At least two MPs have received an explosive audio recording that threatens to blow the lid off the paedophile scandal at Westminster. The digital recording is of an ex-Customs officer who positively identifies a former Conservative cabinet minister as being captured on a video of child sex abuse. MPs are considering whether to name the ex-minister on the video in Parliament.
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Home secretary Theresa May has promised to consult interested parties before appointing someone new to chair the inquiry into child sex abuse.
May gave the undertaking at a meeting with six of the seven MPs who initiated a call for the overarching inquiry. The MPs said that she was determined to avoid the debacle over the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss.
Home secretary Theresa May has received a fresh warning that Baroness Butler-Sloss may not be able to chair the new inquiry into child sex abuse. May was surprised to learn that the baroness’s brother, the late Lord Havers as attorney general, limited an investigation into the sexual abuse of children 30 years ago at Kincora boys’ home in Northern Ireland. Updated 14 July 2014 1.30pm
MPs held parties at a block of luxury apartments near Westminster where they and other VIPs sexually abused children, detectives have learnt. Two men came forward separately to Exaro several months ago to tell how they were taken as boys to parties at Dolphin Square, a block where many MPs have their London flats. There, the two men allege, they were raped.
MPs are to meet home secretary Theresa May to press for survivors of child sex abuse to serve on the panel for the newly-announced inquiry. The cross-party group of seven MPs, led by the Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith, who sent the joint letter last month to call on May to set up the inquiry into child sex abuse have written to her again to ask for a meeting to discuss panel members.
MPs have come under intense pressure by MI5 and MI6 to censor a critical report of intelligence failings over the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. Senior officers from the Security Service, MI5, and the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, confronted MPs and peers on Parliament’s intelligence and security committee over the report at a tense meeting last month, Exaro can reveal.
Home secretary Theresa May today bowed to pressure to set up an independent inquiry into the organised sexual abuse of children throughout the UK. She agreed to the call – ultimately by 146 MPs – for a panel inquiry. Her statement this afternoon in the House of Commons made clear that it would be modelled on the inquiry into the Hillsborough football disaster of 1989. Updated 8 July 2014 3.43pm
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Former High Court judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and the bishop of Durham are joining the call for an overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. Exaro can reveal that they are among 11 eminent Lords – including six specialists in child protection – who are supporting the call by 146 MPs so far for the inquiry, add to the pressure on ministers. List of MPs who back inquiry.
Former home secretary Lord Brittan was only interviewed by Scotland Yard over a rape claim because of pressure from the director of public prosecutions. Exaro can reveal that the DPP, Alison Saunders, forced police to review how they had investigated the allegation against Brittan that he raped a 19-year-old student in the summer of 1967 before he became an MP.
Home secretary Theresa May has put off the decision on whether to set up an overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. She told Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP, that she will not order it yet, but may do so later. He immediately asked her to hold a mass meeting with “interested” MPs. List of 141 MPs who back inquiry. Plus: Updated 4 July 2014 11.59pm
Five more Conservative MPs – including some party grandees – have joined the call for an overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. Meanwhile, Lord Brittan today issued two statements to explain what he did with a dossier on VIP paedophiles that was submitted to the Home Office in 1984. As Leon Brittan, he was then home secretary.