Harvey Proctor

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Yorkshire born Keith Harvey Proctor was born on 16 January 1947 and is still living. He is a former Conservative Member of Parliament. A member of the Monday Club, he represented Basildon from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987. He was known for his opinions about immigration.

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On April 16, 1987, Mr Proctor appeared in court accused of committing three acts of gross indecency with one male and one act of gross indecency with another male – both teenagers. Lurid allegations surrounding Mr Proctor’s sex life surfaced in September 1986 when allegations appeared in a Sunday newspaper claiming he had organised gay spanking sessions with boys in his London flat.

Harvey Proctor resigned as MP for Billericay shortly before his trial which began in May 1987. He pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £1,450.

The following year, with financial backing from former colleagues he opened two shops selling luxury shirts. In 1992 Mr Proctor and Neil Hamilton, then a government minister, were assaulted by two men on a “gay bashing expedition”. Mr Hamilton’s nose was broken in the attack in Mr Proctor’s shop in Richmond-on-Thames. There is no suggestion that Mr Hamilton is gay. Mr Proctor’s shirt shop business ceased trading in 2000. Mr Proctor now lives in a house within the 16,000-acre grounds of Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire.

On 4 March 2015 his home was searched by detectives investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse.

Sources:

BBC On this Day

Glasgow Herald/Google archive

Guardian, 5 March 2015

This article was updated on 5 March 2015.

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