In 2007, the Sun newspaper carried the following story:
” A top aide to MPs at the House of Commons was yesterday charged with having child porn on his computer.
Senior clerk Phillip Lyon, who arranges the weekly Prime Ministers Question Time for Tony Blair, was arrested after vice cops raided his Commons office.
Lyon, 37, is accused of making indecent images of children.
The dramatic raid followed a probe into an internet kiddie porn ring.
Stunned cops found the trail led straight to the heart of Government.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Clubs and Vice Obscene Publications and Internet Unit got a warrant to search the Palace of Westminster.
They seized Lyons computer. And five days later they raided his home in Basildon, Essex.
Lyon yesterday went to Londons Charing Cross police station on bail.
He was charged with ten specimen counts of making indecent images of children on his computer at work.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Lyon was bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court on September 10.
Police would have had to seek permission from Commons authorities, usually the Sarjeant At Arms, before they entered the House, as they have no formal jurisdiction there.
Lyons arrest in April followed a tip-off to the Mets vice squad from National Crime Squad cops.
A source said: “Officers were shocked when they came across a suspect in the House of Commons.
“A computer, software disks and documents were seized for examination.”
Lyon is a highly trusted senior clerk to the Commons select committees.
His main duties are arranging Question Time on Wednesday afternoons.
He has daily contact with senior backbench MPs and sits in on private sessions of the select committees as they cross-examine witnesses.
Lyon has a pass to the Commons guaranteeing him full access to the building after being vetted.
A Commons source said: “He was a highly respected member of the civil staff who was implicitly trusted by colleagues and MPs.
“He was in a position of great responsibility. The allegations against him are shocking”.
How likely is it that Lyons was really acting alone?
In fact, rumours have been circulating for years that Tony Blair suppressed police investigations into VIP abuse rings.
He allegedly even issued a D-Notice to gag the press from revealing the names of known paedophiles within the Government, including at least two senior ministers.
Of course, as with most things, the truth will out one day and we’ll finally discover just how high the VIP abuse in filthy Britain really goes.
That day may be coming sooner than you think.