What attraction does the Tory Party, London and Westminster hold for young gay men?
London is a cesspit of crime, vice, drugs, sex and politicians of all ages and sex who prey on immature and impressionable youngsters. The churn factor is high with many reported deaths and casualties primarily drug related or otherwise linked to a hedonistic lifestyle much enjoyed by a financially favoured elite who live their entire lives funded by the taxpayer entering politics direct from university taking up political advisor posts by neponistic or cronyism arrangements.
Henry Hendron is a bright young gay man (one of many) whose background was entirely suited to a political career with the Tory Party. Indeed, (shades of a young William Hague) he addressed and wowed the Party conference as a teenager. Many party members earmarked Henry for high political office possibly even Party leader.
In the next 10-15 years Henry’s career blossomed in the city and he became the barrister associated with the Party. He networked in important political circles and was often in the public eye rescuing politicians and aristocracy from difficult legal situations.
But Henry’s other lifestyle took him into a cesspit of drugs and hedonistic sex orgies where he and his boyfriend would engage in “Chemsex” with multiple partners of all ages and “upper class” professions including BBC executives, producers and politicians. It was this that brought about his demise.
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7 October 1998: Tory Party Conference – Schoolboy Henry Hendron urges the Tory Party conference to consider the reintroduction of corporal punishment.
In the debate on law and order, Hendron, from Ealing North, urged tougher penalties for those who deliberately flout the law. ”The next Conservative administration should consider more forceful methods of crime punishment and look at the reintroduction of corporal punishment,” he said, to cheers. ”I believe it acts not only as a punishment but also as a great deterrent against crime. I also call for the introduction of longer prison sentences. Every man, woman and child has the basic fundamental right to be able to go out into the community without fear of becoming a victim of crime.”
After his speech, Henry, who is studying English, politics and economics A levels at Gunnersbury Catholic School, Brentford, said it was his first conference address. A victim of crime himself, having twice had his bike stolen, he said: ”We should have punishment that fits the crime and in some circumstances corporal punishment does fit the crime.” Henry, whose biggest audience before speaking at the conference was about 100 people, said he harboured ambitions to become an MP and would like eventually to enter Parliament.
4 October 2013: Conservative MP and former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans to appear in court accused of sex offences against seven men
Evans, the MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire, will make his first appearance in the crown court at Preston accused of two counts of indecent assault, five of sexual assault and one of rape. Evans resigned as deputy speaker of the House of Commons after he was charged last month. He made a personal statement in the House of Commons the day after he was charged, claiming that facing the allegations was as hard as dealing with the deaths of his mother and brother in the past few years.
The Swansea-born MP, who lives in Pendleton, Lancashire, was one of three deputy speakers elected in a secret ballot of MPs in 2010. Later that year he came out as gay, saying he was “tired of living a lie”. Evans was a vice chairman of the Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001.
10 April 2014: Many MPs, staff and hangers-on work, drink and sleep together and the cycle is fuelled by the availability of cheap alcohol
Britain’s 900-year-old seat of government, the historic Palace of Westminster is home to a subculture of booze-fuelled revelling that puts many a university campus to shame. Long accused of inhabiting a “bubble” removed from the outside world, many MPs, parliamentary staff and political hangers-on not only work together but socialise, drink, and sleep together too. It is a lifestyle pattern made even easier by the cheap alcohol offered in parliament’s taxpayer-subsidised bars.
It was in this environment, as well as the haunts of nearby Soho, that the Tory deputy speaker Nigel Evans fell into the trap of what his defence barrister called “drunken overfamiliarity” with researchers at the heart of Westminster’s thriving gay scene. “Parliament is a very easy place to be openly gay,” one Westminster researcher said. “And there are also MPs who are publicly heterosexual but covertly gay, some of whom make passes at men in parliament.” Double standards did not only apply to gay MPs masquerading as straight, he said, but also to senior politicians who were publicly happily married but who had a predatory approach to young female staff.
Another researcher reeled off a list of “infamously sleazy” MPs from all parties that women in his social circle actively avoided. “It’s not just the odd remark, it’s the wandering hands as well,” he said. “Some seem attracted to the power thing or think it’s part of getting on in a party, so it’s definitely not the case that the advances are always unwanted.”
Drinking hangouts have spread to nearby Whitehall pubs and some of the parliamentary gay scene has expanded to Soho. For researchers, the heart of much of the shenanigans is the cheap booze available at the Sports and Social Club. This is still home to a rowdy Thursday karaoke night after the bosses have returned to their constituencies.
There is also a steady stream of free beer and wine provided by lobbyists at receptions in the Commons and Lords, says one staffer, with the most raucous nights ending up in the nearby Players Bar. “You could have free drink every night of the week if you wanted to gatecrash all the parties. Many do,” he said. “You can criticise the researchers for taking advantage, but if you didn’t network with colleagues you’d be dead. It’s part of the job.”
22 November 2015: Addicted to Chemsex – The horror Story
An increasing number of gay men are taking part in multi-day, drug-fuelled orgies – despite the health risks. Chemsex is identified as the habit of engaging in weekend-long parties fuelled by sexually disinhibiting drugs, such as crystal meth, GHB, GBL and mephedrone. These parties involve multiple people and are mostly facilitated online. People involved in the subculture directly link chemsex to alarming rates of HIV infection. In London four new positive diagnoses are currently made daily linked to the practice of “pozzing up”, knowingly becoming infected with the virus. Meth, meph and G create a potent cocktail enabling extremes of behaviour, which carries significant risks for the sexual and mental health of habitual users.
10 April 2014: Henry Hendron a barrister friend of Nigel Evans allegedly jeopardised the trial committing a very serious contempt of court posting an “irresponsible” blog on the Internet.
Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said the online comments had caused at least one of the alleged victims to consider pulling out of the trial. Although the comments – claiming to be news from “Camp Nigel” – were taken down, the court heard that they had been tweeted and retweeted on the eve of the trial.
Evans own QC Peter Wright described it as “irresponsible and jeopardised the trial process.” The judge reported him to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve, saying “this is a prima facie contempt of court and it could influence jurors too. This is a very serious contempt.”
25 November 2014: Barrister Henry Hendron hit with fine for slagging off MP trial witnesses in blog
The regulator has slapped Hendron with a £2,000 fine for professional misconduct. In a recently-released finding, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) found that Middle Temple member Hendron had: “behaved in a manner which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity and diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in the profession”.
The eight-year call junior at London’s Strand Chambers got into hot water for publishing a blog last March that contained “disparaging statements against witnesses” in a trial that was scheduled to kick off the next day. That trial — heard at Preston Crown Court — involved the high-profile case of former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP, who was ultimately acquitted of nine counts of sexual offences.
Hendron, who was a chum of Evans, blogged: “I am a barrister, but I shall not be representing Nigel at court. My involvement is one of providing advice, assistance and support in this difficult time. Criminal law is not really my thing. It doesn’t usually pay for a start. Don’t get me wrong. I have done my share of Crown Court trials, but my practice has, inexplicably, meant that I have tended to represent the well-heeled and the well off in civil and family courts.
Most of the complainants’ (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) are known largely as self-serving, with their own political agendas, with a manipulative and selfish streak. A number of them that I know of are connected to each other, and indeed only a week prior to Nigel’s arrest, he was socialising with some of them.
In my view, knowing what I know, some of these people are not victims but duplicitous individuals, acting together in a pack like mentality to bring down a well-respected and well-known politician; I suspect in the fullness of time some of them will waive their right to anonymity to cash in their ‘stories’.”
Ex Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans and his friend Henry Hendron
24 January 2015: Lawyer Henry Hendron arrested after boyfriend dies of suspected drugs overdose
A top London lawyer has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, after his boyfriend died of a suspected drug overdose. Henry Hendron, a 34-year-old civil barrister, was arrested after the sudden death of his boyfriend, 18-year-old Miguel Jimenez. It is understood a Sunday newspaper plans to run a story because of Mr Hendron’s close friendship with senior Tory MP Nigel Evans.
BBC executive producer Alexander Parkin Drug Dealer
9 March 2016: BBC producer admits supplying ‘meow meow’ after a barrister’s boyfriend died of an overdose.
Alexander Parkin, 40, appeared in the dock with top barrister Henry Hendron, 35, who denies supplying drugs. Hendron’s boyfriend, waiter Miguel Jimenez, 18, died from an overdose at London’s Temple, the buildings housing the country’s top legal chambers.
Hendron, (seen as one of the rising stars of the legal circuit) was represented by his brother Richard Hendron, denied two counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He further denied two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.
BBC executive Alexander Parkin 40 pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying controlled drugs admitting handing out party drug meow meow at a bash where a celebrity barrister’s teenage boyfriend died of an overdose. His solicitor, defending Parkin, said: ‘He is 40-years-old, he’s an executive producer at the BBC, he has one caution for possession of Mephedrone – there’s clearly a background to the abuse of narcotics.’
8 April 2016: Why didn’t BBC mention its drug dealing executive in ‘chemsex’ story?
The BBC was under fire last night for interviewing celebrity barrister Henry Hendron who supplied the drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend, and not mentioning that he bought them from a Corporation executive.
Hendron, 35, was given a key interview slot on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. But despite an extended interview and a follow-up piece on ‘chemsex’ drug use in the gay community, the journalists did not mention that BBC executive producer Alexander Parkin had sold the lawyer £1,000 worth of designer drugs.
The BBC also faced censure for discussing sexual habits and drug use on the morning radio show, when many families would have been eating breakfast together. Yesterday, a spokesman for Mediawatch UK, which campaigns for a safer media, criticised the BBC. ‘We know that drug use is bad because it’s illegal – it’s hard to know what kind of message the BBC is trying to put across over the breakfast table,’ he said. ‘Listeners could have been forgiven for getting confused as they heard a man who has pleaded guilty to supplying drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend that were originally supplied by a BBC producer describing his illegal drug use as a “nice experience” and saying how upset he was at being treated as a criminal. “There’s certainly a judgment issue to be looked at here – it’s one thing raising awareness of the effects of drug use, quite another to be giving a platform at breakfast time to a drug dealer who could shortly be facing prison.”
Hendron described his arrest as ‘traumatic’ and saying he had been “treated like a criminal” admitted supplying the drugs that killed Mr Jimenez. He had bought £1,000 of designer drugs from Parkin, 41, to sell on to revellers at a ‘chemsex’ party at his flat at his legal chambers. The ‘chemsex’ phenomenon sweeping the gay community, involves participants taking drugs for up at a week at a time and having sex with multiple partners.
Hendron pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply and will be sentenced on May 3. Parkin also faces jail after admitting two counts of supplying controlled drugs.
A viewers Comment:
The BBC lost its ability to provide rational, balanced and impartial reporting a long time ago, so this kind of conduct should come as no surprise to anyone. Charter renewal is fast approaching but our spineless government will cave in as usual because it suits their purpose to do so. And the BBC Trust, an organisation that is supposed to hold the broadcaster to account, went native from the day it was set up. Both organisations are totally unfit, something that has become increasingly obvious to most of us.
9 May 2016: Celebrity barrister Henry Hendron, who bought the designer ‘chemsex’ drugs from BBC producer, Alexander Parkin, that killed his teenage boyfriend is spared jail
Henry Hendron, 35, bought £1,000 of Mephedrone and GBL from BBC producer Alexander Parkin, 41, to take to parties and sell on to friends. On the morning of January 20 last year, after yet another orgy Hendron woke to find his Colombian boyfriend Miguel Jimenez, 18, lying dead next to him in bed at his exclusive flat in London’s Temple, the collection of chambers where Britain’s top lawyers and judges are based.
Hendron’s conviction may mark the end of a glittering career for the Tory lawyer once tipped to lead the party. As a 17-year-old schoolboy Hendron addressed the 1998 Conservative Party conference calling for the re-introduction of corporal punishment. He acted for Tory MP Nadine Dorries when she was accused of smearing a rival during the 2015 election campaign and other clients include the Earl of Cardigan and The Apprentice winner Stella English. He was sentenced to a community order with 18 months supervision and 140 hours unpaid work.
On his arrest Parkin claimed he bought the drugs from a Brazilian man in the Harrow Road, keeping 250ml of GBL for himself and selling another litre to Hendron. ‘He later admitted to officers he was struggling with addiction to drugs,’ said Mr Bowyer.
Parkin, who has a previous caution for possession of Mephedrone, presented references from the controller of BBC Radio 3 and the British Embassy in Dubai to the court. His barrister, Dominic Bell, said that since losing his job he ‘is devoting all his attention to DIY’.
Mr Bell highlighted letters in support of Parkin, including from the Controller of BBC Radio 3 and presenter Max Reinhardt from the radio station’s Late Junction show. On the defendants’ lifestyle, he said: ‘It is quite a close-knit scene and you have to be known to be a member of that scene.
In a later interview Hendron gave a strong warning about drug use, which he said was growing on the gay scene. He said ” There are a large number of men, in their 30s and 40s, who’ve come to drugs late and are now doing it regularly. Drugs in the gay scene have really taken off. Recent studies show that gay people are three times more likely to take drugs than their straight counterparts. It seems to be the acceptable face now of recreation in the gay community. Most of the people who do these gay sex high parties are in full-time employment. It’s not a picture that most people aren’t part of that scene would recognise.”
Miguel Jimenez & Henry Hendron
9 May 2016: Chemsex, drugs and death: The lawyer who lost his lover
Hendron (a high-profile barrister who has represented MPs, aristocrats and reality TV stars) said the couple, would take the drugs together during group sex sessions — called “chemsex”. The drugs, along with crystal meth, are often associated with chemsex due to their ability to induce heightened arousal, sexual stamina, and reduce inhibition. Sex sessions may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and Hendron estimates he was spending “anything up to £1,000 a weekend” on drugs.
Up until the age of 30, Hendron, who came from a conservative Catholic family and was earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year with the prestigious Strand Chambers law firm, had never touched drugs in his life. But after trying them at a private event, he quickly became hooked, engaging in chemsex sessions most weekends. He said they offered an escape from a high-pressure job with 18-hour work days — and he wasn’t alone. “In the London gay chemsex scene, a lot of people that do that are actually doctors,” he said. “They’re professionals, they’re lawyers. “And a lot of them manage to juggle this lifestyle — weekends of drugs — and then they go to work perhaps a bit worn on Monday, but they manage.”
Apparently, learning nothing from the death of Jimenez’s death Hendron embarked on a series of chemsex binges that at one point saw him overdose on GHB — and end up in intensive care.