Business / INSOLVENCIES
Scotland suffered a sharp year-on-year rise in insolvencies while the UK as a whole saw a slight fall.
With Scotland set to be the key battleground in next Thursday’s general election, the latest data from the Exaro Insolvency Index highlights how its economy is faring worse than the rest of the country under the “austerity” strategy of the Conservative-led government in Westminster.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders faces more concerns about the medical evidence that underpins her decision not to prosecute Labour peer Lord Janner.
Exaro can reveal that the six “key findings” of the medical evidence, as summarised by the DPP in her statement earlier this month, were not all agreed by the four experts who gave assessments for the case.
International / MIDDLE EAST
Tony Blair’s position as Middle East envoy is under renewed pressure because of financial links between a telecoms company and his wife’s foundation.
Exaro can reveal that the Qatari-backed company, Ooredoo, which benefitted from Blair’s lobbying as representative of the Quartet for a mobile-telephone network for the Palestinian market, is a donor to – and “key supporter” of – the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Scotland Yard has been investigating allegations that former Labour MP Lord Janner was part of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’, Exaro can reveal.
For six months, the Metropolitan Police Service has – under ‘Operation Midland’ – been investigating claims against the Labour peer of child sex abuse at VIP parties in London. An abuse survivor known as “Nick” identified Janner as having sexually assaulted him.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Police are furious with the Crown Prosecution Service for refusing to charge former Labour MP Lord Janner with multiple counts of child sex abuse.
Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions (DPP), said that there was enough evidence to charge Janner on 22 counts, but that it was not in the public interest because he was suffering from severe dementia and not fit to stand trial. Updated 16 April 2015 4.30pm
Rebekah Brooks set to make spectacular return – to The Sun
Rebekah Brooks is set to return to The Sun following her acquittal last year of all charges related to the “phone-hacking” scandal. The former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper division in the UK – and ex-editor of The Sun – is being lined up to take charge of the paper’s digital operation and its video offering, according to well-placed sources at the red-top tabloid. Updated 15 April 2015 5pm
World’s media focus on scandal of child sex abuse by UK VIPs
Media across the world have increasingly focussed their attention on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ that operated in the UK over many years. Overseas broadcasters and other international media have run special reports on “the biggest political scandal in Britain’s post-war history”, often featuring Exaro as its investigation uncovers shocking evidence that exposes the UK’s establishment – including Parliament, Whitehall and the BBC.
Carole Kasir ‘boasted about VIPs who visited Elm Guest House’
Brothel owner Carole Kasir boasted to friends about high-profile visitors to her guest house. Three decades later, that guest house is at the centre of a police investigation into VIP paedophiles. Kasir liked to joke especially about people from the pop world who frequented her Edwardian home in a leafy residential road in Barnes, south-west London – the notorious Elm Guest House.
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