Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection
A leading child protection officer has suggested paedophiles who view indecent images should not be given criminal sanctions unless they pose a physical threat to children, according to The Times.
Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, is reported to have said.
…alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
The Times quoted Mr Bailey as acknowledging many people may be horrified at the stance…
MPs call for ‘immediate reassurance’ over child abuse image cases
07 Mar 2017
A group of influential MPs is “very alarmed” that Britain’s most senior child protection police officer should want to keep low-level offenders viewing abuse images out of the courts.
Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) chair Yvette Cooper is calling for “immediate reassurance” after the National Police Chiefs’ Council child protection lead suggested only paedophiles who pose a “really significant” physical risk to children should face a criminal sentence.
While thousands of suspects are being arrested every year in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Chief Constable Simon Bailey said alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
Worried by the “changes in approach” if implemented straight away, Ms Cooper said comments that forces cannot cope with the “huge proportions” of child sex abuse offences – up 80 per cent in three years – are “clearly of great concern to us”.
She wrote to Mr Bailey: “As you will know, for many decades institutions have put children at risk because it was seen as too difficult, not a priority or resources were insufficient to keep them safe.
“I would not want to see the same happen over online child abuse.”
The children’s charity National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s chief executive officer, Gabrielle Shaw, expressed concerns that Mr Bailey’s views could mean that “paedophiles who want to view indecent images of children now have the green light to do so?”.
Ms Shaw added:” If they think they won’t be thrown in jail, what’s to stop them from searching out these images to satisfy their sick appetites?”
Arguing there is no-such thing as a “low-risk paedophile”, she went on: “I don’t want anyone to think for a second that looking at an indecent image of a child is a victimless crime.
“Just because someone downloaded it, maybe paid for it, they might think it’s OK as they didn’t go and hurt a child physically? Except they have.
“They have fed the demand for these images, which means more children will be robbed of their innocence in the worst way possible.
“Those children have to grow up knowing these images will circulate for years – every time someone new views them they are being abused all over again. It never stops.”
“Police priorities reflect society’s priorities. And if you want child protection to be a priority, then let’s all say so.”
Every paedophile needs to face full force of the law
THE suggestion from leading police officer Simon Bailey that paedophiles who look at indecent images online should not be charged with criminal offences unless they pose a direct threat to children is appalling.
His implication is that looking at “low-level images” is not a serious offence. This is completely wrong.
The paedophiles who view these images online may not have physically abused a child themselves but they are funding those who produce such content. They must bear at least some of the responsibility for the suffering of the children featured.
Moreover in some cases viewing images online is just the start. Often it is a precursor to paedophiles committing far worse crimes.
Treating the viewing of images as a minor crime does not provide a sufficient deterrent to further activity and fails to address their behaviour early enough.
Paedophilia is one of the very worst crimes that can be committed. It is shocking that anybody – let alone a senior police officer – could advocate relaxing the laws surrounding it.
April Jones’s mother hits out at senior police officer’s paedophile comments
March 1 2017
The mother of murdered April Jones has warned “anything can trigger” dangerous sexual predators amid suggestions viewing child abuse images should not always lead to prosecution.
A senior police officer provoked a storm of criticism this week by claiming lower-level offenders should instead be given counselling and rehabilitation for looking at child pornography.
Coral Jones, whose five-year-old daughter April was abducted and murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger in 2012, recalled how the killer had viewed grotesque pictures before his crime.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also suggested the comments by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Simon Bailey, amounted to telling offenders: “This is a great day to be a paedophile.”
In comments released by the IWF, Mrs Jones hit back at the claim abuse images could be “low-level”, saying: “You don’t know what pictures Bridger was looking at before attacking my daughter.
“He was looking at images hours before he went after April. It doesn’t matter what images paedophiles look at. Anything can trigger them off.
“A child could have a photo taken of their abuse and they will have to live with that for the rest of their life. People can be cruel.”
Chief executive Susie Hargreaves told the Press Association: “I think absolutely we need to make sure we don’t give out the wrong message, we don’t want to be saying ‘this is a great day to be a paedophile because when you look at the images there might not be the ramifications you expected a week ago’.
“What we have to say is we have a zero-tolerance approach to anybody looking at child sexual abuse – it is wrong.
“These are children, these are real children who are abused and whether it’s a category C or a category A that is a real child suffering that abuse.”
“Resources is not a reason to let people get away with child sexual abuse.”
What am I missing about @CCNorfolkPolice proposals re non-custodial cautions & sex offender registrations? Is this not happening already?
I suppose tho’ receiving a caution & saving cost of trial (seem to read about a lot of suspended sentences) would mean no publicity for perp
Would it make the offence of drawings practically speaking null and void?
Steven Smith, last Chair of PIE was a very talented artist when it came to depicting child rape in pencilled detail & as we now know Graham Ovenden’s portraits of female children were painted as he abused them so he could capture an authentic sense of loss of innocence (the fall from Eden/Paradise as he liked to characterise it)
Brian Pead provided Simon Bailey with a copy of his book from Hillsborough to Lambeth which exposed child abuse in Lambeth Council and the Chief Constable failed to act, despite being the national police lead for child abuse.
Simon Bailey has been a police officer for 29 years, serving predominantly as a detective in King’s Lynn and Norwich.
In 1998, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad and as Detective Inspector he was responsible for managing covert operations at a national and international level targeting serious and organised crime gangs.
In 2000 he was further seconded to the Rosemary Nelson murder investigation based in Northern Ireland. He worked for three years on the investigation before he returned to Norfolk as a Detective Superintendent with responsibility for intelligence.
In December 2005 Simon Bailey was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and as Head of Crime he managed the force specialist crime and operations resources.
In 2007 he was appointed to lead the force modernisation programme and whilst successfully leading this programme he passed the Police National Assessment Centre and between October 2008 and February 2009 attended the Police National Strategic Command Course.
DCC Bailey was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable with responsibility for Legal Services, Human Resources, and Force Performance in September 2010, he was also lead for the Norfolk Policing model Review.
On 10th June 2013, Mr Bailey was temporarily promoted to the rank of Temporary Chief Constable and on the 19th September 2013 was appointed Chief Constable by the Police and Crime Panel.
In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the NPCC lead for Child Protection and Investigation.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Educated at Wymondham College and Norwich City College and has a Cambridge University Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management.
In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
She was murdered a week before the publication of a report into allegations that police officers had told her clients she’d soon be dead.
What no one had known, however, was that while the RUC itself was under scrutiny, special branch, MI5 and the security service had been spying on her. Between 1994-1998 security reports on Nelson’s private and public life accelerated until, in the summer of 1998, an application for a warrant to put a bugging device in her property went to Mo Mowlam, then Northern Ireland secretary. It troubled Mowlam, but she sanctioned it.
The evidence has stunned the three previous inquiries – costing millions of pounds – into alleged collusion in Nelson’s killing. They had all been told lies, that no intelligence file or files exist on Nelson.
“That was an untruth,” says a furious officer close to the murder investigation headed by Colin Port, now chief constable of Avon and Somerset police.
There has always been an eerie code of silence about Nelson’s death. Despite Port’s “outstanding” stings, said Phillips, the suspects had not spoken. But they had consistently uttered one mantra: “It was the government that did it.”
Rosemary Nelson (née Magee; 4 September 1958 – 15 March 1999) was a prominent Irish human rights solicitor who was assassinated by an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in 1999. A bomb exploded under her car at her home in Lurgan, Northern Ireland; the Red Hand Defenders claimed responsibility. Allegations that the British state security forces were involved in her killing led to a public inquiry. It found no evidence that state forces directly facilitated her murder, but could not exclude the possibility that individual members had helped the perpetrators. It said that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) failed to protect her and that she had been publicly threatened and assaulted by officers, which helped legitimize her as a target.
In September 2006 the British Security Service MI5 announced it would be represented at the inquiry. This move provoked criticism from Nelson’s family, who reportedly expressed concerns that MI5 would remove sensitive or classified information.
Loyalist McKeown: Police asked me to shoot Rosemary Nelson dead
Loyalist lifer Trevor McKeown could be called to the public inquiry into the murder of Catholic lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
Four years ago he claimed rogue RUC officers directed him to the spot where Rosemary Nelson parked her car and urged him to shoot her there — less than two years before she was eventually killed by a loyalist car bomb.
McKeown says two officers asked him to kill the human rights lawyer while he was being quizzed over the murder of 18-year-old Bernadette Martin — an allegation they strenusously denied.
Since her death there have been persistent allegations of security force collusion in the murder, which is now the subject of an inquiry headed by retired judge Sir Michael Morland.
Ironically, McKeown’s trial for murdering Bernadette Martin started the day mother-of-three Mrs Nelson was murdered on March 15, 1999.
Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960’s which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivorsfor many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding ofthe effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding.
She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group ‘Aware’ in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years. Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.
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Phil Gormley was in the top 10 highest earning chief officers in the country.
According to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and Norfolk Constabulary, Mr Gormley’s successor, Simon Bailey, is in receipt of a total package of £165,318, including a salary of £136,092.
Row as Police Scotland blocks release of chief constable Phil Gormley‘s financial interests
6 Aug 2016
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley
POLICE Scotland is embroiled in a secrecy row after it blacked out the details of the chief constable’s financial interests.
The force’s decision means it is impossible to know if Phil Gormley has any business ties outside of policing.
John Finnie, a Scottish Greens MSP and a former policeman, called on the decision to be reconsidered.
Submitting a register of interests that is available for inspection is a basic element of public sector transparency.
MSPs, MPs, MEPs and councillors are required to produce a detailed list, as are board members of quangos and public agencies.
A key part of this ethics check is financial openness, such as declaring directorships and shareholdings.
The Police Scotland Executive – whose members include police chiefs – also have to submit an internal declaration on public appointments, political activity, gifts and hospitality and potential conflicts of interest.
However, although the force has released a copy of Gormley’s register, the “financial” section has been redacted.
“The public have a right to know of any potential conflicts of interests that senior public figures or elected politicians may have and it is for that reasons we all complete a register of interests.
Myles Bradbury: CEOP ‘failed to alert abuse doctor to police’
Phil Gormley involved in this case.
CEOP received information from Toronto Police, via Interpol, of up to 2,345 UK individuals, including Bradbury, in July 2012.
This was part of the Canadian force’s Project Spade investigating child pornography across the world.
The NCA said the material provided to CEOP included “details” of online purchasers of potentially harmful DVDs and videos.
In November 2013, a few weeks after the agency took over CEOP, the NCA said its deputy director general Phil Gormley became aware the material had not been disseminated to UK police forces and did then share it…
the data on Myles Bradbury was shared with Suffolk Police a few days later on 27 November, which, by coincidence, was the same day a grandparent of a victim at the hospital made a complaint about the doctor.
Queen Elizabeth and Phil Gormley – sharing a special handshake
Norfolk chief constable – on meeting the Queen – hobnobbing with royalty.
11 July 2011
He was once the real Morse, and meets the royals as part of his job, but the Chief Constable of Norfolk was surprised to find himself something of a local celebrity too.
Phil Gormley has been in the job for just over a year, but is still getting used to invitations as diverse as church with the Queen, cricket with a general, or late night knock on his front door to ask him to look into rumours of a village crime.
“The post of the chief constable is one that has a much higher profile in Norfolk than it has in other places I have worked,” he said.
A life-long football fan, he has attended several Norwich City matches since moving to the county – and not all of them as a spectator.
“I’ve been out and policed a couple of matches, and I go out on patrol…”
Philip Michael Christopher “Phil” Gormley (born 1963, Surrey) is a high ranking police officer who became Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2016. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the National Crime Agency.
Gormley has been married twice and has one daughter. His second wife, who he married in 1998, is Claire Louise Stevens, a police officer with Thames Valley Police where she rose to rank of Det. Superintendent in 2009; since 2011 she has been Det. Superintendent with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary..
Of note is that the Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk was Ian Learmonth, who was one of the senior police officers responsible for policing around the 2005 G8 Summit, then Assistant Chief Constable for Operations at Strathclyde Police.
As with the SDS under his heading of Special Branch, Gormley’s time here is at a crucial period in the history of the spycop unit National Public Order Intelligence Unit, as will be detailed below. While Gormley was overseeing it, this Unit ran notorious undercovers such as Mark Kennedy, Lynn Watson and Marco Jacobs at this time. All three were in attendance in the counter-mobilisation and protests against the 2005 G8 Summit in Scotland. The G8 is a significant period as it was one of great activity by NPOIU, and Mark Kennedy claimed that he’d been told his reports were going direct to the desk of Prime Minister Tony Blair
New chief constable Phil Gormley linked to Met undercover police ‘sex spy’ unit
POLICE Scotland’s new chief constable led the Metropolitan police branch that controlled a notorious undercover unit whose officers had sex with their female targets.
Phil Gormley was in charge of the Met’s Special Branch, which had responsibility for the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad (SDS).
The SDS’s activities are now central to a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.
MSP Graeme Pearson, former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called on the police chief to provide answers on any links he had to the SDS.
Gormley, the former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, came out of retirement to secure the top job in Scottish policing and starts this week.
He succeeds Sir Stephen House, whose term was marked by controversies on stop and search, armed policing, call-handling and unlawful spying.
However, as Gormley prepares to take over, the spotlight is on his career at the Met, where he was a commander for four years from 2003.
The SDS was formed in 1968 – as the Special Operations Squad – in response to mass protests against the Vietnam War.
Over the next 40 years, SDS officers would be embedded undercover into protest and environmental groups with a view to keeping tabs on their activities.
The Unit was based inside the Met’s Special Branch – which focuses on national security.
However, the SDS has become discredited over the tactics used by its undercover officers over the decades.
A number of the plants formed sexual relationships with female activists and one ex-officer, Bob Lambert, even fathered a child with a protestor in the 1980s.
In November, it was announced that seven woman received compensation for what the Met described as “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some of its officers.
The compensation was linked to behaviour by former officers for the SDS and the separate National Public Order Intelligence Unit.
Officers also assumed fake identities by taking the names of dead babies and gave evidence in court using the false names.
The SDS also stands accused of spying in the 1990s on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence – an allegation that led to Home Secretary Theresa May to announce the Pitchford Inquiry. The SDS was eventually wound up in 2008.
According to his online Police Scotland biography, Gormley became a Met commander in 2003: “Initially responsible for firearms and aviation security, then for special branch and counter terrorism.”
His NCA biography provides more details of this stint: “From 2005 Phil led the modernisation of Specialist Operations and took command of MPS Special Branch, driving forward the merger of Special Branch and the Anti Terrorist Branch to form the new Counter Terrorism Command.”
In 2005, when Gormley took command of Special Branch, the SDS – now called the Special Duties Squad – was still in existence.
In an official inquiry into SDS, carried out by Derbyshire chief constable Mick Creedon, the two most senior officers in the SDS pecking order were “Commander Special Branch” and a Detective Chief Superintendent.
MSP John Finnie, a former police officer, said: “I would be keen to understand what the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) knew about Mr Gormley’s policing background and what enquiries, if any, they made about his role with Special Branch and the SDS.
“If the SPA were unaware of this hugely significant matter, then, once again, it would bring into question their competence.
“The public will rightly question how someone who was in charge of Special Branch, which controlled the notorious SDS, is now our chief constable.”
Mr Winnick asked him: “Sudan has a notorious record of outright brutality… Isn’t there a contradiction of this country [the UK] upholding certain principles, human rights and the rest and an organisation like yours having contracts with governments that are totally in the opposite direction?”
Police Scotland has provided training on child protection and crash investigation to officers in the UAE’s police force.
There are widespread concerns the NCA is being run more like a Whitehall department than a law enforcement agency, with too many managers making it difficult for swift action to be taken. Its annual report, published last week, reveals huge turnover in its 17-strong management board. Director-general Mr Bristow is leaving before his contract ends in late 2016, although the Home Office claimed this did not mean he was leaving early.
Deputy director-general Phil Gormley announced in March that he would retire in the coming year.
He became deputy director general of the National Crime Agency in 2013.
NCA… had suddenly been given a lead role in tackling child abuse.
The Home Secretary said last night: ‘Keith Bristow has been an inspirational first director-general.
‘Under his leadership, and alongside Phil Gormley and Trevor Pearce, the NCA re-shaped the UK’s response to serious and organised crime and is a highly effective organisation.’
Norfolk deputy chief constable Simon Bailey, at the “give an hour, help a hero” launch with Help for Heros teddy bears wearing the prototype police uniform designed in Norfolk which will be available countrywide.
Norfolk Police launches Help for Heroes fundraiser – News – Eastern Daily Press
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Church admits ‘more robust action’ should have been taken against Norwich priest Anthony McSweeney jailed for sexual abuse
The Catholic Church has admitted it should have taken “more robust action” against a former Norwich priest jailed for sexually abusing a vulnerable teenage boy at a children’s home.
Anthony McSweeney was jailed for three years in 2015, after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting the youngster while working at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981.
Concerns were raised in 1998, when his cleaner discovered his stash of sex toys, truncheons and pornographic videos at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Initially it was threatened that he would be “banished” from the priesthood.
But instead of being reported to the police, he was quietly moved to a new parish, St George’s, in Norwich, where he led the Sprowston Road church’s congregation.
Now, the safeguarding commissions of the dioceses of East Anglia and Brentwood have accepted the recommendations made in an independent review following McSweeney’s conviction, and that “there were failings in the way in which the Church managed the situation at the time”.
In a statement issued by the two dioceses, it said: “The Church should have taken more robust action following the discovery of video tapes in 1998, later referred to in Anthony McSweeney’s trial, and should have ensured that the matter was reported to the police so that a full investigation could have taken place.”
It also accepted “local priests and parishioners were not adequately supported, their concerns were not taken sufficiently seriously, nor acted upon diligently” and “Anthony McSweeney’s subsequent transfer to East Anglia […] was poorly managed, lacked insight and was not adequately documented.”
The dioceses said national safeguarding procedures put in place in 2001 would mean a similar matter would now be passed straight to the police.
Now, if a priest asks to be transferred from one diocese to another, formal undertakings have to be given that the priest is of good standing before such a move can take place.
However, the statement added: “At the time of these events awareness of the need for child protection was in its infancy.”
The dioceses have also raised the following recommendations with both the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, and the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission:
• To review and clarify the existing policy about priests transferring from one diocese to another to ensure consistency and transparency in the process in all the dioceses in England and Wales, and in particular, to ensure that any issues to do with safeguarding are resolved before any such move can take place;
• To issue clear guidelines for managing cases potentially involving indecent images;
• To review the existing ‘whistleblowing’ policy.
The chairmen of the two safeguarding commissions, Denis White of East Anglia, and Linda Ransom of Brentwood, expressed their thanks to those who assisted the review.
They added they were committed to ensuring “very high standards of safeguarding practice within the dioceses, in particular for children and vulnerable adults, but also for the benefit of the whole Church”.
Representatives from St George’s Church did not wish to comment.
McSweeney was arrested in 2013 after police began investigating abuse following revelations about Jimmy Savile.
When he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in early 2015, the court heard how McSweeney – who was also found guilty of making indecent images of children – abused the teenager with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January 2015 – weeks before his trial.
Prosecutor Sarah Plaschkes QC said: “This was a joint enterprise by both men, to use the victim for their own sexual gratification.
“There was grooming behaviour used against the victim – both men used the washing routine at the home as an excuse to confuse the child.
“There was specific targeting of a particularly vulnerable child.
“Not all children at the home were abused. He [the victim] was targeted because he was a vulnerable boy, isolated from his family.”
During his trial, jurors heard McSweeney was sexually motivated to watch children shower, and had a collection of child pornography.
He watched as his teenage victim was abused by Stingemore in the care home shower.
Sentencing him, Judge Alistair McCreath recognised there was no evidence to suggest the priest himself molested the child, but he had encouraged it.
He said: “He has a voyeuristic interest in children, either in seeing them unclothed, or in seeing them sexually abused by others.”
The judge added the priest had abused the position of trust that he was in, preying on the youngster at the care home where he should have been safe.
He acknowledged that McSweeney had been a “good and conscientious priest in almost all aspects of his calling”.
McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.
In 2012, McSweeney had been appointed as a director at Norwich’s Notre Dame High School, but resigned following his arrest in 2013.
Following McSweeney’s conviction, headteacher Brian Conway sent a letter to parents, students, staff and governors, saying the school was “saddened and shocked by the crimes”.
In the wake of the case an independent review was commissioned by the Dioceses of Brentwood and East Anglia.
The review said McSweeney was found with videos of adolescent boys in 1998 but this was not reported to police.
The review revealed how McSweeney was moved in 1999 from the Diocese of Brentwood, where he served at Saint Luke’s in Harlow and at Saint Peter’s in Eastwood, to St George’s Parish, Norwich, which is part of the Diocese of East Anglia, after the tapes were discovered.
McSweeney’s abuse conviction related to indecent assault and making indecent images of children between 1979 and 1981.
He was investigated as part of a police probe into allegations of a paedophile ring at the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow.
In 1984, McSweeney was ordained at Ilford.
Key review findings
The Church should have taken more robust action following the discovery of video tapes in 1998 and should have ensured that the matter was reported to the police so that a full investigation could have taken place
Local priests and parishioners were not adequately supported, their concerns were not taken sufficiently seriously nor acted upon diligently
McSweeney’s transfer to East Anglia was poorly managed, lacked insight and was not adequately documented
His offending, as far as we know, goes back to the Seventies when, while training for the priesthood, he worked as a part-time carer at a local authority-run home for vulnerable boys in Grafton Close, Richmond-upon-Thames.
He was given the job by the manager, his ‘good friend’ — and fellow predator — John Stingemore.
McSweeney was finally caught when, more than 30 years later, police launched an investigation into historic allegations that Grafton Close boys had been sent to Elm Guest House in nearby Barnes, to be sexually abused.
The list of alleged abusers included Cabinet ministers and MPs, diplomats, spies, policemen, judges, pop stars and staff of the Royal Households
Delia Smith, a devout Roman Catholic, met Father Tony McSweeney last year and convinced him to be the club’s part-time chaplain.
“I asked him if it could be possible we could hold mass, because I sometimes see a lot of our supporters in the Roman Catholic cathedral after the game,” said Smith.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely to have one in-house’. I am very much hoping that it is very well attended. I am hoping very much that any supporters and staff feel able to attend.
“The more people that come the better. If it is well attended we might be able to have it two or three times a season.”
Fr McSweeney added: “Several of the players who are Catholics had said there is no Catholic chaplain at the club. I said I wasn’t actually looking for work but I’d go ahead and do it anyway.
“The Church reaches out to lots of groups of people and I hope as many people as possible come along to this.”
It will be first time in Norwich’s 102-year history that the club has hosted a religious service, which is to be held in Smith’s Top Of The Terrace restaurant at the ground an hour after the game ends on Saturday.
The service is being conducted by Father Tony McSweeney, a Roman Catholic parish priest at St George’s, Sprowston Road, who is the third chaplain at the football club.
He knows both Malky Mackay and Paul McVeigh, who are regular worshippers in his parish. In fact the players helped to get him involved in the club together with Delia, who asked him to be a chaplain after she gave a lecture earlier this year at his church.
Fr McSweeney told the EDP: “I am reaching out to a different group of people, which is what the church likes to do. But we won’t be praying for failure or the downfall of the Canaries’ opponents – we like to leave it up to God.
“I myself always keep an eye on the results but I don’t have time to go to matches. However, my curate is a season ticket holder.”
McSweeney was booted out in disgrace. A few months later, the same Essex parishioner attended a conference for Catholic professionals, held in Norwich. The guest speaker was none other than Tony McSweeney. His subject? The joys of Scouting.
‘I could not believe what I was seeing,’ says the source.
McSweeney prospered in Norfolk. He became chaplain and governor of a school.
He rubbed shoulders with local celebrities — hence, presumably, his invitation from Delia Smith, the Catholic cookery writer, to say Mass at Norwich football club, where she and her husband are majority shareholders.
Smith became a recognisable figure amongst young people in the 1970s and early 1980s when she was an occasional guest on the BBC’s Saturday morning children’s programme Multicoloured Swap Shop and did basic cooking demonstrations; she and host Noel Edmonds had a flirtatious way of interacting with each other back then.
Father McSweeney, of St George’s Church in Norwich, held a service at the Premier League club in 2004 after they were promoted to the top flight.
A Norwich City spokesman today said: “In 2004, Father McSweeney wrote to joint majority shareholder Delia Smith suggesting he would like to become a Norwich City Chaplain.
The Labour MP intervened directly with the Home Office to help the controversial Lalit Modi with UK travel papers
Fr Tony McSweeney marrying the boxer Frank Bruno – McSweeney was caught with child sex abuse images he made on his computer. He was a member of the scouting movement and worked with the Norwich City youth football team.
“We would also like to know about the secret garden,” said Mrs Jawad. “It’s rumoured that the future Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were entertained there during the time of Harry Oakes because he knew them.
Millionaire Sir Harry previously owned Oak Hall, then called Tottingworth. He made front page news when he was murdered in his bed in the Bahamas in July 1943 where the Duke of Windsor had recently been exiled as Governor
The Right Reverend Arthur Roche, the bishop of Leeds gave an eulogy for Savile and sang his praises
Addressing the congregation, the Right Rev Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, said: “Today Jimmy lies at the front of the cathedral where in former years he has remained discreetly hidden at the back in order not to disturb people’s prayers or distract their attention from what was taking place at the altar.”
The service at the cathedral was also attended by former Conservative minister Lord Tebbit and boxer Frank Bruno.
Catholic Church decided not to unfrock priest who abused deaf boys
A priest, Neil Gallanagh, who admitted indecently assaulting deaf boys at a school in Yorkshire has been allowed to remain as a cleric, it can be revealed, as the scandal over abuse cover-ups in the Catholic Church moves to Britain.
10 Apr 2010
The Rt Rev Arthur Roche, the Bishop of Leeds, sent letters to the Vatican asking for advice on what action should be taken against Fr Neil Gallanagh, after details of his offences emerged, but decided not to unfrock him.
Victims’ support groups said that the Catholic Church’s failure to pursue the toughest possible course of action against Gallanagh seriously undermined its attempts to send a clear statement that priests guilty of abuse have been properly punished.
The disclosure comes as Pope Benedict XVI finds himself embroiled in new revelations over child sex abuse, following the emergence of a letter signed by him in 1985, before he became Pope, resisting the unfrocking of Stephen Kiesle, a US priest who had been convicted of offences against young boys.
The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the diocese of Oakland, in the US, and the Vatican about the proposed unfrocking of Kiesle, sentenced to three years of probation in 1978 for lewd conduct with two young boys in San Francisco.
In the letter, Cardinal Ratzinger – who was at the time the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has responsibility for tackling abuse by clerics – said the “good of the universal Church” needed to be considered in any unfrocking. He also urged “as much paternal care as possible” for Kiesle.
Kiesle was ultimately unfrocked in 1987. In 2004, he was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting molesting a young girl in 1995.
Now aged 63, he is on the registered sex offenders list in California. The Vatican says he was exercising due caution before sacking the priest.
Last month it was claimed that while he was a Cardinal in the 1990s, the current Pope also took a lenient approach towards another American priest who was suspected of having molested as many as 200 boys at a school for the deaf.
The Vatican has insisted that the Pope was never involved in blocking the removal of paedophile priests during his two decades as head of the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
He held the position prior to becoming Pope in 2005.
The decision not to unfrock Gallanagh, who also abused children at deaf school, is likely to prove embarrassing for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, which has up until now escaped from being dragged into the crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church in several countries over the past year.
Gallanagh abused boys while working as the chaplain of St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, in the 1970s. The abuse first came to light in 2002, by which time he was working as a parish priest in Horsforth, Leeds.
In 2005, by then 75 and retired, Gallanagh pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two teenage pupils at the school. He was given a six-month suspended sentence and a further 11 charges involving boys as young as 11 were left on file.
However, he escaped being unfrocked – or laicised – following Bishop Roche’s decision that it would be sufficient to stop him from exercising his ministry.
“He is not in good standing with the Church as a priest,” said John Grady, the bishop’s spokesman.
“He is not allowed to exercise ministry of any kind. He has observed these restrictions to the letter.”
The diocese did not refer the case to the Vatican until 2007, according to Mr Grady, by which time Benedict XVI was Pope.
“When the Neil Gallanagh case was sent to Rome, the diocese did not ask for laicisation,” Mr Grady said.
“Bishop Roche took the view that Neil had had his faculties removed at the time of the disclosure – he had not acted as a priest or worn priest’s dress – and still does not.”
Gallanagh, who currently lives in a flat “under the observance of the church” and has been financially supported by the Church with a retirement grant, was moved to the school in 1973 despite having been fined for assaulting a nine-year-old boy 13 years earlier on the Isle of Man, while he was a priest in Northern Ireland.
At the time of the 1973 offence he told police “it was a horrible thing to do”, adding: “I have been worried with this sexual trouble for some time and recently it has become an obsession with me.”
Margaret Kennedy, founder of Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS), a support group, said that the Church had not gone far enough in punishing Gallanagh.
“Defrocking him would send out a statement that he’s not fit to be a priest,” she said.
“He should not be left with this honour. By not defrocking him it says that he is still a man of God and that is clearly not the case.
“It’s insulting to the victims who have suffered that he has been allowed to remain as a priest.”
The disclosure that Gallanagh has been allowed to remain as a priest comes after Archbishop Nichols recently cited the ability to defrock priests as one of the key changes Pope Benedict had introduced to protect children.
“He pushed forward, for example, a fast-track to defrock priests who have committed abuse,” the Archbishop said. “He changed the statute of limitations in Church law.”
Kevin Walton, who was abused as a boy at the school, said he was shocked to hear that Fr Gallanagh has been allowed to remain a priest.
“He was known to have abused before in Ireland, then to Boston Spa with vulnerable Deaf boys,” he said.
“The church has not acted strongly enough at all, too many silences, brushing under carpet, not saying any more about it, as if they hope things will quieten down.”
Boxer Frank Bruno (left) and Labour Minister of State for Europe Keith Vaz MP toast Europe Day with two glasses of ‘Euro Punch’ which they made themselves during an Open Day at the Foreign Office in London, as part of the London Millennium String of Pearls Festival.
Former boxer Frank Bruno
will switch on the lights on a school Christmas tree
tomorrow. Mr Bruno will join Leicester East MP Keith Vaz at Green Lane Primary, in Spinney Hill Road, Leic
ester at 3.30pm.
The tree will commemorate Mr Vaz’s mother, Merlyn, who died in 2003. Mr Bruno and Mr Vaz will also give 20 Christmas hampers to pensioners.
Mr Vaz said: “Frank is an excellent choice. Mum really loved his sense of humour.”
Onwards to half a century! Keith Vaz selectively marks his 25 years in Parliament
Publicity-loving Labour MP Keith Vaz, 56, distributes a booklet of pictures marking his 25 years in Parliament, containing generous tributes from David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He displays photographs of himself with the Queen, the Pope, the Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, the Princess Royal, Bill Clinton and other notables. There is no mention of his role in the Hinduja passport affair, which resulted in the parliamentary standards commissioner Elizabeth Filkin recommending his suspension from the Commons. Nor of his erstwhile friend, the crooked lawyer Shahrokh Mireskandari, booted out of the legal profession despite Vaz’s interventions on his behalf.
…a very special book. It’s by Keith Vaz, and is all about his career as an MP. Its title, naturally, is 25 Incredible Years.
Across 150 full-colour pages, the former Minister for Europe (May 1999-June 2001) chronicles his countless achievements. He includes photographs of all the celebrities who’ve been lucky enough to meet him (Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Frank Bruno).
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, centre, at 10 Downing Street, London, with celebrities, from left, Esther Rantzen, Anthony Andrews, Frank Bruno, Susan Hampshire and David Frost. The PM hosted a reception for Childline to thank the charity’s supporters. Esther Rantzen is the chairwoman of the national helpline for children in trouble or danger.
Esther Rantzen at David Frost’s Annual Garden Party at His Home in Carlyle Square – 04 Jul 2001
Grafton Close children’s home which was run by Richmond Council in South West London
1982 Keith Vaz worked as solicitor for Richmond upon Thames Council (Operation Fernbridge)
Operation Fernbridge, an investigation that was set up by the Metropolitan Police to look into claims that a paedophile ring involving a number of high profile individuals was operating in the Richmond area in the early 1980s.
The investigation was launched following information passed to the police by the Labour MP Tom Watson.
The allegations are understood to involve claims that children at the Grafton Close children’s home were abused both there and at a guesthouse in Barnes, South West London.
Following lengthy research I suspect I may have identified someone who is mentioned within the Elm Guest House paperwork. The person concerned was mentioned in connection with Neil Keir and David Hamilton Grant and this ‘chart’ of how the different depraved cogs joined together to make one nasty machine also makes mention of him at the top. The person in question is named ‘Barsby’ (incorrectly transcribed in this picture).
I believe that Barsby was, in fact, ‘Uncle George’ George Barsby – a local man who lived within a stone’s throw of Grafton Close children’s home. Barsby was a 56 year old supermarket manager, who also referred to himself as a ‘voluntary social worker’ when he made numerous appearances at Richmond Magistrates Court on 16 charges of child sexual abuse in 1978 (which tallies with the note at the top of the graph).
After 11 appearances at Richmond, his trial was eventually transferred to the Old Bailey and on 23 March 1979 he was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Interestingly, one of the allegations against him included making pornographic photographs of children (which also tallies with the note at the top of the graph). He was referred to as a counsellor who targeted single mothers and their children. His solicitor argued that Barsby had previous good character but following his social work, he had “fallen for tempation”. He was also found guilty of theft from his employers, Sainsburys, and of false stocktaking figures.
1980 ‘Amsterdam Connection’
A year later, a trial took place at Kingston Crown Court which was described as the ‘Amsterdam Connection’ in which a man named Alfred Hart from Twickenham was found guilty of dealing in child abuse images along with his partner, Michael Dennison from Blackwater, Camberley. Hart was described as “one of the ringleaders” which leads me to believe this was a much bigger case involving more than just the two who appeared in court.
Alan Delaney & the Colin Peters Paedophile Ring
Then 8 years later Operation Hedgerow reaches it’s conclusion and the Colin Peters paedophile ring (including Alan Delaney) appears in court charged with child sexual abuse offences. As well as procuring boys from the West End of London, Delaney had also lured boys through his Twickenham cleaning business and running a local youth football team.
Delaney lived in Hounslow – on the Twickenham borders – and the reason I have included these trials in one post is down to the proximity of the abusers in relations to Grafton Close childrens’ home.
Here are the addresses mapped so you can see the close proximity of these repugnant individuals.
There were more depraved individuals living within the vicinity at that time and I will add them in due course.
^ If the 2 persons referred to here are Eric Kasir and Leon Brittan, why is The Telegraph allowing Brittan’s name to be whitewashed?
2.35 – Tom Watson / PMQs / D-Notice / Leon Brittan / Harvey Proctor
[CHRIS] the one interesting thing above all else, when Tom Watson asked a question in the House of Commons recently, as you know
[BILL] Member of Parliament
[CHRIS] Member of Parliament, he also asked about the use of D-Notices. D-Notices are notices that they’re supposed to be advisory, but basically the government doesn’t like a story in the newspapers about to print, it’ll slap a D-Notice
[BILL] A D-Notice is a gagging order
[CHRIS] is a gagging order. Now when Mary Moss and I left the coroner’s court the entire world’s press was outside, obviously it was a very, very big story
[CHRIS] Because we’d stood in the witness box, we’d named Leon Brittan we’d named Harvey Proctor, we’d told the inquest all the evidence we had about who’d been involved at the Elm Guest House, so by any stretch of the imagination it was big news story. When we got outside the coroner’s court there was, they were all there, BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Sky, you name it.
18.15 – Eric Kasir / Neil Kier / Carol Kasir
[CHRIS] I knew who to complain to, how the system worked. Now, when the police, because they thought, they knew that Carol Kasir’s son, Eric, was 10, was living there. They also suspected and their own words ‘that other children might be present’ they approached Richmond Services, told them about the raid. Now procedure dictates that normally you would have got, say, the local field social worker in the local office who would have come in with the police on the raid. Any children present, they would have taken, they would have taken them into care. However, on the day of the raid, the man from Kingston, err from Richmond Council, who, who was on the raid with the police was Neil Kier, the officer in charge of Grafton, who took Eric into care.
[BILL] That’s her son Eric?
[CHRIS] That’s her son Eric. So you can understand why Carol was so angry.
[BILL] So, so, she knew, she knew that all the kids were coming from this children’s home. Then what they done on the night of the raid was took her own child and put her own child in that children’s home.
[CHRIS] Not only that, but with the very guy who had been one of the people supplying the boys, so Carol knew full well what that meant.
Who leant on Eric Kasir? Why are hacks letting Leon Brittan get off with blue murder?
Did the questioning of Eric Kasir lead Paul Settle to believe that Leon Brittan, patron of Haroon Kasir’s EGH, was a paedophile?
Are you listening Mr Settle? What did you have to say about Leon Brittan after your team had interviewed Eric Kasir?
Old Bailey trial in May 1983 in which most charges against the guest house owners, Haroon and Carole Kasir, were dropped, and the Kasirs walked away with just a fine. None of the prominent paedophiles were charged.
Four people had come forward alleging child sexual abuse crimes.
VAZ PIMP AID PROBE
Police reportedly investigating claims Keith Vaz threatened council worker who tried to evict a rent boy pimp
12 Sept 2016
Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz allegedly told housing chief he would make his life ‘impossible’ unless pimp was allowed to keep his home – despite not paying £1,400 rent
The disgraced Labour MP intervened when gay brothel owner Nigel Philpot-Jones was booted out of his Leicester council flat 25 years ago for rent arrears.
Ex-councillor Paul Gosling told The Sun he was quizzed by police in March about the MP’s behaviour in the early 1990s.
He said: “On many occasions Keith Vaz interfered with the running of the council in ways that breached his responsibilities as an MP.
“In particular I was unhappy about his involvement in reversing the decision to evict Nigel Philpot Jones, who had not paid his rent and was also operating a gay brothel in breach of the council’s clear rules on tenancy.
Vaz had been brought into the eviction row by his friend Philip Taylor, son of a former mayor of Leicester and himself homosexual. Mr Taylor was also a friend of Philpot-Jones.
Bridgen referred – under Parliamentary privilege- to a current historical child sex investigation said to be being conducted by Leicestershire Police where four people had come forward alleging child sexual abuse crimes.
Devastating questions Labour’s Tom Watson must answer… not least, why does he only brand TORIES as child sex abusers?
On April 21, Labour’s deputy leaderTom Watson was asked to join 11 other prominent MPs signing an open letter that called for a high-profile member of the Establishment accused of appalling child sex abuse to face justice.
Due to be published in the next day’s newspapers, it claimed that a recent decision not to prosecute the man — on the grounds that he was suffering from dementia — bore all the hallmarks of a ‘whitewash’.
‘The public are horrified,’ the letter declared. ‘Powerful people, including MPs, have previously avoided facing justice for serious crimes committed against children. As long as justice is not seen to be done . . . the greater public interest is not served.’
On the face of things, Watson — then a mere backbencher — should have heartily agreed with this sentiment.
For 18 months, the MP had been making near-identical pronouncements while trying to expose what he had famously described as ‘a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10’.
Strangely, given this tub-thumping track record,Watson refused to put his name to the open letter of April 21.
One of their number says: ‘He was called, texted and emailed but we got no reply, so reluctantly concluded that this was one particular child sex case Tom didn’t want to make waves about.’
Prostitute in Max Mosley ‘Nazi’ dungeon orgy was wife of MI5 officer
An MI5 agent has been forced to resign after it was revealed his wife took part in a Nazi-style sex orgy with Formula One boss Max Mosley
The wife of an MI5 agent was one of the five prostitutes who took part in a ‘Nazi- style’ orgy with motor racing chief Max Mosley.
It left MI5 facing questions last night over whether one of its officers had helped set up the sting which saw a lurid five-hour video of the sado-masochistic sex session sold to a newspaper.
The agent was forced to resign when the activities of his 38-year-old wife – who used the name Mistress Abi – were revealed.
Security sources dismissed any suggestion that the surveillance officer was involved in the secret filming in a ‘torture dungeon’ at a £2million flat in Chelsea and insisted he was unaware of it until after the story appeared in the newspapers.
RT @ExaroNews: Tony McSweeney, who worked as priest at Grafton Close children’s home, has just been jailed for three years. #Fernbridge
Tim Pendry founded Exaro in 2012, he’s a director of the British Syrian Society, as are David Steel, Lord Henniker’s son-in-law, Wafic Said & assorted diplomats, arms dealers & spooks. He’s the nephew of alleged offender Lord Tom Pendry (friend of convicted paedophile Stuart Hall) & worked for a pressure group financed by the Goldsmith family. In the early 90’s he was a leading figure in DEMOS which he himself said was used for ‘much more sinister political ends’ by what he terms the ‘centralist national security state.’
Wafic Said is in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book (along with Harvey Proctor’s friends – the Duke & Duchess of Rutland
Saïd came to public prominence after helping facilitate the Al-Yamamah arms deal between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.
THEY ARE GATEKEEPERS WORKING FOR THE SECURITY SERVICES.
They did their job then – just as the Establishment wanted.
VIP abuse accuser Nick ‘manipulated by news website Exaro’
Detectives investigating the man who made false allegations about a Westminster paedophile ring have been told that he was manipulated by a news website.
Northumbria police have been asked to investigate whether the complainant, identified only as Nick, fabricated allegations against figures including Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, the late home secretary, and Lord Bramall, the former chief of the defence staff.
It is understood that officers will investigate the relationship between Nick and the Exaro website, which was first to publish his allegations before it closed in July.
…Another reason for writing this is that I believe it demonstrates that often media outlets, not just Exaro News, may publish material that may not be in the interests of the survivor they have talked to. There is also the danger, especially in this post-Panorama period, that any survivor who may have had dealings with Exaro may become contaminated by association and more generally this may happen to any survivor making allegations regardless of whether they’ve talked to Exaro, or indeed any media outlet and that, I feel, would be a crying shame.
Following the publication 0f the story Richard Kerr was naturally very upset. He’d been taken by surprise when the five photographs of individuals had been produced during the interview, he’s an obliging gentleman and attempted to help the interviewer but directly after the interview, recognising that he couldn’t be 100% certain that he had correctly identified all of the men in the photographs, or if he had recognised them, from other sources. Of the 5 men that Richard identified he was certain that he’d met of two of them but of the other three he was uncertain. He he had immediately requested that this part would not be made public. Richard Kerr knows too just how much such a mis-identification, once public, can harm the credibility of a survivor (even one like himself who can demonstrate his abuse very clearly).
However, despite requesting that the VIPs he had named under these pressurised circumstances be removed, it was never done and they remained on the Exaro News website until the day the site recently disappeared.
“Exaro Holdings is 100% owner of ExaroNews which is the first commercial website dedicated to investigative journalism”
So why did it’s director Watts sue for wrongful dismissal when he knew the money wasn’t there to compensate?
So why did it’s director Watts not resign his directorship of Exaro Holdings when he was sacked as ’employee’?
Did Watts breach the Companies Act? Did he tell the employment tribunal that he was STILL a director of it’s parent company?
As a sacked ’employee’ and STILL a director he had a clear conflict of interest. A conflict of interest that is part of the legal framework around directors’ responsibilities. It does not make sense that a sacked employee can remain a director.
ACTIVE director Mark Watts. Company in liquidation. Sacked as employee. Still a director.
Exaro Holdings 100% (from Pendry’s own words) owner of Exaro News. Watts sacked from subsidiary company. Watts STILL a director of parent.
So the questions remain: why is Mark Watts STILL a director of a parent company from which he was sacked as an employee?
Why did Mark Watts sue for wrongful dismissal and allegedly be awarded compensation when he KNEW as director there was no money?
Did Watts waste public time and money by that wrongful dismissal claim? Did Watts have a massive conflict of interest with directorship?
Tim Pendry, a Left-leaning PR man and friend of Jeremy Corbyn.
Last month, Pendry announced that he would rejoin the Labour Party, saying his decision ‘was helped by the estimable old Labour Right-winger Tom Watson being elected as ballast, as deputy leader’.
Exaro’s editor-in-chief, Mark Watts, is also an admirer and friend of Watson.
He once hosted a daily news show on a Left-wing channel called Press TV. Controlled by the government of Iran, Press TV, which has employed Left-wing firebrand George Galloway, was where Corbyn described the killing of Osama Bin Laden as ‘a tragedy’.
Watson and Watts (who is today expected to appear with Galloway on Kremlin-controlled Russia Today) have certainly been useful to one another.
The MP first began publicly campaigning about an ‘Establishment’ paedophile ring in 2012. At about the same time, Exaro began focusing heavily on stories about the same purported ring.
Ever since, Watson has made regular appearances in Exaro’s news reports. As a senior MP, his comments lend credibility to their reports. In turn, they help to promote Watson’s campaign.
Little wonder, perhaps, that in the past 18 months Watson has almost continually flagged Exaro stories on Twitter. His support is doubtless very helpful. In November, for example, Watson tweeted: ‘I’ve spent all week telling reporters to phone Exaro if they want to know what’s going on.’
This relationship does not please everyone, however. Peter McKelvie, a former child protection officer who once worked closely with the Labour MP, has severed ties because he regards Exaro as ‘a disgrace to journalism’.
McKelvie is also said to believe that Watson fails to adopt a sufficiently collegiate attitude to his campaign, an opinion shared by one MP who has previously collaborated with him on child protection issues.
‘There have also been other times Tom has not pulled his weight, and I’m not just talking about the Janner letter,’ says the MP.
‘There was, for example, a debate in Parliament on historical child sex abuse last November. Everyone interested in the issue attended, apart from Tom. Perhaps he didn’t want to share the limelight.’
2013, 17th January – MET Police launch Operation Fernbridge, a full investigation into allegations that politicians were members of a paedophile ring which abused children in care in the 1980s.
Centres on the alleged historic sexual abuse of children at Elm Guest House, in Rocks Lane, a suburban street in Barnes, south-west London, and Grafton Close Children’s Home, Richmond.
Follows on from Operation Fairbank, a scoping exercise launched in October as a result of Tom Watson‘s claims in Parliament. It is being run by the Specialist Crimes and Operations Directorate, and led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command.
In 2003, Tom Watson voted for the Iraq War, and subsequently voted consistently against an investigation into the Iraq war.
The Inside Story of Spa-Gate; London’s Top Policeman Was Forced to Resign over a Free Stay at Champneys. Here Its Owner Stephen Purdew Tells Viv Groskop the Truth about His Friendship with Sir Paul Stephenson
The Evening Standard (London, England), July 19, 2011 |
We talk on the phone, as I decline to visit Champneys, unlike millions of journalists before me. (“Have you been? I’d better not invite you because the last person we invited got the sack. I’m joking.”) But it’s not just hacks and police commissioners in the Champneys guest book. Another regular visitor is Keith Vaz, the prominent Labour politician and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee, who is expected to lead the questioning of Stephenson over his stay at Champneys at a hearing in Parliament today.
A close friend of 20 years, Vaz— along with Rebekah Brooks, Piers Morgan and Liam Gallagher — invited to Purdew’s London wedding in 2009.
Vaz’s daughter was bridesmaid and Purdew is godfather to another of Vaz’s children.
The Champneys set: friends of its owner includeCharlie and Rebekah Brooks, Sir Paul Stephenson and Keith Vaz MP
Jim’ll Fix It badge given to Holyhead is to be destroyed
Largest ever show emblem was awarded to town in 1991, when Savile arranged Christmas in August after winter flu bug ruined festive season the year before
A Jim’ll Fix It badge presented to Holyhead by paedophile TV star Jimmy Savile is to be destroyed.
The badge was the biggest ever one created, given to the entire town after local man Jeff Evans – now a councillor – contacted the show to ask if Jimmy Savile could cheer the place up after a Christmas flu bug ruined the festive season of 1990.
Savile sent Hi Di Hi! star Ruth Madoc and boxing legend Frank Bruno to the town an recreated Christmas for the day, with thousands of people turning out to take part in what culminated in the laptop-sized badge being awarded.
The Daily Post has learned that the badge has been in storage for some time, and since it emerged that Savile was a notorious child molester, discussions have been underway about what to do with the now tainted emblem.
Mayor Ann Kennedy, who at the time of filming was the general manager of the Holyhead Opportinities Trust
After the parade, there was a dinner for 500 people on Newry Beach.
Cilla Black with Holyhead mayor Bernard McCormack and Jeff Evans in 1988
Jeff Evans, who invited Cilla to Holyhead for an edition of Surprise Surprise in 1988,
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Man, 59, arrested in Leicester by child abuse detectives
Mar 13 2017
A man has been arrested in Leicester by detectives investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse of children.
The 59-year-old man, whose details have not been released, is being questioned by officers attached to an ongoing Leicestershire Police investigation called Operation Medway.
In a statement issued tonight, the force said: “Detectives investigating allegations of historic abuse and assault against children as part of Operation Medway have today arrested a 59-year-old man in Leicester.
“...Operation Enamel was investigating allegations not just against Lord Janner but against other individuals. Those enquiries remain live and will continue under the auspices of Operation Medway. To protect the integrity of those investigations, we are unwilling to disclose further information at this stage about Operation Medway.”
It’s been a busy week for Keith Vaz, first accused of abusing his position and now embroiled in another mysterious scandal over his election expenses. His local paper report that Vaz spent £100 to use the premises on Uppingham Road, Leicester – his own taxpayer-funded constituency office. Vaz’s election agent Piara Singh Clair explains: “we did it because we needed a room and it would have been expensive to hire another one. It was a nominal sum”, bizarrely adding that no money had actually changed hands despite it being declared as an expense. If no money was actually spent, why was it falsely declared to the Electoral Commission? Curiouser and curiouser…
Investigation: Pupils taught in huts as head pockets £400,000
A headteacher who faces the sack over allegations that he received unlawful bonuses took home more than £400,000 in a year — four times his official salary — the Standard can reveal.
Sir Alan Davies
An auditor’s report alleges Sir Alan Davies was part of a culture of nepotism and rewards that saw staff take home at least £1.6 million in bonuses and other extra payments.
Sir Alan, head of 1,900-pupil Copland Community College in Wembley, received “what appear to be unlawful and irrational payments” from funds that should have been spent on education, according to Brent council’s confidential investigation. A copy of the investigator’s initial findings, seen by the Standard, alleges:
At least 10 senior staff — and Sir Alan’s caretaker son — received rewards under the school’s “sharing in success” bonus policy.
Sir Alan took home £403,278 last year but his basic salary was £103,000.
The bonuses were approved by the school’s chairman of governors, Dr Indravadan Purshottamdas Patel.
The full amount of bonuses has not yet been calculated, but the total extra payments known so far is £1,565,700.
Last week, Sir Alan, his deputy Dr Richard Evans and bursar Columbus Udokoro were suspended over allegations that the bonus scheme broke the law. Children’s Secretary Ed Balls said he was “extremely disturbed” by the payments.
But the investigator’s findings revealed the scale of the payments was far greater than originally feared.
As a foundation school Copland has more control over its own budget and assets than a community comprehensive run by the council. Ministers want more schools to become foundation trusts, with powers to run their own affairs. But while Sir Alan and his colleagues benefited from bonuses, the school’s buildings fell into disrepair.
In 2006, inspectors warned the rundown classrooms were undermining pupils’ education. A shanty-town of temporary huts now stands where a new sixth-form block should be, while the humanities department had to cope with a major sewage leak. History teacher Shane Johnschwager, NASUWT union representative, said: “If the kids were cattle the authorities would have closed us down. My room has been painted once — by me, in the school holidays with paint I paid for.
“I have holes in the wall, a broken desk, old furniture, no interactive whiteboard, broken blinds, a flaking ceiling. Other rooms are worse.”
The school has been earmarked for redevelopment for six years. Under the plans, a £120 million “village” will include new school buildings, two gyms, a pool and floodlit all-weather pitch, plus 453 flats and shops.
But the development, overseen by Sir Alan, has setbacks. The school racked up a £1 million debt to a property firm when an earlier deal broke down.
Yet, according to the Brent council investigation, Sir Alan was given rewards of £231,000 in the past two years alone for project managing the development, on top of his basic salary. Dr Patel claimed Sir Alan deserved “every penny”.
The scale of the bonus culture emerged at a meeting on 29 April between Sir Alan and Brent’s chief investigator, Simon Lane. When pressed by Mr Lane Sir Alan “could not recall” why he had received one payment of £12,500 last year “and said he would have to check”.
He was not alone in receiving “substantial” extra payments. According to the auditor’s report, Sir Alan, his son Gareth, Dr Evans and Mr Udokoro shared £458,000 for project management relating to the new development between 2007 and 2009.
In addition Sir Alan, three deputy heads and a number of other staff, including his son, received “significant bonus payments in 2007-08 and earlier years”, the auditor found. These known bonus payments — which are bound to be a fraction of the total handed out — amount to a further £865,200.
The report said Sir Alan “could not explain” exactly why he received such bonuses, adding: “Either he or the chair (of governors) put down some ideas as to what they thought the staff should be paid. These were then checked with Dr Evans to see if they were affordable. Then the amounts were taken to the Pay Review Committee where they were approved.”
The council said there were “numerous additional payments of significant amounts” to senior staff and others at the school. Sir Alan insisted that Dr Patel had approved the payments in conjunction with the school’s pay committee, and that a budget for bonuses had been properly drawn up.
The investigators disagreed. The report said: “The council believes there to be no lawful and/or rational basis for the payment of these sums.”
The final area of concern raised by investigators was the apparently widespread nepotism. The headteacher’s son, son-in-law and sister were all employed. The wife and mother of the deputy head of finance were given jobs, along with the accountant’s brother, the son and daughter of the assistant accountant and the nephew’s wife of the chair of governors.
“In some cases salaries paid to these members of staff appear excessive,” the report said. “This tends to indicate that certain members of staff may not have been appointed on merit alone.”
Last week the borough’s director of children’s services John Christie invoked rarely used powers to suspend Sir Alan, Dr Evans and Mr Udokoro, and gave the governors three weeks to explain themselves or face the sack.
In a letter to governors, Mr Christie said: “Funds which should have been used for the proper purposes of the school have been spent on what appear to be unlawful and irrational payments to staff.” The school seems to have incurred a £1 million “financial liability to a development firm”, he said.
Teacher Hank Roberts, who exposed the payments last month, called for police to be brought in. Mr Roberts said he believed he had made enemies by his actions.
He was suspended by Sir Alan over an unrelated matter. The day after Sir Alan’s suspension, Mr Roberts was reinstated.
Brent council said its inquiry into the allegations against Copland was ongoing. Sir Alan was not available for comment last night. Mr Udokoro today said he was prevented from making any comment under the terms of his suspension, but last week rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing.
Dr Patel could not be reached last night but has defended the decision to award bonuses. Gareth Davies said today he was prevented from making any comments until the inquiry had been completed.
Philip O’Hear, Copland’s acting headteacher, said the school was “shocked” by what had happened.
Sir Alan Davies, headteacher: suspended.
Allegedly received unlawful bonuses and other payments of £631,500.
Dr Richard Evans, deputy head: suspended.
Allegedly received unlawful bonuses and other extra payments of £341,000.
Columbus Udokoro, bursar: suspended.
Allegedly received unlawful bonuses and other extra payments of £72,000.
Gareth Davies, maintenance staff: still working.
Allegedly received unlawful bonuses and other payments of £38,000.
Sir Alan Davies outside Copland with David Cameron
Both Sir Alan Davies and Dr Evans have been lauded for their work in the state education system with Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron all visiting their former school.
Dr Evans, 53, is a former education adviser to Mr Cameron and a former Westminster councillor who twice stood as a Tory candidate.
All three are accused of defrauding Copland community school in Wembley, North West London, following allegations that payments totalling at least £1.56million were made to Sir Alan and three of his managers over a period of seven years.
Mrs Evans, 50, has also been accused of selling at Sotheby’s around 15 paintings, worth many thousands, that had been given to the school by British artist Mary Fedden, who taught David Hockney.
It had been claimed that Davies paid himself, three staff members and two governors a total of £2.7m over several years through bonuses and salaries.
But charges of conspiracy to defraud against Davies and five others relating to that alleged plot were dropped.
Instead Davies pleaded guilty to six counts of false accounting after he admitted creating eight back-payment documents at the same time, for sums totalling £315,000.
Defending Davies, William Clegg QC, told the court he was an “inspirational” teacher and the offences needed to be taken in context.
He said: “This is not a case of documents being forged to permit payments to be made that were unlawful and not agreed or made dishonestly. The position is the opposite.
“The payments were honestly made and honestly received. This is not somebody seeking to obtain money he was not entitled to.”
Prosecutor John Black QC added there was no dishonesty in the making or receiving of the payments.
He said: “The dishonesty relates to false paper trails in order to legitimise these payments.
“The Crown say they [paperwork backing up payments] were all generated at the same time, after Sir Alan Davies had become aware of the impending or likely scrutiny, to give the impression the right procedure was being adhered to.”
A charge of money laundering against Davies was also dropped.
Following the case, Davies said: “In some instances I have felt that we were being tried by the media and there were a lot of misrepresentations made in the press, many of which were wholly unfounded.
“I do, however, have to accept that I did not have all the necessary paperwork in place and I made a profound error of judgment by backdating eight documents.”
In a statement, Brent Council, said: “The council will always act robustly and take action where allegations of financial irregularities have been made, to investigate and pursue legal action.
“In this case the guilty plea of false accounting vindicates the actions taken although we are disappointed the Crown Prosecution Service saw fit not to pursue the conspiracy to defraud.”
Ex-Copland School teacher Dr Richard Evans lands job at Mill Hill County High School
16 Sep 2010
A MATHS teacher fired for “gross misconduct” from a Wembley school amid allegations of a £1.6m fraud is now teaching at a top Mill Hill school.
Arkley resident Dr Richard Evans lost his job at Copland Community School in November after allegations he pocketed £300,000 in bonuses in his role as deputy head in charge of finance.
Scotland Yard’s fraud squad has now launched an investigation into the financial dealings at the school.
However, in January, Dr Evans was taken on at Mill Hill County High School as a temporary member of staff and given a permanent position in April.
A statement from Geoffrey Thompson, the headmaster of the Worcester Crescent School, said Dr Evans had been appointed after a consultation with the General Teaching Council.
He added: “He was given a permanent position as a maths teacher in April. Dr Evans is a highly qualified maths teacher and has proved himself a popular and valued member of our school community.
“I do not believe there are any grounds for parental concern. There never has been any question about Dr Evans’s suitability to work with children.
“The circumstances which led to Dr Evans’s departure from his previous post had no connection whatsoever with his teaching. He has demonstrated he has been an excellent maths teacher during his time at Mill Hill County High School.”
An investigation by Brent Council into the dealings at Copland, which ended with four of the senior management team suspended, found evidence of “serious financial mismanagement” at the school.
Shane Johnschwager, a staff member at Copland School and Brent secretary for teacher’s union NASUWT was outraged by the appointment.
He told the Times Series: “Richard Evans will have to answer to his professional body and possibly to the courts.
“What will Geoffrey Thompson say to pupils and parents at Mill Hill County if he is struck off or charged with a criminal offence?
“Will he stake his reputation on this appointment? Mill Hill is a school with an excellent reputation. Is this the best Geoffrey Thompson can do in recruiting staff to the school – a disgraced and recently sacked teacher embroiled in Britain’s largest ever educational financial scandal?”
Silver Star Appeal On 13th November 2006, Anita Choudhrie presents a cheque for £ 2,500 from Path to Success to Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt to begin fundraising efforts for the Silver Star Appeal. The appeal is to raise funds for a Mobile Diabetes Assessment Unit which will travel to local community centres, schools, work places and other organsiations in the Leicester region, providing tests for all those who may wish to have one and will promote culturally sensitive healthcare.
Path to success received the Charity of the year Award.
Mrs Anita Choudhrie Path to success receiving the Charity of the year Award from Rt Hon Micheal Grove MP (R) and the sponsor of this award Mr Pawan Srivastava of Training Connect Ltd (L).
Did you know that each summer Keith Vaz holds an ‘Annual Tea Party’ in Westminster?
CLAUDIO RANIERI ATTENDS ANNUAL TEA PARTY AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
July 12th, 2016
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz hosted his 29th annual tea party at the House of Commons on Saturday 9th July. His guest of honour this year was Leicester City Football Club Manager Claudio Ranieri and his wife Rosanna. LCFC Chief Executive Susan Whelan and her husband Robbie Gill also attended.
For the past 28 years Mr Vaz has been holding summer tea parties for all of his family, staff and special guests.
Saturday’s event was a celebration of Leicester City’s tremendous victory, and as well as getting to meet Leicester City’s manager, Mr Vaz and his guests got to see the Premier League Trophy.
Before the tea party Mr Ranieri, Ms Whelan and their families toured Number 10, with the permission of the Prime Minister.
The 85 party guests got to enjoy the sunshine on the House of Commons terrace, overlooking the River Thames with tea, sandwiches and cake. Guests could also help raise money for Silver Star, the diabetes charity Mr Vaz founded in 2007, by taking part in a raffle.
Prizes for the raffle included House of Commons whiskey and chocolate and a giant teddy bear.
On the excellent Aangirfan site, on an unrelated post, I came across this anonymous comment from November 2016 [1a]
It was about a petition to Keith Vaz’s Labour East constituency calling them to investigate the serious allegations against Keith Vaz.
Regular readers of this site will know that allegations that the Sun  printed were of child sexual abuse with boys.
According to the Sun the MP
had lads “delivered” to his room at a hotel near a police station
abused boys at a hospital’s mental health unit
left one so terrified he fears for his life if he ever speaks out
showed an “unhealthy” interest in the two young sons of a local councillor
displayed a liking for “young ragamuffins”,
was seen as untouchable by police because of his revered
Guido Fawkes published that the MP was Keith Vaz 
Why does Keith Vaz, often keen to “get the party started” not seem so keen to start the legal party against Guido Fawkes or the Sun on Sunday team?
The parliamentary commissioner is still conducting an investigation into whether Vaz has broken Section 10 of the Code of Conduct for MPs.
It is not known whether the conflict of interest being investigated by the parliamentary commissioner is the possible breaking of the Code of Conduct of MPs
with sex, drugs and washing machine allegations
the conflict of a police investigation into child sexual abuse allegations and his role on committees 
It is not known whether all police investigations into Keith Vaz have finished, but the sex, drugs and washing machine ones have finished, with no action taken.
However, the point of this post is that the petition has disappeared. From the comment, the petition text appeared to be –
“The Leicester East Constituency Labour Party must make enquiries into the serious allegations by the MP for Leicester East, Keith Vaz. Your enquiries should principally involve talking to the Sun on Sunday Journalists David Wooding and Michael Hamilton and Sun on Sunday Columnist Paul Staines to find out what their evidence is.”
It is not known whether this was the full text of the petition.
If you click the link  It says “This petition isn’t available. Either the URL is incorrect, it violated our Community Guidelines, or the starter removed it.”
Yet it seems such a reasonable, innocuous petition so why would it violate any guidelines or why would the originator take it down?
Does anyone know –
What was the full text of the petition?
What happened to it?
Who started it?
Why it was taken down?
When it was taken down?
Who took it down?
Have Leicester East Labour Party investigated the serious allegations?
One thing is for sure the people of Leicestershire and Labour in Leicestershire, who also had Janner, child sexual abuser as an MP must be getting fed up of this bad publicity.
Hopefully they are doing something about it and start asking Vaz a few questions.
Meanwhile, since this article was under construction, Vaz has set the record straight through his solicitors about some of his time selling washing machines.
In the last 24 hours,the Order Order website has published an article about Carter Ruck, expensive solicitors, who say their client, Keith Vaz
has never paid “rent boys for sex”
never had “sex” with “rent boys”.
there was never a police investigation in relation to this
One has to wonder if their client is the same Keith Vaz??
Carter Ruck are of course paid handsomely for dancing on pinheads.
..and Tesco must be wondering why Keith Vaz had to pose for a picture near their store or have they started a line in industrial washing machines?
I wonder what Vaz’s defence actually is?
I wonder how Carter Ruck know for sure that their client has never paid “rent boys for sex” or “sex” with “rent boys”? (It conjures up the mental image of one of Carter Rucks flunkies accompanying Vaz/Jim on his nocturnal visits and checking whether the people concerned can be excluded from the definition of “rent boy”. ID card please! )
I wonder if the fact that Carter Ruck say he has not paid for or had sex with rent boys is enough plausible deniability and bluster to appear to be a denial from Vaz whilst actually being from a third party. This would scare a few people off commenting, and maybe enough enough to come to a quid pro quo with the Mail, which has the appearance of a denial. When solicitors make these threats, it is very rare for one to actually sign the letter and be responsible for that threat.
The Mail article is mostly about Vaz’s gatekeeper chum John Bercow accepting freebies – 2017 Feb 8 Mail Andrew Pierce Chauffeur-driven cars, taxpayer-funded suits and hospitality at the tennis and Arsenal matches: How the king of freebies John Bercow splashes your cash
The last paragraph however mentioned Vaz.
The article published on the 8th Feb, does say it has been updated on 13th Feb. This however appears to be unrelated to the Carter Ruck threat, as the only sentence that has changed on this paragraph from a print edition copy, is the removal of “The charity gave £2,500 to Bercow’s Speaker’s election campaign in 2010” with reference to the Silver Star diabetes charity.
Whatever the truth the original articles are here Mirror Married MP Keith Vaz tells prostitutes in his flat: ‘Bring poppers’ … ‘We need to get this party started’ 
So game on between Vaz and the Daily Mail or will they come to some agreement out of mutual self interest?
Interestingly on the Carter Ruck website, the rolling self congratulatory advert attributes these comments to the Mail “Top London Law Firm” and “Famously Combative”. We shall see.
I cannot see Jim washing his very dirty laundry in public.
But who will blink first Lord Rothermere or Carter Ruck?
For previous posts on Vaz see Bercow and Vaz Personal / Private Conflicts of Interest  Cathy Fox Blog Vaz Search 
Taylor, son of the #leicester MAYOR was MATES with Nigel Philpott-Jones + was NOT suprised allegs of rent boys came out re KEITH VAZ 2016
Speaker accused of pulling punches on Keith Vaz probe
13 February 2017
The Speaker last night denied blocking an attempt to tell Parliament about police investigations into Keith Vaz because he had received thousands from donors linked to the MP.
Records show that £41,000 of the £58,000 raised for John Bercow’s last two general election campaigns came from people with connections to Mr Vaz.
Yesterday Mr Bercow insisted he had handled all matters involving Mr Vaz in line with parliamentary rules and strongly refuted any suggestion he had unfairly favoured the Leicester East MP.
IS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE ME? Bercow was presented with a wooden bust of himself by former Labour councillor Neeraj Patil, a businessman with links to Keith Vaz in 2015. But the figure’s likeness to the Speaker is rather questionable
Narinder Singh Chadha, the former chairman of Mr Vaz’s diabetes charity Silver Star, told The Times he gave £2,501 to Mr Bercow’s 2010 election campaign after Mr Vaz asked for the donation.
Other donations to Mr Bercow included £5,000 from the London College of Accountancy, which also gives money to Mr Vaz, and £2,500 from the late Lord Noon, a Labour donor whose Commons memorial tribute was hosted by Mr Vaz.
Mr Bercow received £7,500 from Sun Mark, a food company founded by Mr Vaz’s friend Rami Ranger, and £5,000 from Madhu’s, a restaurant chain run by Sanjay and Sanjeev Anand, friends of both Mr Vaz and Mr Bercow.
Neeraj Patil, a Labour councillor and associate of Mr Vaz, donated £2,500 through his business Dreamsland. He also gave Mr Bercow a wooden bust of himself.
All donations were declared by Mr Bercow and within the rules.
But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said last night the connections raised questions about Mr Bercow’s handling of allegations involving Mr Vaz.
In September 2015, Mr Bridgen wrote to Mr Bercow requesting he contact police to ask about inquiries they were making into Mr Vaz and whether they conflicted with his position at the time as chairman of the home affairs select committee, but he said this was not part of his role.
After Mr Vaz stepped down from the role because of a rent boy scandal, Mr Bridgen tried to raise the matter of a separate police investigation involving the MP in the Commons in October last year as Mr Vaz was standing to join the justice select committee.
Mr Bercow interrupted him and said he should limit his remarks to information in the public domain.
A spokesman for Mr Bercow said last night he had at all times acted ‘to uphold the rules and conventions of the House of Commons’.
She added: ‘As a matter of parliamentary practice and procedure, a member is not given the floor to speak as a means of making a personal attack on the conduct of another member.
‘Mr Bridgen stated at the outset that he would try to limit his remarks to matters in the public domain. The Speaker permitted him to do so on matters of public record and stopped him when he sought to embark on other allegations, and again when he sought to reveal the contents of confidential correspondence with the Speaker.’
On the September 2015 request for Mr Bercow to speak to police, she said: ‘A select committee itself has the power to declare no confidence in its chair but the Speaker has precisely none.’
Regarding Mr Chadha’s suggestion that Mr Vaz had asked him to donate money to Mr Bercow, she said: ‘Whatever contacts eligible donors have with other Members of Parliament are a matter for them.’
Mr Vaz denied he had solicited donations for Mr Bercow and said Mr Chadha had been ‘misquoted and misrepresented’. He noted Sun Mark also gave £25,000 to Theresa May’s leadership campaign.
He added: ‘The British Asian community should not be criticised for making lawful political donations to political parties and individual MPs of their choice.’
Sounds like Silver Star is not much more than Jim’s industrial-scale money-laundering washing machine!
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours!
Does Bercow share Vaz’s pastimes?
John Bercow ‘stopped Tory MP from informing the Commons about Keith Vaz police probe after accepting donations’
Claims speaker refused to tell Mr Vaz to step down after warning from Tory MP he was being investigated for alleged abuse of public office in September 2015
Also stopped Tory MP informing Commons about investigation, report says
Speaker’s office said of the donations: ‘There was no impropriety of any sort’
A spokesman for Mr Vaz called allegations made in a newspaper article ‘wrong’
12 February 2017
John Bercow stopped a Tory MP telling the Commons about a police probe into Keith Vaz after receiving tens of thousands of pounds worth of donations from his alleged associates, according to newspaper report.
Donations to help the Speaker keep his parliamentary seat reportedly included a sum from Narinder Chadha – chair of the management board of Mr Vaz’s Silver Star charity.
However a spokesperson for Mr Vaz told MailOnline the newspaper’s story was ‘wrong’ and that Mr Chadha denies having spoken ‘this year’ to The Times.
The newspaper reported an alleged conversation with Mr Chada in which he is said to have confirmed that he gave the money after a request from the MP for Leicester East.
Mr Vaz’s representatives deny this saying that Mr Chada will be complaining to IPSO over the Times article.
In total, the Speaker accepted £41,000 from donors thought to be linked to Mr Vaz, according to the newspaper.
The Times claimed Mr Bercow refused to tell Mr Vaz to resign as chair of the Home Affairs select committee after Tory MP Andrew Bridgen privately warned him the Labour MP was being investigated by police – an investigation Mr Vaz later said he knew nothing of in September 2015.
The Speaker later interrupted Mr Bridgen when he attempted to talk about the allegation in the Commons, according to The Times.
A spokesperson for the Speaker told the MailOnline that ‘a personally defamatory attack on another Member[ was not allowed] on the floor. The Speaker allowed….[Mr Bridger to speak] on matters of public record, and stopped him when he sought to embark on other allegations, and again when he sought to reveal the contents of confidential correspondence with the Speaker.’
Mr Vaz did eventually step down as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee last year after he was caught meeting two male prostitutes.
This scandal was said to be unrelated to the police investigation in 2015.
A spokesman for Mr Bercow said the role of Speaker did not give him the right to tell an elected member of a select committee to step down.
Mr Vaz’s representatives said Mr Chadha had not spoken to The Times and called the claims in its article ‘wrong’.
All the other people who gave money to Mr Bercow told The Times they had not been told to do so by Mr Vaz.
Donations to help the Speaker keep his parliamentary seat included a payout from Narinder Chadha – chair of the management board of Mr Vaz’s (pictured) Silver Star charity
They also denied the donors listed by The Times were ‘associates’ of the Labour MP or they donated to Mr Bercow because he told them to do so.
There is no suggestion in The Times investigation Mr Bercow or Mr Vaz broke any rules.
Mr Vaz now sits on the Justice Committee, which oversees the director of public prosecutions.
After his appointment on October 1, 2016, Mr Bridgen spoke in the Commons to claim police were investigating claims Mr Vaz could have ‘abused his position in public office’.
The Speaker interrupted the Tory MP twice, saying he was discussing information that was not in the public domain.
A spokesman from the Speaker told MailOnline: ‘All of the donations to the Speaker Seeking Re-Election campaign were from eligible donors, and are a matter of longstanding public record.
‘There was absolutely no impropriety of any sort before or after any donation from any individual was accepted.
‘To suggest that this is not the case would not only be a wholly unfair impaction it would be, and is, demonstrably unproved and, more importantly completely and utterly untrue.’
Referring to Mr Bridgen’s speech, the representative said Mr Bercow had allowed him to speak on ‘matters of public record’.
But she added: ‘The Speaker topped him when he sought to embark on other allegations, and again when he sought to reveal the contents of confidential correspondence with the Speaker as per the longstanding rules.’
The spokesman also said Mr Bercow was not allowed to publish correspondence on a sensitive matter between him and another MP.
Mr Vaz said: ‘The British Asian community should not be criticised for making lawful political donations to political parties or to individual MPs. They are entitled to make their own decisions.
‘I am not surprised that they choose to donate to people like Speaker Bercow or Theresa May who are greatly admired by the community for their commitment to equality and diversity.
‘In the 30 years I have been in Parliament I have observed that the British Asian community have moved from just supporting the Labour Party to supporting other political parties.
‘This is a sign of the diversity of our country and the strength and confidence of the community. Long may it continue.’
Bercow ‘blocked MP from revealing investigation into Keith Vaz after accepting donations’
JOHN Bercow blocked warnings of police investigations into shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz after receiving tens of thousands of pounds from donors allegedly linked to the politician, according to reports.
Feb 11, 2017
The donations included one payout from Narinder Chadha – the Chairman of the management board of Mr Vaz’s Silver Star Charity.
Mr Chadha has since admitted he made the donation after a recommendation from Mr Vaz.
Mr Vaz was forced to resign as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee after it was revealed he was involved in a sex party with two male prostitutes.
According to a Freedom of Information request by The Times, the Speaker amassed £41,000 from donors with links to Mr Vaz
The Times investigation claims Mr Bercow did not ask Mr Vaz to step down from his prestigious place on the Home Affairs Committee after MP Andrew Bridgen privately alerted him to allegations being made police.
The paper claimed the Speaker later called on Mr Bridgen to sit down as he attempted to talk about the allegations – which related to alleged abuse of Mr Vaz’s position in office and had no relation to his sex scandal last year.Mr Vaz currently sits on the Justice Committee, who oversee the director of public prosecutions.After the Labour MP was appointment to the committee, Mr Bridgen made a speech to the Commons claiming police were investigating allegations Mr Vaz might have “abused his position in public office”.But Mr Bercow, who was not obliged to act on the allegations, interrupted the concerned MP twice – claiming he was attempting to speak about events that were not publicly known.Mr Bercow told The Times all of the donors were personal acquaintances who he had met on a variety of different occasions.Mr Vaz said members of the Asian community financially supported MPs, including Mr Bercow, due to admiration for their commitment to diversity.
A spokesperson for Mr Bercow’s offices said: “The Speaker’s seven years’ experience in office and his professional adviser’s 40 years’ experience carry rather greater weight than the implication that the Speaker’s Office should operate in the manner of an episode of Diagnosis Murder — keeping order in the chamber by day and investigating alleged crimes by night.“Although this is a pitch I may well make at some stage if I decide to go into the writing of daytime drama, the reality is that this is not how the role of the Speaker works.“To be clear: the Speaker implements standing orders and chairs proceedings in the chamber – freestyling as Columbo at the request of a member on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation is not part of the Speaker’s job description.”http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/765991/John-Bercow-Keith-Vaz-Andrew-Bridgen-police-investigation-donations-select-committee
Bercow’s best man Julian Lewis (associate of Gordon Anglesea) a key player in Le Cercle. As for Vaz+Nadhmi Auchi…
4 February 2017
What Has The Sun Got On Keith Vaz?
The art of tabloid news, as Zelo Street regulars will know by now, consists not only of getting some stories out there, but preventing others from doing the same. Hence anything that assists the attacks on politicians of inconvenient view, judges making decisions that their proprietors don’t like, and Slebs who exercise their right to speak freely gets out there, while anything on the likes of John Whittingdale most certainly does not.
So it was that the Tabs knew all about Whitto and his relationships with a number of known sex workers, but published nothing – not until Byline Media, with Zelo Street in the vanguard, had put the story out there. So it also seems to be with Labour MP Keith Vaz, about whom sources independent of one another have recently voiced concern, but who is still in post as MP for Leicester East, and still chairing a Commons committee.
Accusations: Natalie Rowe
This state of affairs has not pleased Natalie Rowe, former purveyor of strict disciplinary measures to the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the Seventeenth Baronet. After the Mirror stung Vaz in true red-top fashion paying rent boys for sex, she hinted very firmly that the MP could look forward to rather more dirt being dished in the very near future. But thus far there has been much indignation, and little revelation.
Heavyweight opinion: The Great Guido
After Vaz got himself onto that Commons committee, Ms Rowe voiced her concern on Twitter – in Tweets which are still live. “So when #Vaz intervened when Leicester City Council tried to evict a tenant suspected of running a male brothel, things become clearer” she began last November, adding soon afterwards “I personally have seen #Vaz come out of a known brothel”. And there was more.
Only two weeks ago she asserted “So EVERYONE is aware, I gave ALL details that I knew via a source regarding #KeithVaz, that he was a Landlord of a brothel in Earls Court … @TheSun had Vaz Male – Escorts Years before ON Video, I Asked why they didn’t run: Said there wasn’t enough evidence … The Sun was more pissed off that their golden boy Vaz had been exposed & that Mirror had the SCOOP of the YEAR”.
There are two significant claims there: that Vaz is alleged to have been the landlord of a brothel in Earl’s Court, and that the Sun has significant dirt on the MP that it has declined thus far to publish. So far, so interesting, but the accusations of improper behaviour are also coming from the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. Staines is often wayward on facts, but his claims are still live as I type.
This was the Fawkes take: “Keith Vaz was under police investigation over year ago on suspicion of financial corruption and historic allegations of under-age sex. Speaker Bercow was informed of this and fellow MPs demanded – Andrew Bridgen in writing – that he step down from his position on the Home Affair Select Committee”. Vaz has since threatened legal action against Bridgen. And then comes the really damning claim.
“It is widely known around Westminster that Vaz – who owes his career to Greville Janner – was the unidentified MP in this Sun front page from last year … Vaz offering to buy cocaine for rent boys is at the mild end of Vaz’s sleazy life and times”. The Sunday Sunfront page simply said “COPS TOLD: TOP LABOUR MP IS PAEDO”. The story is still live.
These are two sources who are independent of one another. Both are effectively saying the same thing: there is a lot yet to be revealed about Keith Vaz, and if and when it comes out, it will be of a career-terminating nature.
The Fawkes folks have not added to their claims for a while: the thought enters that The Great Guido, being an establishment sell-out, has been advised to keep the MP on the back burner. Ms Rowe suffers from no such restriction.
In the days when the deeply unsavoury Kelvin McFilth was editing the paper, the standing joke was that he had a large safe full of dirt on the good and the great which could be used to keep them in line. Now the name of Keith Vaz has been pitched – and by two very different sources – as someone on whom the Murdoch mafiosi have dirt.
So the question has to be put: what dirt has the Sun got on Keith Vaz, and, more importantly, what’s preventing them from dishing it? We’re waiting.
Keith Vaz organises event – Jimmy Savile was one of the invited
Rev Jesse Jackson reunited with Stuart Lockwood,
2009 (from left) Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, Jacqueline Brown (wife of Jesse Jackson), Her Excellency South African High Commissioner (Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza), US civil rights campaigner Rev Jesse Jackson, Stuart Lockwood, Baroness Howells and Labour MP Keith Vaz pictured at the Radisson Edwardian Mayfair hotel in central London.
The reunion was arranged by Labour MP Keith Vaz.
Sir Jimmy Savile at the hotel in central London where US civil rights campaigner Rev Jesse Jackson met Stuart Lockwood, who as a 5-year-old appeared on British television having his hair ruffled by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War.
Under the Freedom of Information Act I applied to the House of Commons, for the letter, redacted if necessary, that Andrew Bridgen MP sent to speaker John Bercow 
The letter applied for is thought to have been sent to warn the House of Commons of possible vile criminal activities involving Keith Vaz and that they were being investigated by the police.
These allegations and the conflict of interest by Vaz (being investigated for criminal activities whilst on a powerful justice committee) it seems were not passed on by Bercow to anyone. This enabled Vaz, having resigned, from the Home Office Public Affairs Committee to swiftly join the Justice Committee. (To be clear, this is fact not irony).
The person who eventually refused to provide that information under the FOI Act, was none other than …….John Bercow!
The circling of the wagons or the arrogance of power?
What Do They Know? FOI Request answer Bercow Certificate [1a]
Keith Vaz offers to put up bail for jailed Leicester footballers – jailed on rape charges
6 March 2004
Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East and a former government minister, yesterday offered to act as a guarantor for the release on bail of three Leicester City footballers held this weekend in a Spanish jail on rape charges.
Mr Vaz, a season ticket holder, said yesterday that the players were internationally known and could not disappear, so should be granted bail.
The police have dropped their investigation into Keith Vaz after he was caught on camera offering to buy cocaine for rent boys. This particular police investigation was always at the mild end of Vaz’s sleazy private life…
Disgraced Keith Vaz lobbies bank boss over friend’s £11million debt despite Commons guidelines
The MP’s staff had previously told Mr Vaz’s friend that he was unable to get involved as he was not the constituency MP
19 NOV 2016
Keith Vaz ignored Commons guidelines to intervene on behalf of a friend who did not live in his constituency.
Yet Vaz ’s staff had previously told a business partner locked in a bitter dispute with the friend that he was unable to get involved as he was not that man’s MP.
On Commons paper, the then-Home Affairs Committee chair asked Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester to look into an £11million debt owed by the partnership – which also has an address outside the constituency – but the dispute was none of his committee’s business either.
He should instead have been referred to his own MP – a protocol Vaz’s staff appeared well aware of when the friend’s estranged brother, Jack Kotak, himself pleaded for assistance.ang
Jack wrote to Vaz asking for help with RBS on December 20, 2012, but was told by a caseworker the MP could not assist.
An email sent to Jack from Vaz’s office said that because MPs are governed by “very strict guidelines and parliamentary etiquette” he would need to see his own MP.
The caseworker suggested Jack contact his own MP, Alan Duncan.
But on January 31, 2013, six weeks after turning down Jack, Vaz penned the letter to RBS chief executive Mr Hester (above).
Don Kotek, Shilpa Shetty, and Keith Vaz
Within seven days Vaz’s friend, Midlands businessman Don Kotak, was granted a meeting with senior RBS staff in a bid to resolve the long-running dispute.
But Mr Kotak does not live in Vaz’s Leicester East seat – and guidelines issued to all MPs and recorded in the House of Commons library indicate Vaz should not have taken the case.
Vaz said yesterday: “This case relates to a business within my constituency, Sabras Radio, which serves the wider community in the Midlands.
“Don Kotak approached me to help in his capacity as a director of Sabras.
Chief constable of the force investigating #keithvaz played football with him?
Mr Vaz’s six-player squad also includes Simon Cole, Leicestershire police chief constable, Phil Kay, assistant chief constable in the same force and Dorothy the duck – the mascot for the Silver Star Diabetes charity.
Jan 28 2015
Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, local MP for Leicester East and Founder Patron of Silver Star Diabetes
Simon Cole – Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police
Phil Kay- Assistant Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police
Sam Bailey – X Factor winner
Dorothy the duck – Silver Star Diabetes mascot
John Morris – Headmaster of Hamilton Community College
Since Keith Vaz’s appointment to the Criminal Finance Bill committee this week, it has sat twice, on Tuesday and today. For some reason – to the great disappointment of hacks – Vaz has absented himself from both sessions. Guido can give readers some background as to why that might be…
Guido understands Labour whips have been told that not only is Vaz now under investigation by Scotland Yard, they have been made aware that four files regarding Vaz have been passed to the National Crime Agency. Given that the Bill committee have been taking evidence from the National Crime Agency it would clearly be completely inappropriate for Vaz to attend this committee. If Vaz had attended he would either have to recuse himself or declare his interest.Rather than face the embarrassment, slippery Vaz has unofficially recused himself by not showing up…
Rent-boy shame MP Keith Vaz handed plum job on new influential crime committee despite police probe
14th November 2016
Leicester MP appointed to the new Criminal Finance Bill Committee as well Justice Committee despite cops probing allegations he offered to buy rent-boys cocaine
Mr Vaz was put forward for the job by the Labour Party and will be able to cross-examine witnesses from the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency as the bill makes it way into law.
This latest outrage comes just days after Scotland Yard launched the formal robe probe in the the Leicester MP after recordings emerged of him allegedly discussing cocaine with male prostitutes in August.
Usually the attention-grabbing Keith Vaz is cheered by constituents when he takes to the stage at the annual Diwali light switch-on in Leicester. This year he skulked at the back and was booed by the home crowd. Vaz is clinging to his position on the Justice select committee despite potentially breaking a law he helped draft. He retains the Labour whip and still sits on the party’s NEC despite consorting with prostitutes and trying his hand at procuring drug deals. Corbyn has defended Vaz – who is the subject of a police investigation – claiming it is a “private matter”.
Compare this to the treatment of Simon Danczuk, a single man who sexted a woman but didn’t meet her let alone break any laws, and was immediately suspended by Labour. At the time Corbyn told the press: “He was suspended this morning because of recent revelations. His conduct will now be investigated”. This is a glaring double standard – the only real reason action has been taken against Danczuk but not Vaz is their differing attitudes to the leader.
As Tory MP Edward Garnier told the Leicester Mercury today:
“This is the justice select committee – it is not the drawing pins committee or the paperclips committee. It is not appropriate for an MP under investigation by the police to be on the committee.”
Orme –v- Associated Newspapers 1979-1981 (appeared for Daily Mail led by Lord Rawlinson QC and Richard Rampton in 6 month jury trial – the longest ever civil jury trial – and in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords hearings in the action brought by the ‘Moonies’)
SIR EDWARD GARNIER was named as the man led by Lord Rawlinson…in defamation action brought by the Moonies against the Daily Mail
Defamation seems to be a specialty
The Cost of a Reputation
Worth considering that info in the light of this very informative piece
Mr X and the Rule of Law divides the rule of law into applying to those with fame and those without.And the rule of law, divided, is by definition, no longer the rule of law. It ceases to exist conceptually.
Garnier warned off Danczuk from naming Leon..And WHO encouraged GARNIER to enter politics? Why – Leon Brittan – of course
Which (witch) hunt are we on now? * innocent face*Mr Danczuk said Sir Edward – who was Solicitor General from 2010 to 2012 – said that ‘challenging Lord Brittan on child abuse would not be a wise move’.
“Beneath contempt” – Harborough MP Edward Garnier on Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk’s child abuse debate remarks
Practitioners of the Tricky Business of defamation: Nicholas Fairbairn and Edward Garnier
Rt Hon Sir Edward Henry Garnier was appointed to 5 companies. Other director jobs: China Oxford Scholarship Fund (Highdown House in Leamington Spa, incorporated on the 15th of September 2004), Great Britain-china Centre(The) (15 Belgrave Square, incorporated on the 10th of January 1975), Prison Reform Trust
Patti Boulaye –v- Guardian Newspapers 1999 (recovered substantial damages for British-Nigerian singer who was a Conservative candidate for the Greater London Assembly falsely accused of being a supporter of South African apartheid)
Over the years, Patti has worked for charities and served on the committees of eight British charities and she has been a patron of five, including Eastside Educational Trust, Barnardo’s, SOS and Women Into Business. Patti was also a Founder Member and Patron of (HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Enterprise Club for GENESIS, the facilitator organisation for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the promotion of Small Business. She is also on the Advisory Board of The Iman-Foundation Worldwide, which promotes dialogue and challenges extremism to bring about change. Patti is a Patron of The Commonwealth Resound as well as The British Monarchist Society.
During a visit to Africa and by another twist of fate, Patti was introduced to 60 babies who were saved from being buried alive because they were HIV positive. On her return to England Patti was determined to do something about the affect and stigma of HIV on the lives of African villagers. She formed a charity Support For Africa and asked the Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH and other prominent persons to be Patrons, all of whom agreed and her charity has built 5 clinics in Africa and helped to build a School in Lesotho with Prince Harry’s Charity Sentebale. Patti hired the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event, which she presented and organised. This was the first of her sell-out “Reaching Out For Africa” events, which she co-produced with Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE at the Royal Albert Hall, starring Sir Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Uri Geller, Patti herself and BONEY M, amongst others and featured 3,000 Gospel singers whom Patti put together herself.
The event was supported by The Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, Frederick Forsyth CBE, The Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith, The Rt. Hon Paul Boateng, The Rt. Hon. Lord Greville Janner QC and the new Miss World. Patti’s second sell out Royal Albert Hall charity event was Football Reaching Out For Africa (FROFA) and starred, among others, footballer Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC, Simon Callow, Boney M, Christopher Biggins, Greg Dyke, David James and The Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy. Patti also produced ‘Scotland Reaching Out For Africa’ supported by Lord McConnell the then First Minister and Alex Salmond the current First Minister, Football manager Alex McLeish, Leo Sayer, Mazie Willams and Boney M.
Unite unites with Boulaye and digs in to African challenge
Patti Boulaye, actress, singer, motivational speaker, and her husband Stephen Komlosy, who recently invested in Aim-listed mining company Platinum Diversified, hosted a reception last week with Lord Janner at the House of Lords. It was designed to raise cash for her Africa charity.
During the evening, she extracted £25,000 from Bristol-based student housebuilder Unite to help build her next medical centre in Cameroon. It’s Unite’s first overseas project.
Applauding Peter Ainsworth at the Conservative Party conference in 2000link
In 1994 Ainsworth became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jonathan Aitken, and in 1995 became PPS to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, Virginia Bottomley. He was promoted by John Major in 1996 to the Whips’ Office. When the Major government fell the following year he remained a whip in opposition and was promoted to Deputy Chief Whip by William Hague.
The President and founder of Support for Africa is singer/actress Patti Boulaye. Patronsare The Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, H.E Dr Christopher Kolade (Nigeria) Lord Janner of Braunstone, The Rt. Hon.Charles Kennedy, The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Fredrick Forsyth CBE and Shaquille O’Neal.
Keith Vaz drugs probe as police look into cocaine claims at MP’s sex party with male escorts
11 Nov 2016
Keith Vaz drugs probe as police look into cocaine claims at MP’s sex party with male escorts
Vaz stood down as Home Affairs Committee chairman in September after the Sunday Mirror revealed he paid two men for sex at his London flat
Disgraced Keith Vaz is at the centre of a police investigation over drug allegations.
It came after a review into claims the Labour MP discussed cocaine with male escorts at sex parties.
Scotland Yard said: “Following that assessment, which included obtaining early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, the MPS is now investigating offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.”
The Met launched the probe on Thursday. It said yesterday a specialist team had been involved in a month-long examination of the drug claims.
Vaz stood down as Home Affairs Committee chairman in September after the Sunday Mirror revealed he paid two men for sex at his London flat on August 27 – as his panel examined laws on prostitution.
An intimate evening was hosted by the Rt Honourable Keith Vaz and Rt Honourable John Bercow...saw Shah Rukh Kahn humbled in front of 150 select people including the chairman of Lycamobile – Subaskaran Allirajah
The Keith Vaz Westminster fan club: Why do they protect this man
Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for Leicestershire North West, moved a rare motion objecting to the appointment of :Labour MP, Keith Vaz, to the Commons Justice select committee.
During his speech, Mr Bridgen told the Speaker Mr Bercow: “You have often spoken that this place must reflect the society with which we make the laws and I agree with you.
“I respectfully point out to the House that in any other sphere of activity a candidate with so much hanging unresolved over him would be very unlikely to be considered for such an important office.
Earlier, Bridgen had been warned by Mr Bercow to ” desist” after he also referred -under Parliamentary privilege- to a current historical child sex investigation said to be being conducted by Leicestershire Police where four people had come forward alleging child sexual abuse crimes.
It was the Tory Cabinet that stood out in support of him. They included Amber Rudd, the home secretary, who decided that there has been no ” miscarriage of justice in Orgreave” and was obviously happy to think that Mr Vaz had committed no offence.
Other key supporters included Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, Liam Fox, the International Secretary; James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland Secretary and former home office minister: David Gauke, chief secretary to the Treasury;Andrea Leadsom, the environment secretary,and Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, who is advised by Craig Woodhouse, a former Sun journalist and David Lidington, leader of the House.
Also on 5 September, I wrote to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards with regard to the right hon. Gentleman. An investigation was instigated and then immediately suspended, as is the procedure, pending the results of the police assessment. Should Scotland Yard decide in due course not to investigate the said Member with regards to potential criminal activity, the parliamentary standards investigation will commence immediately.
It is fair to say that the right hon. Member for Leicester East has quite a history regarding parliamentary standards. He was subject to extensive inquiries by Elizabeth Filkin, the then commissioner, into allegations of misconduct in 2001 and 2002. He was suspended from the House for one month in 2002 for breaches of the MPs’ code of conduct.
Further to my letter to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, in which I urged Scotland Yard to liaise with Leicestershire police, it has been stated that four witnesses have confirmed that they were recently interviewed by Leicestershire police and that their inquiries have been going on for at least a year. Those inquiries concern allegations that the right hon. Member for Leicester East abused his position in public office—
.. why did Watson and Danczuk, two CSA campaigners, give an alleged paedophile a leg-up?
Why did Amber Rudd, ultimately in charge of #iicsa, vote this man onto Justice Committee?
Vaz was disgraced over a sex and drugs scandal with two male prostitutes
Detectives may still investigate claims he offered to buy the men cocaine
In an extraordinary move, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox joined seven other Cabinet ministers in helping to install Mr Vaz in the influential role just weeks after he was embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal.
Only 38 Labour MPs were among the 42 other MPs who supported him
Why MPs failed to block the appointment of “disgraced” Keith Vaz to the Justice Select Committee.
Close inspection of the division list reveals the Government’s “payroll vote” – ministers and their parliamentary aides – turned out in force to support Mr Vaz.
In fact, a breakdown of the voting suggests that more than 150 Conservative MPs backed Mr Vaz compared to just 38 Labour MPs, plus the suspended Simon Danczuk.
But why? A move to prevent a potentially dangerous precedent? The cosy MPs’ club closing ranks? An establishment stitch-up? Probably all three.
Monday’s debate on Mr Bridgen’s objection lasted only about a quarter of an hour.
But it was a bad tempered affair. Hansard records that the Speaker, John Bercow, intervened no fewer than seven times.
For the record, the Cabinet ministers backing Mr Vaz were: Karen Bradley, James Brokenshire, David Davis, Liam Fox, David Gauke, Damian Green, Jeremy Hunt, Andrea Leadsom. David Lidington, Amber Rudd and Chief Whip – yes, the Government Chief Whip – Gavin Williamson. His deputy, Anne Milton, joined them too. Government whip David Evenett was a teller for the Ayes
On the Labour side, Chief Whip Nick Brown, deputy leader Tom Watson, arch-tribalist John Spellar, veteran Barry Sheerman and Mr Vaz’s fellow Leicester MP Jonathan Ashworth were among his backers.
Besides Mr Bridgen, the MPs voting against Mr Vaz’s appointment were Jake Berry, James Duddridge, Philip Hollobone, Scott Mann and Matthew Offord, tellers Kark McCartney and Nigel Mills and – perhaps surprisingly – Sir Nicholas Soames.
Soames? Now if ever an MP belonged in the establishment lobby it would be Winston Churchill’s grandson, surely?
Mr Bridgen claimed Mr Vaz is alleged to have “abused his position in public office” with four witnesses interviewed by Leicestershire Police as part of inquiries which have been ongoing for at least 12 months.
In June 2015, Valerie was appointed by the Speaker to the Panel of Chairs. Since then Valerie has chaired debates in Westminster Hall and Delegation Legislation
Valerie is an elected member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive and then the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committee (FAR) sub-Committee. She is also the elected vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).
Valerie chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Epilepsy and is a member of the APPG among others on the British Library, Burma, Classical Music and Yemen.
In Parliament, Valerie has presented two 10 Minute Rule Bills. The Epilepsy and Related Conditions Bill (2010) and the Adoption (Leave, Pay and Allowance Arrangements) Bill. (2011). Valerie has worked with Ministers to successfully include elements of the Bills in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Valerie has published reports on ‘Obesity and Diabetes Programmes in England: Capturing the State of Play’ in 2011, ‘Instruments on Planes’ with the Incorporated Society of Musicians in 2012 and the ‘Use of Higher Rate Numbers by Government Departments’ in 2014.
Valerie visited Burma in 2013 as a member of Mr Speaker’s delegation and met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the President and members of civil society. In 2015 Valerie was a member of the UK CPA delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) historic first Women’s Forum in Malta.
Keith Vaz sister Val Shadow job of Leader main role is organising government business in Commons work closely w government’s Chief Whip
Jeremy Corbyn receiving his award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards 2013 held in The Member’s Dining Room, House of Commons, Westminster, London. On the left is Valerie Vaz, Member of Parliament.
Mooted attempt to oust Keith Vaz at yesterday’s Labour NEC never happened. Instead, I’m told, he got a round of applause as he entered room
Andrew Bridgen & John Mann re: Vaz ?
Senior MP accused of child sex abuse: Two MPs report same serving Labour politician to police over sex attacks and corruption claims
Labour MP John Mann one of the informants to pass information to police
A fortnight ago a Conservative MP told police about the same politician
Unnamed MP is accused of offering political favours to a brothel owner
Also claimed they were arrested for indecency in public place with a minor
18 July 2015
A senior Labour MP has been reported to police by two fellow MPs over claims of child sex abuse, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
One of the informants, Labour MP John Mann, passed details about the prominent individual to officers earlier this year.
Then, a fortnight ago, a Conservative MP went to the same police force armed with information about the same individual, some of which had been provided to him by a former Government Minister.
It is believed to be the first time that a sitting MP has been scrutinised by any of the ongoing police investigations into child abuse, representing a further extension of the ever-widening sphere of historic sex allegations.
Mr Mann handed his information over to an ongoing criminal investigation into another public figure, which included links between that figure and the Labour MP.
The Conservative MP’s allegations about the MP, which date back to the late 1980s, include claims that the MP had been arrested for indecency in a public place with a minor – during which he is said to have assaulted the arresting officers.
It is claimed the MP had performed political favours for the owner of a brothel in his constituency in which men consorted with underage males.
The Conservative MP also made further allegations about drink-driving, assault and corruption involving the Labour MP.
A BBC News team, headed by a journalist who specialises in reporting on sex abuse crimes, is also understood to have had access to the information. The team, which has been granted significant resources by bosses, has already started interviewing potential witnesses about the MP. Director-general Tony Hall has been made aware of the special project.