Kincora abuse survivor Richard Kerr today tells how he was first taken to Elm Guest House by a retired judge who sexually assaulted him there. “He got a little violent, and he slapped me in a room, and other men came in,” Kerr said. He revealed to Exaro some background of the man who first took him to the UK’s most notorious guest house.
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Former Labour MP Lord Janner was re-appointed to a parliamentary committee last June despite being “too ill” with dementia to be interviewed by police.
Exaro has established that the peer was re-appointed to Parliament’s joint committee on consolidation bills – which deals with complex “exceptionally difficult” issues of law – six months after detectives raided his home in their investigation into child sex abuse.
Former Labour MP Lord Janner granted power of attorney over decisions about his health to two of his children in April 2009, Exaro has established. But since then, and despite a diagnosis of dementia that year, Janner has voted more than 200 times in the House of Lords. He attended 634 days during that time, claiming £104,365 in allowances.
Nearly 80 MPs elected or re-elected in the general election are calling for the case against Lord Janner to go to court. They are among 393 candidates who wanted a reversal in the decision by Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, not to prosecute the former Labour MP or pursue a “trial of the facts” over allegations of child sex 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.
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.
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
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.
BBC News is at loggerheads with Panorama over plans for a programme that seeks to “debunk” claims of a ‘Westminster paedophile network’. Panorama embarked on the programme even though the BBC is already reeling from the paedophile activities of one of its biggest stars, the late Jimmy Savile, and the canning of an expose by BBC2’s Newsnight of his sexual abuse of children. Updated 9 April 2015
Ministers defeated a move to amend the Official Secrets Act to ensure that it bars no one from giving evidence about VIP paedophiles. Exaro can reveal that the government blocked an attempt by Labour MP John Mann to make the change to the act despite assurances repeated last week by Theresa May, home secretary, and David Cameron at prime minister’s questions.
Scotland Yard is under investigation for allegedly shelving operations that might have exposed former home secretary Lord Brittan as a paedophile. Exaro can reveal that the investigation announced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on Monday includes allegations that the Yard suppressed evidence of child sex abuse by Brittan as well as by VIPs at Elm Guest House in south London. Updated 27 March 2015