Maximum Impact 02.12.05

I’M READING with interest the goings on in Vietnam where Gary
Glitter is awaiting trial over alleged sexual relationships with a 12-
year-old and 15-year-old girl. The age of consent in Vietnam is 16.

On
21 November, The Daily Telegraph reported that the 61-yearold singer’s
involvement with the 12-year-old could mean death by firing squad if
convicted of child rape. He can also be jailed for up to 12 years if
found guilty of performing lewd acts on the underage girl.

But from what I know about the background of the “Leader of the Gang”, don’t feel too sorry for him.

Six
years ago, Alison Brown – Glitter’s partner of 13 years – came to see
me. She said she had waited for nearly 18 years to speak to the police
because she feared that no one would believe her.

What she told
me was shocking and horrendous, and subsequent conversations with women
she put me in touch with clearly revealed Glitter in all his full
glory. Alison contacted me again this week having herself been pursued
by Fleet Street’s finest.

If only the jury in her legal battle
with Glitter had been allowed to see video and photographic evidence
involving Glitter before they dismissed Alison’s claims. Perhaps
children would not still be suffering at his hands six years on.

Should
Glitter at last get the justice he so richly deserves, then it will
give me huge satisfaction to expose exactly what Alison Brown knows
about this sick creature. Believe me, there’s an awful lot more to come!

DO
CELEBRITIES have more influence than politicians? That’s what I debated
on Monday in the House of Commons. Leading the opposition, and in
support of the politicians, was Austin Mitchell, TV presenter and MP
for Grimsby.

As expected, our motion, that they do have more
influence, was carried with a large majority. For the moment the MPs
still have more power – but only until the celebrities want that as
well.

ON TUESDAY night I was a guest of Professor Alex Markham,
chief executive of Cancer Research UK, at a fundraising dinner at their
UK headquarters in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It was wonderful to hear the
real and tremendous progress that’s been made in so many areas in the
treatment and cure of cancer. Shame though that this joyous message
doesn’t seem to be getting across to the British public.

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