Former MP Andrew MacKay: "It was unusual Jimmy Savile had house at Broadmoor"By Laura Herbert
October 30, 2012
Bracknell's former MP has recalled visiting Broadmoor Hospital when Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor and questioned claims he had keys to the secure hospital.
Andrew MacKay, who was MP for the town when Savile had a house in the grounds of the secure hospital, said he found it ‘unusual’ the Jim’ll Fix Itstar needed overnight accommodation.
He said: “From time to time I did meet Jimmy Savile.
“I can remember the first day I met him I was taken by the general manager of the hospital to staff housing on the estate where they let Jimmy stay.
“I found it a little unusual he needed accommodation to stay overnight. In light of what has now been suggested that raises a few questions.”
Earlier this month it emerged Sir Jimmy held keys to the hospital, in Kentigern Drive, Crowthorne, during his years as a volunteer there and used his unlimited access around the hospital to recruit girls for parties.
Former Top of the Pops host Savile, who died last year aged 84, is believed to have carried out a 40-year campaign of sexual abuse.
The Metropolitan Police has launched a criminal investigation with more than 200 potential victims identified.
Andrew, who resigned as MP after it emerged he claimed second homes expenses on a property his wife, Julie Kirkbride, declared as her main home, continued: “I am a bit dubious about a suggestion from a 17-year-old she was molested and he had keys to go round the hospital.
“That just can’t be true. Nobody had keys except the nurses and doctors. Everything is very, very secure.
“He had keys to the house on the estate, but I think we are mixing up apples with pears by suggesting he had keys to the secure hospital.”
West London Mental Health Trust, which runs Broadmoor, last week confirmed it is helping police with its investigation.
Andrew added: “He was larger than life. He was a strange character. He was odd, there is no two ways about it.
“I was grateful on behalf of my constituents who worked at Broadmoor for the good profile he gave them.”