Archbishop of Canterbury to be quizzed in person at inquiry into Church of England’s handling of sex abuse allegations
- Justin Welby will appear at Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
- Former archbishop Rowan Williams will also be called to answer questions
- They’ll be asked about the handling of abuse claims in the Diocese of Chichester
- Welby will be pressed on the investigation involving the Reverend George Bell
- Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl in the 40s
- The hearing will also look at the Lord Carlile Report, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and failing to consider the rights of Bishop Bell
- The hearing in London will start on March 5 and continue for three weeks
The Archbishop of Canterbury is to be questioned in person over how the Anglican Church dealt with allegations of sexual assaults against children.
Justin Welby is due to give evidence as a witness at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in central London next month.
The most senior clergyman in the Church of England – and his predecessor Rowan Williams – will be quizzed on their handling of a number of high-profile abuse allegations in the Diocese of Chichester in Sussex.
Most notably he will be pressed on the investigation into assault claims surrounding the Reverend George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester.
Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl, starting from when she was just five-years old, in the 1940s and 50s.
A complaint was initially made to the then Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, in 1995 but it wasn’t until a second complaint was made to Welby’s office in 2013 that the matter was passed on to the police.
The subsequent investigation by Sussex Police found that there was sufficient evidence to have arrested Bell had he still been alive.
The diocese apologised and paid compensation to the victim, known only as Carol, in 2015.
The archbishop will be pressed on the investigation into assault claims surrounding the Reverend George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester. Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl in the 1940s and 50s
While the inquiry will not examine the truth or substance of the allegations into Bishop Bell, it will analyse how the victim was treated and what improvements in safeguarding the Church has made since.
Crucially, the £100 million hearing will also look at the findings of the Lord Carlile Report, published in December, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and of failing to give proper consideration to the rights of Bishop Bell.
At an IICSA preliminary hearing on January 30, it was announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Williams had provided witness statements.
The investigation into the Anglican Church has its first public hearing on March 5 which will last for three weeks.
Lambeth Palace say they will make a formal statement once the witness schedule has been finalised.
However, a spokesman for the Archbishops’ Council told MailOnline: ‘The Archbishop was one of the first to call for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Church of England is committed to working with IICSA in a transparent way.
‘He is aware that for the survivors who are brave enough to come forward to the Inquiry and give their testimony this will be a very difficult time which is why he is prepared to do the same.’
The inquiry, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
As part of its investigation into the Diocese of Chichester it will examine allegations of abuse by other priests, particularly Roy Cotton, Colin Pritchard and Gordon Rideout.
Rev Cotton, a parish priest in Brede, near Rye, Sussex had been convicted for an indecent assault on a child in 1954 but despite this was ordained in 1966.
He is thought to have had as many as 10 victims, which included two brothers from Eastbourne who won damages from the diocese after it recognised that the Church had failed to stop them being abused as choirboys in the 1970s and 80s.
Cotton died in September 2006 before he could be brought to justice.
Pritchard served as the vicar of St Barnabas, in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex until 2007 after being arrested over sex abuse claims
He pleaded guilty the following year to sexually abusing two boys in the 70s and 80s and was jailed for five years.
The offences took place while he was parish priest at St Andrew’s Church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
A subsequent report in 2011 into Cotton and Pritchard found that victims’ claims had not been treated seriously.
Meanwhile Canon Rideout was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court in 2013.
Crucially, the £100 million hearing will also look at the findings of the Lord Carlile Report, published in December, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and of failing to give proper consideration to the rights of Bishop Bell (above, centre)
The attacks, which included attempted rape and indecent assaults on both boys and girls, some of whom were 13-years of age, took place between 1962 and 1973 in Sussex and Hampshire.
He later pleaded guilty in 2016 to one charge of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16 at a children’s home in Reigate, Surrey which took place between July 29 1969 and July 21 1974.
The Chichester hearing will also consider the case of Peter Ball, formerly Bishop of Lewes and subsequently Bishop of Gloucester, and investigate whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences.
However a separate, more detailed hearing into Ball, who was friends with Prince Charles, will take place in July.
On the website, the inquiry states: ‘There have been a significant number of internal investigations of the diocese carried out both by child protection individuals and individuals within the church itself.
‘The Chichester hearing will examine those investigations, what they found and what has changed as a result.
‘The Chichester hearing will also examine what steps the Church of England as a whole has taken to improve its practice and to respond to the experiences discovered within the Diocese of Chichester.
‘Of importance to the focus to the hearing will be the accounts of disclosure of abuse by complainants from within the Diocese of Chichester: both whether they were believed, how they were treated, and what happened as a result of the complaint.
‘If they were unable to disclose their abuse at the time, why they were so unable and what steps they consider the church could and should have made to improve the processes in respect of safeguarding where they consider that the response given was not adequate.
‘The case study will investigate, amongst other things, the following: the culture of the church, by which the investigation team means its behaviours, values and beliefs, and if those behaviours, values and beliefs inhibited or continued to inhibit the investigation, exposure and prevention of child sexual abuse.’
Former Sussex priest jailed for sex abuse against boy
Feb 22 2018
A “disgusting and despicable” ex-Anglican priest has been jailed for sexually abusing a boy and conspiring with another priest to abuse the child.
Ifor Whittaker, formerly Colin Pritchard, was convicted of abusing the boy, aged between 10 and 16 when the abuse happened in the 1980s and 1990s.
The 73-year-old also conspired with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts.
Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, was jailed for 16 years.
He was told he will serve a minimum of 10 years in prison. He is already a registered sex offender for life after a previous conviction.
Sentencing Whittaker, Judge Paul Tain described the priest’s behaviour as “disgraceful, disgusting and despicable”,
He said: “It was an obvious and clear case of grooming, where he carefully manipulated a vulnerable child.”
Whittaker had “attempted to bamboozle, cheat and mislead the jury”, the judge said.
He said the abuser had “plied the victim with alcohol” and “emotionally blackmailed the boy by saying ‘no one would believe you over a priest'”.
Whittaker, a former rector of Sedlescombe, near Battle, was convicted of seven counts, which also included gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.
The offences took place between February 1987 and February 1993 in East Sussex, Hove Crown Court was told.
The jury was told Whittaker was a “predatory paedophile” and had organised and facilitated the abuse with Cotton, who worked as a priest in Brede, near Rye, in the 1990s.
He died in 2006 and was never prosecuted.
The victim, now in his 40s, told the court Cotton had been the main abuser and had “just passed me over like a toy to be borrowed by a friend”.
The court heard the abuse began after he was invited to do gardening work at the church by Whittaker in return for pocket money.
Whittaker and Cotton “had an agreement” and Cotton would often take the boy to and from Whittaker’s house, it was said.
There were also occasions at Cotton’s house when, after abuse had taken place, Whittaker would “suddenly immediately appear in the room as if he had been watching”, the jury heard.
Whittaker’s victim described him as “quite forceful, quite scary”.
The jury was told Whittaker had previously pleaded guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault in 2008 over offences which had take place in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire against teenage boys in the 1980s.
In 2010 Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review into how the two priests were allowed to work at East Sussex churches following the earlier sex abuse allegations.
The diocese apologised “unreservedly” after Baroness Butler-Sloss’s report criticised both senior clergy and Sussex Police over how they dealt with historical claims of abuse by Cotton and the then Colin Pritchard.
Following Whittaker’s latest conviction, the Diocese of Chichester issued a statement saying: “We express our profound sorrow and regret to the victim in this case and our admiration for their courage and determination in coming forward.
“The abuse of children is both a travesty and a tragedy and a complete betrayal of the Christian faith.
“This case demonstrates once again why it is so important to listen to those reporting abuse.”
New investigation into late Bishop George Bell as CofE says it has received ‘fresh information’
31 Jan 2018
The Church of England today said that it had received ‘fresh information’ concerning the late Bishop George Bell, with Christian Today understanding that a new complainant has come forward following publicity about allegations against the bishop.
The Church of England was criticised in the independent Carlile report published in December for a ‘rush to judgment’ in its handling of separate allegations against Bishop Bell, the former Bishop of Chichester who died in 1958, made by a woman known as ‘Carol’. The report by Lord Carlile said that although the Church acted in good faith, its processes were deficient and it failed to give proper consideration to the rights of the accused.
In 2015, the Church of England issued a formal public apology and paid damages of £16,800 to ‘Carol’, plus legal costs.
The fresh information does not relate to Carol, Christian Today understands.
‘The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has received fresh information concerning Bishop George Bell,’ said a statement from the Church of England’s safeguarding team today. ‘Sussex Police have been informed and we will work collaboratively with them. This new information was received following the publication of the Carlile Review, and is now being considered through the Core Group and in accordance with Lord Carlile’s recommendations.
‘The Core Group is now in the process of commissioning an independent investigation in respect of these latest developments. As this is a confidential matter we will not be able to say any more about this until inquiries have concluded.’
Bishop Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead Safeguarding bishop said: ‘There are ongoing queries and comments around the Bishop Bell case and we would all like this matter to come to a conclusion.
‘However, in light of General Synod questions that need to be responded to and the reference to the case in the IICSA hearing yesterday, I would like to draw your attention to this [above] statement from the National Safeguarding Team. I would ask that we keep all those involved in our thoughts and prayers.
‘Due to the confidential nature of this new information I regret I cannot disclose any further detail until the investigations have been concluded. We are currently developing an action plan in response to Lord Carlile’s independent report which makes a number of considered points as to how to handle such cases in future and we have accepted the main thrust of the recommendations.’
A spokesperson for Sussex Police told Christian Today: ‘On Tuesday 30 January we received information from the Church of England concerning the late Bishop George Bell. The information will be assessed in order to establish what further enquiries need to be made.’
The Church of England’s handling of claims against Bishop Bell are likely to be discussed at the General Synod, which begins next week. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been criticised by historians and academics supportive of the late bishop for saying that a ‘significant cloud’ remained over his name.
Bishop George Bell not to be cleared over ‘abuse’
Jan 22 2018
The Archbishop of Canterbury has rejected calls for him to clear the name of the late Bishop George Bell, who was accused of abusing a young girl.
A review found failings in the way the Church investigated allegations against the Bishop of Chichester in the 1950s.
Supporters of Bishop Bell have called on the Most Rev Justin Welby to pronounce the bishop as innocent.
But Mr Welby said he could not rescind a statement in which he said a cloud hung over Bishop Bell’s name.
Bishop Bell’s supporters have sent three open letters to the archbishop in recent days.
They were written by a group of historians, an international group of church leaders, and a selection of former choristers at Chichester cathedral.
But the archbishop said: “Our history over the last 70 years has revealed that the church covered up, ignored or denied the reality of abuse on major occasions.
“As a result, the church is rightly facing intense and concentrated scrutiny (focused in part on the Diocese of Chichester) through the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
“The Diocese of Chichester was given legal advice to make a settlement based on the civil standard of proof, the balance of probability.
“It was not alleged that Bishop Bell was found to have abused on the criminal standard of proof, beyond reasonable doubt.
“The two standards should not be confused.”
The independent reviewer, Lord Carlisle QC, said the Church of England’s investigation into allegations against the bishop by a woman known as “Carol” were deficient.
The church apologised and compensated Carol after she claimed she had been assaulted by Bell as a young girl.
Lord Carlile said the church had “rushed to judgment”.
But Mr Welby provoked anger among the late bishop’s supporters when he said: “No human being is entirely good or bad. Bishop Bell was in many ways a hero. He is also accused of great wickedness.”
Priest banned from ministry to defend George Bell at Church of England’s headquarters
30 Jan 2018
A priest barred from ministry after being accused of abusing colleagues and making malicious allegations against his superiors is to speak at the Church of England’s headquarters in London on Thursday.
Jules Gomes, formerly a priest at St Mary’s on the Harbour on the Isle of Man, is an outspoken defender of George Bell, a former Bishop of Chichester who has been accused of historical sex abuse. He will address a group of Bell’s supporters in Church House, Westminster, on February 1.
Church House is the building used as the CofE’s main London base. The National Church Institutions (NCIs) which govern the Church’s daily running, do not own the building nor control its bookings and the CofE appeared to distance itself from the event.
A Church of England spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an event due to take place at Church House Conference Centre Limited, in Westminster, on Feb 1 at which we understand Jules Gomes, a former Church of England parish priest prohibited from ministry for 10 years by a Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal, has been invited to speak.
‘The National Church Institutions are tenants at Church House. Church House Conference Centre Limited, who manage bookings from clients and operate the conference spaces, is an independent conference centre located at Church House.’
Gomes was banned from ministry for 10 years after a disciplinary tribunal found he is ‘prone to losing his temper and displaying anger and as a result those who have been the subject of such anger have been seriously upset and damaged’.
The chairman of the tribunal dealing with Gomes’ case, Geoffrey Tattersall QC, said he had an ‘over-inflated view of his own self-importance’, and dealt with people with ‘little or no compassion or pastoral concern’.
He abused and shouted at a voluntary church cleaner, causing her to feel ‘threatened by his behaviour’ and leave the church. He also repeatedly swore, using the word f***, at the churchwarden who also resigned stating the experience ‘hurt him deeply and that it took him some time to recover’.
Gomes also attacked his bishop on the Isle of Man in media interviews, making ‘several malicious and untrue allegations against the bishop and the archdeacon’, the panel concluded.
The bishop retired shortly afterwards.
Gomes, who is now pastor of St Augustine’s, an independent Anglican church on the Isle of Man, described his case as ‘Kafkaesque’ and a ‘witch-hunt’ against him.
Since being barred from ministry for conduct unbecoming of a priest, Gomes has written extensively on his own blog and for the Conservative Woman blog site. He refers to female bishops as ‘bishopesses’ and in one blog badged as ‘satirical’ he described a ‘gaggle of anorexic and bulimic teenage girls’ accompanying ‘Rachel Treweek, Bishopess of Gloucester’.
Elsewhere he described Sarah Mullally, the new Bishop of London, as ‘safe space Sarah, the box-ticking Bishopette of Londonistan’ who ‘doesn’t have the foggiest idea about the biblical gospel’.
Gomes told Christian Today: ‘It feels wonderful to return to an organisation that barred me from its altar and pulpit and I have not an ounce of regret, because it opened even wider doors of opportunity to enable me to flourish as a writer and journalist.’ He said he would ‘thank’ his accusers because ‘God brought immense good through it all.’
Gomes told Christian Today he would call on the Archbishop of Canterbury to apologise over the Bell case and demand a meeting between Bell’s niece and the current Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner. He also said he would call for references to Bishop Bell that had been removed or altered after the allegations against him emerged to be restored.
Bishop Bell was deeply revered in the Church of England and was one of the Church’s most respected 20th century leaders. However his reputation was destroyed in 2015 when the Church of England appeared to admit he was a paedophile by publicly apologising to an alleged victim, known only as Carol, and paid her more than £30,000 in damages and legal fees after a civil claim was launched.
A subsequent review of how the Church dealt with the accusations by Lord Carlile QC found it ‘rushed to judgment’ and made ‘serious errors’.
A dedicated group of supporters are hoping to clear Bell’s name. Thus far Welby has declined to apologise and insisted the Church’s principle of transparency when it comes to abuse cases was the right one.
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10th November 2016
The vicar was found to have shown an ‘unacceptable level of self-control’ over his anger, particularly towards the cleaner, who later quit her job.
Dr Gomes, who was ordained in northern India, is understood to have said f*** repeatedly in an argument with a warden.
He was also investigated for ‘malicious’ allegations of racism against Venerable Andrew Brown, the Archdeacon of Man, and Right Revd Robert Paterson, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, who both denied the claims.
Dr Gomes served the parish of Arbory and Castletown on the Isle of Man but resigned last December and claimed the complaints against him were ‘hearsay’ and ‘completely false’.
Dr Gomes, was ordained in northern India
He went on to serve as chaplain at Old Royal Navy College Chapel, Greenwich, and lectured at the London School of Theology before becoming a canon at Liverpool University between 2010-2012.
Meet Jules Gomes: The man behind “Rebel Priest”
The Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes (BA, BD, MTh, PhD) is a journalist and academic. He writes the weekly “Rebel Priest” column for The Conservative Woman and is religious affairs correspondent for Virtue Online. Jules earned his doctorate from the University of Cambridge and taught at the United Theological College, London School of Theology, and Liverpool Hope University. He enjoys philosophy, literature, art, classical and jazz music, target shooting, and motorcycling. He lives with his wife and cat on the Isle of Man.
GOMES. The Revd Dr Jules Gomes, Priest-in-Charge of Arbory and of Castletown, now Vicar of Arbory and Castletown, remaining Canon of St German’s Cathedral, Peel (Sodor & Man).
Commissioning Jules Gomes as St Augustine’s Minister, Pentecost 2016
Current members of the leadership team
A Church of England bishop was a paedophile, it was revealed.
The shocking revelations about the late Bishop of Chichester George Bell came when the Church of England disclosed it had apologised and paid damages following a civil sex abuse claim against him.
The allegations against Bell date from the late 1940s and early 1950s and concern sexual offences against an individual who was at the time a young child.
The survivor first reported the abuse to the then Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, in August 1995.
Bishop Kemp responded to the correspondence offering pastoral support but did not refer the matter to the police or, so far as is known, investigate the matter further. It was not until contact with Lambeth Palace in 2013 that the survivor was put in touch with the safeguarding team at the Diocese of Chichester who referred the matter to the police and offered personal support and counselling to the survivor.
Lord Carey criticised by damning report which finds Church ‘colluded’ with disgraced bishop Peter Ball to cover up sex offences
Justin Welby has asked a former Archbishop of Canterbury to step down from his current role after a report found that he and other senior figures in the Church of England “colluded” with a disgraced paedophile bishop to prevent him facing criminal charges.
George Carey, currently an honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Oxford, has been urged to “carefully consider his position” by Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury.
A damning report by former social worker Dame Moira Gibb, the result of an 18-month long enquiry, found that the Church of England had failed to protect the victims of Peter Ball, who abused 18 vulnerable men and boys over a 20-year period.
Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, was jailed in October 2015 for indecent assault and misconduct in public office. He was released from prison earlier this year.
He had initially been investigated by police in 1993 after Neil Todd, a young man who had stayed with him, told Church figures there had been “sexual activity” between the two. Mr Todd killed himself in 2012.
That investigation ended when Ball accepted a caution for gross indecency and resigned as Bishop of Gloucester.
The report, published on Thursday, found that Lord Carey, then the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to Ball’s twin brother, Bishop Michael Ball, in 1993, after the caution, saying he believed Ball was “basically innocent”.
At that stage Lord Carey was already aware of six letters which had been sent to Lambeth Palace by members of the public, making further allegations about Ball’s behaviour.
These included parents who said their children had been sexually propositioned by Ball and a man who said he had been asked to masturbate in front of him at the age of 15.
The letters were never passed on to police.
Following the caution Ball retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall estate and started to draw a pension. The report also criticises the “unusual degree of financial support from the Church” that he received in retirement, authorised by Lord Carey.
He was also allowed him to carry out services including baptisms and confirmations, as well as speaking at 17 public schools, some until as late as 2007, the report said, a decision in which Lord Carey “played the lead role”.
The former Archbishop also decided not to add him to the “Lambeth List”, which identifies clergyman about whom there are questions as to their suitability for ministry.
Ball was convicted of the offences after a renewed investigation into his actions was opened in 2012 following a review of past cases by Dr Rowan Williams, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.
The report said Lord Carey “set the tone for the Church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that the was innocent to gain credence”.
In a statement, Lord Carey said the report “makes deeply uncomfortable reading” and apologised to Ball’s victims.
He added: “I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations”.
In a statement the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Lord Carey and asked him to carefully consider his position as honorary Assistant Bishop.
“As I hold responsibility for granting him a licence to enable him to carry out his duties, Archbishop Justin has asked Lord Carey to talk to me and we have agreed to meet in the coming days for that conversation.
“In the meantime he has voluntarily agreed to step back from public ministry.”
Victims called for the former Archbishop to face criminal proceedings.
Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who represents a number of Ball’s victims, said: “Given what’s in the report, there is now a clear case for the police and CPS to consider criminal charges against senior figures, including Lord Carey, for offences of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.
“This report bears out our clients’ complaint that the Church of England deliberately concealed evidence of Ball’s criminality, and they are appalled by the true extent of collusion in abuse.”
In a foreword to the report, Dame Moira Gibb said: “Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”
Archbishop Justin Welby said the report, titled Abuses of Faith, made “harrowing reading”.
“The Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward,” he said.
22 June 2017
Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby
Report about bishop Peter Ball, finding collusion over 20 years, is ‘harrowing reading’
Collusion: Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy
Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.
“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.
“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”
Two former archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, apologised to the victims of Peter Ball after being criticised for their failures in relation to him.
Ball, the former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.
His trial heard that after Ball was first accused in 1993, a string of senior establishment figures – including Carey, an unidentified member of the royal family, cabinet ministers and a high court judge – came forward in his support, writing letters to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.
Ball was cautioned by police. He resigned his post as bishop and retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate but continued to officiate in 17 public schools until 2007. A fresh investigation was opened in 2012 which led to his conviction.
One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd – the first to come forward with allegations of abuse – attempted suicide three times before killing himself in 2012.
Welby ordered an independent review of the church’s handling of the case, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden council.
The report said Ball’s case was dealt with at the highest levels within the church. He “was seen by the church as the man in trouble who the church needed to help”.
Ball was portrayed as a victim, and the review found “little evidence of compassion for Neil Todd even though from the outset it was clear that he was a vulnerable young man who had come to harm”.
It added: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”
In the foreword to her report, An Abuse of Faith, published on Thursday, Gibb said the serious sexual wrongdoing of Ball “is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years”.
“Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The church colluded. The church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”
The report added, “progress has been slow and continuing, faster improvement is still required”.
Gibb made 11 recommendations in her report, including improving support to survivors of clerical abuse and taking steps to “demonstrate the individual and collective accountability of bishops”.
Peter Hancock, the C of E’s lead safeguarding bishop, who received the report on behalf of the church, said it had failed Ball’s survivors. “Having read the report I am appalled and disturbed by its contents … As a church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses. We accept all the recommendations and are working to action them.”
Rowan Williams: ‘It is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball.’
He added: “For the survivors, it may feel this is all too late.”
According to the report, Ball intimated “on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales” and “sought to exploit his contact with members of the royal family in order to bolster his position”.
Bishop Ball with Prince Charles and Camilla. Ball gave the homily at the funeral of Camilla Parker Bowles’s father, Major Bruce Shand, in 2006
Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace back in 2012
However, Dame Moira Gibb’s report went on, it “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.
Carey was criticised in the report, which said he “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”.
In a statement responding to the report, Carey said it made “uncomfortable reading” and he accepted its criticisms of him. “I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations.”
Carey said he regretted not putting Ball’s name on the Lambeth List – names of people whose suitability for ministry is under question – after he was cautioned.
Under the leadership of Williams, the church began reviewing past cases, a move which ultimately led to the criminal case against Ball being reopened, the report said. However, he was criticised as being “lamentably slow” in making change.
In a statement, Williams said: “Having read the report and reflected on its details, it is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball at the earliest opportunity. I recognise such a delay is likely to have increased the pressure and distress experienced by the survivors of his abuse and I am sincerely sorry for this.”
Chichester church abuser ‘allowed back into choir’
27 June 2017
A woman who was sexually abused by a lay vicar in Sussex says she was “completely failed” by the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.
Alesha Racine wrote to Lord Carey in 1992 after discovering her abuser had returned to the church where she had been sexually assaulted.
On Monday Lord Carey announced his resignation as an honorary bishop.
A review by Dame Moira Gibb found he had failed to pass on information about abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball.
Ms Racine’s abuser, Michael Walsh, was convicted of five indecent assault charges and confessed to sexual relationships with a further eight children.
He was sent to prison in 1990.
He had been a teacher, a lay vicar at Chichester Cathedral and also ran a choir at a church in Chichester.
Child abuse ‘inevitable’
After his release in 1992, Walsh returned to the same church to be part of the choir.
Concerned for the safety of other girls, in July of that year Ms Racine wrote to the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, requesting his help.
Speaking after Lord Carey’s resignation, Ms Racine, 54, said: “I was very concerned that my abuser had just come out of prison and it appeared that he’d just gone straight back into the parish church where he’d originally worked, and was again in a position of authority in the choir there where young children – specifically girls – sang.
“I was really worried that these girls were at a huge risk. I felt it was inevitable that children would be abused.”
Three months after writing her letter she was told Lord Carey had been unable to consider her concerns because he was “committed to a series of visits overseas, together with his summer break”.
‘Duty of forgiveness’
She was informed one month later that the “Archbishop had been assured that there was no question of Michael Walsh being reinstated in the choir,” but nine months after raising her concerns she received a letter from the Archbishop’s chief of staff confirming her abuser was back in the choir.
Lambeth Palace wrote to Ms Racine saying the parish authorities had taken “great care” in coming to their decision to allow Walsh’s return to his position “weighing carefully the risk of re-offending against… the Christian duty of forgiveness”.
The letters revealed Lord Carey regretted the decision which allowed Alesha’s abuser back into churches and offered her his sympathies.
Ms Racine said: “I thought his response was deeply hurtful, in that it had taken me a lot of courage to write to him at all.
“Most of what he said was in defence of the Church and the people in it, rather than try to reach out to me as a victim.
“I do feel it was a complete failure on his part.”
A spokesman for the former Archbishop of Canterbury said the correspondence with Ms Racine had been conducted on Lord Carey’s behalf by his chief of staff.
He said: “Lord Carey has absolutely no memory of this chain of correspondence or these events. He cannot therefore comment.”
Lord Carlile resigned the party whip and will sit as a non-affiliated peer after long finding himself “at odds” with senior figures on security issues.
The former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman has clashed with colleagues in the past over his support for the so-called Snooper’s Charter.
23 November 2016
Interesting that Lord Carlile, defender of Greville Janner, was a frequent visitor to 104 Kennington Road, offices of the Manorial Society
Elizabeth Butler-Sloss attending a Manorial Society event with Prince Andrew and Father Seed
Guest of honour , Baroness Butler Sloss
MSGB Spring Dinner – 14th April 2010
Members of the Manorial Society of Great Britain
Guest of honour , Baroness Butler Sloss
Baroness Butler-Sloss, a former senior judge, was appointed in July 2014 to lead an inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse but stood down before the inquiry started.
Her late brother, Lord Havers, had been attorney general in Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s – leading some MPs to question whether she was the right person to investigate allegations of paedophilia from that time.
Not to mention her defense of paedophiles in court…
The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, President of WOW – the Women of the World Festival, speaks with former Lord Justice of Appeal Baroness Butler-Sloss at a reception at Clarence House, London.
Camilla in attendance at her son’s book launch (An Alphabet of Greed…C is for cannibalism) with Lord McAlpine and 3rd wife Althena Malpas
Lord Carlile to get to the bottom of Bishop Bell’s abuse!
Lord Carlile has been called in by the Church of England to assess whether it unfairly labelled a revered former bishop Bell as a paedophile.
Lord Alex Carlile Background – he previously investigated
St Benedict’s school…
Sixty years of wickedness that no one tried to stop
In October 2009, David Pearce, a monk of Ealing Abbey and former headmaster of the Junior School, was jailed for eight years, subsequently reduced to five years, for sexual abuse offences at the school in the period from 1972 – 1992 and for one further offence in 2007 after he had ceased to work in the school.
In March 2011 Laurence Soper, the Abbot of Ealing Abbey during the 1990s, was arrested on child abuse charges relating to the period when he was a teacher at, and the bursar of, St Benedict’s School; it was reported in October 2011 that he had failed to answer bail and was being sought by the police.
In the light of these matters, and other alleged offences, the Abbot commissioned a report to be prepared by Lord Carlile with a view to making recommendations on the School’s governance.
As a result of the changes made the Independent Schools Inspectorate said in its 2013 inspection report that the pastoral care at St Benedict’s was excellent.
In October 2011 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered its own enquiry into the same matters, to be conducted by Bishop John Arnold.
Former abbot to stand trial for abusing 10 schoolboys
A former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing 10 schoolboys in the 1970s and 1980s will stand trial in October. Father Laurence Soper, 73, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is charged with 18 sex offences including buggery and indecent assault on boys under 16. They are said to have occurred at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught first as a priest before being promoted to abbot.
4 years after Carlile’s report: The deputy head teacher at St Benedict’s was found to be part of a paedophile ring and was convicted:
Peter Allott was working at St Benedict’s when Lord Carlile made his report for the school
Peter Allott, the former Tory councillor has been a teacher at St Benedict’s since 2004.
Amassed nearly 400 horrific images of children as young as two on iPhone and on a hard drive found in his office at the £15,000-a-year St Benedict’s School.
The judge in the case said””I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.”
Allott also admitted possessing the Class A drug MDMA which was found in a raid of his home, a property tied to the school.
Why would the Church of England choose Carlile??
Lord Carlile & Janner
As a young reporter, I was given letters that might have helped make a case against the MP for child abuse
The establishment, in the shape of his fellow MPs, men such as Labour’s Keith Vaz, Tory David Ashby and the then Lib Dem MP now Lord Carlile, closed ranks.
Carlile played a prominent part, describing Janner as a man of “integrity” and “determination”. Carlile should have known Janner fairly well.
DPP Saunders is closely advised by Alison Levitt QC, who happens to be the wife of Janner supporter, Lord Carlile
Most newspapers call on Alison Saunders to resign as DPP
The Sun and the Times agree that the head of the Crown Prosecution Service should go over the Lord Janner affair
Carlile’s wife was a Principal adviser to DPP. Oh, and I’ll just park this here…
Ban media from naming sex abuse suspects before charge, says top lawyer
Alison Levitt, former principal legal adviser to Britain’s leading prosecutor, says move would protect people such as the late Lord Brittan
Interesting that Lord Carlile, defender of Greville Janner, was a frequent visitor to 104 Kennington Road, offices of the Manorial Society
The Manorial Society -MSGB HOUSE OF LORDS RECEPTION
Manorial Society Event: Book Launch
A Reception to launch the book was held on 10 April 2014 in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in the presence of The Duke of York
The Reign of King George II, 1727-1760 Foundation of the World’s first Superpower
by Jeremy Black
Foreward by Prince Andrew
Nirj Deva and Prince Andrew
Nirj Deva – Member, Carlton Club
Knight Commander, Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George
Political Advisor to the Home Secretary (1984-85) Leon Brittan
Chairman of Bow Group think tank – as was Leon Brittan
Prince Andrew and Father Seed
One of Vaz’s contacts at the Manorial Society was Nirj Deva. Was he the link to Vaz/Savile’s ties to Sri Lanka?
Prince Andrew and Nirj Deva at Manorial Society event
The Manorial Society holds functions at the Carlton Club
Lord Montagu – Lord Montagu’s name appears alongside child sexual abuse as he was prosecuted in 1953 for having underage sex with a 14-year-old Boy Scout at his beach hut on the Solent
1950’s, H,R,H,Princess Margaret (second right) pictured at the Dorchester Hotel, London with her sister Princess Elizabeth, (Queen Elizabeth II) the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, right
Nirj Deva beside Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and opposite Fr Seed 2014
2008 – Niranjan de Silva Deva-Aditya, Member of European Parliament (MEP) from U.K. and Honorary Ambassador-at-Large for Sri Lanka
The Manorial Society was based in Kennington Road. Rumours abound that there was a very naught male conclave at the Society…
Chairman Robert Smith with the Queen and Quintin Hogg
Hatton Garden Heist leader ‘found sick pics of Tory child abuser’. Brian Reader says that one box belonged to Quintin Hogg, the Lord Chancellor, then head of the judiciary and photos of Princess Margaret’s male friends frolicking naked.
Chairman Robert Smith With the Queen Mum and is that Nirj Deva
Janet Rosamund Blishen was secretary to many of the companies of both Robert Smith and Michael Petry of the Manorial Society.
People and places re: Manorial Society – from their website
Prince Charles at Manorial Society Event
The Manorial Society holds functions at the Carlton Club:
MSGB Spring Dinner – 15 April 2008
Carlton Club, London
Guest of honour , The Earl of Gainsborough, Knight of Malta, and former Bailiff Grand Cross of Malta
Lord Tebbit, Michael Portillo, Tony Benn, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
MSGB INSTITUTE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
CONFERENCE: BRITAIN AND EUROPE QEII CONFERENCE CENTRE, LONDON.
Manorial Society Robert Smith and Lord Sudeley
Lord Sudeley, skint aristocrat, Western Goals and Monday Club member, frequent visitor to Manorial Society:
He is Patron of the Bankruptcy Association (Lloyds Bank foreclosed upon Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 4th Baron Sudeley in 1893, when his debt was covered twice over by large assets) and Convenor of the Forum for Stable Currencies.
Sudeley is also Lay Patron of the Prayer Book Society and a past President of the Montgomeryshire Society.
The Prayer Book Society
Patron – Prince Charles
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, K.G., K.T., G.C.B., P.C.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Hurd of Westwell, C.H., C.B.E., P.C.
Lord Sudeley, F.S.A.
Gregory Lauder-Frost exposed: The Tory fringe group leader with Nazi sympathies
Right-wing views and criminal past revealed of vice-president of the Traditional Britain Group
Jacob Rees-Mogg, centre with Gregory Lauder-Frost, right, at the Traditional Britain Group’s dinner
The right-winger whose association with Jacob Rees-Mogg caused the senior Conserative MP great embarrassment this week has added to concerns about his group’s relationship with the Tory party – by launching a personal attack on the mother of Stephen Lawrence as “anti-English” and a “nobody”, as more damaging revelations emerged about his past.
Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice-president of the Traditional Britain Group, claimed the decision to award a peerage to the mother of the murdered teenager was an example of a modern fashion for “filling the House of Lords up with spivs”.
Mr Lauder-Frost and his organisation were a little-noticed Tory fringe group until the website Liberal Conspiracy revealed that Mr Rees-Mogg had been guest speaker at one of its dinners – and highlighted some of its questionable views.
Mr Lauder-Frost said of Mrs Lawrence: “We do not feel there is any merit in raising such a person to the peerage. She’s a complete nobody. She has been raised there for politically correct purposes. She’s just a campaigner about her son’s murder.
However, 62-year-old Mr Lauder-Frost is a veteran of the right-wing fringe of the Tory party with a political record that dates back to Margaret Thatcher’s time. This was interrupted in 1992 when he was imprisoned for two years after stealing £110,000 from a London health authority where he was employed as payroll operations manager. At the court hearing, where he pleaded guilty to eight specimen charges, his lawyer said he had taken the money to pay for a custody battle with the Polish ex-wife.
At the time he was chairman of the foreign affairs policy committee of the Monday Club.
A keen admirer of pre-war German culture, particularly its opera and films, he has frequently expressed the view that the UK should not have declared war on Germany in 1939, because the Nazis had no quarrel with this country.
“The Poles asked for it from 1919 onwards. It was Britain and France who made it a world war, not Hitler.”
The Talented Mr. Kersey: The Tory Pressure Group, the Diploma Mill, and the Tesco Tax Manager
The End of The Traditional Britain Group
Tory who kept right on stealing cheques
A FORMER member of the right-wing Tory Monday Club Gregory Lauder-Frost, a relative of Sir Harry Lauder, was yesterday jailed for two years for stealing more than #111,000.
Sir Harry Lauder with Sir Winston Churchill at Lauder’s estate, Lauder Ha’, in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (About 1946)
He was a favourite of King Edward VII
On 28 July 1987, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, The Rt. Hon. John McKay, CBE, hosted a luncheon at the Edinburgh City Chambers, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the granting of the Freedom of the City to Sir Harry Lauder, attended by family representative Gregory Lauder-Frost, who, on 4 August 2001, formally opened the new Sir Harry Lauder Memorial Garden at Portobello Town Hall, and was the principal commentator throughout the Saltire/BBC2 TV (Scotland) documentary entitled ‘Something About Harry’ screened on 30 November 2005.
Sir Harry Lauder died at Lauder Ha’ on the 26th February 1950. At his funeral service the Lesson was read by the Duke of Hamilton, and all shops and businesses in Hamilton closed for the day. Sir Harry was unexpectedly interred not with his wife at Glenbranter, but with his mother, and brother George, in Bent Cemetery, Hamilton, after that town’s most memorable funeral ever. It was covered by Pathe News and wreaths were received from all over the world, including one from Queen Elizabeth (today’s Queen Mother) and another from Mr & Mrs Winston Churchill.
Fraud seems to be a recurring theme …
Far-right toff, Gregory Lauder-Frost, in race row stole from NHS
A toff condemned for claiming Stephen Lawrence’s mum Doreen should leave Britain was once jailed for stealing from the NHS.
Gregory Lauder-Frost criticised Doreen, who has been made a peer for campaigning to get justice for the racist murder of her son in 1993.
Lauder-Frost, 61, who lives near Duns, Berwickshire, and in London, was once jailed for two years for stealing more than PS111,000 from the NHS.
He was an accountant when he stole 136 cheques over a two-year period and paid them into his own accounts.
Ater his comments on the Traditional Britain Group website, it emerged Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg had been a speaker at a dinner for the far-right group.
Anti-fascist campaigner Gerry Gable, who warned Rees-Mogg not to attend, said: “He’s a racist and a thief who stole from the NHS.
“When the BNP membership list was leaked a few years ago his name was on it.
“He claimed to me that he was not a BNP member and that the list also contained the details who had written in with enquiries.
“They’ve got lots of money and you get the feeling they’ve been around for years. They’ve now got all these young groupies who are very nasty, have too much money and not enough education.”
Lauder-Frost, vice president of Traditional Britain Group, stood by his view that ethnic minority Britons should be encouraged to return to their “natural homelands”.
He said: “The pledge is pretty loose and I would suspect anyone who was not indigenous to Great Britain, who was of immigrant stock, would qualify.”
Asked to define “indigenous stock”, he said: “Well, people like you and I, I suppose.”
“I don’t think I’m a racist. I’ve never made a derogatory statement about somebody’s race.”
At a London court in 1992, Lauder-Frost admitted eight charges of theft. He said: “I am entitled to have this not mentioned in public. I don’t think it’s relevant any more.”
The International Monarchist League
Left to right; Christoper Arkell & Lord Nicholas Hervey (standing) Gregory Lauder-Frost (speaking to Arkell), Countess Georgina Tolstoy, Count Nikolai Tolstoy (seated under picture), unknown man, Lord Sudeley and John P Bullen Stean (with glasses) at a dinner on 12 March 1990, at London’s United Oxford & Cambridge Club
Gregory Lauder-Frost & Clive Derby-Lewis in Brussels as WGI delegates to the World Anti-Communist League Conference, 21 July 1990.
Clive Derby-Lewis – The former right-wing politician, who tried to trigger a race war in the dying days of apartheid with the assassination of South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani and who supplied the gun Janusz Walus used to kill SACP leader Chris Hani, was released on medical parole in June last year after obtaining a High Court order for his release.
Derby–Lewis was serving a life prison sentence.
Gregory Lauder-Frost, Vice-President of Traditional Britain Group, is an established expert on history, international relations, genealogy, and is a certified public accountant – well known in traditional Tory circles. He is the former Chairman of the Conservative Monday Club’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee and was also the Club’s Political Secretary. He was Publications Editor and Secretary-General of the international Monarchist League; Vice-President of the old Western Goals Institute and founder of the Traditional Britain Group in 2001
Young Members’ Group at a Club Conference at Chilham Castle, 1980: John R. Pinniger (YMG Chairman), Richard Turnbull, & Gregory Lauder–Frost.
1982 William Ross (centre), MP for Londonderry and chairman of the Conservative Monday Club’s Northern Ireland Policy Committee, with the committee’s vice-chairman Harvey Proctor (left), MP for Basildon, and political advisor John R Pinniger. They held a press conference at the House of Commons to launch a new policy paper.
John R Pinniger – former Conservative councillor for Lambeth 1990
He was also a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Conservative Monday Club
Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club’s Immigration & Repatriation Committee.
He co-authored papers with Proctor including:
”Immigration, Repatriation, & the Commission for Racial Equality”, by Keith_Harvey_Proctor, M.P., John R. Pinniger, M.A., with a foreword by Sir Ronald Bell, Q.C., M.P., published by the Monday Club, 1981, (P/B).
Pinniger was a director, along with Derek Laud of
LUDGATE LAUD LIMITED
John Pinniger was a “research assistant” to Harvey Proctor MP and to Sir Charles Irving MP and Pinniger worked at Harrod’s menswear shop in between his parliamentary duties.
Rev. Martin Smyth MP & Neil Hamilton MP Western Goals Institute
Gregory Lauder-Frost – VP of Western Goals (UK) from October 1989. Chair of Monday Club Foreign Affairs Committee since 1989.
Gideon Sherman – Board of Directors of Western Goals (UK) February 1989. Worked on the anti-Charities report.
Appears to be involved (with Lauder-Frost) in Manorial Society, War and Peace Ball and Monarchist Society.
Western Goals (UK) was the British branch of the American Conservative organisation, the Western Goals Foundation.
During its career, Western Goals had links to and supported the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, acting as a conduit for Oliver North’s funding of them according to a report of the Tower Commission. Its British subsidiary had links with the World Anti-Communist League, the British Anti-Communist League, the American Conservative groups the Conservative Action Foundation (CAF), the Committee to Defend the Constitution (CDC) as well as CAUSA, a front organisation for the Moonies, which supplied funds to the CAF. It also had links to the pro-Apartheid South African Conservative party, and also supported the Neo-Nazi German Republican Party and the French Front National, as well as El Salvador’s ruling Arena Party. There was also contact with the BNP, the League of St. George and David Irving’s Focus Group.
Western Goals (UK) parent organisation, the Western Goals Foundation, was set up in America in 1979 by Larry McDonald, an extreme Right-wing Georgia congressman with support from General John Singlaub. It was chaired by Linda Guell with Carl ‘Spitz’ Channell as its president. Western Goals (UK) was launched six years later May 1985, when Linda Guell visited Britain. By this time Western Goals also had a branch in Germany, and had run a series of TV adverts supporting the Contras. Both McDonald and Singlaub were linked to the Conservative Action Group, and Singlaub also had ties to the World Anti-Communist League.
Western Goals (UK) first director was the Young Conservative, Paul Masson. It also had a parliamentary advisor board, whose membership included the Rev. Martin Smyth, Patrick Wall, Nicholas Winterton, Neil Hamilton, Bill Walker and Stefan Terlezki, a former MP. Patrick Wall was also president of the British Anti-Communist Council, which was at the time a branch of the World Anti-Communist League. Peter Dally, another leading figure of BACC, was also president at the launch of Western Goals (UK). Terlezki was also a leading member in the British section of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN). In March 1986 the anti-Fascist magazine, Searchlight, reported that Paul Masson had become a member of the ABN’s International Youth Committee, and that a delegation had been sent to them by the Young Monday Club consisting of Masson, David Neil-Smith, A.V.R. Smith and Adrian Lee.
‘Spitz’ Channell and Tax Fraud
In late 1986 Western Goals (UK) split with its American parent. This was partly due to the scandal over the Tower Reports finding of its funding of the Contras. More importantly, ‘Spitz’ Channell had admitted tax fraud. Western Goals (UK) therefore separated from the Western Goals Foundation, which was effectively wound up and absorbed into the Larry McDonald Trust. The split was, however, a difference without distinction, as the supposedly independent Western Goals (UK) still retained links to the Larry McDonald Trust.
Attacks on ‘Left-wing’ Charities
In 1986 and 1987 Western Goals played a leading role, with other Right-wing organisations such as the anti-trade union Economic League, in attacking the charities Oxfam, Cafod and War on Want. They also produced a report attacking Christian Aid. In October the same year Western Goals (UK) also held a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference attacking the charities under the title ‘Alms for the Poor or Arms for Communism?’. In 1989 they sent a report on the above charities involved in Central America Week to the Charities’ Commission. The report was produced by Michael McCrone and Gideon Sherman, the childhood friend of the Right-wing blogger, ‘Guido Fawkes’.
Opposition to War Crimes Trials in Britain
In February 1989 Western Goals issued a press release criticising the proposal to allow war crimes’ trials in Britain. They condemned such trials as a ‘Communist disinformation ploy’. The statement was issued on notepaper listing the names of their vice-presidents, one of whom was the Unionist MP, the Rev. Martin Smyth. Smyth then resigned, as he had actively campaigned for the trial of Nazi war criminals.
Derby-Lewis and British Conservatives
When Derby-Lewis again visited Britain the following year, 1990, A.V.R. Smith arranged for him to attend WACL’s 22nd conference in Brussels as a Western Goals Institute delegate. Western Goals (UK) also claimed that he had met leading members of the Conservative party such as Lord Hailsham, the tennis player and Buster Motram, who had formerly supported the NF. They also claimed that he had addressed a meeting of the House of Lords Monday Club under Lord Sudely and a banquet of the South West Essex Monday Club, attended by Teresa Gorman, Teddy Taylor and Tim Janman. His speech at the banquet was praised for its ‘robust defence of European values and civilisation in Southern Africa’. He was also a guest at a ‘select’ dinner in Whitehall for Conservative MPs, Conservative candidates, councillors and party officials.
^^ The East India Club in London’s exclusive St James’s Square has attracted the great and the good for more than 160 years, including Prince Albert, Lord Mountbatten and Lord Randolph Churchill.
Members include 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh murdered by the IRA, Denis Thacther, the husband of Lady Thacther, and Lord Coe. (Coe served as chief of staff to William Hague)
Speaker John Bercow called for ‘assisted repatriation’ of immigrants
John Bercow, the new Speaker of the House of Commons, called for a programme of “assisted repatriation” of immigrants during his time as a member of a far-right political group, it has emerged.
Gregory Lauder-Frost, a leading light in the Monday Club’s Young Members’ Group at the time, said: “When he stood, unsuccessfully, for election to the Club’s national executive he did so on a platform of supporting the repatriation of non-white immigrants, and made a speech to that effect which was well received.
“But he wasn’t very popular in the Monday Club. He just rubbed people up the wrong way because he was extremely pushy and rather pleased with himself.”
Another former member said: “He was a great admirer of Enoch Powell. He used to read Powell’s speeches and regurgitate them word for word, because he has this amazing memory. I always thought at the time that he sounded a bit like Enoch Powell, as if he modelled his voice on him when he made speeches.”
Another self-serving regular at the Manorial Society: Conservative MP Keith Best
Mr Best will start work as director of the new Immigrants Appeals Advisory Service
Mr Best’s appointment comes amid increasing concern about the politicisation of government jobs. Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, recently rejected a shortlist for the new post of Prison Service Ombudsman because he considered the three widely respected candidates to be ‘too left-wing’.
Since then, Keith Best has become director of the charity Prisoners Abroad
Patron of Prisoners Abroad – Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd – Harvey Prictor’s friend – who helped fund his tie shop.
Keith Best part of Survivors UK Male rape and sexual abuse
After his election to Parliament Best was driving when his car was involved in an accident resulting in the death of his personal assistant; the incident affected his reputation, even though he was cleared of responsibility.
Lord Alex Carlile shared a small office with paedophile Cyril Smith
Carlile shared a small Commons office with paedophile Cyril Smith for many years.
Carlile’s mistress and eventual wife was a senior legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Cosy world, Westminster, it it not?
Carlile went on to be a stunningly illiberal “Independent” Reviewer of anti-terror legislation, where he demonstrated his independence by agreeing to absolutely everything the security services told him. 42 day detention with no charge? No problem. In fact there was no period of detention without charge posited so extreme that Carlile did not support it. Secret courts hearing intelligence evidence the defence were not allowed to see? Fine by Carlile. Control orders? Great. He is a fantastic bastion, protecting the public, is Carlile.
Even better, of course, at protecting his associates.
David Steel, (who promoted both Clement Freud and Cyril Smith for knighthood) former leader of the Liberal Party. How much did he know about Big Cyril and CSA at his home at Dolphin Square?
Sir David Steel sought the advice of Alex Carlile QC
THE FORGERY of a letter, purporting to come from Sir David Steel and shown to a defence lawyer during a bail hearing last year, was ‘a thoroughly misguided April Fool joke’, the Attorney General told the former Liberal Party leader in October.
In October 1991, Sir David Steel passed on to the authorities a complaint that had been made to him by Nazmu Virani, an acquaintance who was chairman and chief executive of Control Securities, after the SFO had carried out a raid on his company ‘with damaging attendant publicity’.
Protracted SFO inquiries into the case resulted in the closure of a hotel in Sir David Steel’s Scottish Borders constituency and difficulties for a company that employed 5,000 people.
Sir David Steel said: ‘At the end of March 1992, leisure and property group Control Securities plc was about to be relisted by the Stock Exchange when on the very same day, Mr Virani was arrested early in the morning and charged that evening with one offence of conspiracy to defraud.’
Bail was opposed by the SFO and was refused. However, when he was released a week later, after the SFO had withdrawn its objection to bail, Mr Virani complained to Sir David Steel about the ‘bogus’ grounds for the initial opposition to bail – and the fact that David Freeman, his solicitor, had been shown a letter by a senior SFO official shortly before the first bail hearing.
That letter, on House of Commons notepaper, was purportedly signed by Sir David and said that he would be attending the hearing.
Keith Vaz and Nazmu Virani
The accusations that have followed Mr Vaz for years have finally come to a head. The MP has always denied any allegation of wrongdoing and insists that he will be cleared but, if witnesses verify a single allegation, the pressure on him to resign could become too much to resist.
Carlile was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to national security.
Lib Dem peer Lord Carlile attacks investigation into claims of sexual harassment by party’s former chief executive
At least 10 women…Lib Dem female members who accused Rennard of sexual harassment have criticised their party for not taking disciplinary action against the former chief executive and allowing him to return to his job of helping to write Clegg’s 2015 election manifesto.
Lord Rennard’s friend and legal adviser, Lord Carlile claimed Rennard would not be apologising since he had done nothing wrong, adding he would be resuming his position on the Lib Dem federal policy committee.
Alex Carlile QC, in the 1998 Barry Bennell case
Lord Carlisle rejected any suggestion his public support for the intelligence agencies may have been influenced by his business relationship with one of the UK’s ex-spy chiefs.
…a successful campaign (Tory sleaze) to discredit the Major administration & replace it with a US poodle ‘New Labour’ gov’t. Aided in parliament by Lord Carlile who set up SC Strategy Ltd in late 2012 with John Scarlett, former head of MI6.
At the time Carlile was also an Exaro contributor.
Former reviewer of anti-terror laws co-owns firm with ex-MI6 chief
Lord Carlile, who often defends work of intelligence services, has earned £400,000 from consultancy formed with Sir John Scarlett in 2012
SC Strategy Ltd, the company that Carlile established with Sir John Scarlett, who ran MI6 from 2004 to 2009…
Relatively little is known about SC Strategy, which Carlile and Scarlett formed in late 2012. The company – owned jointly by the two men – has no website or phone number and Companies House only lists a correspondence address for the company at a high-end City accountancy firm.
Clout in Whitehall- Cabinet Office records show that on 10 April 2013 and 6 June 2014, the company had a private meeting with the cabinet secretary “Sir Cover-Up” – Sir Jeremy Heywood – widely viewed as the most influential player in David Cameron’s No 10 – and treated him to breakfast.
Scarlett is also a director and senior adviser at News Corp’s holding company for the Times and Sunday Times newspapers, and has written for the Times as an occasional columnist.
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 3, 2014
Lord Carlile Won’t Take Chair of Child Sex Inquiry
Carlile said that whoever leads the inquiry should not be a parliamentarian.
He also insisted that he or she should have expertise in issues involving child protection or child abuse.
‘Devastated and Saddened, Shaking from Limb to Limb’ Ex-MP’s Wife Speaks Out
The wife of Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile of Berriew has spoken of her devastation at discovering her husband’s relationship with a barrister 15 years his junior. Lady Carlile, who lives in Welshpool, said the former MP for Montgomeryshire had admitted a five-month affair with 43-year-old barrister Alison Levitt while they were still together.
Alison Levitt and Alex Carlile
Lord Carlile, who is in charge of reviewing anti-terror laws, has now moved Ms Levitt into the flat near his London chambers that he once shared with Frances, his wife of 37 years.
Lady Carlile said her 58-year-old husband, an eminent QC, had told her he was ‘bored’ with her and revealed that he had had another affair years earlier when their children were very young.
‘He said he’s done it because he was bored with me. And he admitted he’s had another affair when the children were very young. He said it lasted for several years but that it had meant nothing.
‘He couldn’t understand why I was so upset and why I felt it made a mockery of the trust between us.’
As a QC he successfully defended butler Paul Burrell when he was accused of stealing millions of pounds of goods from the estate of the late Princess of Wales. He lists his recreations as politics, theatre, food and Association Football and is a member of the Athenaeum Club – Jimmy Savile was also a member
Carlile’s two daughters – troubled teenagers
Lord Alex Carlile – other interests and associates
He is the Independent reviewer of National Security policy in Northern Ireland.
Lord Carlile is the Chairman of the Lloyd’s of London Enforcement Board and is a non-executive director of Wynnstay Group plc. He is also the President of The Security Institute, a Fellow of King’s College London, and a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust.
Lord Carlile is a member of the boards of numerous charities including the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College and The White Ensign Association. He was a co-founder of the Welsh charity Rekindle. He is chairman of the not-for-profit company Design for Homes and is a founding director of SC Strategy Ltd, a strategy and public policy consultancy.
Outside Parliament, Alex Carlile was a Lay Member of the General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Wynnstay Group plc, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Lord Carlile used to write for Exaro
He writes articles, if asked, broadcasts, and is involved in several charities from NACRO to the White Ensign Association. He has a special interest in mental health.
Nacro charity –
Our people and governance
Patron Her Majesty The Queen
The current Chief Executive is Jacob Tas, formerly of *Action for Children* and The Prince’s Trust
Jonathan Aitken –Nacro Trustee since 2011
Jonathan Aitken is an ex-prisoner, ex-Cabinet Minister and ex-MP. In his political career he was an MP for 23 years. During his ministerial appointments he served as Minister for State for Defence and in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
In 1999 Jonathan pleaded guilty to charges of perjury and served seven months of an 18 month prison sentence.
In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd. Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.
The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.
Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.
Then he was embroiled in a legal dispute with former brothel keeper Lindi ‘Miss Whiplash’ St Clair, who claimed that she was thrown out of Inglewood partway through a course.
And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.
Michael Howard is a member of the highly secretive organization ‘Le Cercle', which has deep ties to many intelligence agencies and has a long history of links to many of those involved with organized child abuse, along with shadowy covert acts such as media propaganda, arms dealing and on the ground military action, generally funded by offshore shell companies.
Michael Howard is a long time friend of Jonathan Aitken, global arms dealer and one time head of Le Cercle.
Members of the same club – Alf Bates Club 1974
Jonathan Aitken, Tim Renton (wrote a letter of support for paedophile Bishop Peter Ball), Leon Brittan, Sir Peter Morrison, Sir George Young, Alan Clark…
Jonathan Aitken, a close friend of Sir Peter Morrison’s
Sir Jimmy Savile was known to have had dinner with Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, Chief of the UK Defence Staff at the time of 9 11, and was known to have had close relationships with the leaders of Israel.
When official lists of those entertained to dinner were released under the Freedom of Information Act, it emerged that Savile had dinner with Dame Judi Dench and Admiral Sir Michael Boyce (Chief of the Defence Staff), which is quite a combination.
Similarities between Action for Children and the crime reduction charity Nacro might not be obvious, but Jacob Tas, who last month moved from the former to become chief executive of the latter, says they have more in common than one might think.
CV: Jacob Tas
2014: Chief executive, Nacro
2011: Interim chief executive, executive director of operations and
deputy chief executive, Action for Children
2007: Director for England, the Prince’s Trust
1990: Director of operations, Royal P&O Nedlloyd
*Action for Children*
Government IT expert is caught with child porn stash… but why did Downing Street keep it secret for six months?
Not Patrick Rock – Sebastian Crump
Worked for the Cabinet Office – he received promotion at Cabinet Office while he was being investigated
He has spent a decade working in technology and communications for Government offices, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Central Office of Information
He was arrested in January – Patrick Rock was arrested in February
Crump landed a government job after working as a children’s charity website manager, *Action for Children*, which helps support vulnerable and neglected children, between 1998 and 1999.
Alex Carlile is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Royal Society of Arts
The RSA’s Patron is currently HM Elizabeth II, the RSA’s President is HRH The Princess Royal (who replaced her father, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2011), its Chairman is Vikki Heywood, and its Chief Executive is Matthew Taylor.
List of presidents of the RSA
- 1947–1952: The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh
- 1952–2011: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
- 2011–present: HRH The Princess Royal
Alex Carlile Companies:
Mayor appoints Chair of new Ethics Panel for policing in London
A little summary
Government anti-terror adviser = Lord Carlile of Berriew defended Leon Brittan’s reputation
He married his second wife, Alison Levitt, QC, in December 2007. She is the Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales.
Lord Carlile to head Boris’s Met Police Ethics Panel
Lord Carlile is a member of the Athenaeum Club, along with Virginia Bottomley. Sir Jimmy Savile was a member too.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey visiting Sir Peter Bottomley’s local Sunday school group
Sir Peter Bottomley MP. a Warden at St Margaret’s Church by Westminster Abbey and a member of Parliament’s Ecclesiastical Committee, which examines measures put forward by the Church of England’s General Synod before they become law
Lord Carlile was a contributor to EXARO
Nick Brown MP is a contributor to EXARO
Nick Brown, the government Chief Whip is not known as Gordon’s enforcer for his delicate approach to politics. Nick Brown has survived a rent-boy scandal – because he claimed he did not pay for sex – he just gave the rent boy financial gifts.
Wonder how Exaro get the inside track on child abuse and information? * puzzled face*
Lord Carlisle was called to report on historic cases of abuse at Downside
Downside school sought advice, then chose not to report paedophile
Downside, one of Britain’s oldest Catholic boarding schools, is run by lay staff and Benedictine monks from Downside Abbey in Somerset. Between the late 1960s and the early 2000s, six monks either sexually assaulted children or viewed images of child abuse.
One victim was Rob Hastings, who was groomed and abused for 18 months by his geography teacher, Richard White, known as Father Nicholas. Last year, White was jailed for five years. Rob was removed from the school by his parents but the police were never called. Officers only found out that Mr Hastings was abused while they were trawling through Downside’s old records, investigating another complaint.
At White’s trial, Mr Hastings discovered that another boy had been abused before him. White confessed that the school had kept this secret and allowed him to continue teaching. The school had written to its lawyers asking if it had a legal obligation to report the teacher to police, and was told it did not.
Mr Hastings believes the abuse he suffered could have been prevented. “This letter came out which shocked me absolutely to my core… I was in floods of tears. I was so upset, so angry. That the school had gone and got legal advice on whether they needed to report a paedophile… I personally could have been saved.”
The current head of Downside, Dom Leo Maidlow Davis, said: “Neither I nor the school would today follow the steps taken more than 20 years ago. Such a matter would be reported … to the police and other relevant authorities as appropriate.”
Report here: link
An investigation into one of the worst scandals to afflict the Catholic Church in Britain is set to be dropped from the public inquiry into child abuse.
Next week lawyers for Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will propose that no evidence be called about decades of abuse of pupils at Ealing Abbey and its adjoining independent school, St Benedict’s.
Victims were furious and accused Professor Jay of backtracking on her previous promise not to reduce the scope of the inquiry. They said the move undermined the credibility of the inquiry, which has lost three chairwomen, cost more than £20 million and shown little tangible progress since it was set up by Theresa May in 2014.
More on Ealing Abbey here