27th June 1928 Cyril Smith: Birth Smith is born in Rochdale, Lancashire
1966 Cyril Smith: Appointed Mayor Rochdale
1970 Cyril Smith: Police investigation recommends prosecuting Smith Detectives investigating allegations made against Smith by boys living in care homes around Rochdale recommend prosecuting him for sexual offences. However, seemingly under threats of 'repercussions' no prosecutions are brought.
1972 Cyril Smith: Wins Election as MP For Rochdale
October 1978 The Dickens Dossier: Sir Peter Hayman arrested Hayman is arrested after leaving a package on a bus containing paedophile materials. Police search his flat and discover a long history of correspondance discussing paedophile fantasies with other men, as well as no fewer than 45 diaries detailing similar thoughts and fantasies. He is released without charge, but cautioned for receiving obscene materials through the post.
May 1979 Cyril Smith: Named as an abuser in the Rochdale Alternative Press The magazine is the first to publish allegations about Smith's activities at care homes dating back to the 1960s. Private Eye give further prominence to the allegations that same month.
1981 The Dickens Dossier: Dickens names Hayman in Parliament Under Parliamentary privilege, Geoffrey Dickens publicly names Haynam in the House of Commons and asks why he was not prosecuted. The Attorney General's replies that Hayman had been found to have received pornographic material through the post, but it was not of an extreme nature, was non-commercial and in a sealed envelope, so did not warrant prosecution.
29th July 1981 Vishal Mehrotra: Goes missing Vishal is walking back to his home in Putney with his nanny and sister having watching the wedding procession of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer with crowds. He runs ahead of them a little way and is out of sight for a few moments. He is never seen again.
29th July 1981 Vishal Mehrotra 8 year old Vishal Mehrotra is alleged by his father to have been murdered at the hands of an unnamed Conservative MP at a child abuse 'orgy' at Elm Guest House in 1981.Vishal was last seen within a mile of the notorious address as he walked home from watching the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana... Vishal Mehrotra: in depth
September 1981 Vishal Mehrotra: Mehotra's father told of a paedophile ring An anonymous gay prostitute contacts Vishal's father who tells him that his son was possibly taken by paedophiles. Vishambar Mehrotra recalls the conversation: "I was contacted by a young man who seemed to be in his 20s. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House near Barnes Common. He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys. I recorded the whole 15-minute conversation and took it to police. But instead of investigating it, they just pooh-poohed it and I never heard anything about the tape again. The whole thing went cold. At that time I trusted the police. But when nothing happened, I became confused and concerned. Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover-up. There is no doubt in my mind."
February 1982 Vishal Mehrotra: Body found Vishal's skull and part of his rib cage are discovered by pigeon shooters in remote marshland at Durford Abbey Farm.
June 1982 Elm Guest House: Police Raid Police raid a 'party' at the Elm Guest house. They discover a 'video suite', alleged to have been used to make films of boys being sexually abused. The door is marked by a sticker saying 'Spartacus Members Welcome'. Spartacus is believed to be an international child sex trafficking ring operating from Holland.
April 1984 The Dickens Dossier: Dossier given to Leon Brittan Dickens dossier detailing alleged paedophile activity among the establishment is handed over to Home Secretary Leon Brittan. A second copy is given to the Thomas Hetherington Director of Public Prosecutions.
29th November 1985 The Dickens Dossier: Dickens claims to have been threatened Towards the end of a debate in the House of Commons, Dickens claims to have received 'threats' to his life following his investigations into paedophile activity - as well as claiming that his house has been broken into on two occasions.
16th April 1987 Harvey Proctor Harvey Proctor was the right-wing Conservative MP for Billericy between 1983 and 1987, when his career was ended by what was then known as a "gay scandal." Aware of his homosexuality, the People newspaper used rent boys armed with hidden tape recorders to catch the MP admitting to his proclivity for... Harvey Proctor: in depth
1988 Cyril Smith: Knighted Despite the long-standing rumours and public accusations made against Smith over the preceding four decades, Smith is put forward for a knighthood. His party demurs and Smith is invested.
10th September 2010 Cyril Smith: Dies Smith dies of cancer at a nursing home in his home town of Rochdale
29th October 2011 Jimmy Savile Following Jimmy Savile's death in late 2011, allegations that he had long been suspected of being a serial sex offender began to surface in the media. Initial investigations showed that the first complaint made against him dated from as long ago as 1958 and that on at least two occasions investigato... Jimmy Savile: in depth
January 2013 Cyril Smith: Named in connection with Elm Guest House investigations It is revealed publicly for the first time that Smith had been credibly linked with alleged abuse of boys at the Elm Guest House during the 1970s and 80s.
2014 The Dickens Dossier: Hayman named as MI6 operative The Telegraph, Independent and Guardian all publish information about Hayman naming him as variously as "deputy director" of or "senior operative" in MI6. No further information is available about this designation or where the papers in question acquired this information.
7th July 2014 The Dickens Dossier: Brittan denies mishandling the dossier Brittan's statement reads:
"It has been alleged that when I was Home Secretary I failed to deal adequately with the bundle of papers containing allegations of serious sexual impropriety that I received from the late Geoff Dickens MP. This too is completely without foundation - as evidence from the Home Office's own report supports. As I made clear in the statement that I issued on 2 July, I passed this bundle of papers to the relevant Home Office officials for examination, as was the normal and correct practice. I wrote to Mr Dickens on 20 March 1984 informing him of the conclusions of the Director of Public Prosecutions about these matters (as set out in the Interim Report of the Independent Review set up by the Home Office)."