Business / INSOLVENCIES
Companies in the UK have suffered a rise of a third in insolvencies as growth in the economy loses steam.
New figures show a sharp increase in the number of companies that filed for insolvency in December compared with the same month the previous year. The data from the Exaro Insolvency Index comes as growth sagged in the final quarter of 2014.
UK / COURTS
Exaro saw off an attempt to bar reporting the name of former cabinet minister Kenneth Clarke over allegedly false accusations of sexual assault.
Ben Fellows, 40, an actor, is due to face trial at Southwark crown court this summer on a charge of intent to pervert the course of justice after he is alleged to have made false allegations to police that Clarke indecently assaulted him.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Scotland Yard was investigating former home secretary Lord Brittan over multiple allegations of sexually abusing boys, Exaro can reveal.
At the time of his death last week, Brittan was under investigation over historical claims that he sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square, the apartment complex near Parliament where many MPs have their London homes, and other locations.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Another survivor of child sex abuse who backs the panel charged with carrying out the overarching inquiry into the issue writes an open letter.
As the panel faces being scrapped, he writes to its members and secretariat to say how he had placed his trust in them. But he warns that dark forces are working against them in their vitally important mission.
UK / POLICE
Members of the panel for the independent inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan have been dogged by a fractious dispute.
Exaro can reveal that a retired judge, Sir Stanley Burnton, resigned from chairing the panel following a furious row over how to respond to objections by Scotland Yard to handing over internal files on the case to the inquiry.
Video: ‘Darren’ calls on police to arrest Dolphin Square abusers
Police should arrest MPs and VIPs who sexually attacked children at Dolphin Square, one survivor of abuse at the apartment complex near Parliament told Exaro. “Darren”, as he is known to protect his identity, visited Exaro’s studio in Fleet Street to record an anonymous video interview. He talked about the sexual abuse that he suffered as a teenager at Dolphin Square, favoured by many MPs.
Retailers enjoy pre-Christmas fall in number of company crashes
Retailers have enjoyed a pre-Christmas boost with a year-on-year fall of more than a fifth in the number of them filing for insolvency. There were 108 retail companies that filed one or more insolvency notices in November, 22.8 per cent down on the same month last year. It comes against a backdrop of a slight increase in insolvencies for the overall economy.
Commentary: panel for inquiry into child sex abuse must stay
Theresa May, you may have heard a small part of my story. A survivor of sex exploitation during her childhood makes an impassioned plea to the home secretary not to scrap the independent panel that is holding the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. She tells how the hope and trust that she placed in the panel would be dashed if it is scrapped. She fears that the views of the majority of abuse survivors are being drowned out by a vocal few.
Register to receive our newsletter by e-mail
Exaro delivers quality investigative journalism, digging deep to uncover the truth.
- Receive our newsletter by e-mail;
- Stay up-to-date with Exaro investigations;
- Post comments on articles, or download source documents.