Christian magistrate sacked over his views on homosexual adoption
Richard Page talks to BBC News, following publication of EHRC report (video)
Magistrate believes children are best placed with a mother and a father.
Christian magistrate Richard Page has been removed from office by the Lord Chancellor after sharing his personal conviction in a media interview that there is not enough evidence to show that placing children in the care of same-sex couples is in their best interest.
The media interview took place on 12 March 2015 with BBC news reporter Caroline Wyatt. In the interview Richard Page said:
"My responsibility as a magistrate, as I saw it, was to do what I considered best for the child, and my feeling was therefore that it would be better if it was a man and woman who were the adopted parents."
Richard Page, who for 15 years has been a magistrate and sat on the Family Panel of the Kent Central Magistrates Court, had less than a month to run as a Justice of the Peace. Yet the Lord Chancellor, Government Minister Michael Gove, has used this case to make a political statement.
Christians being squeezed out of public life
It is somewhat ironic that the interview for which Richard has been dismissed occurred as part of a TV debate about Christians being squeezed out of public life. The BBC package followed research conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission about challenges to freedom of religion and belief in the UK.
Richard was first challenged by his bosses in late 2014 when, after hearing an adoption case, he could not agree with his fellow magistrates that placing a child into the care of a same-sex couple was 'in the child's best interest'. Richard came to his decision having weighed the evidence presented to the Court and therefore, in good conscience, could not vote to make the order. He was subsequently reported for his actions, reprimanded, and forced to attend 're-education training', which he duly did.
Richard Page believes the political move by the government to place children with same-sex couples lacks any solid, reliable psychological or educational research concerning the effects on children.
'Illiberal and intolerant'
Commenting on his sacking, Richard, who has worked in the field of mental health for 20 years, said: "As a highly experienced magistrate, I have made judgments on thousands of cases and in each case, have come to my decision based on the evidence, and the evidence alone, placed before me and my colleagues. That is the oath which I took when I became a Justice of the Peace.
"When you sit in a Family Court, you have a huge responsibility to ensure the overall well-being of the children who are being recommended to be placed into new families. You weigh the reports and references before you and the evidence you hear. In the case of same-sex couples adopting children, it has only been a relatively short time that same-sex couples have been able to adopt and foster and therefore, there has not been time for a proper analysis to be carried out into the effects such placements have on the children's educational, emotional and developmental wellbeing.
"As a magistrate, I have to act on the evidence before me and quite simply, I believe that there is not sufficient evidence to convince me that placing a child in the care of a same-sex couple can be as holistically beneficial to a child as placing them with a mum and dad as God and nature intended.
"I am surprised that the Lord Chancellor should seemingly pander to the new political orthodoxy when what it amounts to is social experimentation on the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities.
"To punish me and to seek to silence me for expressing a dissenting view is deeply shocking. I shall challenge this decision as it is illiberal and intolerant. It is vital the family law courts always have in mind the best interests of the children.
"I cannot believe that the establishment is trying to silence someone like me who has served it wholeheartedly all of my working life."
Mr Page is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre and its Standing Counsel, human rights barrister Paul Diamond.
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Feminist extremism used to procure boys for the homopaedo legal mafia
Heath with Thatcher and Janner with Blair
Feminist extremism against men has been used by the zionist / freemason mafia through British courts to steal
young boys into care during separation where ex wives are cajoled into making vile allegations against their
ex-husbands in family courts, run by zionist / freemasons , imposing court orders that see thousands of boys
being removed into care homes. That also provides vast pickings for the crooked lawyers running up huge legal
aid bills on the back of horrific allegations against good fathers. James Muir a lawyer in Scotland who
claimed nearly £2,000,000 in legal aid hung himself after being charged with "embellishing" claims in child welfare cases.
Lord Janner a top jewish lawyer who was avoiding decades of homopaedo abuse, thanks to a zionist / freemason crown,
used his position as a law lord to push for more homosexual friendly laws alongside Thatcher who had a whole glut
of jewish lawyers and henchmen working for her in her cabinet, many who were later accused of abusing young boys.
Now even her predecessor Edward Heath, a former tory prime minister, is embroiled in homopaedo abuse claims stretching
back decades including his involvement in Haut de La Garenne in Jersey.
It is becoming much clearer that the British establishment have been using these BLACKMAIL techniques to keep their
political lackeys in check. Thatcher herself was an anomaly as she is maybe one of the few who wasn't thrown into
a room with a young boy and filmed by Britain's secret services. MI5&6 run by zionist / freemasons to ensure
their dim witted underlings did not falter in serving the top controller the royal mafia via their henchman the
Duke of Kent who is responsible for hand picking all the top judges, cops and lawyers who ensure all of this is
covered up. Or it had been until the internet gave their victims a platform that their complicit law society controlled
mass media refused to provide.
Britain's EVIL masonic met cops covered up murders of young boys by homopaedo ring
It is become much clearer how freemasons are using masonic cops to cover up their evil murderous crimes.
See BBC presenter Jimmy Savile's decades long history of abuse and MP Cyril Smith's for more details.
ONLY the establishment freemason network could get away with these extremes of cover up.
Claims of police cover-up over NINE unsolved murders of young boys linked to evil homopaedo Sidney Cooke are to be investigated
The unsolved murders of nine young boys thought to be linked to evil homopaedo Sidney Cooke are to be investigated amid claims of a police cover-up in the 1980s.
Cooke, 88, a former fairground worker, became one of the country's most reviled homopaedo's after it was revealed he was a leading member of a child sex abuse ring based in Hackney, east London.
The gang of homopaedo's, known as the Dirty Dozen, hired out rent boys and even snatched children off the streets before subjecting them to abuse and sexual torture.
It emerged the group led by Cooke each paid £5 to rape the vulnerable young boys.
Police are investigating allegations senior officers covered up links to nine unsolved murders involving Cooke and his Dirty Dozen child sex ring.
Cooke has long been suspected of procuring boys for VIPs but none of his 'customers' have ever been prosecuted.
The original investigation led officers to suspect 12 murdered young boys, some as young as six, may have been victims of the gang - but only three of those cases were ever followed up.
Now the new inquiry is to look into the cover up after documents were released under a Freedom of Information request following a complaint by one alleged victim's family.
A Metropolitan Police report into the original inquiry says the complaint 'suggests a serious level of corruption apparent in the 1980s and later, which would require thorough and serious investigation'.
Cooke - known as 'Hissing Sid' - was released from jail in April 1999, after serving nine years for the manslaughter of 14-year-old rent boy Jason Swift in 1985.
But after his release he was immediately taken into voluntary custody for his own safety.
But detectives, convinced he was responsible for other similar unsolved crimes, kept his file open.
Within months Cooke was accused of abusing two teenage brothers he befriended while working on fairgrounds more than 30 years ago. He was also accused of the rape of a young woman.
In an unexpected move during his 1999 trial at Manchester Crown Court, Cooke suddenly changed his plea to guilty and admitted ten offences against the youngsters and subsequently received two life sentences.
Four charges of rape, a further three of indecent assault and one of buggery were left on the court file.
Cooke was convicted for Jason Swift's murder alongside Dirty Dozen members Leslie Bailey, Robert Oliver and Steven Barrell.
Bailey was convicted in 1992 of the manslaughter of seven-year-old Mark Tildesley who was raped in Cooke's caravan while visiting a fairground near Wokingham, Berkshire, in 1984.
Bailey was also convicted of the murder of Barry Lewis, six, who was abducted in June 1991 before being sexually abused by up to eight men.
Cooke is still in jail. Bailey was murdered in his prison cell in 1993 and Oliver was reported to be living in a bail hostel in Guildford, Surrey. The whereabouts of Barrell are unknown.
While eight of the alleged cover-up victim's names are unknown, the ninth is believed to be Vishal Mehrotra, an eight-year-old boy snatched on Princess Diana's wedding day in 1981.
Parts of his body turned up months later in woods 50 miles away in West Sussex.
A complaint from Vishal's father, Vashambar, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission may have sparked the new probe.
Mr. Mehrotra told the paper: 'I have faith in the Metropolitan Police to look into this as best they can, but whether they can make anything stick is another matter. With the passing of time it becomes more difficult.
'I have not been in touch with any of the other families but there will be people out there in the same position as me, which shows how important this is.'
Jewish lawyer Janner expected in court on homopaedo abuse charges
Lord Janner is expected to appear in court to face child sex abuse charges after his lawyers lost a High Court bid to prevent him having to attend.
The 87-year-old, who has dementia, is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court later after judges ruled it was in the "public interest" for him to be there.
The ex-MP's lawyers had argued it was "barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised" to force him as he was too ill.
He denies 22 charges of child sex abuse spanning the 1960s to the 1980s.
If the peer does not attend the brief hearing, he could be arrested - or prosecutors could ask the High Court for a voluntary bill of indictment to allow the case to proceed in his absence.
Lord Janner's lawyers had argued he had "virtually no language left at all" and was likely to have a "catastrophic reaction" if he attended court.
But they said they were not planning to appeal the ruling.
The judges said the public interest outweighed any personal distress he might experience, and any distress would be "of short duration".
His appearance is expected to last less than a minute and he is allowed to be accompanied by a member of his family and a nurse.
Lord Janner's family have strongly denied claims he used his power as an MP to abuse young boys over three decades.
Greville Janner was born in Cardiff in 1928
Served in the Army and studied at Cambridge before becoming a barrister and then QC
Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West from 1970 until retiring in 1997, when he was made a life peer
Served as president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009
Suspended from the Labour Party but will remain a member of the House of Lords until his death or until he retires
Described by his family as a man of "great integrity" and "entirely innocent of any wrongdoing"
Earlier this year, Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders decided not to bring charges against Lord Janner because of his ill health - but this decision was overturned after an appeal by the alleged victims.
If a crown court judge decides the former Labour MP for Leicester is fit to plead, a full trial may take place.
If not, there will be a trial of the facts, where a jury will decide only if he committed the physical acts of abuse, with no finding of guilt and no conviction.
Greville Janner was made Lord Janner of Braunstone in 1997. He remains a life peer, but has been on leave of absence since 2014. He was suspended from the Labour Party in April.
Sir Edward Heath: The Filipino brothel keeper who sparked child sex abuse inquiry
Like Savile the masonic cops wait until Heath dies before investigating homopaedo abuse allegations
Myra Ling-Ling Forde is alleged to have had prosecution dropped after threatening to expose former Prime Minister as a paedo
The woman at the centre of the Sir Edward Heath child abuse storm can be revealed as a Filipino prostitute, who ran a brothel just a mile from the late Prime Minister’s former home in Salisbury.
Myra Ling-Ling Forde, 67, has twice been jailed for operating as a madam out of her terraced property in the Wiltshire town where Sir Edward made his home after leaving office.
But in the early 1990s it is alleged she had a prosecution dropped after threatening to expose Sir Edward as a paedophile.
A retired senior detective from the force came forward last year to allege that his colleagues quietly dropped a trial against twice married Forde in order to protect the reputation of the former Tory leader.
That allegation is now the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation, but Wiltshire Police have also appealed for any potential victims of Sir Edward to come forward.
Sources close to the investigation confirmed that Forde was the person who had made the original allegations against Sir Edward.
Despite claims that she had used threats against Sir Edward to avoid prosecution in the early 1990s, she was successfully convicted in 1995 of running a brothel full of underage girls from her Salisbury property.
A court heard how she trained runaway children as call girls, often picking up youngsters who were in the care system.
Winchester Crown Court heard how one 13-year-old girl would go straight from school to the brothel, which was advertised as The Oriental Massage Parlour, where she would sell her body to clients.
Another 15-year-old told the authorities how she had sex with five men at once and lost count of the number of times she sold herself for sex while under Forde's control
The court heard that Forde became a prostitute herself in the early 1990s after falling behind on her mortgage repayments, but she denied recruiting youngsters for the trade.
After getting out of prison, she returned home to Meadow Road in Salisbury, but then in 2009 was once again arrested on suspicion of running a brothel.
She was caught when neighbours in the quiet, respectable street complained about her activities.
In December 2009 she pleaded guilty to inciting prostitution and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to five years in prison. She was also ordered to pay back £25,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Speaking from her home in London Forde’s sister, Mia Pablico, said she did not know where she was now living, but said she “knew a lot of politicians”.
Asked if she ever mentioned the name Ted Heath, she said: "That's not for me to say. You'd have to ask her."
She added: “I know what she did in Salisbury and she knew a lot of politicians and celebrities because of it.”
It is understood Forde moved out of her Kilburn home a couple of weeks ago because the block of flats is about to be demolished. Until recently, she had been dog sitting.
Allegations against Sir Edward, including claims that he raped a 12-year-old boy in London in the 1960s are now being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
Jersey Police have also confirmed that the former Prime Minister’s name has been linked to its investigation into abuse at the Haut de la Garenne.
The former Tory leader, who rose from humble origins to the highest office in the land, is now at the centre of five separate police investigations.
As well as the probe by the Wiltshire Force, Kent Police, where he was an MP for more than 50-years said they were looking at allegations against him, dating back to the 1960s.
The States of Jersey Police (SoJP) also confirmed the former Prime Minister featured in Operation Whistle, an inquiry in to alleged historical abuse on the island, which also involves Jimmy Savile.
While the Metropolitan Police refused to comment, it is understood Sir Edward is being looked at as part of Operation Midland, a Scotland Yard inquiry into claims a VIP paedophile ring operated in the 1970s and 1980s.
Meanwhile a man claimed he was raped at the age of 12 by the former PM.
The alleged victim, now aged in his 60s, has claimed he reported being sexually assaulted by the Conservative MP in 1961 but was branded "a liar and a fantasist".
In another development a man, named only as Nick to protect his identity, told the Exaro website, that Heath was one of a number of prominent men who abused him when he was a child.
He claimed he was regularly abused by a group of VIPs who operated out of the Dolphin Square apartment complex close to the Houses of Parliament.
He said: “For me personally, it is a relief to see finally Edward Heath’s name mentioned publicly. As a core member of the group of men that hurt me and others, it is important that his name is out there now and I hope that it will encourage others to come forward.”
Meanwhile the Wiltshire Force, which on Monday had appealed for any potential victims to come forward, said it had received a steady stream of calls during the day and they were working to establish the credibility of a number of allegations.
But friends and former colleagues of Sir Edward attacked the way his memory was being besmirched, without the existence of hard evidence.
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation said: "We wholeheartedly believe will clear Sir Edward's name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their inquiries."
Former Conservative MP Brian Binley, who worked in Sir Edward's office for a period of time, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I find it very difficult to believe from the Ted Heath that I knew.
"There are many unanswered questions here and I don't think it would be right and fair to jump to conclusions about a man who served his country with dignity and with care, who was a considerable intellect, loved his music.
"We must be very careful. It's easy to smear people not around."
Sir Edward, who led the Conservative government between 1970 and 1974, never married and was famously reticent about his private life.
He died in 2005 aged 89.
Homopaedo ex-Prime Minister Edward Heath finally gets exposed in mass media
BBC's top predatory paedo Jimmy Savile and homopaedo ex-Prime Minister Edward Heath on Jim'll Fix It
Both DIE before their masonic buddies in the British cops get around to investigate their vile crimes
The police watchdog is to investigate whether officers failed to pursue allegations of child abuse made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.
A retired detective has alleged that claims were made in the 1990s but not followed up.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission will also look at whether a case was dropped when a person involved made the claims against Sir Edward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
The inquiry was opened after claims made by a retired senior officer were referred to the IPCC by Wiltshire Police.
'Never spoken out'
Sir Edward died at his home in Salisbury in 2005 aged 89.
An IPCC spokesman said: "It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children.
"In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims."
In a statement, Wiltshire Police said: "Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children.
"He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our inquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.
"Some people may never have spoken out about the abuse they have suffered but we would urge them to please contact us and to not suffer in silence."
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, which operates the museum at Arundells, his home in Salisbury, said it welcomed the investigation.
"We wholeheartedly believe (it) will clear Sir Edward's name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their enquiries," a spokesman said.
Sir Edward led the 1970-1974 Conservative government and took Britain into what was then the European Economic Community.
His time in power was beset by industrial action and economic difficulties that forced him to introduce a three-day week.
He lost his leadership of the party to Margaret Thatcher in 1975 - something he never forgave her for and he refused to serve in her cabinet.
In his later years he became the Father of the House of Commons, the longest-serving MP.
He was a successful author, an avid art-collector and a world-class yachtsman.
ANOTHER PART OF THIS SINISTER NETWORK WAS PULLED WHEN NEWS OF THE WORLD WENT UNDER
Kids loaned out for rape cruises
CHILDREN from the Jersey House of Horrors were loaned to rich perverted yachtsmen as galley SEX SLAVES. The youngsters were told by care staff the boat rides were treats—only to be assaulted and RAPED at sea by pervert toffs.
Details of the sick attacks emerged as we discovered even more blood has been found in a bath in the dungeon underneath the Haut de la Garenne home—and in the drains.
We can reveal worried cops feel under so much pressure over the abuse allegations they are preparing to BYPASS Jersey's own legal system and hand their evidence to our government. This could include files on up to seven social workers and carers who worked at the sinister home—including one nicknamed the ‘pinball wizard' who HURLED kids against the walls to see how far they would BOUNCE. At least two previous senior employees of children's services on the island are also under investigation despite the attempts of corrupt former policemen, politicians and businessmen to scupper the inquiry. We understand that two weeks ago Jersey ministers SECRETLY VOTED to have senior police investigator Lenny Harper removed from the case because they believed he was too open with the media. But the Chief of Police Graham Power refused. A source told us: "Such important figures have been implicated in the cover-up of abuse on the island that the cops feel the evidence should now be passed to the British government
"The latest revelations are explosive. It is going to cause massive waves within the political and legal world and could bring the whole of Jersey's infrastructure crashing down." One of the most serious lines of inquiry in the investigation is that children were regularly loaned to wealthy yachtsmen to "do with them what they chose for the day," according to our source close to the investigation. Haut de la Garenne staff described the trips as a treat for children who spent long hours cooped up at the home. But in reality the kids were subjected to the vilest sexual abuse on board the luxury boats.
Our source said: "The allegations about the yachting community have come in from a number of different people. It is a very strong line of inquiry and when the evidence is made public people will be horrified." Meanwhile about a dozen bones found at the home have been sent to a DNA lab to find out how old they are -yet some bone fragments were too burnt to be tested. Police have taken statements from local builders who were told: "If you find bones, get rid of them or burn them." New blood spots have been discovered in cracks in a concrete bath in the underground chamber and have also been sent for tests and sniffer dogs trained to find blood have found scents in the drains underneath.
Forensic officers are now focusing on the wooden trapdoor leading to a second torture cellar in a bid to extract DNA or fingerprints. Our source said: "Detectives are doing everything they can to ensure every scrap of evidence is properly investigated. They are very aware that the home dates back to 1856 and some of these bones could be very old. "This is going to be a long process but the officers have been presented with so many accounts of abuse and cover-ups it is crucial we get answers. People disclosing the abuse have been easy to ignore but finally they are getting a chance to be taken seriously."
The horrors being uncovered at Haut de la Garenne have revealed a Jersey tourists have never seen. Former abused care home residents claim what happened to them has been covered up by those in high office, desperate not to tarnish Jersey's good name or risk politicians in London reducing their power over the tiny, but extremely wealthy, island. Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen's rule, it has a separate government system dating back to King John's reign, and makes its own rules and laws.
Jersey's 53-member parliament has no political parties. Its politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders come from a small elite-often linked by friendship or family. The island's equivalent of our Commons Speaker is also its top judge-so the system of checks and balances between politics and the law we have in the UK is almost non-existent. This is a place where the authorities allowed 43-year-old convicted paedophile Roger Holland to stand for election as an honorary constable officer- similar to a special cop in the UK, but with more powers. They knew that six years earlier he had indecently assaulted a mentally impaired 14-year-old girl and admitted molesting another girl. But he got the job and in 1997 rose to become vingtenier-the second most senior cop on the island's volunteer force.
In 2001 he was jailed for indecently assaulting a young girl in the back of a police van. "Jersey has for too long been a law unto itself-it is time the truth came out," says our source. Among those fighting for that is ex-health minister Senator Stuart Syvret, who resigned over the cover-up and has given statements to police claiming two senior legal figures were involved in the abuse.
Mr Syvret said: "I have given formal statements to the police concerning a number of establishment individuals. Officers I have spoken to are from a force external to Jersey police at the request of Jersey police." Solicitor Nick le Cornu is also demanding change. "Jersey's political class have for 60 years been ignoring and covering up poverty and injustice," he claimed. Police investigator Lenny Harper, an outsider from Northern Ireland, was the target of a hate campaign- including threats to torch his house -after a string of cops were sacked for corruption. Colleagues say Harper, 56, laughed it off, saying: "I had the IRA on my tail for years-so a few disgruntled people are not going to deter me from doing my job." Now he's facing the biggest test of his career-on the island of fear.
Homopaedo MP accused of string of allegations that he abused boys in mental health unit
A senior Labour MP has been reported to police over a string of child sex allegations, including claims that he abused boys in a mental health unit.
A Tory MP reportedly went to police a fortnight ago and told them of allegations the MP was “having young boys delivered to a hotel”.
He was quoted as saying that several people had told him “the same, or similar, stories of corruption, indecency and paedophile offences”.
Some cases were from 18 months ago.
The MP was allegedly once arrested for indecent behaviour but not prosecuted.
The Tory MP was quoted as saying he had been told “the MP had a liking for young ragamuffins” and the “final straw” came when he heard two youngsters at a mental health centre were among the victims.
It was reported yesterday that Labour MP John Mann had also named the MP to police.
Establishment cover up of jewish lawyer and homopaedo Greville Janner VIDEO
Jewish lawyer homopaedo lord Greville Janner 'raped and tortured young boys INSIDE Parliament'
The Labour MP Simon Danczuk said police had shown him allegations of "children being violated, raped and tortured, some in the very building in which we sit”
Young boys were violated, raped and tortured inside Parliament by Labour peer Lord Janner, an MP has sensationally claimed.
Simon Danczuk said police have shown him allegations against the 86-year-old peer and listed 16 indecent assaults and six serious sexual assaults against underage boys between 1969 and 1988.
He told a hushed Parliament: “Children being violated, raped and tortured, some in the very building in which we sit.”
The MP added that police are fuming over the Crown Prosecution Service decision in April not to press charges due to Lord Janner’s dementia – despite his continuing attendance in the Lords.
He said: “Why is he able to contribute to the law-making process in the Lords, but unable to face the law himself?
Lord Janner visited the Lords AFTER being declared unfit for cop questions over homopaedo abuse allegations
Disgraced peer Lord Janner made secret official visits to Parliament several months after police were told he was too ill to be questioned over child abuse allegations, it can be revealed today.
Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday show that the Labour politician was well enough to go to Westminster three times after medics said his dementia meant he could not be interviewed by detectives.
This newspaper’s investigation has found that after police were refused permission to quiz him about claims that he had sexually abused more than a dozen boys, he:
* Travelled in his own car to the House of Lords car park and used his personal security pass, suggesting he was at the wheel;
* Told authorities he was in Parliament on official business – even though it was not sitting at the time;
* Personally signed a cheque to cover the cost of his stay in a Westminster car park, after detailed correspondence with senior officials in the House of Lords.
The revelations will increase pressure on Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who said that Lord Janner would have been charged with 22 counts of indecent assault and buggery against nine boys, but that his dementia made him unfit to stand trial. And they raise questions about how thoroughly the police and CPS scrutinised his activities and the true state of his health.
Last night, Simon Danczuk, the campaigning MP who exposed Cyril Smith as a paedophile, said: ‘I was told by police that Lord Janner was alleging ill-health in April 2014, so he couldn’t be interviewed. To hear that he was on official parliamentary business two months later at the height of the police investigation is astonishing.
‘If the Crown Prosecution Service and police were aware of this then surely they would have taken a decision to interview him. How can Lord Janner be fit enough to be on official parliamentary business but not fit enough to answer questions about extremely serious crimes?’
The details of the former Leicester MP’s trips to Westminster are contained in a cache of letters obtained by this newspaper under Freedom of Information laws.
Records show that he made his final 12 appearances in the chamber of the House of Lords in December 2013, as police began to search his properties. He voted for the last time in November that year.
Lord Janner’s luxury home in Hampstead, North London, was raided in December 2013, and his Millbank office was searched in March 2014 by officers on Operation Enamel investigating claims he had abused boys in care when he was an MP in the 1970s and 1980s.
In April 2014, after making a request to interview him, police were told by medical experts that his Alzheimer’s was too severe for him to face questioning. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Lord Janner had first been diagnosed with dementia in 2009.
But now the House of Lords has confirmed he was there in May and June 2014. On May 27 that year, Lord Janner used the Abingdon Green car park close to Parliament, entering with his personal pass, and paid £32.40 as he was not there on official business on that occasion.
The following week his car was left at the car park on consecutive days – June 2 and 3 – when Parliament was not sitting.
In one of the letters, the head of property and office services asks him personally about the stays, as he would have been charged £64.80 had he not been there to work.
‘I would be grateful if you could confirm that your car was indeed parked there whilst you were on parliamentary business for this period of time,’ Lord Janner was told.
A spokesman for the Lords confirmed that the peer, now 86, replied that he had been there on official business in June, and so did not have to pay for parking.
Lord Janner had used his official parliamentary car park pass to enter the facility. Rules state that they can only be used by the peer to whom they are issued.
The Lords said he had not given any details of what work he was doing, and it was not known if he had been at the wheel of the car.
‘A representative of Lord Janner confirmed that the parking charges from June 2 and 3, 2014, were incurred while Lord Janner was doing parliamentary work,’ said a spokesman. He had also paid for a car park stay on November 13, 2013.
The House of Lords last night confirmed that Lord Janner had signed the cheque to cover the May visit, and that it had been cleared by the bank as genuine. Individuals deemed to lack mental capacity often have to give power over their financial affairs to relatives or lawyers.
A spokesman said: ‘The cheque was cleared by the bank, bearing what appears to be Lord Janner’s signature.’
There was uproar in April when Ms Saunders announced that despite the evidence against him, Lord Janner would not stand trial because of his lack of mental capacity.
She also ruled out holding a procedure known as a ‘trial of facts’, which can be used when suspects are unable to enter pleas or instruct lawyers.
There are now four separate reviews into the handling of the repeated failures to put Lord Janner on trial.
The allegations against him first emerged at the trial of an evil care home boss in 1991, and police investigated him again in 2002 and 2007 as well as this year.
An external QC is reconsidering the most recent charging decision after alleged victims demanded a review; a retired High Court judge is examining prosecutors’ decision not to charge Lord Janner in previous investigations; the Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into the police’s handling of the same cases; and the chairman of the huge public inquiry into historic child abuse has also promised to hear the claims against him.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: ‘Given the referral made to the IPCC by Leicestershire Police some months ago, and their subsequent independent investigation, and in order to avoid prejudicing various investigations… we are unable to comment.’
Lord Janner’s family, who have said he is ‘entirely innocent’, declined to comment, while his lawyer did not respond to requests to comment.
FIT OR UNFIT? THE KEY DATES
Leicestershire Police launch Operation Enamel – the fourth investigation into child sex abuse allegations against Labour peer Greville Janner. More than a dozen alleged victims came forward to say he had molested them, most in Leicester care homes during the 1970s and 1980s.
February 7, 2013
Janner speaks for last time in Lords, giving a 765-word speech on Israel.
November 26, 2013
Votes in House of Lords for the last time, on a finance bill. Claims expenses.
Police search Janner’s North London home. Makes last 12 Lords appearances.
Police remove items from Janner’s office in Millbank, Central London.
After police request to speak to Janner, medical experts send report saying he is not fit to be interviewed because he has dementia.
May 27, 2014
Janner uses Westminster car park, but pays for his stay as he was not there on official business.
June 2 & 3, 2014
Uses Westminster car park again and confirms to the authorities that he was there on official business, despite Parliament not sitting at the time.
April 16, 2015
DPP Alison Saunders says police have enough evidence to charge Janner with 22 offences, but will not do so as he is unfit to stand trial. Police and alleged victims are furious – sparking four separate reviews and threats of legal action.