner art dealer, Terry Woods.

'We've been here for over a year,' Terry tells me. 'Harvey is busy at the castle, he is always busy, busy.


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Zoompad said...

SENIOR Tory politicians including Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, and Lord Archer have invested more than pounds 100,000 in a loss-making shirt shop owned by the disgraced former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, perusal of the register of members’ interests reveals to the curious inquirer.

The register discloses the fascinating fact that no fewer than 11 current MPs have shareholdings in a little-known clothes retailer, Cottonrose Ltd.

This turns out to be the company behind a quaint shirt shop nestling in a Georgian alley in Richmond upon Thames, one of London’s most elegant suburbs.

Its name is Proctor’s, and inside, among the bright cotton shirts, silk ties and gaudy waistcoats, is one of the more colourful figures of the Tory party’s recent past, Harvey Proctor, who was forced to resign as MP for Billericay in 1987 after being fined pounds 1,450 for acts of gross indecency; he was involved in homosexual spanking sessions with young male prostitutes.

Mr Proctor turned from politics to hosiery and opened his shop in Brewers Lane, off Richmond Green, in 1988 with a pounds 2,000 grant from the Government’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a little help from his friends: a start-up fund of pounds 75,000 was organised by Tristan Garel-Jones MP, the former Tory deputy chief whip and one of the party’s best-known fixers.

Lots of former chums chipped in. Besides multimillionaires such as Lord Archer and Mr Heseltine, they included the present Paymaster-General, David Heathcote-Amory; Mark Lennox-Boyd, a former junior Foreign Office minister; and MPs Sir Nicholas Bonsor (Upminster), Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills) and David Evans (Welwyn Hatfield).

Several MPs who, like Mr Proctor, have suffered public reverses to their political careers also coughed up at least pounds 5,000 each. They included Neil Hamilton, forced to resign as Northern Ireland minister last week after allegations that he was rewarded by Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of Harrods, for helping in his battle with Tiny Rowland; Tim Yeo, the former Environment minister who was forced to resign after news broke of his adultery with Julia Stent, a Hackney Labour councillor, who bore his child; Michael Brown, who resigned as a Tory whip last May after a tabloid newspaper reported his homosexual affairs with a youth and a Ministry of Defence civil servant; and David Ashby, who suffered unwelcome publicity after admitting sleeping with a man but denying having sexual relations with him.

Then there were former MPs who, like Mr Proctor, have lost their seats: they include Sir Neil Thorne, William Benyon and Sir Charles Morrisson. All invested in Cottonrose. All have not done well. For business has not gone smoothly with the company: in the four years to March 1992 it made losses totalling pounds 109,421. Last year Mr Proctor failed to submit accounts for 1993, in breach of the Companies Act.

Zoompad said...

Asked about it yesterday, amid the gold cufflinks and Tino Cosma accessories, the silks and the satins, Mr Proctor’s response was more of the sackcloth variety. ‘I don’t talk to lying newspapers,’ he said. ‘That is my quote. If you don’t leave my shop I shall call the police.’

Mr Proctor, who invested pounds 20,000 of his own money, opened in a fanfare of publicity. He opened a second shop in Knightsbridge and, for a while, appeared to have a success on his hands. He was elected to the local chamber of commerce. John Major ditched his Marks & Spencer shirts in favour of Mr Proctor’s more elegant wares.

But from the outset the project was a flop. In its first financial year to March 1989 it lost pounds 5,311. Further cash injections were put into the firm by the Tory MPs and other investors in 1990 and 1991. A share issue in 1990 produced an extra pounds 14,000.

In 1991 the investors ploughed in another pounds 10,000. MP Neil Hamilton’s wife, Christine, bought pounds 500-worth of shares. The extra cash injections were to no avail. Losses in 1990, the second trading year, totalled pounds 26,547; in 1991 they climbed to pounds 46,066; and accounts for 1992 showed a loss of pounds 31,497. The position since is not known: Mr Proctor has yet to file accounts for 1993. Under Section 240 of the Companies Act he is obliged to file them within 10 months of the end of the financial year. They should have been lodged at Companies House by last January.

Last night MPs had resigned themselves to losing their investment. Sir Nicholas Bonsor said he feared he would not see his pounds 5,000 again. ‘It was suggested we ought to rally round because he was clearly in great difficulty. We did make an effort at one stage; I had a meeting with other MPs and Harvey Proctor and, I think it was, his brother who was working in it with him. But then it looked as if it wasn’t going to work so I think from that stage we wrote the investment off.’

Mr Heathcote-Amory said: ‘Well, if I got the money back I’d be pleased – I’d rather written it off actually. It (the investment) was a gesture to help him (Mr Proctor). I felt a bit sorry for him. I haven’t seen any accounts for a bit. That is not a complaint, but I’d rather lost interest in the thing. I think I’m braced to lose my equity.’

At least five of the Tory investors are MPs who have also suffered heavy losses on Lloyd’s insurance syndicates.

Mr Heseltine’s personal assistant declined to comment on the losses and Mr Proctor’s failure to lodge accounts, saying only: ‘The President of the Board of Trade would expect this company to be dealt with in the same way as any other. Mr Heseltine is not available at the moment.’

Independent

Zoompad said...

Michael Heseltine is the business partner of Ian Josephs of Monaco, the man who pretends to help victims of the Secret Family Court but is actually referring them to "Dr" Ludwig Lowenstein, devotee of the American paedophile Richard Gardner who is the cash cow of a big bunch of wicked Secret Family Court lawyers in the UK

Anonymous said...

Proctor may have been charged with spanking boys, but he was doing far more to them than that believe me as my law firm did the paperwork.
There is this idea that it was only boys and they dont count, witness the Simon Cowell fund to protect jews from accusations of boy-nobbing, just a sport to some people, yuk !

Zoompad said...

Well, they concentrated on the spanking because at the time corporal punishment of children was legal. That meant the defending lawyers could put forward a legal argument that pushed everything else into the long grass.

Anonymous said...

The brothel madam lyndie st claire was asked continually by several homosexual MPS to supply boys for the homosexual trade, and to her credit she refused.
we need to sweep out the stables
of ALL homosexual MPs

Anonymous said...

HOT NEWS
the solicitor who was to do the class action aginst the estate of Jimmy Saville for the abused boys, these were not included in the official lists of abused kids- almost exclusively girls,- said
that DJs Paul Gambacini Chris Denning and Alan freeman ( now dead ) were all given immunity from prosecution for boy nobbing activities. gambacini was said to have given evidence against saville so he could not be prosecuted
disgusted of folkestone

Anonymous said...

officials hound a lovely young girl to her death
please read
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421192/Social-worker-told-troubled-hanged-student-Hannah-Groves-waste-space.html

just abuse after abuse

Zoompad said...

'You are an effing waste of space and an attention seeker': Social worker's shocking insult about troubled student, 20, who was later found hanged
Twenty-year-old started suffering from panic attacks at University
Police, paramedics and A&E doctors all warned that help was needed

But specialist mental health team diagnosed her as 'attention seeker'
Unable to cope Hannah hanged herself a short time afterwards
Coroner criticises 'failure' of NHS team responsible for her care


By Neil Sears

PUBLISHED:18:56, 15 September 2013| UPDATED: 09:55, 16 September 2013






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Hannah Groves hanged herself after suffering from panic attacks and being dismissed by a social worker



A troubled student killed herself after a social worker dismissed her as a ‘an effing waste of space’ and ‘an attention seeker’.


Now a coroner has formally criticised the ‘failure’ of the NHS team supposed to be caring for tragic Hannah Groves, 20, who committed suicide after she spent nine days threatening to take her own life and asking to be admitted to a specialist unit.


Her frightened mother Mandy Park, 43, who made similar unsuccessful efforts to secure help for her daughter, said: ‘If she had been admitted for treatment I believe Hannah would still be alive.


‘I feel completely and utterly failed by the lack of help and care.


'She was talked about in such a vile, horrific and derogatory way by certain people.


'It was like being caught up in a horror film.’


Her complaints were backed up by the evidence at the inquest into Hannah’s death, which heard that Accident and Emergency doctors, police and paramedics all concluded she needed help.


But the specialist mental health team diagnosed her as simply having ‘attention-seeking behaviour’.


In a narrative verdict, Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman said: ‘There was at all stages a failure to appreciate the extent of the risk that Hannah was at in the community.’


Hannah was studying French at the university of Southampton when she began suffering mental illness for the first time.





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On an October morning last year – after she had spent nine days repeatedly asking for treatment in the city’s Antelope House mental health unit – she was being assessed at a police station when a policeman phoned the mental health team.


It was then that a social worker told the officer: ‘Yeah, I know her, she is an effing waste of space, she’s an attention seeker.’


Within three hours Hannah was dead after strangling herself with scarves and belts.


Now her mother has told how her daughter’s mental state swiftly degenerated into severe panic attacks and she had to be prevented from strangling herself.






Miss Park said: ‘It was like she was possessed but we just couldn’t get the help that she needed and she wanted.


‘The image of finding my daughter will haunt me for ever and I can no longer sleep at night without heavy medication.’


Yet Miss Park said that when she called the psychiatric team on her daughter’s behalf, she was ‘treated as if I was a pain’.


She added: ‘I could hear the sighs on the phone when I told them who I was.’

Zoompad said...

YES, THIS IS STANDARD TREATMENT OF "ATTENTION SEEKERS" BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, GOT THE BLOODY T SHIRT.

BUT I DIDN'T COMMIT SUICIDE, WHICH IS WHAT THEY WERE HOPING FOR.

Zoompad said...

Coroner Mr Wiseman said in his verdict earlier this month: ‘It is surely self-evident that by the end of the week it was unsafe for both Hannah and her family for her to be at home.


‘One only has to pause for a moment to visualise Hannah’s mother and teenage brother being forced to leave the house for their own safety in the early hours of the morning and for the police to have to be called, to realise that by then a wholly impossible stage had been reached and that for however modest a period of time Hannah required hospital admission and care.’


He went on to say that a ‘safety first’ policy had clearly not been employed, particularly in light of Hannah’s clearly worsening condition.


She needed immediate help, he said, ‘not the almost throwaway line of: well she can always come to see us when she wants to’.


Hannah’s mother said she was now taking legal action against the Southern Health NHS Trust.


A spokesman for the Trust rejected her family’s and the coroner’s claims that she should have been admitted to hospital, but said: ‘In this case we deeply regret the failure to provide the right level of intensive community support which would have avoided any need for hospital admission.’


The social worker who made the ‘waste of space’ comment had been suspended while an investigation is carried out.

Zoompad said...

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS POOR GIRLS STORY IS, WHY SHE BECAME SO DEPRESSED, BUT I DO KNOW THAT VICTIMS OF INSTITUTIONAL CHILD ABUSE ARE BEING TREATED LIKE VERMIN AND DELIBERATLY PUSHED OVER THE EDGE - MALICIOUS VINDICTIVE PERSECUTION - AND THAT TO ME IS THE SAME AS MURDERING SOMEONE AS THE INTENT IS THERE.

Zoompad said...

SAYING ALL THAT, I WONDER WHY THE DAILY MAIL IS PUBLISHING THIS, READING THE DM COMMENTS IS ALWAYS INTERESTING, NOTE THAT ONE OF THE POSTERS IS VERY EAGER TO GET POTENTIAL SUICIDES SECTIONED.

I HAD A BUNCH OF ONLINE PAEDOS KEEP BULLYING ME, SAYING I NEEDED TO BE SECTIONED SO I HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE DM'S MOTIVES IN COVERING THIS STORY - BELIEVE ME NONE OF THE NEWSPAPERS ARE PURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW MOTIVE WISE!

Anonymous said...


read about small boys kidnapped and forced to work as bumbadillos
for the queer community


http://news.smashits.com/3975/Former-sex-workers-tale-spurs-rescue-mission.htm

Anonymous said...

barbara you are so right about newspapers before W W II the daily mail was the only newspaper that prided itself on the truth, how low they have sunk now
what a shame

Zoompad said...

Thanks for the link:

http://news.smashits.com/3975/Former-sex-workers-tale-spurs-rescue-mission.htm

Former sex worker's tale spurs rescue mission
Posted: 9:25a.m. IST, April 8, 2005
Kathmandu, April 8 (IANS) Tales of forced prostitution and beatings related by a Nepalese youth who escaped from a Mumbai brothel has spurred two NGOs to try to free other such boys and girls.

The sordid account of the seven years Raju Thapa (not his real name) was forced to spend in a brothel in Mumbai's notorious red light area has led the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) and Maiti Nepal to plan the move.



Raju also revealed that there were around 50 other boys, mostly Nepalese, in the brothel.

The Kathmandu-based BDS works among homosexuals in Nepal while Maiti Nepal works to rescue and rehabilitate trafficked women and children. The two NGOs plan to team up with Rescue Foundation, Maiti Nepal's Indian partner, for the mission.

While the trafficking in Nepalese women to India is well documented, there is little publicity about the minor boys sold in Indian brothels, says Sunil Babu Pant, founder of BDS.

We have information about brothels in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow and even Gorakhpur. Mumbai alone has 50 to 100 such brothels. If each has about 50 to 60 boys, you can see how massive the scale is.

Pant is envisioning leading the NGO team to Kamathipura with Raju to locate the brothel where he was imprisoned and try to free the other inmates.

Besides the opposition from the brothel owners and their muscle men, Pant says there will be obstacles from some of the boys themselves. Many of them are illiterate and have no skills. Some have been castrated and some have either sexually transmitted diseases or HIV/AIDS.

They are reluctant to come back to Nepal because of lack of social acceptance, because they can no longer fit in, says Pant. There is also no legal mechanism for the rehabilitation of the trafficked victims, says Gokarna K.C., Maiti Nepal's legal adviser.

Though trafficking is punishable with a 15 to 20-year jail term, there is no legal provision to get compensation from the perpetrators.

Raju Thapa's travails started when his co-worker in the hotel in Pokhara, a prime tourist destination west of Kathmandu, told Raju, then just 14, that he could get a job in India that would fetch him twice what he was earning.

Thinking he had struck a fortune, Raju landed in Mumbai with the co-worker, Manoj Thapa Magar. Raju realised he had been lured to hell.

I spent seven years in hell, says Raju, now 21, trying hard not to cry. Thapa Magar took him to Rani Haveli, a brothel in Mumbai that specialised in male sex workers and sold him for Nepali Rs.85,000.

A Muslim man ran the flesh trade there in young boys and girls, most of them lured from Nepal.

For two years, Raju was kept locked up, taught to dress as a girl and circumcised. Many of the other boys there were castrated. Beatings and starvation became a part of his life.

There were 40 to 50 boys in the place, a gaunt, brooding Raju recalls. Most of them were Nepalese.

Each day, Raju says he had to have sex with around 25 customers. Most of them were brutal and abused the boys.

Raju had a break two months ago when, along with two close friends, he was sent out to beg on a Gorakhpur-bound train.

The three ran away together to Gorakhpur, near Nepal's border. Then Raju managed to find his way back to Pokhara in Nepal.