Biteback Publishing has signed Credible and True, the memoir of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who has become embroiled in allegations of child sexual abuse this year.
Iain Dale, m.d. of Biteback, acquired world rights to the autobiography.
According to the publisher, Credible and True will reveal Proctor’s life both in and out of parliament, and details his continuous involvement with the police and the media. In it, he writes about sex, politics, the aristocracy, murder and suicide attempts, blackmail – and how he has survived them all. He discusses his embroilment in Operation Midland, Scotland Yard’s investigation into allegations of a historic Westminster paedophile ring, and his own claims that he is the victim of a "homosexual witch hunt".
Proctor said: "I have written these words to help me untangle, in my own mind, the Kafka-esque situation in which I find myself. I have been accused of the most heinous crimes imaginable – serial child murder and the sexual abuse of children. I am innocent, but find I have to take on the Metropolitan Police Service to prove I am not guilty. Credible and True traces my life, at times dramatic and unbelievable, never more so than now. I hope to demonstrate in my book why the police and certain politicians have got it so wrong and why Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe should and will go."
Dale said: "I am delighted to be publishing Harvey’s life story. Although I didn’t know him when I worked in parliament in the 1980s I knew him to be a politician of profound convictions and he was never afraid to speak his mind. This quality is evident in his book, where he charts the many controversial events that have characterised his life in politics and beyond. His experience at the hands of the police over child sex allegations demonstrate a justice system in turmoil, and his trenchant defence of his own innocence provides many important lessons for the police and our ideas of natural justice."
Credible and True will be published in April 2016, and supported by a major press campaign.