UK / CHILD ABUSE
MPs this afternoon challenged the chairwoman of the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse over her links with Lord Brittan.
But Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, denied have a “close association” with him under questioning at the House of Commons home affairs committee. Woolf this morning declared social links with Brittan and his wife, as terms of reference for the inquiry was announced.
UK / CSA INQUIRY
Lord Brittan has stepped down as UBS Investment Bank’s vice-chairman two months after being named in Parliament over a lost dossier on VIP paedophiles. He left the UBS post in September.
Detectives interviewed the 75-year-old Tory grandee under caution in June over an allegation that he raped a 19-year-old female student in 1967 before he became an MP. Brittan denies the claim.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Bishops and vicars are to undergo training on safeguarding children as part of a drive to combat child sex abuse in the Church of England.
The training, to include how to respond after receiving a complaint of child sex abuse within the CoE, is to be introduced first for new clergy. The plan is to roll out training for existing clergy later.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Scotland Yard’s senior detective who was heading its wide-ranging investigations into paedophile politicians has been forced to quit, Exaro can reveal.
Detective chief inspector Paul Settle, head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit, has stepped aside after months of pressure over the direction of the investigations. According to one Met source, the DCI is formally off on sick leave.
Graham Wilmer blasts Michael Gove over sex abuse at schools
Allegations of the sexual abuse of children at a Catholic school led to an extraordinary clash between one former pupil and ministers over child safeguarding. Graham Wilmer, a member of the panel for the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse, is furious with Michael Gove for refusing, when he was education secretary, to order an investigation into schools run by the Salesian order.
Ministers ‘must not interfere’ with SFO’s case over Saudi bribes
Ministers are being warned against “political interference” in a bribery investigation into a massive UK contract to overhaul military communications in Saudi Arabia. Transparency International and Corruption Watch fear a repeat of the debacle in 2006 when the UK government pressured the Serious Fraud Office to shelve its investigation into alleged bribery over sales of military jets to Saudi Arabia under ‘Al Yamamah’.
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Scotland sees fall in company failures after year of dismal data
Insolvencies in Scotland fell last month far faster than for the rest of the UK in a boost ahead of tomorrow’s independence referendum. But figures compiled by the Exaro Insolvency Index show that the drop came after a poor year for company failures in Scotland. Insolvencies have risen sharply in Scotland this year so far, but have fallen slightly in the rest of the UK.