UK / PUBLIC OFFICIALS’ PAY
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is being challenged to name all the top managers in the UK’s NHS who received a bumper pay-off.
And the call comes from a fellow Conservative MP, Stephen Barclay, member of the House of Commons public accounts committee. It comes as the Department of Health named 23 out of 44 senior officials who shared redundancy payments of £12.2 million.
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UK / CHILD ABUSE
Detectives have seized video that places a former Conservative cabinet minister at one of several parties where boys were sexually abused by men.
The Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit seized the footage under ‘Operation Fairbank’, which is scoping historical claims of child sex abuse carried out by politicians. It is investigating parties in London where boys were supplied for the sexual gratification of men.
UK / POLICE INVESTIGATION
Police have released without charge the former co-manager of a guest house at the centre of an investigation into a VIP paedophile ring.
It comes after Exaro disclosed on Monday that the Crown Prosecution Service is to drop key charges against two other men who were arrested under ‘Operation Fernbridge’. Detectives arrested Haroon Kasir, who helped run Elm Guest House, in July.
UK / COURT
Prosecutors are to drop key charges brought under Scotland Yard’s ‘Operation Fernbridge’ against two men accused of child sex abuse.
Exaro has learnt from sources close to the investigation that the Crown Prosecution Service is set to announce the decision at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in three weeks. The decision is a blow to the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit.
Business / INSOLVENCIES
Insolvencies in the sector that includes hotels and restaurants have risen in the past year, analysis by Exaro reveals.
The ‘accommodation and food-service’ sector saw increases in three out of four categories of insolvencies in the quarter to October compared with the same period last year, according to latest figures from the Exaro Insolvency Index. And the fourth category stayed at the same level.
Heathrow’s troubled T5 calls in specialists to change light bulbs
How many people does it take to change a light bulb in the roof inside Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5? No one at London’s main airport knows. But they do need to be high-wire artists. The departures concourse of the futuristic, award-winning terminal has become increasingly dark. And Exaro has obtained a copy of an e-mail that sheds light on the murky problem.
SRA is ‘interfering’ with my review, admits author in private call
Secret recordings obtained by Exaro bring into question the independence of a review into claims of institutional racism at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The recordings of two telephone conversations reveal that the SRA, which regulates the conduct of solicitors in England and Wales as the disciplinary arm of the Law Society, ordered evidence to be excluded from the review.
Commentary: why The Sun is ‘crazed’ over betrayal of sources
Not content with shopping sources to the police, executives at News UK are instructing journalists on The Sun to identify contacts on expenses claims. To expect journalists effectively to commit career suicide and document their meetings with sources, naming them in the process, is the latest crazed move from News Corporation, writes the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists.
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