Bishop of Chester accepts he failed to pass on vicar’s ‘child abuse confession’ letter to church safeguarding adviser or police
THE Bishop of Chester has accepted he made a “misjudgement” when he allowed a vicar to continue working despite having read a letter from him alluding to child abuse.
Dr Peter Forster had not commented on his involvement in the Charles Dickenson case until he gave evidence under oath at the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on Wednesday (July 3).
He accepted that he was the only one to have read the letter in 2009 and failed to pass it on to the police or even to the Diocese of Chester safeguarding adviser.
The Standard and its sister paper the Warrington Guardian were first to lift the lid on the Dickenson case earlier this year, covering his sentencing hearings at Chester and then Liverpool Crown Court.
Now 89, the former vicar at Christ Church in Latchford, Warrington, was jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual assault.
The inquiry heard he had written the letter – previously referred to as a “confession” in court – to accompany his application for a renewal of his PTO (Permission to Officiate) 10 years ago.
All clergy must fill out a confidential disclosure form with their application and one question asks: ‘Has there ever been an allegation that your conduct has caused significant harm to a child?’.
Dickenson ticked the ‘yes’ box and wrote a letter of explanation, parts of which were read out at the inquiry.
In it he said he had received a complaint from a boy’s father in 1974, which he disclosed to the then Bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey.
Police never became involved and Whitsey – himself now known to be a child abuser – chose to simply move Dickenson to another parish.
In his letter, Dickenson wrote: “He made me make a solemn promise that I would never again interfere with any youngster.”
It was put to Bishop Forster that the tone of the letter “intimates it was truthful” and there was “enough there to raise a concern that this had not been dealt with properly in 1974”.
The bishop, who had gone on to approve Dickenson’s PTO, replied: “I made a judgement that I accept was a misjudgement, that the ongoing risk from Dickenson was very small.”
He added: “Since his conviction the publicity has been very extensive and no hint of impropriety has emerged. It seems his assurance that he would not do this again was borne out.”
Asked again why he had allowed Dickenson to continue working having read the letter, the bishop replied: “I took a view. I’m perfectly prepared to accept that that was a misjudgement. I accept that it wasn’t handled properly at the time.”
He also accepted that there was nothing to prevent him from passing the information to the police in 2009.
“That could have been done, yes,” he told the inquiry.
Things had changed in the past 10 years and now a referral to the police on such matters would happen “automatically”, he said.
Bishop Forster was also grilled on his actions surrounding two other child sex abuse cases.
The first involved Wallasey vicar Rev Ian Hughes, who was jailed for a year in 2014 after he admitted downloading 8,000 indecent images of children.
The inquiry heard that Bishop Forster took immediate action to suspend Hughes following his arrest but post-conviction had consulted with the Church of England’s President of Tribunals on whether to impose a 20-year ban, rather than a lifelong one.
He referred to the seductive nature of the internet, and stressed Hughes was young at 46 and had an exemplary record within the church.
“I knew him well,” Bishop Forster said. “I think he got drawn into a very sick and unsatisfactory situation.”
However, he stressed he had simply been following procedure by consulting with the President of Tribunals and a 20-year-ban would in no way guarantee a return once it had been served.
Risk assessments would be carried out and safeguarding procedures and training in general were far more rigorous these days.
The bishop was also asked about a reported disclosure to him in 2002 of inappropriate behaviour by the late Bishop Victor Whitsey.
He said he did not recall the conversation but believed it may have involved an allegation that Whitsey put his arm around someone.
“He had a reputation of odd behaviour in general,” Bishop Forster told the inquiry. “If someone said something odd about Victor Whitsey it probably wouldn’t have registered, partly because he was somebody who was known to behave in slightly odd ways.”
Cheshire Police began an investigation in 2016 after a church safeguarding adviser in Chester passed on details of alleged abuse by Whitsey.
A year later detectives revealed that they would have spoken to him in relation to 10 of the witness allegations if he had been alive.
Review to begin into alleged sexual abuse by late Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey
22 May 2019
AN inquiry into reports of sexual abuse by a former Chester bishop will begin imminently – two years after it was first promised.
The Church of England has today (Wednesday, May 22) disclosed details of a ‘learning lessons case review’ into the actions of the late Hubert Victor Whitsey.
Cheshire Police began an investigation in 2016 after a church safeguarding adviser in Chester passed on details of alleged abuse by Whitsey.
A year later detectives revealed that they would have spoken to him in relation to 10 of the witness allegations if he had been alive.
Whitsey died in 1987.
The review will be carried out by His Honour Judge David Pearl, an independent reviewer commissioned by the Church’s National Safeguarding Team (NST).
Documents outlining its ‘terms of reference’, shared with this newspaper by the Diocese of Chester, reveal it intended to cover a timespan of alleged abuse from 1974 to 1982.
However, specialist abuse lawyer Richard Scorer, who represents nine of Whitsey’s alleged victims, said the abuse began earlier and he had requested to have the timeframe extended to 1966.
He told The Standard today: “I welcome the fact that the review has been announced. It is important that the reviewer leaves no stone unturned in investigating what was known within the church, by whom and at what point in time.
“These issues have to flushed out and the reviewer needs to be determined and forceful in his pursuit of answers to these questions.”
Mr Scorer had previously been critical of the way the Church and the Diocese of Chester had handled the Whitsey case, alleging a cover-up had taken place.
His suspicions were reaffirmed earlier this year when it emerged the Diocese had missed two opportunities to report paedophile Warrington vicar Charles Gordon Dickenson who was jailed in March.
A separate NST review is expected to begin shortly to investigate these failings and to determine whether the current bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, was aware of any cover-up.
Mr Scorer, who works for Slater & Gordon, said at the time: “The church cannot be relied on to police itself – we urgently need all these instances of possible cover-up to be investigated independently, and until that happens victims will have no confidence that the church is serious about rooting out abuse.”
A Church spokesman has since apologised for the delay in starting the review into the Whitsey case.
He said: “We apologise for the length of time this has taken to sort and for any distress this may have caused survivors.
“A separate ‘lessons learnt review’ will be carried out into the case of the Revd Dickenson.”
The terms of reference for the Whitsey review state that a total of 19 people have come forward with allegations of abuse by the late bishop.
Outlining its remit, the document states: “This review (“the Review”) will allow those individuals who have indicated that they have sustained harm at the hands of Hubert Victor Whitsey or another Church body or officer to describe their experiences.
“The Review will identity both good practice and failings in the Church of England’s handling of the allegations relating to Hubert Victor Whitsey, including its safeguarding practice, in order that the Church of England can take steps to enhance and improve its response to allegations of abuse and, thereby, ensure a safer environment for all.”
It will focus on two questions: what the Church of England knew about alleged abuse perpetrated by Whitsey and what the Church of England’s response was to those allegations.
The reviewer will investigate whether any further abuse could have been prevented and will pledge to be “transparent and open” about information collected, the document states.
The news comes as the Church faces continued scrutiny over its safeguarding processes in the wake of the Dickenson case – first reported by The Standard and sister paper the Warrington Guardian – and the BBC Panorama investigations team which broadcast a programme on church-related abuse last month.
In these two cases Heath marked a preference, habitual at home, for dynamic and smiling men capable of making ardent bishops. Heath also attached himself to the social origins of future prelates. Whitsey – of working-class origin in Lancashire – was a part-time macon and a football player – an unusual profile in the Anglican elite.
The abusive incidents are said to have occurred when Whitsey was in office, including assaults at Bishop’s House in Chester, and when he was in retirement and living in Lancashire.
The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.
A lawyer representing four of the alleged victims has claimed the abuse was covered up by the C of E and has called for a independent review.
The allegations date from the late 1970s when Whitsey was bishop of Chester, and in the 1980s after he had retired and was living in the diocese of Blackburn.
The C of E said it had supported a police investigation into allegations of sexual offences against children and adults. The police told the church that, had Whitsey still been alive, he would have been interviewed in relation to 10 allegations. Whitsey died in 1987.
In a statement, the archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, said: “We are deeply sorry and apologise to those individuals who have come forward to share their account of abuse by a bishop in the Church of England who was in a position of power and authority. We appreciate that it is very difficult for individuals to come forward and to give their account.
“Sexual abuse is a heinous crime – and is an absolute and shameful breach of trust. We acknowledge that for survivors the effects of sexual abuse are lifelong. We are offering pastoral support to all those who have come forward and continue to hold them all in our prayers.”
It added: “The church will consider what lessons can be learned from this case and whether any action needs to be taken as a result of what these inquiries have shown.”
Cheshire police said the allegations related to 13 people, five males and eight females. “The abuse is alleged to have taken place whilst the bishop was living and working in Chester and one incident is reported to have taken place outside the county,” a statement said. The police investigation had spanned 13 months, it added.
Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which represents four of Whitsey’s victims, said: “The abhorrent and disgusting abuse perpetrated by Bishop Whitsey destroyed many lives, driving some to attempt suicide. What is equally abhorrent is that the Church of England knew of his abuse, did nothing to stop it and covered it up. It is crucial that there is now an independent review into Whitsey abuse and who failed to act when they learnt of his heinous behaviour.”
The law firm understands that a complaint was made to the C of E while Whitsey was still serving as bishop of Chester, but it was not passed to police. The church was believed to have been made aware of further allegations following Whitsey’s retirement, but no action was taken.
Slater and Gordon released a statement from one of Whitsey’s alleged victims. It said: “When I met Victor Whitsey I was young, innocent, and naive. I longed for his blessing to achieve my wish of a future as a vicar, serving God and the community. He told me he agreed I had a calling from God. He also told me he had the power to give me everything I wanted in life and the power to take it all away. He then proceeded to abuse me sexually and psychologically. I was powerless to stop him.
“I blamed myself, though I was the only victim and rationalised that it was my fault … I told no one; who would believe a teenage boy’s word against a bishop of the Church of England? I became reclusive and came to the ultimate conclusion. The prospect of ever seeing Victor Whitsey again was so abhorrent to me that I turned my back on my beloved church and my calling to serve God. I self-harmed and have spent a lifetime focusing on resentment and bitterness.
“Twenty years after my abuse, I suffered a complete mental nervous breakdown which included attempted suicide. Because of the sexual abuse I suffered at the hands of Victor Whitsey I lost my faith, my chosen life as a vicar, my self-belief, my freedom from worry and my dignity. Child sex abuse is a crime which stays with you for a lifetime. As a child you don’t understand why or what is happening, but as you grow older you realise the enormity of the abuse and it hurts you all over again – you blame yourself for allowing it – you hate yourself for being weak.
“Since my abuse, not a day has gone by that I have not thought about what happened to me.”
The author of the statement said he hoped there would be a public inquiry “to understand not only what Whitsey did to his victims but to also learn who knew what he was doing, to what extent his actions were intentionally covered up, and who else was complicit in the crimes that he committed, and for which, I continue to suffer every day of my life”.
The church has faced a number of high-profile cases of sexual abuse.
Peter Ball, a former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.
A damning independent report, published in June, found that senior figures in the C of E had colluded over a 20-year period with the disgraced former bishop.
The report made harrowing reading, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said. “The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.
George Carey, a former archbishop of Canterbury who was criticised in the report, resigned as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford.
Two years ago, the church issued a formal apology for alleged sexual abuse committed by one of its most senior figures, George Bell, the late bishop of Chichester, who died 57 years ago. It also settled a civil claim brought against Ball by a survivor.
George Bell was ‘fond’ of paeodophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him for ordination, an inquiry has heard.
As former bishop of Chichester, Bell is considered one of Anglicanism’s heroes. However, it emerged in 2015 the Church of England paid £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, in a legal settlement after she accused Bell of sexually abusing her as a child.
Now it can be revealed Peter Ball, who was jailed for a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men in 2015, was close friends with Bell.
Ball was initially rejected in his attempt to become a priest in 1951 but Bell wrote to the selection panel in support of Ball’s application.
When Ball applied for ordination a second time it was Bell who sponsored him through the process.
In his witness statement to an inquiry investigating child sex abuse within the Church of England, Ball denied that Bell had ‘overruled’ the selection board allowing him to be ordained.
However he said that after his ordination Bell would visit his parish to take services, adding he was ‘aware that he was “fond” of me’.
In response to a question about Bell’s involvement in his ordination, Ball told the inquiry: ‘It is not right therefore to say that Bishop Bell “overruled” the selection board in order for me to be ordained.
‘Although Bishop Bell had indicated in 1951 in a letter to the first Selection Board who did not recommend me for ministry that he would be “prepared to accept me for ordination” even though the Selection Board had not recommend me for training at that time, that is not how matters proceeded.’
He went on: ‘After theological college, it was Bishop Bell ultimately who did sponsored [sic] me for ordination, but with the approval of the Selection Board. Bishop Bell then placed me in the parish of Rottingdean where I undertook my first curacy.
‘He would visit my curacy on occasion to carry out confirmations and to take services.
‘We had a good working relationship; I was aware that he was “fond” of me. He was someone who I looked up to when I was a young curate starting out in the Church.’
Bell, who died in 1958, was revered by Anglicans before the abuse allegations against him emerged. However a report earlier this year heavily criticised the Church’s handling of the accusations and found it ‘rushed to judgement’ and failed to give proper consideration to Bell’s rights.
But the archbishop of Canterbury refused to back down and said a ‘significant cloud is left over his name’.
Ball went on to become bishop of Lewes in the diocese of Chichester and then bishop of Gloucester. He was accused of gross indecency against a 16-year-old in 1992 but escaped with a police caution after he received backing from a member of the Royal Family and a number of other establishment figures. He was told to step down from his role as a bishop. However he continued to minister in churches and schools until 2010 before he was eventually arrested.
At the age of 83 he was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assaults in 2015. He was released after serving 16 months.
The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has been investigation how the diocese of Chichester handled allegations of child sexual abuse as a case study for the wider Church of England.
In his concluding remarks today solicitor David Greenwood said the CofE was more ‘malign’ than the Catholic Church in its response to abuse and accused it of ‘a conscious effort to treat survivors badly’.
The archbishop of Canterbury in his evidence said he had ‘learnt to be ashamed again of the Church’ and warned child sexual abuse would ‘destroy the Church’ if not addressed.
You have only to look at the Archbishop of York..John Sentamu…and recall: 1) he was personally picked by IDI AMIN. 2) IDI AMIN was involved in Genocide of up to 500000 3) AMIN used the law in UGANDA to achiev his aims.
name 1 person u helped in UGANDA..only 500000 were killed….surely u saved someone.
The force identified 13 adult and child alleged victims – five male and eight female – of the late Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey between 1974 and 1981.
Its report said two victims were aged 13 to 17 and the alleged abuse was carried out in Chester and Lancashire.
A relative, Rachel Whitsey, told the BBC she had no comment to make.
Bishop Whitsey, who was married with children, retired in 1981 and died in 1987.
‘I’d never let him near children’: Leading child sex abuse expert who investigated said she would not trust former Prime Minister Ted Heath were he alive today
Dr Elly Hanson says Ted Heath would not meet ‘modern safeguarding criteria’
She hit out at the ‘hostile’ response to police enquiry into the late Prime Minister
Compared it to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in being late to surface in media
One of four ‘independent scrutineers’ given full access to secret details of child sex allegations against Sir Edward, Dr Hanson praised the ‘professional, thorough and sensitive’ inquiry.
Dr Hanson said: ‘The hostile response by some to the inquiry into Sir Edward Heath is disappointing. To label everyone who comes forward as fantasist is unfair and unhelpful. It sends completely the wrong message to all victims of sexual abuse.
‘As we have seen in the Weinstein case, if they feel they won’t be listened to they will remain silent.’
Runcie – As a lower-middle-class boy from Liverpool he at first had a hard time of it, but quickly learned form. His platoon and his fellow-officers – among them names like William Whitelaw – soon discovered that he was good company and an amusing and talented mimic.
After returning to Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in Greats and learned a classical liberalism which shaped his thought for the rest of his life, he went to Westcott House, the theological college in Cambridge. There the other ordinands – trained by Kenneth Carey – included Hugh Montefiore, Simon Phipps, Patrick Rodger, Graham Leonard, Stephen Verney and Victor Whitsey
Lord Runcie in same platoon as WIllie Whitelaw and was trained by Kenneth Carey who also trained Victor Whitsey
1975- the 210th Anniversary
After lacking much ceremony for the 200th birthday of the Church, Mr Denton organised a long programme of special events, with special services and musical presentations in the church.
The Parish Festival series of events was launched on 27th April 1975, with a special service at which the Bishop of Manchester (Rt Rev Patrick C Rodgers) was present. The Poynton Band (now the Vernon Building Society Brass Band) accompanied the organ for a communion service. Other services later were attended by the band and songsters of the Salvation Army, the Choir of St Winifreds (RC) School, and choirs from other local junior schools and the Hazel Grove Male Voice choir.
To remind us that our church was initially consecrated by the Bishop of Chester (when Manchester was a mere parish), the 210th Anniversary Service held on 13th July was conducted by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Victor Whitsey. The Bishop first spoke to the children on temptation, and thanked the congregation for their work and witness.
THE death of society photographer Lord Lichfield has evoked happier memories dating back to when he married Lady Leonora Grosvenor at Chester Cathedral 30 years ago.
Up to 20,000 on-lookers turned out to witness the arrival of the bride and groom at the west door in March 1975 along with guests including Lord Lichfield’s cousin, the Queen, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.
Lord Lichfield’s photographic subjects such as actress Joanna Lumley and model Britt Ekland also attended.
Lady Leonora’s father, Sir Robert George Grosvenor, was the fifth Duke of Westminster while her brother Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, was then Lord Grosvenor.
Lord Grosvenor, who inherited the title aged 27 on the death of his father in 1979, was given the task of escorting his sister to the cathedral. His younger sister Lady Jane was also present.
Lichfield, famed for his trendy dress sense, wore a traditional grey morning suit and tails while Lady Leonora, looked beautiful in a Christian Dior gown.
Later the happy couple left by helicopter to spend the night at a London hotel before jetting off to the Caribbean for a 19-day honeymoon. On their return they lived together at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire.
Lord Lichfield, then aged 35, and Lady Leonora, who was just 26, had three children together, but the romantic dreams of that day did not last and they divorced 11 years later in 1986.
Canon Lawrence Skipper, of Handbridge, who was then the Rector of Eccleston, has a long association with the Grosvenor family and played a supporting role during the service which was taken by the Archbishop of Dublin and also assisted by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Victor Whitsey.
born as Leonora Mary Grosvenor, a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster
attended Shernborne school
Since 1979, the Countess has been an extra lady-in-waiting to The Princess Royal.
Leonora, once touted as a contender in the Prince Charles sweepstakes
Lord Lichfield Focuses on Two Loves—wife Leonora and His Photography
As one of London’s resident rakes in the swinging ’60s, Patrick, the fifth Earl of Lichfield—and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II—loved beautiful women, glittery nightlife and himself almost as much as he loved photography. He was linked to jet-set beauties such as Britt Ekland, Jane Seymour, Gayle Hunnicutt and Dewi Sukarno; his premarital manifesto concluded that “fidelity is not essential. I’m sure I shall never be completely faithful to one woman.”
Lichfield has always led a somewhat charmed existence. Born in London, he was evacuated during World War II to Scotland’s Glamis Castle just north of Dundee. (His maternal grandfather was the elder brother of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the 83-year-old Queen Mother.)
A few months back he made headlines when several models complained that he had asked them to strip for video auditions so that he could choose subjects for a nude calendar he was planning.
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Bercow Uses Personal Veto to Block Vaz Investigation
We applied under the Freedom of Information Act to get papers relating to Mr Vaz’s trips abroad.
Clerks raised concerns – denied by the Leicester MP – that Mr Vaz had not abided by all the rules for trips. We wanted to know if those concerns ever become formal complaints.
If they did, did the liaison committee, which controls this process, do anything about it? This is clearly an area where, one could argue, the Freedom of Information Act should bite.
If the administration of MPs’ expenses is not covered by privilege, why should the administration of committee trips be? MPs are involved – but they oversaw expenses too. Could knowing which travel agent booked tickets for MPs be a route to power for a would-be tyrant? What is the threat to free speech?
Some months ago, Mr Bercow personally made the argument that this paperwork was all covered by privilege. But I looked forward to a tribunal when this could be tested.
A personal veto
Normally, this sort of determination can be referred to the Information Commissioner and then to the tribunals and courts to judge whether that finding is fair. My judgment is, if they did that, I had a reasonable chance of winning.
I suspect Mr Bercow agreed. That would explain why he has now used an unusual personal power to block any appeals.
This week, I was notified he has issued a “certificate” under section 34(3) of the Freedom of Information Act. This is, in effect, a personal release veto.
These sorts of vetos are supposed to be used sparingly – an emergency reserve power to guard sacred spaces if courts get it wrong.
That is because their use means I have no rights of appeal. The Information Commissioner’s view is that, since the certificate is genuine, that is the the end of the matter. Any appeal to the tribunals will automatically be discarded. I can ask a judge to review his decision, but it would entail looking at a decision taken by a parliamentary officer. That would hit privilege from another direction.
The net result is that the Speaker, who denies bullying, has made an order to hide information about the behaviour of his close personal friend, Keith Vaz, a man who also denies bullying – supposedly to protect MPs’ freedom of speech.
And then he has gone out of his way to use a personal veto to make sure no-one could even consider reviewing that questionable decision.
You can understand why staff are so suspicious about whether MPs will ever let themselves be judged by outsiders when it comes to bullying and harassment.
Labour declined to investigate bullying complaint against Valerie Vaz
17 October 2018
The shadow cabinet minister leading Labour’s response to the Westminster bullying scandal has herself been spoken to by her party leadership after a bullying complaint, the New Statesman has learned.
Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, was met by Jeremy Corbyn’s office and that of Nick Brown, the Labour chief whip, after a former member of her Westminster staff complained that they had been subject to workplace bullying while employed by Vaz in 2012. She denies the allegations.
The New Statesman understands that the complainant also contacted Laura Cox’s inquiry into bullying and harassment in parliament to raise the same concerns. Vaz led Labour’s response to an urgent question on the report on Tuesday.
In a letter to the complainant in August, seen by the NS, Labour said it would not pursue any formal investigation or disciplinary action against Vaz on the grounds that its historical nature would make it difficult to judge fairly.
The party’s Head of Complaints wrote: “The Labour Party has not codified a strict time limit on historic investigations but we have considered your case and believe the passage of time means it will be difficult to conclude a case fairly. Therefore we will not be taking formal disciplinary action.”
She added: “Valerie Vaz has been met by [the] Leader’s Office and the Chief Whip’s Office following your complaint, to be reminded of her requirements as an employer under the Labour Party Code of Conduct.
“It has been decided in this case that there will not be an investigation into the complaint and no further action taken. The option of complaint via the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards remains an option to you.”
While the Standards Commissioner is able to investigate complaints dating back seven years, the process is ultimately overseen by the MPs on the Commons Committee on Standards.
Parliament’s new independent complaints and grievances procedure, introduced in July, has no MP oversight but cannot investigate claims that date to before the start of the 2017 parliament. Vaz left the cross-party group that oversaw its development in January 2018.
In her report on bullying and harassment in parliament, released on Monday, Cox recommended that the new grievance procedures be given the power to investigate historical allegations.
Labour responded to the complaint against Vaz before that recommendation was made, noting: “The ICGP agreed by the House of Commons in July 2018 selected “the start of this Parliament for the retrospective application of investigations under the Scheme” on the advice of Tom Linden QC that “an investigation of a complaint will be more difficult the further into the past you go.”
However, in the event that Cox’s recommendation was adopted, the complaint against Vaz would be admissible under the new procedure. Asked about the report today, a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said Labour was pushing for the issue of historical allegations to be “properly addressed”.
Vaz has avoided explicitly endorsing the recommendations made in Cox’s report and has instead promised to “look seriously” at their detail. Responding after its publication on Monday, she said: “Sexual harassment and bullying must not be tolerated in any workplace. Some of the accounts in this report are truly shocking.
“The House of Commons has recently passed an independent complaints process to deal with cases of bullying, sexual harassment and victimisation under the supervision of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
“Labour thanks Dame Laura Cox QC DBE for her report and will look seriously at the detail of the recommendations. We will continue to work on a cross-party basis to tackle this and ensure new procedures are as robust and effective as possible in order to protect everyone working in and visiting the House of Commons.”
A spokesperson for Vaz said: “Valerie vigorously denies these allegations, which are vindictive and defamatory, and is committed to tackling bullying and harassment in Westminster, which has gone unchallenged for too long.”
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints of bullying extremely seriously, and we insisted that new complaints processes in Parliament fully cover bullying as well as harassment and sexual misconduct.
“We are pleased these processes are now in place and we will continue to bring forward proposals to ensure they as robust as possible. The Labour Party’s complaints procedures are confidential so we cannot comment on individual complaints.”
Keith Vaz accused of ‘bullying members of staff in House of Commons’
1 Aug 2018
The MP allegedly made comments about a clerk’s race and fertility
Veteran Labour politician Keith Vaz has reportedly been accused of bullying from a number of clerks as they tried to uphold the rules and processes in the House of Commons.
The MP for Leicester East allegedly made comments about one clerk’s race and told her she was bad at her job because she was “not a mother”, when she raised an issue about him not following rules and standards.
Jenny McCullough told the BBC’s Newsnight she was repeatedly on the receiving end of Mr Vaz’s bullying and was forced to leave her job because of his behaviour.
Mr Vaz has denied the allegations.
Ms McCullough served as the second clerk of the Home Affairs Select Committee which Mr Vaz chaired from 2007 to 2016, until he was forced to quit after the Sunday Mirror revealed he had engaged in unprotected sexual activity with male prostitutes and had said he would pay for cocaine if they wished to use it.
She told the programme that he made the comments when she attempted to enforce a set of rules that designed to stop professional visits abroad turning into personal holidays or business trips.
During a trip to Russia and Ukraine she allegedly attempted to highlight to him that he had not followed protocol on a number of occasions.
When she did so, she said Mr Vaz launched a “tirade” against her in a hotel lobby.
“At one point during this tirade, he told me that I wasn’t capable of serving the committee because I wasn’t a mother,” she told Newsnight. “All I knew was it wasn’t normal to be harangued about my fertility status in the reception of a hotel room, at public expense in front of my colleague on the team.
“I think there were other members of the committee there, I think there may have been some foreign office staff and other guests of the hotel.”
She also alleged that Mr Vaz made jokes that Ms McCullough was a security threat, on account of her Northern Irish background and accent.
The treatment continued well after the trip had come to an end, she said, adding that she was eventually asked to stop coming to team meetings because her presence resulted in Mr Vaz being too disruptive and not getting any work done.
She said when she highlighted the treatment to her managers, it was treated as though it was normal.
“It was as though there was something wrong with me, that I was too sensitive, that this was normal. And I found that a really hard response to deal with because they seem content to let Keith Vaz deliver this lesson to me by his treatment of me,” she said.
She said she did not put in a formal complaint because she was “afraid” of Mr Vaz and that as he was well connected she “thought it could only end badly”.
Ms McCullough is not the only clerk to raise a complaint about Mr Vaz’s behaviour, the programme reported.
The Independent has contacted Mr Vaz for a comment, but none had arrived at the time of publication.
However, a representative for the MP told Newsnight that he “did not berate Ms McCullough at any stage whether before during or after the Russia trip, nor did he at any time insult her maternal status”.
They added: “Furthermore, our client finds the allegation that he would make insulting jokes about anyone on the basis of race extremely offensive” and “would never trivialise a person’s ethnic background. No complaint or allegation of this nature has ever been brought to his attention. Our client had considered that he and Ms McCullough had previously had a good working relationship, and had always considered her to be very effective as a clerk.”
But despite the three-month pause Mr Vaz accepted invitations for VIP hospitality at Leicester City football matches.
The Register of MPs’ Financial Interests reveals he accepted £330 worth of hospitality on February 24 and March 18.
The latter match was three days before Parliament’s Standards Commissioner reopened her inquiry into Mr Vaz.
Mr Vaz has also travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia during the suspended investigation.
Mr Vaz issued a grovelling public apology to his wife and children in 2016 after it emerged he had paid two male escorts for their services.
A newspaper sting revealed Keith Vaz tried to hide his real identity by telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim.
The escorts claimed he asked them to bring poppers and offered to reimburse a third man for buying cocaine.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said the latest revelations of Mr Vaz’s activities during his suspended investigation was proof he’s no longer fit to be an MP.
He said: “As we can see from his register of interest Vaz wasn’t too ill to accept hospitality at LCFC. This shows that the Standards Commissioner was right to kick off the investigation into his rent boys and cocaine incident again.
“I have long been of the belief that Keith Vaz is not a fit and proper person to serve in the House of Commons and he should resign immediately.”
The outgoing Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson suspended the probe days before Christmas “on the basis of a medical assessment”.
Her successor Kathryn Stone reopened it after a fresh medical assessment last month
Sleaze probe into Keith Vaz over male escorts is BACK ON after standards watchdog decides Labour MP is well enough to be investigated
Sleaze inquiry into Labour’s Keith Vaz had been put on hold for ‘medical reason’
The MP was accused of meeting male prostitutes in 2016 newspaper sting
Married Vaz stood down as Home Affairs Committee chair after scandal broke
Questions have been raised over health as he has continued to carry out work
21 March 2018
A sleaze probe into Keith Vaz and male escorts is back on after the parliamentary standards watchdog decided he is well enough to face investigation.
The inquiry into the veteran Labour MP was suspended in December ‘for medical reasons’.
Questions have been raised as he has continued to take part in engagements in the UK and around the world.
However, commissioner Kathryn Stoneconfirmed on her website today that she has resumed her investigation.
Mr Vaz, who is diabetic, did not respond to a request for comment this afternoon.
Married Mr Vaz, who has two children, stood down as chairman of the Commons home affairs committee after his involvement with male prostitutes was exposed by a newspaper sting in 2016.
During the liaison, at which he claimed his name was Jim and that he was a washing machine salesman, he discussed buying cocaine with one of the Romanian rent boys, with undercover film footage of him saying he would pay for the class-A drugs but did not want to take any himself.
Later that year, Scotland Yard dropped its investigation into Mr Vaz, but a separate probe by the Commons sleaze watchdog was due to look at whether the MP was guilty of a conflict of interest as he had been leading a review of vice laws at the time of the allegations.
The inquiry was also due to examine whether he had caused ‘significant damage’ to Parliament’s reputation
But in December, the standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson cited medical reasons when she suspended the long-running investigation into Mr Vaz.
However, that same month, Mr Vaz reportedly went on a trip to Saudi Arabia, while in January he posted a picture of himself in Goa, India, with government minister Rohan Khaunte.
That month he was also photographed alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a meeting of the all party parliamentary group on Yemen.
Since the investigation into his conduct was halted by the standards commissioner, the Leicester East MP has opened a new swimming pool in the city, attended planning meetings, travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia.
n an outing earlier this month, Mr Vaz appeared alongside Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha at an event in London, where they were both pictured on stage.
Mr Sinha told the website Bollywood Hungama how he had been invited to come to the UK by the Labour MP.
He said: ‘Keith and the Indian community in London wanted to honour me. I couldn’t say no. This was a huge and humbling honour coming from my brothers and sisters on British soil.’
The MP was also a VIP guest at the Festival of Polish Folklore in Leicester on Sunday, described on its website as a vibrant celebration of Polish dance, song and music that featured more than 400 performers.
‘Too sick to be investigated’ Keith Vaz was spotted at both a Bollywood and a dance festival at different ends of the country in the last week. The MP was a VIP guest at the Polish Folklore festival at De Montfort Hall, Leicester on Sunday. Earlier, he attended a Bollywood festival in London where he was pictured with a famous actor:
“Shatrughan Sinha was honoured in London by Keith Vaz the MP from the British Labour Party. During a Q-and-A session after being honoured Shatrughan Sinha was asked which distinguished Indian he would like to play on screen.”
Guido revealed how last month Vaz was spotted opening a swimming pool, attending council meetings, an APPG and a music gig in Leicester. In December Guido asked what had happened to the Standards Commissioner’s investigation into Keith Vaz, which still hasn’t reported back after nearly a year and a half. The Vaz inquiry remains “suspended for medical reasons”. Becoming embarrassing for the parliamentary authorities…
Keith Vaz Makes Trips to India and Saudi Arabia – But ‘Too Ill’ to Face Male Prostitutes Investigation
11 Feb 2018
Labour MP Keith Vaz has remained active internationally, despite an investigation into footage of him using male prostitutes and discussing Class A drugs being suspended due to alleged ill health.
The former Chair of the Commons Select Committee has visited India and Saudi Arabia and attended several engagements in his constituency, all whilst claiming to be too ill to face justice.
In Leicester, he has opened a new swimming pool, attended planning meetings, met a housing developer, and is even alleged to have been spotted at a music gig.
He has also been well enough to appear in public alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and table a number of parliamentary questions.
Now, a Tory MP has compiled a dossier of his activities and is calling for the parliamentary standards watchdog to resume their investigation into his alleged use of Romanian rent boys and hard drugs, the Daily Mailreports.
Mr. Vaz was caught discussing sex and the illegal substances in undercover footage shot by the Daily Mirror in 2016, but has carried on as a member of parliament, and even been appointed to the Justice select committee.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who says his office had compiled a dossier on Mr. Vaz’s appearances that would be passed to the standards commissioner, commented:
“He is supposedly unfit to answer questions about his conduct in relation to rent boys and cocaine, but he appears to be out and about in Leicester and elsewhere. He is the most healthy-looking ‘ill’ person I’ve ever seen.
“At the end of the day if he’s unfit to be held to the standards of an MP then he’s not fit to be an MP.
“The parliamentary standards watchdog says she has independent medical advice to say that he cannot face questions. But he looks surprisingly well to me.”
The standards commissioner’s office said: “When she has fresh independent medical advice, the commissioner will review it.”
Mr. Vaz’s office did not respond to request for a comment.
Is he still undertaking his parliamentary duties? If so there’s no reason for the investigation to be halted.
Andrew Bridgen @ABridgen
I instigated the complaint into Keith Vaz in Sept 2016. If more than 15 months later he is not fit to be held to the standards expected of a Parliamentarian, then he’s not fit enough to be a Parliamentarian and we should be expecting a by-election in Leicester East
John Bercow blocked Andrew Bridgen MP from revealing investigation into Keith Vaz after accepting £41,000 in donations with links to Keith Vaz
He’s not dead, he’s still a working MP, investigation should continue.
How can a guy with the chequered background like Keith Vaz get away with corruption & sleaze 4 so long?…Could the answer be he has Shit on all of @UKParliament? In 450 pages, the damning verdict on bullying Vaz is laid bare by MPs
Yesterday’s order paper showed Keith Vaz being discharged from his position on the International Trade select committee, just three months after he joined. Vaz is being replaced by Tom Watson’s old flame Stephanie Peacock. Sources say Vaz hasn’t been seen much around the House recently, and he hasn’t voted since 18 October. A few months back Momentum were coming for his place on the NEC; surely he isn’t now being lined up for a frontbench job? Wonder what he’ll do with his newly free time…
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
Boulaye is the founder and President of the charity “Support for Africa”, which has built five clinics in rural Africa and a school with HRH Prince Harry’s Charity, “Sentebale”, in Lesotho.
Another of Edward Garnier’s defamation cases – Patti Boulaye:
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)
What was your best business decision?
Marrying my husband, Stephen Komlosy, who had managed such acts as Lionel Bart and Mike Berry
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.
Maybe it’s the Corbyn > Derek Sawyer > Islington council > Keith Vaz connection that influences things
Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCogno
So if Keith Veness is a close friend of Jeremy & a close friend of Sandy (see Facebook) is this why @jeremycorbyn doesn’t feel able to speak up for survivor constituents/whistleblowers?Keith & Valerie have been political mentors to him in many ways since 1971/2 as for Sandy #awks
Keith Veness reminisces about his time as Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral agent – before his wife Valerie became Corbyn’s PA at House of Commons? “MP’s polls ‘minder’ who had defied Russian tanks” (25.11.11)
Corbyn’s friend and former partner, Diane Abbott was in the Civil Service (Home Office) 1976–78, as a race relations officer for the NCCL (1978– 80), in television 1980–85, and finally as a press officer.
She got to know Patricia Hewitt and , the then general secretary; it’s legal officer Harriet Harman and Harma’s husband Jack Dromey.
Cilla Black used to go on holiday with Lily Savage aka Paul O’Grady, who worked as a social worker in Lambeth at the time of the paedophile gang and neglect of clients in that Borough. Diane Abbott was Lambeth Borough Council’s press officer/PR person.
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.
Dr Venu, Keith Vaz MP, businessman Stephen Purdew and Michelin chef Sriram Aylur
Stephen Purdew… is certainly close to Keith Vaz, the prominent Labour politician who enjoys being in the company of rich men and is not himself a stranger to allegations of sleaze.
Keith Vaz, speaker John Bercow and Champneys’ Stephen Purdew
Mr Bercow is regarded as being on warm terms with Mr Vaz.
Sarah Westcott, a young journalist at the Press Association, went out with John Bercow a few times in 2000. He was nearly 40 at the time, yet seemed more like a clumsy schoolboy than a middle-aged MP.
‘He was a bit funny with women. One night, I kissed him on the cheek and he was terrified.’
The lack of a girlfriend was becoming a curse, as local associations tended to look favourably on those who were married or at least had a respectable girlfriend to help with fund-raising coffee mornings.
Not wanting to lose out, Bercow came up with a solution: he borrowed other people’s girlfriends or co-opted friends to take along to selection meetings.
One friend was so confused by the fake girlfriends that, to this day, he believes Bercow is gay.
I suspect Victor Raikes and Anthony Courtney held office in Monday Club with GK Young, who @JohnMannMP has mentioned before.
(21.10.15) “The files that are there, I know are valuable to their ongoing investigation.”
what did Op Midland do?
John Mann said that the file was handed to him by the same individual who had provided it to Mr Dickens in the 1980s, after it was compiled by former Tory MPs Sir Victor Raikes and Anthony Courtney – both now dead.
“There were two files that Geoffrey Dickens gave to Leon Brittan in 1984, this is the second file and the person who gave it to Geoffrey Dickens has now given a copy to me,” Mr Mann said.
“Two questions now arise. Firstly, why were the contents of the file not investigated? Secondly, why was the Prime Minister unable to find this file when he instigated the Wanless Review last year?
Mr Mann said the dossier included a list of alleged paedophiles, including “a small number of names which would be recognised by people who follow politics”, but declined to reveal the identities of those named.
“There are also background documents which will be of interest to police now and would have been of interest to police at the time,” he said.
Mr Mann said that he was “confident” that the dossier was genuine and that the person who passed it to him was the same individual who provided it to Mr Dickens and would be willing to speak to police now.
“The files that are there, I know are valuable to their ongoing investigation,” he said. “It may lead to new investigations as well. I would be surprised if it didn’t, but that is a decision for them to make, not me.”
SAILOR IN A RUSSIAN FRAME. By Cdr. Anthony Courtney. (London: Johnson. 1968. 256 pp. 35s.)
“I’m not a Profumo, but …” was the title on the illustrated handbill, with photos to match, which was sent to the British press and the wife and political friends and enemies of retired Royal Navy Commander Anthony Courtney, Conservative Member of Parliament for Harrow East, in August of 1965. Before a year had passed, Courtney had lost his wife, his seat, and most of his business as a result of a KGB political action operation in the heart of London. His book is the story of why the Soviets “framed” him and how he fought back, and almost won. The episode vividly exemplifies how the Soviets employ assiduous data collection and personal provocation in political action.
(A bizarre 50-year feud started when his father, Charlie, and his uncle Samson – Alan Bercow‘s father – fell out over the ownership of the family minicab company in Finchley, North London. The feud between John Bercow’s father, Charlie, and Alan Bercow’s father, Samson, dates back to the 1950s and involved a successful minicab company in Finchley, North London, set up by Charlie.)
Bercow’s paternal grandfather, Jack Bercowitch, was from Romania who worked first as a gas fitter and then as a furrier, and in due course opened a shop.
Two of his sons, Ralph and Charlie, set up a business called Bercow Motors, in Warren Street in central London, which prospered until the late 1960s, when the council painted yellow lines on the road outside their showroom. Charlie Bercow married Brenda Bailey, a legal secretary and in 1963 she gave birth to their son, John Simon Bercow.
A police commissioner has told a jury that he used to drive a senior officer, Gordon Anglesea, accused of sexually abusing boys to Bry Estyn children’s home.
He used to give Anglesea lifts in a police vehicle when asked. He said: “The only place I recall taking him was to Bryn Estyn children’s home. If he wanted to go to Bryn Estyn he would ask me and I would take him.”
Jones said he would not go into the home with Anglesea but just drop him off and carry on with the other duties that he had. He did not know how or when Anglesea would leave.
“I have no idea. I have no recollection of collecting him,” he said
The Society for Individual Freedom, which is described as a British Intelligence front involvingGeorge K. Young, Ross McWhirter (both with UK intelligence connections) and Gerald Howarth.
Gerald Howarth MP for Cannock and Burntwood from 1983 to 1992
4 February 2014
Conservative Sir Gerald Howarth, defence minister until 2012, has mounted an extraordinary defence of a Tory MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag do – saying he was the victim of a ‘disgraceful witch hunt’.
And he tried to justify the MP’s involvement in such a distasteful event, claiming ‘we’ve all done it’.
Well spotted Tom. I had wondered if an attentive reader of PLAYLAND would join the dots with people I mentioned in the book: William De’Lisle, Andrew Mitchell, Major John Gouriet who founded the National Association for Freedom, following the IRA assassination of Ross McWhirter.
Not Andrew Mitchell MP?
Sorry, my mistake. It was David Mitchel, Andrew’s father.
Sir David Mitchell was a minister under Margaret Thatcher who also ran Fleet Street’s gossipy watering hole El Vino
When Heath led the Conservatives to power in 1970, Mitchell became PPS to Sir Keith Joseph, Social Services Secretary.
In January 1981 Mrs Thatcher moved Mitchell to the Northern Ireland Office.
Alan Lennox Boyd-prior owner of Henlow Grange (later owned by the Purdews) – “Churchill protege Alan Lennox-Boyd, who married sisters, Guinness heiresses, but enjoyed riotous homosexual adventures behind the scenes. Lennox-Boyd had a distinguished ministerial career in several governments…”
” Lord Longford has decided to produce a report on pornography…
Amongst those who were included, and who stayed the course, were singer Cliff Richard and Radio One DJ Jimmy Savile, alongside more obvious suspects like Malcolm Muggeridge and the Rt. Revd Ronald Ralph Williams, the Bishop of Leicester.
Ex-detective felt forced by BBC reporter to reveal Cliff Richard raid, court hears
Matthew Fenwick tells high court he felt he had ‘no option’ but to tell reporter about the search
Apr 16 2018
Matthew Fenwick, who was a detective superintendent with South Yorkshire police, said he believed reporter Dan Johnson would run a story about the investigation into the singer, leaving it “compromised”, unless he was told about the search.
Fenwick said it had been clear Johnson knew the force was investigating an allegation of child sexual abuse against Richard, because he described the singer as a “celebrity paedo” during a meeting.
I’m thrilled for Shirly Oaks folks – but why does Mail believe them and not VIP accusers?
Bee Carthew was extremely close to GK Young, recently mentioned in connection with Dickens Dossier given to John Mann.
(Carthew) wrote in great detail to senior politician Enoch Powell and his wife
telling him: that Harvey Proctor’s London solicitor (Denby) is on the run after forcing policemen to lie on floor at gunpoint was hiding in Home Secretary’s (Leon Brittan) constituency (Richmond) whilst being search for by Crimewatch. Isn’t that weird?
In 1978 a packet containing obscene literature and written material was found on a bus. The subsequent police investigation revealed a correspondence of an obscene nature between Sir Peter Hayman and number of other persons. The papers involved an obsession about the systematic killing by sexual torture of young people and children.
Sir Peter died in 1992 but during his career worked as a diplomat including as High Commissioner to Canada. He also worked for intelligence service MI6.
There’s another reason why Scotland Yard were so keen to close the investigation down.
In November 1997 the South London Press ran a story about a ‘sex chamber’ hidden in the basement of Lambeth Police Station with bedding, a red light, and a manacle. Was Lambeth Police Station being used by the paedophile ring to abuse children and produce child pornography?
The Mirror have reported on the cover-up of an investigation of a paedophile ring in Lambeth council children’s homes. It’s suspected that the reason for the cover-up was the involvement of politicians, including at least one MP.
Bercow gave up a political lobbying job with the Tories’ favourite ad agency,Saatchi and Saatchi, to work for JonathanAitken, after previously spending a brief period in the City, working as a merchant banker for Hambros.
In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd. Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.
The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.
Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.
And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.
was a founder of PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange).
Charles Napier was the treasurer of PIE.
Peter Righton was also one of Britain’s leading child protection specialists when Virginia Bottomley was Health Secretary
Sir Peter, who is married to the former Conservative Cabinet minister Virginia Bottomley, told Radio Four’s Today programme that people were also now wrongly suggesting that he may have visited the Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south-west London, which is at the centre of some of the current claims.
The Elm Guest House is alleged to have been the scene of paedophile activity and sex parties attended by politicians and other prominent figures in the 1970s and 1980s. Visitors are said to have included the late Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith.
118. The fact that Cyril Smith’s public standing and professional career were never negatively impacted in any significant way by the suggestion that he was involved in child sexual abuse has given rise to considerable speculation that he was in some way protected by other politicians. We may consider the possibility that Smith was actively supported at the level of national politics, or at the very least, had a blind eye turned towards allegations against him, as part of the Westminster investigation.
Willy Bach sat in the balcony of this hall, watching this University honour his old friend Greville Janner. Today, in recognition of his long years of service to this City and County and to this University, we are proud to honour him.
Mr Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Senate and the Council, I present Lord Bach of Lutterworth, barrister and politician, that you may confer on him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
In Lord Bach’s not so distant past he served as the board member of Finmeccanica UK, a leading weapons manufacturer (in 2007); for more on this read “Revolving doors revealed” and “”Revealed: how minister cashed in on contacts” (The Sunday Times, 23 November 2008).
Maintaining his warmongering connections to this day, Lord Bach remains listed as a patron to Northern Defence Industries, which describes itself as “a leading supply chain sourcing and development service representing the interests of businesses in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors.”
Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club’s Immigration & Repatriation Committee.
He co-authored papers with Proctor including:
”Immigration, Repatriation, & the Commission for Racial Equality”, by Keith_Harvey_Proctor, M.P., John R. Pinniger, M.A., with a foreword by Sir Ronald Bell, Q.C., M.P., published by the Monday Club, 1981, (P/B).
In 1975, a Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality (CHE) was formed by party members, led by Peter Walter Campbell, a Professor of Politics at Reading University. Campbell belonged to the Monday Club, a sub-group of ultra-libertarian Conservatives who believe in privatising everything from the prisons to the police. He was a member of the Albany Society which had campaigned for homosexuality to be legalised in 1967, and the very left-wing dominated Campaign for Homosexual Equality. They might have regarded him as an oddity, but he was like many of them in one striking way – he was a paedophile.
The name “Peter Campbell – Monday Club” is found on this list of clients of the Elm Guesthouse, a boy-brothel.
The place was closed down in 1988 but before she died, Mrs Kasir gave a list of regular clients to a former child protection officer, Mary Moss, who was investigating allegations made by victims. It was stunning, full of famous names from the world of show-business, M15 and politics. It included numerous MPs, and “Peter Campbell – Monday Club”.
It could not refer to anyone else. Other Monday Club members on the list were Conservative MPs Charles Irving, Peter Bottomley and Harvey Proctor. Not only did Peter Campbell use the boy-brothel, but he advertised it in the newsletter of the Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality, which he edited.
The advertisement mentioned that Elm gave a discount to members of the “Spartacus club” – an infamous pederast network that fixed up paedophiles with victims to molest while on trips abroad.
Researchers for NAPAC (the National Association of People Abused in Childhood) have tracked down a letter Campbell wrote in 1982, at the time of this advertisement, with a handwritten note on it from Peter Campbell to John Rowe, another frequenter of the Elm Guesthouse, saying “I have now inserted the entry about the hotel but can’t find the text about the Dutch adventure – could you please let me have another copy? – Pete”. The Netherlands was the nearest and most popular destination for the boy-molesting holidays organised by Spartacus Club. Campbell could hop on the train at Reading and be in Paddington in forty-five minutes. From there he could take the Central Line Tube or more likely, on his professorial salary, he could afford to take a taxi to Barnes in Richmond. There he would select whatever bewildered, depressed young boy took his fancy, take him to a bedroom or even into the sauna, perform obscene acts on him, check him back in, and then have a drink in the bar before going on to meet friends at the House of Commons, or home to Reading. He was probably a member of the Spartacus club himself, and despite all of that he went on teaching in a British university. This molester of children was paid to teach teenagers aged from 18 upwards. Under the leadership of John Major, the CGHE increased in size and strength and by 2010 it had quite simply taken over the party.
Clive Froggatt– Clive Froggatt, a leading physician in England, and a favorite of prime minister Margaret Thatcher and a very senior government health adviser to both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was addicted to heroin, allegedly taking up to eight fixes a day.
William Waldegrave, the health secretary, giving details of the two enquiries launched in the aftermath of the case, described Beck as evil. He said that the Commons had shown its support for Mr Janner.
Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, condemned the ”cowardly attacks” on Mr Janner. Michael Latham, Tory MP for Rutland and Melton, said that Mr Janner had been the target of ”vile allegations and lies”.
As Beck was sentenced, William Waldegrave, the former health secretary announced two inquiries. One would investigate the selection of staff in Britain’s children’s homes. The other, chaired by Andrew Kirkwood QC which is reporting today, would find out why staff at one of Britain’s biggest social services departments failed to act on warnings which would have lead them to the discovery of a catalogue of abuse. Allegations of physical and sexual abuse were first made in 1980 – seven years after Beck started working as an officer in charge of a children’s home. They continued over the next six years, from children and social workers, and on four different occasions were passed on to police. After one investigation, police charged Beck with assault. However, he was subsequently acquitted after a crown court trial in 1982. Despite these allegations, Beck continued working at The Beeches, Leicester Forest East, where he had been officer in charge since 1978. He had spent the previous five years working at The Poplars – a home in Market Harborough – before moving to Ratcliffe Road children’s home. He eventually resigned in 1986 after he was suspended following an allegation of sexual harassment by a fellow member of staff. However he was given references which enabled him to take jobs with Brent and Hertfordshire social services. He also worked with charities.
Froggatt was brought into the Conservative fold in 1983 by Sir Norman Fowler and quickly became an adviser to the powerful Downing Street policy unit.
He developed a close friendship with Virginia Bottomley and frequently dined at her house.
Froggatt even told friends that he advised her on everything from how she enters a room to how she does her hair.
Ken Clarke once asked him to stand in for him at an Oxford Union health deb
When he had an idea, he rang Tory ministers and they listened.
Jonathan Guinness (far left) attends an exclusive party to celebrate the completion of ‘Contra Mundum’ or ‘Against The World’, a one of a kind diamond glove created by his daughter Daphne Guinness on June 30, 2011.
… an evening at Covent Garden Opera House some years back when three black-tied men strode onto the empty stage after the main performance and launched into a spirited rendering of “A policeman’s lot is not a happy one” to the uproarious laughter of their guests.
The three included the then-serving Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police John Stevens, the former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and suspected child rapist Lord Janner QC himself, and Gerald Ronson, a billionaire property dealer who was imprisoned for his part in the huge “Guinness” financial fraud in 1991.
What the three men had in common, apart from a love of opera, was they all sat on the advisory committee of a charity called the Community Security Trust, a private investigation agency run out of the British Board of Jewish Deputies and which has been chaired by Gerald Ronson since he left prison.
According to Janner’s own memoir, the ad-hoc Gilbert and Sullivan performance must have taken place after the first police investigation was derailed. There is no suggestion that John Stevens — who has since been ennobled — did anything improper, but it is still strange that the media has not found anything interesting in the head of Scotland Yard’s night at the opera with the suspected child rapist and jailbird billionaire. http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/05/greville-janner-update/
THERE is a delicious irony in Gerald Ronson today rubbing shoulders with Britain’s top police chiefs. They’re on first names terms with him and gushing in their praise of the Community Security Trust (CST), the organisation he founded and now chairs.
Yet this is the man who, in 1990, was jailed as one of the major players in arguably the most notorious business fraud trial of the 20th century – the so-called ‘Guinness affair’.
RE: Gerald Ronson: Israel’s Prime Minister (Yitzhak Shamir) desperate to speak to you in prison and police chiefs subsequently accepting invitations to dine with you or a chief rabbi and his successor visiting you inside.
Jonathan Guinness was a long-standing and early member of the Conservative Monday Club, serving on several of its committees. He was a member of the Club’s Executive Council in 1971, when he became Chairman of their ‘Action Fund’, and elected National Chairman on 5 June 1972
Guinness’ mother was Diana Mitford (Nazi links). She married Bryan Guinness first and then Sir Oswald Mosley.
While Mitford was married to Bryan Guinness, they lived in Germany for a short time before moving to England. Mitford’s children had to be tutored privately in England because they weren’t accepted into any local schools. Mitford was also a distant relative of Winston Churchill, and was briefly imprisoned during the war because she was considered a threat to national security.
Lady Diana Mosley (1910-2003) was one of the daughters of Lord Redesdale, and had the reputation of being the most beautiful and dazzling of the ‘Mitford girls’. She married the heir to the Guinness company, Brian (later Lord Moyne), at the age of 18, but subsequently left him and then married the British fascist, Oswald Mosley. She was introduced to Hitler by her sister, Unity, and maintained a life-long admiration for him and his political beliefs.
A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household, four from Princess Alexandra (1936- ) The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004); and two handwritten postcards from Deborah (1920- ) Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo’.
Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KThe eldest of John Morrison’s sons, James , married Sophia Cavendish, daugher of the youngest of the Mitford sisters, Deborah.
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.
The Duke of Devonshire (front, centre) chairman of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, at the Savoy Hotel in London when he was joined by 11 men from all walks of life, who were honoured at the “Men of the Year” luncheon. Back Row (l-r): Staff Sgt John Rodgers, Det Insp Henry Dowswell, Brendan Foster, Jimmy Savile, Coxswain John Petit, Dr Colin Blakemore and Norman Croucher. Front Row (l-r): Lt Glen Tilsley, Sgt Murtach McVeigh, duke of Devonshire, Chief Insp John Purnell, Fl Lt David Cysten.
John Granville Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale
John Morrison’s grandson, Alastair John Morrison, 3rd Baron Margadale DL,
Alastair Morrison married Lady Sophia Cavendish, daughter of Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire and Deborah Mitford
The Mitford sisters were heavily influenced/influencing of Oswald Mosley, who may have been the influence for the political stance of THE MONDAY CLUB.
Sir Charles Morrison was the brother of Peter Morrison, who became MP for Chester
From Jimmy Savile’s auction..
A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household, four from Princess Alexandra (1936- ) The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004); and two handwritten postcards from Deborah (1920- ) Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo’ (approx. 30)
Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KCSG, LLD (1926-2011)
Sara Morrison, Charles Morrison’s wife has been described as Edward Heath’s friend and important political confidante and she was with him when he died.
The daughter of Viscount Lang and the Duchess of Marlborough, Sara Morrison was a director of the influential program, Fourth Channel TV, and one of the principal organizers of the Conservative Party, said to be a close confidante of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Morrison family
The third son of John Granville Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale, was Sir Peter Morrison(1944 –1995), was Conservative MP for Chester from 1974 to 1992 and died aged 51 in 1995.
He was Margaret Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.
In October 2012 it was alleged that evidence has been seen that linked Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over a 20 year period.
It has also been alleged that Sir Peter was protected …and that his behaviour was covered up by senior party members and the media.
Morrison is now named in connection with a fresh inquiry into these allegations, which could also implicate the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
John Morrison’s daughter, Dame Mary Morrison, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II for forty years. She has been described as one of the queen’s closest confidantes.
Matthew Parris: It seems to me to very likely be an overheated conspiracy theory
A fascinating discussion between Matthew Parris (columnist and former Conservative politician) and Liz Davies (front-line child protection social worker from London Metropolitan University) about the forthcoming national inquiry into child sexual abuse was broadcast yesterday on the Spectator blog (transcript below). It was fascinating partly because of Liz Davies’ recounting of how her investigations into child abuse and murders of children were stopped by unknown senior people, and partly because of Matthew Parris’ refusal to accept that what Liz Davies was saying might be true. Although as Matthew Parris had just published a Spectator article called ‘What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? I do’ and subtitled ‘I know the rumours. I think they’re mostly nonsense. I don’t expect a fair hearing’ he perhaps found it impossible to allow himself to be convinced by the evidence Liz Davies was setting out.
On 24 May 2013, the High Court of Justice ruled that her tweet, “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*”, was libelous. The two parties agreed to a settlement, and McAlpine donated the damages awarded to Children in Need.
In 2013, it was revealed McAlpine had owned the artwork of convicted paedophile Graham Ovenden – artwork that depicted naked children.
The Vaz saga is unfolding just as the Gordon Anglesea trial gets underway:
It all comes at the same time as Gordon Anglesea jury is sworn in at Mold – and Anglesea and Bryn go to the heart of much of this – and the westmonster links…
In December 1991 — eight months after Anglesea retired from the North Wales Police — the Independent On Sunday wrote about the police investigation into allegations of child abuse at the Bryn Estyn children’s home in North Wales.
The front page article stated:
“According to former residents of Bryn Estyn, Gordon Anglesea, a former senior North Wales police officer, was a regular visitor there.”
“He recently retired suddenly without explanation.”
“Photographs of men abusing boys in the North Wales paedophile scandal were deliberately destroyed by the authorities. Sian Griffiths worked for Clwyd Council in the inquiry office on the 1994 Jillings and six years later on the Waterhouse inquiry which looked into the systematic abuse at the children’s homes.
Labour MP Ann Clwyd today revealed she had read the 1994 report by John Jillings into the abuse before it was pulped and called for it to be published.
She said: “It shows rape and torture… the effects on those young boys cannot be underestimated.”
The report was trashed on the insistence of Clwyd Council’s insurers, who feared a wave of writs from victims.
WilliamJHague closed down the N Wales #CSA investigations & the stench of that corrupt injustice still hangs over Westminster
Hague faces cover-up row over Thatcher ally’s link to care home abuse scandal: Former foreign secretary said to have been made aware of Sir Peter Morrison’s connections while working as Welsh secretary
31 May 2015
Hague expected to be criticised in new report on Wales care home scandal
As many as 650 children were raped or assaulted in the 70s and 80s
Then-Welsh Secretary Hague ordered an inquiry into the abuse in 1996
New Whitehall inquiry expected to accuse Welsh office of mishandling it
Anglesea was questioned also about his connection with freemasonry because of an underlying suggestion that there had been a “cover up” in his case. He disclosed that he had become a full member of Berwyn Lodge in Wrexham, in 1982, after being a probationer in a lodge at Colwyn Bay from about 1976.
He had then transferred to a new Wrexham lodge, Pegasus Lodge, in 1984 because it offered an opportunity for swifter advance in freemasonry.
He was aware now from records that one member of the staff at Bryn Estyn had become a member of Berwyn Lodge in April 1984. He had remained a member of the Pegasus Lodge since despite a directive from the Chief Constable of the North Wales Police, David Owen, in September 1984.
Gordon Anglesea – friends Errol and Polly Edwards put his name forward to be guests of honour at St David’s Day dinner in Kuala Lumpur.
St David’s Society – one of the smallest Expat societies in Malaysia. The St David’s Society get together regularly for social events. Events include meeting up at various restaurants and bars for a social drink, following Welsh Sporting Events live, race days, wine & cheese tastings, to ultimately celebrating the St David’s Celebration as close to March 1st as possible with our friend Tony Warren (The Ultimate Tom Jones Malaysian tribute act).
Gordon Anglesea: Former police chief guilty of child sex abuse
Oct 21 2016
During the trial, Anglesea was questioned about links to other paedophiles, including Gary Cooke, who is currently serving 14 years in prison, and Peter Howarth, former deputy head of the Bryn Estyn children’s home, who died in prison in 1997.
In 1994, Anglesea was awarded £375,000 in libel damages after media organisations ran stories about his links to abuse at children’s homes in north Wales.
One report, published in 1991, detailed how Bryn Estyn residents claimed he was a regular visitor to the home.
He was granted bail until his sentencing hearing, which will take place 4TH NOVEMBER 2016
Freemasons delete webpage on paedophile Gordon Anglesea’s libel judge:
Convicted paedophile, police superintendentand freemason Gordon Anglesea is dead.
in 1994, Anglesea was famously awarded £375,000 in libel damages against four media organisations who presciently linked Anglesea to allegations of child abuse by suggesting he had been a regular visitor to the infamous Bryn Estyn children’s home in North Wales.
“Experience in the courts shows that where men and women, boys and girls make complaints of sexual assault they do sometimes make up stories, either completely or exaggerate some incident out of all proportion so that it no longer bears any relationship to the truth.
“And of course a complaint that someone has sexually assaulted you is comparatively easy to make up and difficult to rebut. It is the nature of a sexual complaint that no one else is likely to have seen it.”
It turned out – unsurprisingly – that Justice Drake was, like Anglesea, a freemason.
Woman QC leads the way at the office and home; LEGAL WEEK.
LIVERPOOL’S only woman QC has taken the challenge of juggling home and work commitments to a new level.
Family, criminal and personal injury law specialist, Tania Griffiths, has a well-earned reputation as the city’s “tripping queen”, having spent 15 years defending the council against accident claims.
Last night she revealed her parallel life as a single mum to numerous foster children, many who suffered trauma and abuse at the hands of their natural parents, and some of whom she has adopted.
Last night, Ms Griffiths, 47, from Southport, told how she managed to balance a pioneering career with raising an often troublesome family alone.
Last autumn she became only the third female barrister in Liverpool to serve as a Queens Counsel, following in the footsteps of Rose Heilbron, who took silk in the 1960s, and now Judge Margaret de Haas.
Ms Griffiths has often forged new ground in the region’s legal world, becoming the first woman to be accepted to Liverpool’s biggest set, at Exchange Chambers, in 1982.
The daughter of a car painter and a nurse, former Christ the King Comprehensive pupil Ms Griffiths originally wanted to join the police, but changed her mind after starting a law degree at Liverpool Polytechnic.
Ms Griffiths says her title will allow her to pursue more high-profile criminal and family cases in Merseyside, while spending as much time as possible at home in Birkdale, where she lives with her adopted children next door to her father.
“I always wanted to have a family, and I was single, so at the age of 30 there was no man, and I thought if I don’t get a move on I’m never going to get my family,” she said.
Peter Steen, 75, who had denied all 11 charges against him, walked free from court as solicitor blasts the Operation Pallial investigation
Speaking on behalf of Mr Steen, of Heol y Wal, Bradley, Wrexham, his solicitor Chris Saltrese said there had been a grave miscarriage of justice and blasted the Operation Pallial investigation, which was set up to investigate historic allegations of child abuse in the North Wales care system.
“There has been a damning indictment here, and not of my client, but of the National Crime Agency’s Operation Pallial which was hastily set up by the Prime Minister in November 2012 at the height of the Jimmy Savile hysteria.”
Acquittal on all charges in historic abuse case
A number of high profile defendants are currently facing charges and trial on allegations of historic sexual abuse. Senior Morgan Rose lawyer, Gary Lesin-Davis, instructing Tania Griffiths QC, secured acquittals on all counts, in January, for a client in a case at Liverpool Crown Court involving numerous serious allegations dating back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. The case required painstaking research into handwritten documentation and the advancing of complex legal argument to obtain the permission of the Judge to allow cross-examination upon their content. The client, a father and businessman of impeccable character and reputation, whose business required him to frequently travel to the US and Asia, faced the loss of his good character, livelihood and liberty and his acquittal now allows his reputation to remain untarnished.
W v Local Authority
Defending local authority in claims that the LA failed to intervene quickly enough in removing children from abusive households. Involved significant research of voluminous SSD records in relation to issues as to when the LA should have acted and the likely consequences for the claimant if action had been taken earlier. Issues as to whether disabilities in the children have been due to nature or nurture and as to future needs.
The Macur Review is an independent review, chaired by Lady Justice Macur, DBE. It’s a review of Sir Ronald Waterhouse’s inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former Gwynedd and Clwyd council areas of North Wales between 1974 and 1996.
The Government have redacted, as we have heard, huge swathes of the Macur review, removing in particular the names of individuals who have been the subject of speculation and who have national recognition.
For example, the name Peter Morrison has been redacted from the report, but puzzlingly, other names—Greville Janner, Lord Gareth Williams—have not.
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West) (Con): If I may correct the hon. Gentleman, Peter Morrison’s name does appear in the body of the report. It is important that the hon. Gentleman clarifies that, because it is not redacted.
Ian C. Lucas: It appears in one part of the report, but it is also redacted in other parts of it. His name appears in the introduction, I believe, but in the part that relates to establishment figures, his name is redacted.
Mr David Jones: The point I was seeking to make is that his name is not wholly redacted, and since the hon. Gentleman is making a speech that covers very important matters, it is necessary to clarify that point.
Ian C. Lucas: I am grateful for that clarification, but in the chapter that relates to establishment figures, the two names that I referred to are not redacted, whereas Peter Morrison’s name is. It is very difficult to deduce a line of principle to see why someone made that decision. I think we need to have that information
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Back to Vaz – his friends and “charity colleagues”…
^ Purdew, Bercow and Vaz
Keith Vaz and old friend Stephen Purdew of Champneys:
19 July 2011
The silken-voiced Vaz and the rougher-sounding Purdew, who is worth in the region of £50 million, are old pals.
Cambridge-educated Vaz says their friendship goes back 20 years, and, indeed, it appears to have started after Purdew’s company took over Springs Hydro in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire (Vaz is the MP for Leicester East).
It was soon publicised that Vaz was among those patronising the gymnasium. Vaz’s daughter Anjali was a bridesmaid when Purdew, 52, married blonde former model Isabele Cave, 30.
Purdew’s son by an earlier relationship, Robert, 19 — who recently did 10 days work experience in Vaz’s office — was best man.
…strong links between Stephen Purdew, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, Keith Vaz MP and News of the World executive Neil Wallis, who was involved in the phone hacking scandal.
Sir Paul Stephenson, Neils Wallis and Rebekah Brooks
Keith Vaz, MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, who grilled the Metropolitan Police Commissioner is a long time friend of Stephen Purdew and Godfather to his son.
Neil Wallis was PR to Champneys and also spin doctor to Sir Paul Stephenson.
Amitabh Bachchan poses with Samantha Cameron, who hosted the Silver Star charity reception. Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP (R), presented the award to Amitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan was the guest of honour for a charity event by Leicester-based Silver Star that campaigns to create awareness about diabetes. The actor is the international patron of the charity, known for its mobile diabetes units. The charity event was hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha Cameron, at their office at 10, Downing Street.
Bachchan described David Cameron as “gracious” and “patient” and revealed how Cameron knew him.
“He had heard and knew about me…through the Nanny to his child,” the actor concluded.
The charity says its funds were not used to pay the rent boys, but no one has explained why Mr Dragusin paid them.
An associate said Mr Vaz and the Romanian trusted each other. ‘It was always as if Keith was really looking after Daniel, not a normal employer-employee relationship,’ he told The Times. ‘They seemed to be quite close, put it that way, in the sense that Daniel was doing a lot of work for Keith, and Keith was looking after him.’
From 2008 to 2010 he worked as a chauffeur for Express Rent-a-Car. He later became Mr Vaz’s driver, and was occasionally allowed to borrow a ‘fancy car’, said the associate. ‘He was often driving Keith’s car when he was not on duty.
Silver Star deny this and have retained Carter Ruck, firing off letters to several newspapers complaining how unfair it is to have their name linked to this sordid affair. Carter Ruck usually charge £500 an hour. That’s a very expensive law firm for a relatively small charity…
Mark Stephens, a solicitor at Howard Kennedy law firm
Since 2011 Stephens has been listed on the SpearsIndices Reputation Management Index as an expert in reputation management, Winning the award in in 2015 and being mentioned in its top category “éminence grise” in 2016.link
– represented Bob Monkhouse who had been “charged with defrauding film distributors in relation to a film and television archive”.
In his autobiography, he admitted to hundreds of sexual liaisons and affairs, including one with a transsexual, but claimed that he only undertook this course of action because his first wife was unfaithful.
”Jimmy was a regular visitor at Champneys health spa in Henlow, first visiting in the 1960s. He became a close friend of the owners, Stephen Purdew and his mother Dorothy. When a new bedroom wing was opened in 1985 it was named after him.
Stephen Purdew said: ‘He was a very significant family friend loved by everyone.
“Many people in the Henlow area will have very fond memories of this great man. My mother and I will miss him dearly.’”
Champneys: Stephen Purdew, whose family runs the luxury health spa in Tring
Phone hacking: Keith Vaz links to Champneys spa, behind Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson resignation
Sir Paul Stephenson is likely to be grilled over his decision to accept hospitality at the Champneys health resort in Hertfordshire, and his connections to Neil Wallis, the spa’s former PR adviser and an ex-News of the World executive who was arrested over the phone hacking scandal last week.
Mr Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has a long-standing connection to the Purdew family, who own Champneys, including charitable and business links in addition to a close personal friendship.
Kerala Tourism will debut its ‘Your Moment Is Waiting’ global campaign at a red carpet event on Tuesday 21 September, at the Saatchi Gallery to a select audience of London glitterati, literati and business leaders
Dr Venu, Keith Vaz MP, busineman Stephen Purdew and Michelin chef Sriram Aylur
In one of its biggest marketing coups ever, Kerala Tourism unveiled its latest destination campaign film, Your Moment is Waiting, to a star studded audience at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
“It is a bold step for Kerala Tourism to launch the campaign in London to the world’s most sophisticated audience” by Keith Vaz MP
Dr Venu, Secretary, Kerala Tourism who played host to over 150 guests said it was fantastic to see so many celebrities taking the time to attend a Kerala event and endorsing the film.
The latest disclosure centres on Mr Vaz’s links to an exclusive new development in Kerala, southern India, called Eshta. The resort of premium villas and apartments, set in 60 acres of waterways and palm forests, describes itself as “a haven of luxury and decadence” for “the cream of society”.
The directors of the development project include Arjan and Mitesh Vekaria, brothers who own Vascroft Contractors Ltd, a company that worked on several state school building projects in London.
Mr Vaz and Dorothy Purdew, the owner of Champneys, have given testimonial endorsements for the 88-page Eshta development brochure. In the document, Mr Vaz praises the “super-quality” project as an example of the growing business potential of southern India, while Mrs Purdew is quoted as recommending Kerala as “the perfect escape”.
In January 2007, Mr Vaz launched the Silver Star Appeal, a diabetes campaign, which now has a branch in India and has become the Eshta project’s nominated charity. Donors to Silver Star can enter a competition for the chance to win a“lifetime” villa retreat at the resort.
The charity also has close ties with Champneys. Mrs Purdew is listed as a Silver Star patron and a new mobile diabetes assessment unit has been named “Dorothy” in her honour.
Mr Vaz is understood to have spent one night at Champneys after attending the engagement party of his friend, Stephen Purdew, co-owner of the spa. Mr Purdew is also godfather to one of Mr Vaz’s children, who is believed to have undertaken work experience in the MP’s office.
A spokeswoman for Mr Vaz said he has no financial connections to Eshta or its directors and had “never” received hospitality from the resort or visited Kerala.
British MP, Des Browne, recently named as Britain’s special envoy to Sri Lanka was one of those who attended a diaspora Tamil conference in London last week where no criticism of the LTTE holding a captive human shield of civilians in the last sliver of land the Tigers hold in the Vanni.
“These are the people foisted on us to try and find a fair settlement,” senior official sources in Colombo said yesterday. “This was called a Tamil diaspora conference but was obviously a clear last ditch effort on behalf of the LTTE.”
Among those who attended this meeting was veteran American civil rights campaigner, Ref. Jesse Jackson who said that “we (the global community) have a moral obligation to stop the killings” in Sri Lanka, TamilNet reported.
Among those who attended this conference were Mike Griffiths, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party…
The delegates were addressed by distinguished speakers including American civil rights campaigner Rev. Jesse Jackson and Des Browne MP, the British Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and former defence secretary. Other guests included Lord Falconer, Siobhan McDonagh MP, Simon Hughes MP, Keith Vaz MP and Sir Jimmy Savile.
In a strange twist, Hughes was quizzed about his appearance on Top of the Pops, which was a hotbed of paedophilia at the BBC, and where Jimmy Savile abused thousands of children.
For some unknown reason, Hughes initially denied he had ever been on the show
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will revise his decision to redact documents relating to Jimmy Savile in the PREM 19/878 file in the National Archives. 
The majority of the information in the file has been disclosed. An application for closed information in the file is currently subject to a pending appeal in the first-tier tribunal. Therefore the Government cannot comment further in these circumstances.
Savile asked Mrs Thatcher for a ‘Government grant’ and the Prime Minister asked: ‘Are you thinking of millions of pounds?’
When Savile made clear he was talking about a token amount the Government agreed £500,000, a sum so small, the file notes, it did not need Treasury approval.
Intriguingly, the file is missing two documents – a letter from Savile to Mrs Thatcher on a date unknown and a record of a phone call to her in February 1980.
Notes indicate it was decided in October 2012 – just says after the scandal broke – these two items should remain confidential for another 40 years and be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.
Donor who paid straight into Nick Clegg’s account becomes his adviser
One of Nick Clegg’s personal donors has been appointed to a key position in the Deputy Prime Minister’s office.
27 Nov 2011
Neil Sherlock, a senior executive at KPMG, the accountancy partnership, will become Mr Clegg’s “director of government relations” in the new year.
Last year, it was disclosed that he had paid money directly into Mr Clegg’s bank account to help fund the Liberal Democrat MP’s private office before he was in government.
Mr Sherlock has also donated money to the Lib Dems and last year his wife, Kathryn Parminter, the former head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, was elevated to the House of Lords by Mr Clegg’s party.
…concerns over Mr Sherlock’s previous financial connections to Mr Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.
The Daily Telegraph disclosed that Mr Sherlock paid up to £250 a month into Mr Clegg’s private bank account during 2006 to fund the MP’s office. The payments were later made direct to the Liberal Democrats to fund the leader’s office when he was in opposition.
She was a key figure in the London left, working for the National Council for Civil Liberties for two decades.
But a Sunday People investigation reveals Pollard to be chief apologist for some of PIE’s most chilling demands.
Our investigation found that throughout her career Pollard gave a constant stream of support to paedophiles and promoted their views. She also:
Supported PIE’s call to scrap the age of consent.
Argued against the introduction of a bill to protect children.
Sat on committees with known paedophiles and PIE members.
Wrote a twisted essay defending sex between adults and children.
It emerged MP Harriet Harman, husband Jack Dromey and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt had been involved with the NCCL when PIE was affiliated to it.
Mrs Harman has subsequently moved to distance herself from Pollard and paedophiles, with a spokesman stating they “did not influence any of the work she did there”.
However one source involved with the London left in the 70s claims – embarrassingly for Mrs Harman – that she and Pollard did work together on occasions within the NCCL .
The source said: “Nettie was a big presence in the movement back in the 1970s and couldn’t be ignored by anyone wanting to get on in the NCCL.”
Our investigation first places Pollard in 1975 working as the Gay and Lesbian Officer for the NCCL.
And that brought her into close contact with the infamous PIE – the child sex group which campaigned to have the age of consent lowered or scrapped.
As well as her role at the NCCL, Pollard was and remains a significant member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality – a group that defended PIE’s rights at their 1983 conference.
But even after PIE was disbanded in 1984, Pollard made no secret of her sympathy for the organisation’s aims.
In 1993 she contributed a defence of the sexualisation of youngsters to a book called Bad Girls and Dirty Pictures.
Entitled The Small Matter of Children, Pollard’s essay draws on work by knownpaedophiles such as former PIE vice-chair Warren Middleton to build its case.
Pollard argues child sex should be legal if the act is “consensual”.
It also uses language like “willing partners” to describe sex between adults and children.
But by far the most disturbing section is Pollard’s attempt to justify the sexualisation of children.
She writes: “Far from being ‘innocent’ and becoming sexual at puberty, as was once the common belief, it is now indisputable that everyone is sexual, even before birth.”
The research cited was also used in PIE’s bid to reduce the age of consent to just four.
Pollard continued to work for the NCCL until her mysterious departure from the group in 1997.
She was made redundant but reports from Feminists Against Censorship implies murkier reasons behind her exit.
A newsletter from the time reads: “Within the last several months, two of NCCL’s employees have remarked that the organisation’s longest-serving staff member, Nettie Pollard, was the last civil libertarian left on the payroll.”
Challenging the cost-cutting explanation given it added: “Since she is one of the few indispensable staff members, and the most expensive to make redundant, we suspect economy is not the reason.”
Pollard, whose Facebook page currently shows her support for causes including an anti-drones campaign and attacks on the “Big Brother” state, also showcases her taste in music with a link to indie rock band The Donutsh – described by one of their following as sounding “like Johnny Cash biting off Johnny Rotten’s head”.
She refused to answer the door to us when we visited her home.
Feb 2014: Convicted paedophile, Tom O’Carroll told The Guardian he remained a member of the NCCL’s gay rights committee for several years after Harman claimed his organisation was marginalised. NCCL archives in London have also shown how O’Carroll, a former chairman of PIE, asked Nettie Pollard, a staff member at the organisation, about the possibility of amendments to the 1978 child protection bill.
MBABANE – A British man who has been working on a charitable schools project sponsored by Ubombo Sugar has been convicted as a paedophile in Britain.
Dr Edward Marsh, whose real name is Derek Slade (61) was sentenced to 21 years in prison last week Monday after being found guilty at the Ipswich Crown Court of abuse against 12 boys aged eight to 13 between 1978 and 1983. He abused the boys at a military-style boarding school, where he was the principal, in the 1980s.
When he came to Swaziland, ‘Marsh’ established a false identity. With the help of Derek Sawyer, a prominent Labour politician in Britain, the former leader of Islington Council and now chair of the London Region Courts Board. Slade and Sawyer co-founded an NGO, the International British Educational Projects (IBEP) and Slade came to Swaziland as the IBEP’s appointee and Sawyer went on to run the school board.
Both were later removed in a public notice and the reasons were not stated.
Sawyer facilitated Slade’s escape from his past by setting up educational companies in which the disgraced teacher used a fake name, CV and reference.
They were pupils at St George’s School, in Great Finborough, Suffolk.
The politician, Sawyer, has been chairman of numerous bodies involved in London’s probation service and justice system.
Sawyer, who denies any wrongdoing, helped Slade after the paedophile was first convicted of child abuse in the 80’s. Slade was found to have savagely beaten boys at Dalesdown School, in Sussex, and was jailed for three months, though the sentence was reduced on appeal to a conditional discharge.
The pair then set up the International British Educational Projects (IBEP), which allowed Slade to work with children in India and Africa under the pseudonym Dr Edward Marsh – a name taken from a child who died at the age of eight in 1955.
Sawyer said he was unaware Slade had given him false information or was using a fake passport. He said: “I have been very shocked by Derek Slade’s conviction for child abuse. I have been taken in and have been used by him.”
Slade’s downfall last week resulted from simultaneous investigations on three continents.
The Ubombo Sugar Company in Swaziland, the London branch of the charity Help A Poor Child (HAPC), which briefly funded an orphanage school IBEP opened in India in 2003, and former victims of Slade’s brutal military school, all helped police untangle a complex web of evidence – about Slade and his connections with Sawyer. In 1983, after whistleblowers had brought the abuse to the attention of the BBC’s Roger Cook, Slade was forced to leave the school.
But a government inquiry proved a whitewash and Slade remained a school governor.
By then he had left four British schools after brutality and indecency allegations. Following his criminal conviction, he could never teach in Britain again.
How they were removed from Swaziland
MBABANE – Ubombo Sugar, on discovering Sawyer’s links to Slade, removed Sawyer from its school board.
They even placed a notice in The Times of Swaziland on January17, 2009, making it clear that the parting was not amicable.
Part of the statement said the trustees had removed all directors who had been appointed by IBEP; these were Sawyer Marsh, Sawyer’s wife and Wendy Warner. The Trust also took over all of IBEP’s shareholdings in SWAZEP (Swazi Educational Projects (Pty) LTD).
A source for The Mail on Sunday said last week: “I hope Slade rots. There is no doubt to the closeness and longevity of his and Sawyer’s relationship. It is said that in support of the application for ‘Marsh’ to come into Swaziland, Sawyer/IBEP presented a very glowing CV with documents attached.” Slade was arrested in England last February when he attended to a medical appointment as Edward Marsh.
At his home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, police found huge amounts of child pornography, and his fake passport.
How ‘Marsh’ was born and Slade disappeared
MBABANE – ‘Derek Slade’ disappeared and ‘Edward Marsh’ was born – or, rather, reborn.
Police believe that Slade picked the name after trawling cemeteries until he found the grave of a boy who would have been a similar age to his own, had he lived.
He then obtained a copy of the dead boy’s birth certificate and used this to obtain a false passport in Edward Marsh’s name in 1988. The passport was used by him to travel to the United States, India, Russia and Africa. Slade also used a genuine passport in his own name to travel to India.
Meanwhile, his friend Derek Sawyer became a Labour councillor in Islington in 1982. Oddly, the ward he represented was St George’s – the same as the name of the school he and Slade founded. Derrick Pereira, UK chairman of Help A Poor Child (HAPC), in an interview with the Mail on Sunday (a British newspaper) said concerned sources in Swaziland eventually spotted HAPC’s website warning, and contacted him. The charity’s delicate wording was understandable, given the involvement of powerful Labour politicians with the project.
The African investigation established Marsh’s passport fraud from his visa details. Issued in London on September 25, 1998, it was for an Edward Marsh born on May 31, 1947, in Derby, two years before Slade was born in Southampton.
They scrutinised Slade’s fake CV as ‘Marsh’, which claimed a first class BA degree from University College, Oxford, in the Trinity term of 1969, and a BA Education from the University of Birmingham via Saltley Teachers’ Training College, on July 23, 1973.
A paedophile who was sentenced to 21 years in prison
last week has links with a Labour politician who is a senior
figure in the judicial system, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Derek Slade, who abused boys at the boarding school
where he was headmaster in the Eighties, was given
help in establishing a false identity by Derek Sawyer,
former leader of Islington Council and now chair of the
London Region Courts Board.
Mr Sawyer facilitated Slade’s escape from his past
by setting up educational companies in which the
disgraced teacher used a fake name and CV.
Oxford-educated Slade, 61, was jailed last Monday
after being found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of
abuse against 12 boys aged eight to 13 between
1978 and 1983.
They were pupils at St George’s School,
at Great Finborough, Suffolk. But he escaped justice
for years using an alias with Mr Sawyer’s knowledge.
The politician has been chairman of *numerous bodies
involved in London’s probation service and justice
Mr Sawyer, who denies any wrongdoing, helped Slade
after the paedophile was first convicted of child abuse
in the Eighties. Slade was found to have savagely beaten
boys at Dalesdown School, in Sussex, and was jailed for
three months, though the*sentence was reduced on appeal
to a conditional discharge.
The pair set up International British Educational Projects,
which allowed Slade to work with children in India and Africa
under the pseudonym Dr Edward Marsh, a name taken from
a child who died aged eight in 1955. He obtained a copy of
the child’s birth certificate and acquired a false passport.
Mr Sawyer, who was an Islington councillor until
2006, became leader of Islington Council in 1992,
after the discovery that paedophiles had infiltrated
all 12 of its children’s homes. The council barred an
inquiry from naming anyone suspected of involvement
in the abuse.
Mr Sawyer said he was unaware Slade had given
him false information or was using a fake passport.
He said: “I have been very shocked by Derek Slade’s
conviction for child abuse. I have been taken in and
have been used by him.”
The paedophile and and law chief: It took 32 years to
bring pervert headmaster to justice …but he was helped
to hide from his past
The soldiers’ sons blinked back tears as the television
news showed their fathers setting sail for the Falklands
War. In 1982, the soldiers’ battle for survival had just
begun, but so had the children’s.
The scared youngsters were packed off to a new military
boarding school, St George’s, in Suffolk where they were
abused by the sadistic, paedophile headmaster.
At the start of this month, Derek Slade was found guilty
at Ipswich Crown Court of numerous serious crimes against
12 boys aged eight to 13 between 1978 and 1983. He was
jailed for 21 years last Monday.
Now The Mail on Sunday can exclusively reveal how
Slade, 61, escaped police for years using an alias with
the knowledge of a Labour politician at the heart of
Britain’s justice system.
Derek Sawyer, former Labour leader of Islington Council
and now head of the London Region Courts Board, helped
Slade maintain a fake identity after Slade was first convicted
of abuse in the Eighties.
The politician even set up a limited company “International
British Educational Projects (IBEP)” with the paedophile that
allowed him to work with vulnerable children under his false
name with a fake CV and a reference.
The pair have a connection that spans four decades.
Slade’s downfall last week resulted from simultaneous
investigations on three continents. A sugar company
in Swaziland, the London branch of the charity
Help A Poor Child (HAPC) which briefly funded an
orphanage school IBEP opened in India in 2003, and
former victims of Slade’s brutal military school, all helped
police untangle a complex web of evidence about Slade
and his connections with Sawyer.
It is not known when Derek Slade and Derek Sawyer first
met, but records show that in 1977, Sawyer set up Anglemoss,
the company behind St George’s School, with Slade. Sawyer was
then 27, and had recently joined the Labour Party. He resigned as
a director of Slade’s British schools soon after helping set them up.
Four other directors then joined the company. When contacted
by The Mail on Sunday last week, Sawyer denied that he was
ever a founding director of the school.
Slade, then 28, an Oxford classics graduate, had no formal
teaching qualifications but was the head teacher of the school
which was based first at Wicklewood, Norfolk, then at Great
Finborough, near Stowmarket, Suffolk.
The school, which had 350 pupils within six years, had
low fees and was aimed at the lower ranks in the Armed
Forces. At Slade’s trial, several witnesses described his
“reign of terror”. One of them, Alistair (not his real name)
told the jury that he was broken physically and mentally
by the headmaster within 72 hours of arriving at the school.
Alistair, whose father fought for Britain in the Falklands,
wrote home that he was unhappy. He was unaware that
Slade read the children’s letters. He was summoned to
When he did not address him as “sir”, Slade knocked him
to the floor. “I didn’t even see it coming, a slap across the
side of my face and I hit the deck screaming with pain,”
said Alistair. Slade flew into a rage and resumed his attack.
“I was lying in a heap. He went crazy because I couldn’t stop
Slade dragged him to a chair where he was caned.
During the hour-long assault, Slade pulled off Alistair’s
shorts and slashed both his face and body.
“I couldn’t work out what I’d done wrong. Slade looked like
a monster, a madman. In his eyes there was evil.”
Alistair described how he was eventually made to take part
in what Slade called his “midnight feasts”, dinner parties at
his house in the school grounds for Slade’s male friends,
where the boys were sexually abused.
In 1983, after whistleblowers had brought the abuse to the
attention of the BBC’s Roger Cook, Slade was forced to leave
the school. But a Government inquiry proved a whitewash and
Slade remained a school governor.
However in November 1986, Slade was convicted of savagely
beating boys at Dalesdown Preparatory School in Sussex.
The trial was the result of The Mail on Sunday publicising pupils’
allegations in February of that year. The judge described photos
of their injuries as “sickening”.
Slade was jailed for three months at Chichester Crown Court.
He appealed and his sentence was reduced to a conditional
Sawyer took over the leadership of Islington Council in 1992,
when the media revealed paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of
its children’s homes
By then he had left four British schools after brutality
and indecency allegations. Following his criminal conviction,
he could never again teach in Britain.
“Derek Slade” disappeared and “Edward Marsh” was born; or,
rather, reborn. Police believe that Slade picked the name after
trawling cemeteries until he found the grave of a boy who would
have been a similar age to his own, had he lived.
He then obtained a copy of the dead boy’s birth certificate
and used this to obtain a false passport in Edward Marsh’s
name in 1988. The passport was used by him to travel in
the United States, India, Russia and Africa. Slade also used
a genuine passport in his own name to travel to India.
Meanwhile, his friend Derek Sawyer became a Labour
councillor in Islington in 1982. Oddly, the ward he
represented was St George’s, the same as the name
of the school he and Slade founded.
Sawyer took over the leadership of Islington Council
from Margaret Hodge in 1992, when the media revealed
that paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of its children’s homes.
Hodge took the flak for the scandal but the role of her successor
also now demands closer scrutiny.
Although a damning independent inquiry confirmed Islington
had employed 26 alleged child pornographers and pimps, the
council, now headed by Sawyer, had set its terms of reference
and barred it from naming anyone. No one was ever arrested in
Two ringleaders were eventually apprehended by police
in Morocco and Thailand for the abuse of local children.
Four days before the report was published in 1995,
Sawyer and Slade registered the company that allowed
the latter to access more children abroad. The pseudo
-charity, International British Educational Projects
(IBEP), aimed to bring education “on the British model”
to impoverished children in Africa, Russia and India.
The Mail on Sunday has obtained an early IBEP sales pitch,
which gives both Sawyer’s home address in North London,
where he still lives, and a Mickleover, Derbyshire, address
for the fictitious Edward Marsh.
It is undated but Sawyer’s phone number has an
0171 prefix, which dates it to prior to BT’s 2000 move
to 020 numbers for London. It suggests that interested
clients ring either Sawyer (described as) Director, London
office, or “Mr E. Marsh, Projects Co-ordinator, Derby”.
Following Slade’s trial, police revealed he had been working
on a charitable schools project in Swaziland.
The project was sponsored by Ubombo Sugar. Police have
confirmed that in 1999, by which time Slade had a criminal
conviction, “Dr Edward Marsh” visited Swaziland as IBEP’s
appointee. Sawyer went on to run the school board.
Staff and parents swiftly became suspicious of the bullying
manner of “Dr Marsh”, who left soon after in 2000. Sawyer
claimed Marsh had suffered a breakdown and he continued
running the board.
IBEP’s foreign ventures were not limited to Africa.
Derrick Pereira, UK chairman of Help A Poor Child (HAPC)
met Slade at Sawyer’s home in North London in 2005.
Mr Pereira was expecting to meet “Dr Marsh”, whom he
understood was a wealthy philanthropist author.
Slade let slip his real name. Mr Pereira picked up on the
gaffe but was told Slade preferred to use his pseudonym
as an author, which was allegedly acquired after a rich,
childless uncle made changing his name a condition of
In 1990, Slade and Sawyer had cofounded a publishing
company called Oriflamme, to publish educational textbooks
by Slade under the name of Edward Marsh.
Former victims organised a school reunion at St George’s
to get access to the building. In the attic, they found
a box of old photos, which helped confirm dates and put
names to faces.
HAPC for a time funded IBEP’s Anglo-Kutchi English
Medium School in Gujarat, India, for young earthquake
orphans. Labour MP Keith Vaz, Islington’s senior solicitor
in the early Eighties, and patron of HAPC, supported
fundraising for the school in his Leicester constituency.
A Labour councillor raised thousands for the school at
a dinner-dance Vaz attended. Slade visited Leicester
to be presented with donations by local children.
However, HAPC ended the association after Slade’s British
victims, who had sought each other out on the internet
and joined forces to try to expose him, alerted the charity.
Last week, Sawyer said: “I was not aware that Derek Slade
had obtained a false passport and not aware of the false
information he had given.”
Slade’s former pupil Alistair had read HAPC’s description of
its support for IBEP’s orphanage school, which mentioned
Slade, but Sawyer’s name was unfamiliar to him. When he
found a picture of him on the internet, Alistair recognised
Sawyer from visits to St George’s and felt sick.
The former victims organised a school reunion disco at
St George’s in order to get access to the building. In the
school attic, they found a box of old photos, which helped
confirm dates and put names to faces. They say they also
found an Eighties photo of Sawyer visiting the school.
In February 2007, HAPC announced on its website: “Recent
events, which we are unable to disclose at this time, made
his [Slade] position untenable.”
The charity says that it has since demanded that IBEP
return its funds and provide assurances about the children’s
safety. Derrick Pereira says that Sawyer has still not supplied
Mr Pereira also says that concerned sources in Swaziland
eventually spotted HAPC’s website warning, and contacted
him. The charity’s delicate wording was understand able,
given the involvement of powerful Labour politicians with the
The Africans asked, on a conference call, what the charity
knew about “Dr Edward Marsh”, Slade and Sawyer. Mr Pereira
says: “They were so shocked to be told that Marsh and Slade
were one and same man that they dropped the phone.”
The African investigation established Marsh’s passport fraud
from his visa details. Issued in London on September 25, 1998,
it was for an Edward Marsh born on May 31, 1947, in Derby,
two years before Slade was born in Southampton.
They scrutinised Slade’s fake CV as Marsh, which claimed
a first class BA degree from University College, Oxford, in
the Trinity term of 1969, and a BA Education from the
University of Birmingham via Saltley Teachers’ Training College,
on July 23, 1973.
At his end-of-terrace home, police found huge amounts
of child pornography and his fake passport
Slade actually graduated later and had no
teaching qualifications. Through Sawyer’s
company IBEP, a convicted child abuser was
able to work with vulnerable African children
having obtained money under false pretences. Sawyer is a man who has acquired key positions on bodies running the capital’s police, magistrates and probation services. He represented all London’s councils on the Metropolitan Police’s public safety board and was made a trustee of two crime prevention youth charities, including Catch 22, patron the Princess Royal (Princess Anne).
He is currently chair of the London Region Courts Board,
which works with Her Majesty’s Courts Service to achieve
effective and efficient administration of the courts.
On discovering his links to Slade, Ubombo Sugar removed
Sawyer from its school board, even placing a notice in
The Times of Swaziland in January 2009 making it clear that
the parting was not amicable. Mr Pereira remains furious that
through Sawyer, “a man at the heart of the British capital’s
justice system, (as a source described him) a dangerous child
abuser was protected and promoted.
A separate source in Swaziland told The Mail on Sunday
last week: “I hope Slade rots. There is no doubt as to the
closeness and longevity of his and Sawyer’s relationship.
It is said that in support of the application for “Marsh”
to come into Swaziland, Sawyer/IBEP presented a very
glowing CV with documents attached.”
The British police, who had met the group of victim
investigators, now knew Slade’s fake identity and
arrested him in England last February when he attended
a medical appointment as Edward Marsh.
At his end-of-terrace home in Burton-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, police found huge amounts of child
pornography, and his fake passport.
There were more than 70,000 images of children,
some apparently African and Indian. Almost 5,000
were eventually judged indecent.
Police also found audio tapes Slade had made of boys
being beaten and boxes of explicit material. About 50
new witnesses came forward after Slade’s arrest,
including former pupils who now have senior defence
Before his six-week trial, Slade offered to plead
guilty to the indecency, assault and child pornography
charges, if the three witnesses describing rape backed
down. His trial would then have been a brief formality,
gone unreported and protected his friends. But all
At his trial, Slade admitted 15 offences of indecent
assault and five of actual bodily harm, and denied
but was found guilty of six additional offences of
assault, four indecent assaults and three serious
sexual assaults. They were sample offences, many
more are suspected.
Slade also pleaded guilty to 16 charges of making
indecent images of children, possession of almost
4,500 indecent images of children and being in
possession of a false passport. When he was sentenced,
a dozen of his victims were present. They applauded the
judge and jury.
One said afterwards that they persisted with the
prosecution in order to show that “the bad guys
don’t always win”.
Shortly after Slade’s arrest, Sawyer dissolved IBEP,
the accounts of which are peppered with large financial
transactions involving the fictitious “Edward Marsh”, and
wrote to Help A Poor Child to demand it stop linking his
name with Slade’s on their website, as this was “damaging”
to him. It has not yet done so.
Detective Inspector Adrian Randall, who headed Slade’s
18-month investigation, says that police enquiries are
In response to The Mail on Sunday’s allegations, Derek Sawyer
said: “I have been very shocked by Derek Slade’s conviction for
child abuse. The revelations which emerged during the court
hearings have been very disturbing.”
“I am glad that justice has been done and has seemed
to be done by his many victims. Like many others I have
been taken in by Mr Slade and have been used by him.”
Derrick Pereira, Chairman of HAPC was present, as was Leicester Easy MP and HAPC Patron Keith Vaz
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7th February 2013. Labour Backbencher Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament giving a speech after receiving his award for the Labour Backbencher of the year 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.
In 2011 Jeremy Corbyn signed an Early Day Motion mourning the death of Jimmy Savile.
That this House mourns the death of Sir Jimmy Savile OBE who has died two days before his 85th birthday; recognises his enormous contribution to charitable giving, raising more than 40 million for charities during his lifetime; appreciates his essential Yorkshire character; remembers the smiles brought to the faces of children who appeared on Jim’ll Fix It; enjoyed his choice of music during his time as a disc jockey; and sends its condolences and sympathy to family and friends in Leeds, Yorkshire, the UK and throughout the world.
Corbyn, looking at Savile through Rose-Tinted Spectacles…
There’s a reason for that, luckily, someone archived that reason 🙂
I have a big problem with Corbyn. It is the history of Islington Council and child abuse. John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, wrote an open letter to Corbyn about this and said that Corbyn’s behaviour in relation to the Islington care homes scandal made him unfit to be leader of the Labour Party. Serious allegations From 1994 to 1997, I was a ministerial advisor on child protection for the Department of Health. I have seen the files. I know what was going on. There were serious and credible allegations that some care homes for children in Islington operated as brothels, with small children hired out for sexual abuse. Islington Council doggedly tried to obstruct the investigation. The main culprit was Margaret Hodge (former Minister for children – the irony!) who now chairs the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, but was then leader of Islington Council. She was strongly supported in her obstructionism by Jeremy Corbyn.
The reaction from Corbyn’s supporters to Mann’s charges was disappointing and depressing. Someone whose intelligence, knowledge and compassion I deeply respect asked if “the author” had written a similar open letter to Harriet Harmon and Patricia Hewitt.
Both were former leaders of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) who both became Labour Ministers. The NCCL earned criticism during the Islington scandal for seeming to be sympathetic to the Paedophile Information Exchange, an organisation campaigning on behalf of child molesters. This is what rhetoricians call the tu quoque move; in Northern Ireland they call it “what-aboutery”. The technique involves avoiding dealing with a specific charge by shifting attention to another crime.
Others sought to smear John Mann by saying he was smearing Corbyn. They accused Mann of digging up ancient history to undermine Corbyn’s campaign. One cried in horror that Mann was trying to influence the vote – surely trying to influence the vote is legitimate in a democracy?
Lying to Parliament As recently as November 2014, Corbyn in effect lied to the House of Commons. He implied that, although there had been instances of sexual abuse of children in Islington, the Council had investigated and done their best to put things right. In fact, he knows fine well that Islington Council fought tooth and nail to avoid an investigation. When a report was prepared, they blocked its publication for 20 years. Does the Labour Party want a leader that lies to the House of Commons? What is worse is the foolishness of trying to cover this up. It has been all over the internet for many years. A Channel 4 report claimed that senior Labour politicians knew what was going on in Islington as early as 1988. Liz Davies, a social worker, became alarmed at the number of children coming to her with stories of abuse. Every morning there was queue of children outside her office.
They told of sinister adults preying on children who were lured into private houses or abused in care homes. Davies’s colleague, David Cofie, reported his concerns direct to Hodge. Davies asked for more resources to tackle the problem, but Hodge turned the request down. Davies and Cofie continued their investigations and wrote 15 separate reports. Their warnings still went unheeded, even as they uncovered appallingly serious allegations. White Report It was Hodge’s successor as Council Leader, Derek Sawyer, who commissioned the White Report. Ian White was Director of Social Services for Oxfordshire.
His report was a damning one and blamed the failures of Islington social services on extreme left-wing culture fostered by Hodge and Corbyn. More than 30 care workers were involved in abuse. All but one went on to work with children elsewhere.
The White Report was completed in 1995 and received a good deal of attention in the media at the time. However, the text was not published until 2014, in heavily redacted form. Islington Council has been covering up for over 20 years. They shredded every incriminating file, sacked whistle-blowers, slandered victims. One of the victims, Demetrious Panton, was sexually abused from 1978 and his allegations were ignored for ten years. Margaret Hodge said he was mentally ill. He is now 46, a PhD in philosophy and a successful lawyer and, ironically, an advisor to the Labour Party. Hodge eventually apologized for what she had said. Despite what he told the House in November 2014, Corbyn was deeply complicit in the cover-up. The heroes were the investigative journalists of the London Evening Standard who provided much solid evidence to the Department of Health, which enabled us to force Islington to take action.
At the time I am writing this article, Corbyn has not responded personally to Mann’s specific charges. An anonymous spokesman issued an official statement: “This is a new low in the leadership election. Jeremy Corbyn has a long record of standing up for his constituents.” It is noteworthy that the statement makes absolutely no attempt to address Mann’s very specific points. Corbyn promised social workers that he would pass their concerns on to the Secretary of State for Health. There is no indication that he did so. Rather than supporting fellow MP Geoffrey Dickens in his campaign to have the scandal investigated, Corbyn complained to the Speaker about Dickens visiting Islington. On February 17 1986, Corbyn called Dickens “irresponsible” in the House and asked him to unreservedly withdraw his allegations about child brothels in Islington and to make a public apology.
Does Corbyn’s lenience towards Vaz has anything to do with Sawyer’s relationship with paedophile Derek slade:
It is not known when Derek Slade and Derek Sawyer first met, but records show that in 1977, Sawyer set up Anglemoss, the company behind St George’s School, with Slade. Sawyer was then 27, and had recently joined the Labour Party.
HAPC for a time funded IBEP’s Anglo-Kutchi English Medium School in Gujarat, India, for young earthquake orphans.
Labour MP Keith Vaz – Islington’s senior solicitor in the early Eighties, and patron of HAPC – supported fundraising for the school in his Leicester constituency.
What became of the claim of the 8 boys against Leicester Lord Mayor (Abdul Osman) & Derek Sawyer please Alan @abuse_justice ?
Mr Collins said if the civil case was proved, it would demonstrate Slade’s regime in India was similar to that at St George’s School in Great Finborough, Suffolk, which led to his convictions.
(2012) Leicester Lord Mayor (Abdul Osman) was pursued for crimes of Derek Slade at school in Gujarat, funded by Help a Poor Child HAPC
(left to right)Jon Ashworth MP (former Spad to Paul Boateng, former adviser to Gordon Brown and head of party relations for Ed Miliband), Councillor Abdul Osman,Liz KendallMP(she has worked for Patricia Hewitt as well as Harriet Harman. and inheritor of her Leicester West seat, the one previously held by Greville Janner) andKeith Vaz MP
Councillor Abdul Osman,
a founder of Leicester Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund,
is facing claims for compensation from eight boys who say they were sexually abused by Derek Slade while he was their head teacher at a school in India.
He said he had helped raise £15,000 to set up the school and had done fund-raising to help it with running costs.
The claim the Official Solicitor is bringing is to obtain compensation from the three defendants because it is the victims’ case that the defendants between them “ran” the school, and employed Slade.
Their innocence torn from them , their expectations crippled because of perversion, cruelty, greed and enabling of acts so outrageous upon a child it sickens one and yet it took 30 years for the children to finally be heard.
Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher later referred to Joseph as her closest political friend
Keith Joseph – St George’s School at Great Finborough:
9 Mar 1983:
Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Education and Science says he is taking no action against St George’s School at Great Finborough, on the ground that no evidence was provided by those who those who made the original allegations to the BBC Radio 4 Checkpoint programme to substantiate “the few specific incidents alleged, which were directly denied by the headmaster”.
In July 2014, KeithJoseph was named by former activist, Anthony Gilberthorpe, as one of a number of senior Conservative Party politicians who he had seen having sex with boys at cocaine-fuelled romps, in private rooms at seaside conferences. Gilberthorpe claimed he handed a 40-page dossier to Margaret Thatcher, in 1989, detailing Cabinet ministers who took part in the sex parties but says he was warned off by William Hague and a senior civil servant.
In 1992, social workers told Jeremy Corbyn (pictured that year) that organised child abuse was rife in his Islington constituency
Social workers warned Corbyn that child abuse was rife in his Islington constituency in 1992
‘We’d been seeing so many 12 to 15-year-olds who were being sexually exploited, we could hardly believe it,’ Liz Davies, one of the five social workers, recalled this week
Corbyn never wrote to Davies, or telephoned, to acknowledge their meeting, or thank her for seeking to blow the whistle
Jeremy Corbyn accused of inaction over paedophile scandal
23 Jul 2015
Labour MP John Mann says leadership contender Mr Corbyn “did nothing” about allegations of child abuse in Islington in 1980s
Jeremy Corbyn,the hard-left Labour MP who is tipped to lead the party, has been accused of “doing nothing” over child abuse in his constituency during the 1970s and 1980s.
Dozens of vulnerable children were raped and sexually abused in care homes run by the London borough of Islington.However most of the abusers escaped justice because allegations made at the time by victims were ignored and many files, which contained corroborating evidence, have been lost or shredded.
John Mann, a Labour MP, has sent Mr Corbyn an open letter in which he says that his failure to do more to tackle child abuse means it would be “inappropriate” for him to become Labour leader.
In his letter Mr Mann highlights how Liz Davies, a social worker turned whistleblower, visited Mr Corbyn in the early 1990s to raise concerns about paedophiles operating in Islington care homes. Mrs Davies told The Telegraph that she was “heartened” by the meeting, after which Mr Corbyn said he would raise her concerns with Virginia Bottomley, the then Health Secretary.
However she said that while Mr Corbyn has “always treated me very politely” he had not been vocal on the issue. “There’s plenty of scope for apologies and regrets,” she said.
Mr Mann also highlighted an official complaint Mr Corbyn made in the Commons about a visit Geoffrey Dickens, a Conservative MP who repeatedly attempted to expose child abuse, made to his constituency.
At the time he called on Mr Dickens to “unreservedly withdraw his allegations of the existence of child brothels in the area and make a public apology”.
He also highlighted a recent statement Mr Corbyn made in the Commons when said: “There have been complaints about Islington children’s homes in the past and the council has investgated them.”
He said that the statement was “extraordinary” as the council has been accused of suppressing allegations of child abuse in the past. Mr Mann said: “Your carefully worded excusing of Islington Council in the House of Commons equally demonstrates why it is inappropriate for you to attempt to lead the Labour party at the critical time of the
How did Henniker get his contract with Islington to run the children’s activity centre?
After Righton’s 1992 conviction, he and his partner Richard Alston were invited to stay at Lord Henniker’s estate in Eye, Suffolk. Righton lived there until his death in 1996. Lord Henniker’s estate was run as a ‘children’s activity centre’, and Islington council had been sending children there for years.
CBI seeks MEA help in extradition of child sex racket accused
CBI is not directly a party in the case, it is dependent on the Crown Prosecution Service in the case.
July 20, 2014
With the case of extradition of an alleged paedophile coming up in a UK court on Monday, CBI has sought the help of MEA to take up the matter at the highest level with the British government for issuing instructions to its legal services to present a strong case.
The extradition has been rejected by Westminster court and appeal has been filed at the High Court of England and Wales which will be heard tomorrow when CBI will file a crucial statement on the need for an independent medical opinion on the mental health of the accused.
CBI, not directly a party in the case, is dependent on the Crown Prosecution Service in the case. The agency provides all the help to CPS to secure extradition of the accused.
The agency sent repeated request seeking interaction with the service counsel through video conference before the crucial hearing so that best possible case could be presented during the appeal but it failed in its effort.
“Michael Omo, Specialist Extradition Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service, initially agreed to video-conferencing. But when CBI gave him various dates he has not agreed for a video conference,” an official source said.
Varley’s extradition was cleared by the UK government but he approached Westminster court against the decision. His extradition was turned down by the court on a solitary ground that the accused was suffering from dementia.
The agency sources said Varley produced opinion from a private doctor to claim that he was suffering from dementia but the CPS did not challenge the move or sought for an independent medical opinion on the his mental health.
After convincing the CPS to file an appeal before the High Court, CBI wrote to it seeking an interaction with their Service Counsel via video-conferencing vide letters dated June 20, 2014, June 27, 2014 and many others, the sources said.
With possibility of interaction looking bleak, CBI has now requested the Foreign Secretary to take up the matter at the highest level of the UK Government for issuing necessary instructions to the CPS to put forward the best possible case before the High Court, they said.
The sources said it is incumbent on the CPS to maintain close co-operation with CBI/HCIL in terms of United Kingdom Extradition Treaty, 1983.
Although the Westminster court rejected the case on the grounds of “failing mental health of the accused”, it did acknowledge that a prima facie case was made out against him, CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said here.
“The court said there are no doubts regarding the identity of the accused as contested or disputed by him. It rejected the contention of the accused that the extradition was time barred. It rejected the plea of the accused that prison conditions in Goa were poor,” she said.
CBI had taken up this case in 1995 on the orders of High Court of Bombay. The agency filed charge sheets against Freedy Albert Peat of Goa and six foreign nationals and also issued non-Bailable Warrants and Red Corner Notices against the absconding foreign nationals.
“Two accused EC McBride from New Zealand and WW Ingo from Australia were extradited and convicted during trial. On completion of their sentence, they were repatriated to their respective countries,” CBI said in a statement.
Varley, who remained absconding for nearly 17 years, was arrested from Bangkok and deported to the UK in 2012.
On getting the news, CBI sent a request for extradition to UK in April, 2012 and since then, the matter has been regularly pursued, the agency said.
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha made this request to Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh after the agency failed to get an interaction with the service counsel of Crown Prosecution Service in connection with the extradition of Raymond Andrew Varley, who allegedly molested hundreds of orphan children in Goa in 1995 at a shelter home run by foreigners.
Two paedophiles, one a 71-year old British national and a 63-year old Goan, were arrested by Goa police yesterday in two different cases for sexually abusing three children.
Midleton Colin John, the Briton who has been visiting India for the last five years, was arrestedat a guest house in Benaulim, the coastal village in South Goa.
He has been charged with sodomy for sexually assaulting and having forceful anal intercourse with two minor boys from Nepal, aged between 13 and 14 years. He had come down to Goa with these boys from Nepal eight days ago.
In a totally separate incident, Lawrence Fernandes, 63-year old local retired government servant, was arrested by the police just across the river Mandovi in Panaji for having forceful anal sex with a 16-year old contract labourer in his residential house.
As the police acted after the boy personally complained at the police station, Fernandes also later admitted of having involved in the unnatural act by initially luring him with chocolates and money.
The boy from Orissa was part of a group of labourers working at Fernandes’ house for over a week. The police have also filed a case of wrongful restraint and outraging modesty against him, besides sodomy.
Both Colin and Fernandes have been remanded to police custody, after they were produced before the judicial magistrates today morning.
This is a third incident in Goa where the paedophilic activities have come to light, after a major disclosure in 1991 of a well-organised paedophilic racket run by Freddy Peats. He running an orphanage and supplying children to several paedophiles coming down to Goa from different parts of the world.
While 77-year old Peats has already been punished with life imprisonment in 1996, three of his colleagues were also arrested subsequently. While Eoghan McBride from New Zealand is presently undergoing trial, Dominique Sabire from France jumped the bail last year and fled the country.
Raymond Varley from UK, yet another accomplice of Peats, was reported to have been arrested by the Interpol last year in his home town. But he has still not been brought to India. All of them are over 60-year old.
The second incident reported here was of Helmet Brinkmann, a German national, who was arrested for child abuse in Calangute in North Goa. He also managed to escape in October 1999, after he was released by the district court, due to negligent attitude of the police as well as immigration authorities at the New Delhi air port.
“Bernie had lived close to Joe’s Holloway Road studio…”
Two main suspects – doctors John Byles and Martin Reddington, both wanted for the death and sexual assault of another boy – have since died = so never arrested or tried?
Will 1967 Tattingstone suitcase murder of Bernard Oliver ever be solved?
06 January 2018
This weekend marks 51 years since teenager Bernard Oliver left his London home to spend the evening with friends – 10 days before his dismembered body was found in two suitcases in a village just outside Ipswich.
A clipping from the Evening Star after Bernard Oliver’s body was found.
Known as Operation Tattingstone, the investigation into the 17-year-old’s grisly murder remains one of the county’s longest running ‘cold cases’.
On January 6, 1967, Bernard left the Muswell Hill home he shared with his father and five siblings.
He was seen in the area by people unaware he had been reported missing by his father the following day.
On January 16, his body was discovered in the two suitcases under a hedge in Tattingstone.
With no clue as to the identity of the victim, police took the unusual step of sending media a photograph of the head.
Local and Metropolitan police were involved in the inquiry, which then crossed international borders in an effort to establish the source of the suitcases and a laundry mark found inside.
The dismembered body of Bernard Oliver was dumped in a field a few hundred yards from the main Ipswich to Manningtree road. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE
The first months of investigation generated thousands of statements and attracted national interest.
New leads were still being followed up the following year – but the trail grew colder with passing time, until police had only snippets of information to pursue.
An artist’s impression of a man police were seeking for interview. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE
Two main suspects – doctors John Byles and Martin Reddington, both wanted for the death and sexual assault of another boy – have since died, but Suffolk police continue to review lines of investigation in a bid to solve the mystery – one of several unresolved crimes on the books of the joint Suffolk and Norfolk Cold Case Team, set up in 2008.
Last year, one of Bernard’s five siblings, younger brother Chris, who was 15 at the time, told this paper of the trauma his family still felt.
The police had a very good idea who did it but didn’t bring prosecutions due to ‘lack of evidence’. More likely they had friends in high places
According to this source – Archives – the Krays ran a paedophile ring.
“What was involved was the systematic abuse of ten-to-twelve-year-old boys, one of whom subsequently became fairly well known as a singer.
“Another, rather less fortunate,wound up in six pieces in two suitcases…
“The police uncovered a large-scale juvenile pimping operation centred on a house in a Suffolk village (Tattington) owned by Ronnie Kray.
(The Kray twins had huge property interests in East Anglia).
“Some of the boys were obtained via a close friend of (Benjamin) Britten’s in London, who named him as one of the beneficiaries of the ‘service’: other’customers’ included Lord Boothby (who frequently shared boys with Ronnie Kray himself) andthe record producer Joe Meek.
“At least two other people died in the aftermath of Bernard’s murder as the twins sealed up the leaks.”
TWO doctors wanted for the death and homosexual assault of another boy were the prime suspects in the Tattingstone suitcase murder, it can be revealed today.
TWO doctors wanted for the death and homosexual assault of another boy were the prime suspects in the Tattingstone suitcase murder, it can be revealed today.
Martin Reddington and John Byles both denied any involvement in the strangling and mutilation of mentally disabled teenager Bernard Oliver in January, 1967.
But detectives investigating one of the most horrific crimes Suffolk has ever known, pinpointed the pair as suspects from an early stage in their inquiries.
And when the case was reopened, in 1977, their links were again closely scrutinised. By this time, the case against them had grown even stronger.
But, in a remarkable hole in the investigation, Dr Reddington was never interviewed in connection with the offence.
It was decided there was insufficient evidence to extradite him from Australia, where he was living in 1977.
Original documents from the massive murder probe reveal they were jointly wanted for a string of sickening crimes, including gross indecency and buggery.
And one involved the murder of a boy in London in 1973, after an apparent homosexual relationship.
The previously unrevealed evidence is able to be published today due to the new Freedom of Information Act which will become law at the beginning of next year.
However Suffolk police granted permission for the file to be opened two months early after a request by The Evening Star.
The death of the boy in London in 1973 was a crime which had striking parallels with the gruesome death of Mr Oliver, whose severed body was discovered packed into two suitcases.
Tests on the remains revealed Mr Oliver had taken part in homosexual acts prior to his death, although his friends insisted he was not gay.
Two years before Mr Oliver’s death, a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Dr Reddington for the buggery and indecent assault of males, in 1965.
But before police inquiries could be completed, he fled the country for South Africa. Despite several attempts, the warrant was never executed and his guilt neither proved nor disproved.
It was known he made a number of return visits to the United Kingdom since leaving, although no evidence was ever found to place him in Suffolk or North London in January 1967.
The strong lack of leads to back up suspicions against the pair hindered the investigation from day one.
Yet, at the same time a great deal of other circumstantial evidence was building up.
One clue was the location of Dr Reddington’s surgery in Muswell Hill, North London, which was in the direction of the street Mr Oliver was last seen walking down.
Despite every address in the area being searched, the crime scene was never established – nor was any link with Suffolk.
The only possible clue was the local knowledge of Colchester-born Dr Reddington, although Dr Byles denied any knowledge of the county when interviewed.
A private investigator in Muswell Hill provided one of the fascinating pieces of evidence in the entire investigation.
She claimed to recognise the suitcase used to discard the body parts of Mr Oliver, pointing to the distinctive P.V.A initials on its side.
She told detectives she spoke to a man in a launderette on numerous occasions and vividly remembered the suitcase being brought in containing his dirty washing.
It was her description that to an artist’s impression of the killer being released.
And when the inquiry was reopened in 1977, she picked out a photograph of Dr Reddington as one of three men she recognised as owning the suitcase.
Another other clue that caused suspicion to fall on the two doctors was the expert way in which the body was cut up.
Neatly severed into eight parts, the precise and deliberate nature of the operation meant only an expert could have carried it out.
A consultant surgeon at the then Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital decided the crime was most likely to have been committed by a doctor, surgeon or medical student.
It was someone with “knowledge of anatomy with previous experience of dismemberment”. The gory task had been “expertly accomplished”, with the exception of one joint.
The consultant explained: “One would expect the person dissecting the body, irrespective of how calm and deliberate he may have been, to show some sign of nerves, anxiety or excitement towards the end of the dissection.
“This could well be the reason for the bad workmanship on the left knee joint.”
But despite this growing weight of evidence by the late 1970s, Dr Reddington went to his grave without ever answering any questions relating to the crime. He died in May 1995, aged 63.
By now, Dr Byles had committed suicide in 1975, after being arrested and charged for an indecent assault in London, while in Australia.
He jumped bail and committed suicide before the full facts of the matter could be determined.
The 38-year-old left two suicide notes beside his body, one to Reddington, and another to Scotland Yard.
The note to police contained an apology for what he had done, but there was no direct reference to the Tattingstone murder. He was thought to have been responsible for the death of a cabin boy.
Eric Shields, a former detective sergeant with Suffolk police, was one of the officers who worked on infamous crime nearly 40 years ago.
Today he said: “The investigation was carried out in minute detail. As far as I’m concerned, it was dealt with in a highly professional manner.”
“I’m sure all the officers who worked on the Tattingstone murder are disappointed nobody has been brought to book.”
Kesgrave/Stowmarket: Inquiries into historic child abuse allegations at three former school
04 February 2013
THREE former Suffolk schools are now at the centre of criminal investigations into historic child abuse allegations.
The accusations, which relate to alleged physical and sexual assaults, are said to have occurred between the late 1970s and run through to the 1990s.
Oakwood School in Stowmarket – has said the number of claimants has reached three figures.
Kesgrave Hall independent school – The investigation, codenamed Operation Garford
Two other police inquiries involving the former St George’s School in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, and Oakwood School are also continuing.
Operation Racecourse (St George’s) has been running since the late 2000s. It has led to the independent school’s ex-headmaster Derek Slade being jailed for 21 years in 2010 for sexual and physical abuse against pupils between the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Slade, formerly of Bristol, was convicted of all charges against him following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
The offences, committed in Bristol and other parts of the country between 1965 and 1980, were against five boys – the youngest aged 10 at the time.
He’s shown absolutely no remorse for his sickening crimes or for the lasting emotional and psychological damage he’s causedDet Sgt Paul Merton
Judge Euan Ambrose jailed Slade for 24 years and ordered him to serve an additional 12 months on licence upon his release.
“Your interest in young boys was well established,” the judge told Slade, who has no previous convictions.
“It had led you to become involved in two notorious organisations, Paedophile Action for Liberation and the Paedophile Information Exchange.
“I am satisfied that you were involved in both organisations. I cannot determine the precise role that you played. You liked to boast about having been involved in setting them up, whether that was in fact true or not.
“It reflected your interest in sex with young boys and your wish to see sex between adults and young boys decriminalised.”
Slade was convicted of seven offences of indecent assault and six other sexual offences against his victims, who were aged between 10 and 16 at the time.
Victim impact statements provided to the court showed the “extremely deep and long lasting” effect of the abuse on their lives, the judge said.
Those targeted had home lives that were chaotic, with Slade providing them with parties, alcohol and cigarettes.
“The dreadful truth was that behind all that lay, the objection of persuading these boys to have sex with you,” the judge said.
Slade, who suffers from diabetes and high cholesterol, remained emotionless as the sentence against him was passed.
The investigation into Slade began in 2010 when one victim came forward to report being abused by him and several others in the 1970s.
A second victim was identified and three men were convicted of sexual offences, but charges could not be brought against Slade as he was living in Angeles City in the Philippines.
To child abuse campaigners, however, these are a smoking gun. For the first time they provide solid evidence that children from Islington’s homes in the 1970s were sent on trips to Jersey, in an exchange programme with children from the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse took place.
Establishing that children from Islington were indeed sent to Jersey on exchange trips – as has long been claimed – is another piece of the jigsaw that creates a picture of a child abuse ring operating in the UK, with children passed around the country.
It has been established by many independent inquiries that child abuse took place in all of Islington’s 12 children’s homes during this period.
Islington Council has no official records that children in its homes in the 1970s and 80s were ever sent to Jersey on official visits, as all the documents have been destroyed.
I wonder if Lord Henniker’s estate, Thornham Magna, is the “large house in the country owned by a Lord” which Ronald Jebson mentioned in his confession about the South London luxury limousine company with ties to Westminster paedophiles which Sydney Cooke and Savile’s driver David Smith are also alleged to have worked for. link
Lord Henniker has close links with the royal family:
“I couldn’t believe it when Ronnie started blabbing. He said he worked for a luxury limousine company on the south side of London. He said it was linked to the Westminster set, and claimed they had all sorts of posh cars, including Rolls Royces.
“He said the clients were all well-to-do, prominent people, including politicians, but said they were also paedophiles. Ronnie said many of the victims came from poor backgrounds.
“He said he often collected the children on a Friday and would take them to a large property in Surrey, to London addresses,or to a large house in the country owned by a Lord.“
Evidence of ‘organised abuse’ and ‘trade’ of young boys in Gozo resurfaces
Evidence of what was branded by a British social services department as “the organised abuse of young boys” and the “trade” of young victims in Malta and Gozo has resurfaced after more than two decades following a whistleblower’s recent allegations into an ‘elite paedophile ring’ that is alleged to have included over 20 prominent members of the British parliament, the judiciary and even religious figures.
The evidence of the organised abuse of and the trade in young boys in Gozo and possibly Malta as well, deeds that were most likely perpetrated between the 1970s and the early 1990s, resurfaced recently in the form of a leaked 1993 ‘strictly confidential’ report drawn up by the Hereford and Worcester Social Services Department – a report that had been mysteriously buried at the time presumably by unknown people in positions of authority in the UK.
Back in 1992, a certain Peter Righton had been charged with and was later found guilty of the possession of what was described as “obscene literature” pertaining to children and young boys under the age of 16. The ‘literature’, in fact, consisted of photographs of nude young boys.
During the investigation, the police and Customs department carried out a raid on Righton’s home, where they confiscated a “very substantial amount of material” including letters, diaries, photographs, magazines and videos”.
According to the report, “Righton was a great hoarder of letters and documents and there are several boxes of letters which spell out in chronological detail how Righton and a number of associates have kept in contact for many years and how they clearly show an interest in the abuse of boys.”
Among the correspondence uncovered during the investigation is damning evidence of organised paedophilia in Gozo and possibly in Malta as well.
Written evidence of abuse and trade of young boys in Malta
According to the leaked 1993 ‘strictly confidential’ report: “There is also written evidence amongst Righton’s belongings of links with P.I.E.s in Sweden and Norway, as well as the organised abuse of young boys in Gozo, Malta, and both Righton and … (name redacted) feature as being involved in the ‘trade’ of young victims in the latter country.”
At the time the social services report was penned, the written evidence of abuse in Gozo and Malta must have struck a chord with the Hereford and Worcester Social Services Department, which gave the Malta abuse pride of place as the first mention of tangible abuse to have emerged from the vast collection of correspondence.
That evidence of the abuse carried out in Gozo and Malta are reported as being stored at the West Mercia Police to this day and as such, the Maltese police should have good reason to request access to them. There are seven boxes of potential evidence of a powerful paedophile network, including letters between Righton and other paedophiles that were confiscated from Righton’s home at the time.
Protecting paedophile Lord Janner
Vaz was one of a handful of Labour MPs who publicly defended the late Janner against child sex abuse allegations at a time when prosecutors now admit the peer should have faced trial. Vaz said Janner had been the victim of a ‘wicked attack’ in 1991 when the allegations surfaced. He campaigned for a change in the law to prevent any repeat.
In 1991 Janner’s name came up at the trial of a care worker who was accused of abusing boys in his care. The Judge in that case had bent over backwards to rule out evidence implicating Janner. In particular the Judge ruled out the accused’s statement in court that “One child has been buggered and abused for two solid years by Greville Janner.” Another witness also told the court that Janner “regularly sodomised” him when he was in care, aged 13.
In the House of Commons it was Keith Vaz MP who rose to assure fellow MPs that his old friend was “the victim of a cowardly and wicked attack.” In the same speech Vaz suggested the law be changed so that prominent people could not be accused in open court.
Now, of course, we know very different. The Greville Janner affair was dragged into the open in the face of tremendous official obstruction and indifference. When it finally exploded two years ago one jaw-dropping revelation followed another. It turned out that police investigations had been mysteriously derailed, three chances to prosecute had been missed, there had been love letters from Janner to one boy. A second judge even helped Janner in a cover-up. Dozens of former residents of Leicestershire homes for boys came forward to claim that they had been abused by Janner in a scandal that went back four decades.
This fresh scandal will bring a renewed focus on the accusations that swirled around the former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (Greville Janner) because of his connection to Keith Vaz.
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.
The headline on that Sun front page says “Top Labour MP is paedo” but does not name anyone.
This comes at a pretty unfortunate time for those in the political and legal establishment who wanted the Greville Janner affair buried and out of the way.
Blair, Mandelson, Daniel Janner, Bercow: Interesting that none of these people have come out in support of Keith Vaz.
Yes, indeed. The Janners have been distinctly quiet about the fate of their close friend Keith Vaz.
Greville Janner, Derry Irvine, Keith Vaz at a reception in honour of Lord Irvine
Keith Vaz was PPS to Lord Irvine who said his PPS was “utterly brilliant”, “the most incredible networker I have ever met”.
This backing from so well connected a source must have assisted Mr Vaz’s rapid ministerial promotion, from parliamentary secretary in Lord Irvine‘s Lord Chancellor’s department to minister for Europe at the Foreign Office.
Derry Irvine and Esther Rantzen with Keith Vaz’s picture on back of brochure – Community Legal Service in London
Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine launching the Community Legal Service, a Government initiative to make it easier for people to find good quality legal help and advice throughout England and Wales, by bringing together providers and funders of legal help and advice into co-ordinated, local networks. The Chancellor was joined by Cheri Booth QC and television host Esther Rantzen.…at a conference held at the CBI Conference Centre, Centre Point central London.