FOX ON ORKNEY SATANIC ABUSE SILENCED BY MI5

If Only I had Told by Esther W

The shocking true story from the girl at the heart of Orkneys Satanic Ring [1]
If only Esther had told everyone that the person who raped her was Adrian Batty, her teacher, and not her brothers as Orkney Social Work Department suspected, then the Orkney Satanic Ring would never have thought to have existed.
But she could not. She had been raped, beaten and threatened to say nothing by her father, Eric Nicholas Black throughout childhood until he was locked up a couple of years earlier. Adrian her abuser, a teacher at the special Oakhill School chosen so that she could catch up on her education, had access to her records. He misused them, invoked her father, abused her and so she just she could not tell anyone who it was, she just couldn’t.
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Things gradually got out more and more out of control. Mona Drone, her familys social worker, wanted to implicate Esthers brothers in incestual rape.  Illegally, without any evidence, her brothers and sisters were taken away from her mother and she was sent to the prison like Crouchend Alley near Inverness, where it was about survival not education, and where she was introduced to drugs.
With no evidence the children including Esther were eventually returned to their mother but still under a supervision order, which meant a panel under Judith Hope, employed directly by the Secretary of State, reviews them. The family were congratulated on how far they had come since the abusive father was jailed.  Mona Drone however said the abused become the abuser and vowed to find evidence.
A week after the panel, Judith Hope had been sacked. All the children were then taken away fron the mother again, less than a year since the previous time. Another panel is set 2 weeks later, but the whole panel has changed with a Gill Grubb heading it, who appears to be on the side of Orkney Social Work Department and against the family.
Renee Stubbs a woman contracted to take disclosure statements from her 14 brothers and sisters asks ludicrously leading statements, which even then were refuted, except crucially by Esthers psychotically ill sister.
2 and 2 are then added up to be 22 and a satanic ring was suspected. A further 4 families have 9 children taken away. These families get their children back a few weeks later, when a proof panel under Sherriff Kellbie is extemely critical of the Social Work Department. Keith Pratt the head eventually gives in and lets the children back with their families.
However it does not end there and there is eventually an Inquiry led by Lord Clyde, which did not even include Esthers family.
The department does all it can to prevent the reunion of the W family and two children are adopted permanently by another family.
When Esther had a child, she turned against her mother for not protecting her from her father. She sought therapy for post natal depression and it was this, in only a few sessions with her therapist Bea,  and was able to face the abuse and understand who was really to blame and not herself or her mother, who was also suffering with her 15 children and abusive husband.
Questions she still continues to search for answers to, are:
1. Why was my sister Bella’s testimony allowed to stand following her psychiatric assessment?
2. Why were no allegations of sibling abuse ever tried in a legal court?
3. Did the Orkney Social Work Department lie about my family, conceal evidence, and when their backs were against the wall, did they steal evidence? If so why?
4. Did the Council and the Social Work Department make life so difficult for Judith Hope after her reinstatement? Why wouldn’t they let her do her job?
5. What did Orkney Social Work Department have to gain, or more importantly to lose, by behving the way they did?
6. Why didn’t the remit of the Inquiry into satanic abuse cover my family?
7. Why weren’t experts who would have been able to advice the Orkney Inquiry on my family’s plight given a voice at the inquiry?
8. Why did the social work system keep my siblings in care for so long.
9. How did Orkney Social Work Department get away with having my two youngest sisters adopted.
10. Why have my family never received an apology for all the needless anguish and suffering we have all been through?
When Esther was pregnant she wished there was a place where she could go for advice so she has set one up. survivormum.com [2] and a facebook page [3]
More than this she is an incredibly talented artist and she has a webpage [4] where she now sells her stunning art work. Unfortunately out of my pricebracket but check it out.
After running away from her name and background for most of her life, she is now confident enough to what is presumably her real name and her book was published last year. I thoroughly recommend it [1]
As for the names I have used, they are the names written in the book, of which some may be pseudonyms I do not know.
Although this allegation of ritual satanic abuse turnes out to be false, make no mistake satanic ritual abuse is real and widespread. In addition to Esthers questions I ask:
Was part of the agenda to discredit this case so that ritual satanic abuse was discredited?
Esther Willsher is a tremendous inspiration to others, I urge you to read her book and check her websites
For more child abuse book descriptions see [10] Cathy Fox Books about child abuse category and Cathy Fox Books about child abuse2 [11]
Links
[1] 2013 If only I had told by Esther W. The shocking true story from the girl at the heart of Orkneys Satanic Ring ISBN 978 0091 950 156
[2] Survivor Mum website http://www.survivormum.com
[3] Survivor Mum facbook page https://www.facebook.com/SurvivorMum
[4] Esther Willshers Art website http://estherwillsher.com/
[5] 2013 Herald http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/orkney-survivors-memoir-is-a-tale-of-betrayal.21642842
[6] Wikipedia Orkney Child Abuse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orkney_child_abuse_scandal
[7] 1992 Oct 28 Independent The Orkney Inquiry: ‘Reporter’ is central figure in emotional saga http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/the-orkney-inquiry-reporter-is-central-figure-in-emotional-saga-1559964.html
[8] 1991-2 Lord Clyde. Reports of proceedings and Lord Clyde’s final report
[9] 2011 Apr 4 Daily Record Orkney child sex abuse scandal: 20 years since ordeal that horrified a nation http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/orkney-child-sex-abuse-scandal-1099361
[10] Cathy Fox Books about child abuse category https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/category/books-about-child-abuse/
[11] Cathy Fox Books about child abuse2 https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/books-on-child-abuse-2/
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/
[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/
[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/
This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email cathyfox@bigfoot.com.
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Paedophile Ring Whistleblower Melanie Shaw Sentenced Without Evidence

Paedophile Ring Whistleblower Melanie Shaw Sentenced Without Evidence

Hollywood Celebrity Samantha Morton To Meet Melanie

By: Anna Bragga  |@anna_bragga
 on 31st October 2014 @ 5.21pm

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A jury delivered a shock guilty verdict on paedophile ring whistleblower, Melanie Shaw.
A jury delivered a shock guilty verdict on paedophile ring whistleblower,Melanie Shaw, yesterday, accused of starting a shed fire and throwing paint on a neighbour’s home in Nottingham, England. 
Observers watched with incredulity as Judge Michael Pert QC announced the news, resulting in a conviction of arson – reckless as to whether life was endangered, on February 1, and damaging property on June 26. Sentencing will take place in six weeks following a psychiatric report.
An absence of substantive evidence, coupled with irregularities in the conduct of the trial, has reinforced public opinion that Beechwood Children’s Home survivor, Melanie Shaw, is the victim of a carefully orchestrated establishment set-up intended to silence her and protect a high-ranking paedophile ring involved in crimes against children and child abuse – some of whom are said to have been murdered, committed suicide or disappeared without trace.
An orchestrated set-up
The prosecution argued that Melanie had set fire to a shed in revenge for a grudge against a neighbour who had alerted social services resulting in her child being taken away. But, strangely, no records were produced by the court to confirm there was any fire at the Sherwood address on February 1st.
Nottingham Police initially maintained that the fire took place on April 4th, a date which subsequently showed no official records of a fire. The police allegation of Melanie’s involvement in an arson attack on this date was effectively used to imprison her for three months in HMP Peterborough, one of the most brutal prisons in the country, where she was maltreated to the degree that she could barely walk on leaving.
Thelay advocate and McKenzie Friend, acting on behalf of Melanie, told Neon nettle: “There’s been no evidence from the Fire Brigade about the fire. The evidence is just not there. There’s nothing that proves beyond reasonable doubt that it was Melanie who set that fire.”
Convicted without evidence
A handwriting expert was unable to confirm that that the graffiti on the side of the neighbour’s house was Melanie’s handwriting.
A bag holding the tins of paint had ten fingerprints on it. One, without paint, was claimed to be Melanie’s, while the remainder in paint, have not been forensically examined, according to the lay advocate, who took notes throughout the three-day trial.
Internet TV broadcaster and journalist at the UK Column, Brian Gerrish, who was present on the first day, also told Neon Nettle: “When the paint was thrown, the owner of the house told Melanie that he’d installed CCTV. Melanie said: ‘So since you told me, why would I then go and be recorded on CCTV throwing paint?’ But mysteriously, the day that the paint was thrown, the CCTV wasn’t working.”
The lay advocate, who has been a regular visitor to the prison and spent 24 hours a day with Melanie over the fourteen day bail period, said: “The street that Melanie lives on had been blighted by crimes which were never investigated. I just think Melanie is being targeted to be kept captive, and by keeping her captive their main aim is to keep under wraps everything she knows.”
“My feeling is that they will go to absolutely any cost to keep her quiet.”
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Fellow Beechwood survivor, actress Samantha Morton.
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The Judge fell asleep several times during the proceedings, noted by observers as a sign that his mind had been made up from the start. Two jurors were seen asleep during yesterday’s hearing.
The lay advocate added: “This case has been totally led, and the jury has been totally influenced by the judge. He’s directed them. He actually gave them a sheet of paper with directions on how they need to go forward. It’s all very odd.”
 “Operation Daybreak is a conspiracy theory” – Judge
Several observers reported hearing the judge refer to the police investigation into Beechwood as a “conspiracy theory,” just before the jury was about to retire, despite at least ten individuals having been arrested and compensation awarded to a number of victims.
Further questions around the Judge have come to the fore since it was discovered that he was involved in a controversial decision to overturn a conviction on an HIV positive predatory paedophile.
Gerrish, who got to know Melanie before her arrest on July 10th, said: “As far as we are concerned, we think we’re very close to the total breakdown of law and order, because the police are obviously totally corrupt, but it extends to courts aswell.”
“My opinion is that Melanie is a truthful witness and I’m absolutely going to stand by the position that this woman has been silenced for one reason – to cover up the widespread abuse of children in Nottingham.”
A psychiatric report produced in the court said Melanie had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. To the many supporters who have been writing to her in prison, this will be hard to swallow.
“I think the prison is totally responsible for her current mental health,” added the lay advocate. “It’s been clear to me during the time I’ve been with her, that they’ve been gradually destabilising her. There’s been a massive impact with them messing about with her medication, not giving her full prescription medication as and when she’d ordinarily have it. That adds all sorts of consequences to a person’s functioning and mental health. I think that her treatment within that institution is totally responsible for her current state of mind. They’ve gradually broken her down. I think they’ve been part of a plan to do that.”
Actress Samantha Morton to meet Melanie Shaw
The vast swathe of public support rooting for Melanie Shaw’s release, now stronger than ever, has reached into the glittering circles of showbiz, and the orbit of fellow Beechwood survivor, actress Samantha Morton.
Morton has already been in contact with Melanie, said the advocate, and asked to see her in prison. “I don’t know how they are going to meet, to be honest. I know that Samantha Morton is doing another film, and she said Nottinghamshire police have been giving her a horrific time. They’ve been interviewing her again. She said the way they treat you is quite horrific.”
Another Beechwood survivor who stepped forward, the brother of one of Melanie’s friends, tried to commit suicide several times, because each time he went to the police and gave a statement they insisted he goes for a three-month psychiatric assessment. The psychiatric assessments took him to the brink of suicide each time.
It’s happening to others, says the advocate, “each time anybody tries to come forward, and put in the public domain exactly what did happen to them as abused children, they are closed down. They didn’t have a voice when they were a child, and now as adults, they’re trying to raise awareness about it, and they are stopped.”
VIDEO: The Funeral of Nottingham City Council Paedophile Ring
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TOP SOMERSET COP CAUGHT KNOBING AT WORK?

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan to face gross misconduct probe

Nick GarganChief Constable Nick Gargan was suspended in May

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A police chief is to face an internal charge of gross misconduct following an allegation of inappropriate behaviour towards women.
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan was suspended in May.
A probe by the police watchdog led to PCC Sue Mountstevens making the decision that Mr Gargan had a case to answer over the allegation.
Mr Gargan, who denies any wrongdoing, also faces an internal charge over improper disclosure of information.

‘Case to answer’

He learned in June that he would not face any criminal charges.
In a statement, Ms Mountstevens said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had put forward a number of recommendations regarding Mr Gargan.
“I have made the decision there is a case to answer for gross misconduct and therefore I will refer the allegations to a misconduct hearing in front of an independent misconduct panel,” she said.
“The members of the panel will decide if the allegations are proven or not and will present their recommendations to me. I will ensure that these recommendations are made public.”
In Mr Gargan’s absence the force has been led by Acting Chief Constable John Long.

‘Long-winded system’

Mr Gargan is yet to comment publicly but a Chief Police Officers Staff Association spokesman said it awaited specific details of the alleged breaches of the police code of conduct.
“It would be inappropriate to comment until they have been provided – except to say that Chief Constable Gargan will continue to co-operate fully with the process and wants to get back to work as quickly as possible.”
Nigel Ashton, chairman of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, said he was concerned about how long it had taken to bring the gross misconduct charge.
He said the people who made the original complaints had the right to do that and remain anonymous but added that the chief constable also had rights – and was “innocent until proven guilty of anything”.
Ms Ashton said: “It’s a very long-winded system on something that could be potentially quite damaging and is a serious issue which I think should have been handled much more quickly.”

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NONCE WARS SOMERSET ,COUNCIL CARE MY ARSE

Somerset council care girl had sex with member of staff

Somerset County CouncilSomerset County Council said it had commissioned its own report into safeguarding which had “raised considerable concerns for us”

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A 16-year-old girl in the care of Somerset County Council is alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a member of children’s services staff.
The council was sent an anonymous letter about the relationship in January, BBC Somerset has discovered.
The letter also described a failure by management to respond to staff concerns about it.
An independent investigation found, on the balance of probability, most of the allegations were based in fact.
Earlier this month the council was summoned to a meeting with the government over wider ongoing failings in its children’s services department.
In response to the latest development, a council spokesman said it had commissioned its own report into safeguarding which had “raised considerable concerns for us”.

‘Inappropriate sexual boundaries’

The external company which carried out the investigation, in response to the anonymous letter, reported back at the start of August and the conclusions have been seen by the BBC.
It found there had been a significant failure in safeguarding the welfare of at least one young person in care and described “inappropriate sexual boundaries” modelled by a manager.
It is understood the male staff member allegedly involved in the relationship quit his job before the independent investigation, and is now living with the girl who has recently had a baby.
Avon and Somerset Police said: “A formal police investigation into an allegation of abuse of position of trust has now started, but is at an early stage and no arrests have been made.”
The force said it originally received an anonymous call about the allegations in September last year.
Officers could not get hold of the caller again so came up with a strategy, along with children’s social care and the Local Authority Designated Officer who investigates such reports.

‘Placed on leave’

The teenage girl who is alleged to have been in the relationship was interviewed and denied any relationship, the police could not find any evidence and charges were not brought.
A council spokesman said: “Allegations were made about an unnamed member of staff in an anonymous phone call on 15 October 2013.
“Normal safeguarding procedures were followed and the matter was formally discussed with the police’s Safeguarding Co-ordination Unit on the same day.
“A further contact identified the member of staff five days later and he was immediately placed on leave.
“He then left the authority without working another shift for the authority.
“Since then we have commissioned our own report into safeguarding and it raised considerable concerns for us.
“Somerset County Council has invested heavily in its children’s services.
“Vulnerable young people in our care or who have recently been in our care are a priority for this authority.”

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NONCE MANCHESTER DOCTOR

  1. ITV Report

  1. 31 October 2014 at 4:23pm

Paediatric doctor admits 31 sexual offences against boys

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Raza Laskar of Ashton-under-Lyne admitted a string of sexual offences against 12 boys aged under 16. He will be sentenced in January.
  • 6 counts of causing/inciting child pornography
  • 1 count of taking indecent photographs
  • 8 counts of causing/inciting child to engage in sexual activity
  • 5 counts of voyeurism
  • 3 counts of sexual activity with a child
  • 2 counts of distributing an indecent image of a child
  • 1 count of incitement to distribute an indecent photograph of a child
  • 2 counts of causing/inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • 2 counts of making indecent photographs of a child
  • 1 count of possessing an extreme pornographic image
In April of this year police received information from the National Crime Agency that between Christmas Day 2013 and January 2014, 1,605 separate files, suspected of containing indecent images of children had been made available on a file sharing site. The IP address was check and an address in Ashton-under-Lyne identified. A number of computers and storage devices were found and further examinations revealed more than 1.2 million images.
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Raza Laskar admitted 31 sexual offences against boys under 16 Credit: Greater Manchester Police

While I can stress that we found no evidence that he committed any offence during the course of his employment, it will be of absolutely no comfort to the boys and the families of the boys he targeted online.
The one thing I would like to highlight on the back of this is internet security and awareness.
It is so important, in this digital age where even young school children have the internet in the palm of their hand that they know about the dark side of the web.
“There are dangers lurking if the right precautions are not taken and I would encourage parents to talk to their children and discuss what websites they are visiting, who they are talking to and what to do if approached by someone who asks them to engage in sexual activity.

– Detective Inspector Theresa Carter
Last updated Fri 31 Oct 2014

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    THE DARK LORD EXPLEARSEOUS

    Abuse probe boss finally quits: After weeks of clinging on Fiona Woolf goes as victims withdraw support over links to Leon Brittan 

    • Fiona Woolf was second choice to chair the historic child abuse inquiry
    • She replaced Lady Butler-Sloss who quit because her brother was Attorney General in 1980s
    • Mrs Woolf was asked to probe allegations of Establishment abuse cover-up
    • But she lost victims’ trust over links to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan
    • Lord Brittan is accused of failing to act on dossier about alleged child abuse 
    • Mrs Woolf held dinner parties with Lord Brittan and his wife
    • But she failed to reveal two meetings with him which later emerged
    • She drafted seven letters to Theresa May over her links to Lord Brittan

    Fiona Woolf finally resigned as chairman of the government’s sex abuse inquiry last night after days of intense pressure over her links to Leon Brittan.
    But she refused to apologise to abuse victims for failing to make her connections to the Tory peer clear.
    Mrs Woolf, a solicitor and Lord Mayor of London, quit hours after victims’ groups said she was unsuitable to run the inquiry, which would be ‘a dead duck in the water’ if she remained.
    Fiona Woolf re-wrote a letter to the Home Secretary seven times to play down links to Leon Brittan and is now facing mounting pressure to step down

    Fiona Woolf re-wrote a letter to the Home Secretary seven times to play down links to Leon Brittan and is now facing mounting pressure to step down
    She maintained claims of her links to Lord Brittan were mere ‘perceptions’ and appeared to blame the Press for her downfall.
    She attacked ‘negative comment and innuendo’ about her connections to the former Tory Home Secretary, who is at the centre of allegations of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims in the 1980s.
    Mrs Woolf’s departure is a humiliation for Home Secretary Theresa May after the previous chair of the inquiry, Baroness Butler-Sloss, also had to quit because her late brother Sir Michael Havers was attorney general in the 1980s.
    It leaves plans for the inquiry in disarray, with Mrs May now beginning a desperate search for a third chairman in only four months since the inquiry was announced. 
    She refused to apologise to abuse victims for failing to make her connections to the Tory peer Leon Brittan (pictured left) clear. A copy of her early and final draft letters, which she rewrote seven times

    She refused to apologise to abuse victims for failing to make her connections to the Tory peer Leon Brittan (pictured left) clear. A copy of her early and final draft letters, which she rewrote seven times

    She refused to apologise to abuse victims for failing to make her connections to the Tory peer Leon Brittan (pictured left) clear. A copy of her early and final draft letters, which she rewrote seven times
    Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said his committee could recall Mrs Woolf to give evidence

    Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said his committee could recall Mrs Woolf to give evidence
    And it completes a disastrous week for the Home Secretary, whose reputation has been dealt a serious blow by revelations of chaos in Britain’s immigration system, the collapse of two major sham marriage trials and an MPs’ report exposing growing backlogs in asylum cases.
    Labour MP for Rochdale Simon Danczuk, who led calls for a full abuse inquiry said of Mrs Woolf’s announcement: ‘There has been an air of inevitability about this for weeks, but I take no satisfaction in it. 
    ‘We’ve lost valuable time on an extremely important inquiry that needs to get at the truth as quickly as possible because some of the child abusers are very old and could well die before justice catches up with them.
    ‘The Home Office have made two terrible appointments and Theresa May clearly has serious questions to answer about her role in this shambles. 

    WHO’S NEXT IN LINE? 

    Following the resignations of two sex abuse inquiry chairman in just four months, several names were last night being mentioned as possible replacements. They include:
    • Professor Alexis Jay, who carried out the recent inquiry into how the authorities ignored widespread sex abuse in Rotherham. She is already an advisor but could be bumped up to chairman. However, is not a lawyer.
    • Michael Mansfield, the campaigning QC who has played a significant role in high profile inquests and court cases involving such controversial issues as Bloody Sunday and the death of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, shot dead by the Met Police after being mistaken for a terrorist.
    • Jim Gamble, the former senior police officer and exhead of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Howeveer, he fell out with Theresa May over bringing CEOP within the National Crime Agency.
    • Esther Rantzen, the former presenter of That’s Life and Hearts of Gold, who founded and ran the child protection charity ChildLine. A long-standing campaigner on behalf of child abuse victims.
    Lord Brittan and Fiona Woolf were introduced to  French premier Francois Fillon, pictured

    Fiona Woolf hosted a drinks reception for City dignitaries, including Lord Brittan, pictured

    Mrs Woolf hosted a drinks reception for City dignitaries, including Lord Brittan, above right, where they were introduced to French premier Francois Fillon, above left, in 2011
    ‘As a result there’s now a deep distrust on the part of survivors of sex abuse and we’re all going to have to redouble our efforts to win their confidence back and convince people that the country is genuinely committed at uncovering the truth and bringing abusers to justice.’
    Ian McFadyen, a survivor of sexual abuse, said: ‘I’m sorry so much time wasted by powers that be that keep making such drastic mistakes. I blame Theresa May, the Home Office. 
    ‘No one has consulted the survivors, this is where the problem lies.’
    One victim, who would not be named, told Channel 4 News: ‘It is no longer just a farce, it is pantomime.’

    NO APOLOGY AND, GUESS WHAT, SHE BLAMES THE MEDIA 

    After deciding to step down, Fiona Woolf gave a statement to the BBC to explain her reasons. This is an edited version of what she said:
    ON HER DECISION TO QUIT
    There was great nervousness as a result of the perception of my connections with Lord Brittan.
    Ultimately what turned the tide was less about putting up with the innuendo and negative comment in the Press and more about the victims themselves. This is for them … I think ultimately I was persuaded in my mind that it was the victims that mattered.
    I’m obviously sad that people are not confident in my ability to chair what is a hugely important inquiry impartially.
    I don’t think that it was going to be possible for me to chair it without everybody’s support.
    ON THE MEDIA
    Whether, of course, somebody is prepared to take it on in the eye of a media storm and knowing that they’re going to suffer at the hands of negative comment and innuendo the whole time, and it will take that leadership on an inclusive basis also to protect the panel members because social media gets to them as well.
    ON HER LINKS TO BRITTAN
    I think that the way in which it emerged was that the definition of ‘close association’ perhaps got in the way, and that the perception that I was biased was growing, even though actually it was never said in so many terms.
    ON THE LETTERS
    What it shows is that I’ve been incredibly transparent.
    I mean, the extent to which I’ve gone to lay out all the connections, all the details, the amount of interrogation of diaries, of records, has been absolutely huge… Ultimately, it came under my signature.
    Yes, it looks like that [that her independence was compromised] with the benefit of hindsight but at the time I was travelling, there was a lot of investigation being carried out by a lot of different people coming in from various different angles so it was bound to be an iterative process.
    I could certainly have done without having to publish all these drafts of the letter…
    I think with hindsight I could not have managed without, basically, help and I think the Home Office was just trying to be helpful.
    ON HER LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN CHILD PROTECTION
    The Home Office have made it clear that they actually wanted someone who was independent … But also they were looking for someone who had experience of very large-scale exercises, of projects.
    ON HER SUCCESSOR
    As the media have picked up on, it’s really going to be quite hard to find someone with absolutely no connections. I mean, a hermit?
    It needs inclusive leadership which I can’t command because the victims don’t have the confidence in me to get behind it. And actually you need someone who can command everybody’s support to get behind this because that’s the only way it’s going to succeed.
    ON REGRETS
    I regret two things: not the damage to myself, but I regret that the victims have been unsettled by the last few weeks over my appointment. And I do wish that this inquiry will succeed for them … Of course I found it painful. Who wouldn’t? And lots of family and friends have found it painful as well, but it’s something that I will learn from.
    The pressure on Mrs Woolf, 66, to quit intensified yesterday after it emerged she rewrote a letter about her suitability for the role seven times with the help of Home Office officials – and changed crucial facts in the process in an apparent attempt to play down embarrassing details. 
    Astonishingly, she said the changes were ‘just one of those things’ adding: ‘I could certainly have done without having to publish all these drafts of the letter.’
    In an interview with the BBC announcing her decision to quit, she insisted she had been ‘incredibly transparent’. 
    She appeared to blame the MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee who investigated her background and warned it could be difficult to find a suitable replacement who was willing to take on the role in the face of intense media scrutiny.
    Mrs Woolf (left) pictured with Lady Brittan (right), Lord Brittan's wife, at a party last year

    Mrs Woolf (left) pictured with Lady Brittan (right), Lord Brittan’s wife, at a party last year
    Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk called for Mrs Woolf to step down as chair of the sex abuse inquiry

    Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk called for Mrs Woolf to step down as chair of the sex abuse inquiry
    She said she had been considering her position for several days but that the ‘tipping point’ was a meeting yesterday between inquiry officials and victims’ representatives at which they declared she had lost their confidence.
    Peter Saunders, of the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, said Mrs Woolf was ‘someone would we would not be able to work with were she to remain in place’. 
    He said she had ‘more than tenuous links with one of the key protagonists that are going to be part of this investigation.’

    INQUIRY LAUNCHED OVER CLAIMS OF AN ESTABLISHMENT ‘COVER UP’ OF HISTORIC CHILD ABUSE

    Home Secretary Theresa May finally agreed to to order an inquiry into historic child abuse in July following months of allegations that there had been an Establishment ‘cover up’ of sexual assaults on children in the 1980s.
    She said the Government would establish an independent probe under an expert panel to examine the handling of allegations of paedophilia.
    State institutions as well as bodies such as the BBC, churches and political parties would be investigated she said.
    Mrs May told MPs that it would be chaired by ‘an appropriately senior and experienced figure’.
    Mrs May said she accepted Mrs Woolf’s resignation ‘with regret’. 
    She said she would be meeting victims’ groups before appointing a successor and will make a statement to Parliament on Monday. 
    Mrs Woolf’s resignation raises serious questions over the Home Office’s vetting process and its role in rewriting her account. 
    Within days of her appointment it emerged she had contacts with Lord Brittan through the City of London and had sponsored his wife on a charity run.
    In a disastrous appearance before the Home Affairs Committee, she made the extraordinary claim she was ‘not a member of the Establishment’.
    A picture uncovered by the Mail showed her with Lady Brittan at a prize-giving in October last year when she claim the two had no ‘social contact’ after April 2013.
    Lord Brittan has strenuously denied accusations that he ignored a document – which later went missing – that detailed a paedophile ring involving high-profile figures.
    Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz welcomed Mrs Woolf’s resignation but said the whole process has been ‘chaotic’. 

    HOW THE CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY FIASCO UNFOLDED 

    Monday July 7: Home Secretary Theresa May announces she will establish an independent inquiry under an expert panel to examine the handling of allegations of paedophilia by state institutions as well as bodies such as the BBC, churches and political parties. It will be chaired by ‘an appropriately senior and experienced figure’, she tells the House of Commons.
    Tuesday July 8: Baroness Butler-Sloss is named as the chairwoman.
    Eyebrows are immediately raised by the choice. Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz questions the choice of a member of the House of Lords, ‘no matter how distinguished’, to investigate the establishment – pointing out that her brother was lord chancellor during the era being probed.
    Wednesday July 9: Calls for the appointment to be abandoned intensify over reports that Baroness Butler-Sloss’s brother, Sir Michael – later Lord – Havers, tried to prevent ex-MP Geoffrey Dickens airing claims about a diplomat in Parliament in the 1980s. Baroness Butler-Sloss insists she knew ”absolutely nothing about it” and adds: ‘If people think I am not suitable, then that’s up to them.’
    The Home Office says it stands ‘unreservedly’ by its choice, saying the former judge’s integrity is ‘beyond reproach’.
    Saturday July 12: Claims are published by The Times that Baroness Butler-Sloss refused to go public about a bishop implicated in a scandal. 
    She is reported to have told a victim of alleged abuse she did not want to include their claims in a review of how the Church of England dealt with two paedophile priests because she ‘cared about the Church’ and ‘the press would love a bishop’.
    ‘I have never put the reputation of any institution, including the Church of England, above the pursuit of justice for victims,’ she insists. 
    The Home Office once again declares its ‘unreserved’ approval of her taking a role for which she is ‘perfect’.
    Monday July 14: Downing Street announces Baroness Butler-Sloss is stepping aside by her own choice. In a statement, she says she was ‘honoured’ to have been asked but acknowledges that her family links would ’cause difficulties’ for the process. 
    Mrs May says she is ‘deeply saddened’ but has embarked on the search for a replacement. Mr Vaz says the whole inquiry process is becoming ‘shambolic’.
    The process of selecting a replacement begins.
    Friday September 5: The lord mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf, a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales, is named as the new chairwoman of the inquiry. 
    Mrs May says she is ‘confident’ the leading tax lawyer has the right skills and experience to run the inquiry.
    Sunday September 7: The Mail on Sunday reveals links between Mrs Woolf and Lord Brittan, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry over a dossier he received from Mr Dickens in 1983, documenting the alleged involvement of VIP figures in a child sex ring.
    Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who has led the campaign for an inquiry, says Mrs Woolf’s position would be ‘untenable’ if she was close to the Brittans.
    Monday September 8: Downing Street says the Prime Minister continues to have ‘strong support’ for the appointment.
    Tuesday October 21: Mrs May insists she has confidence in the inquiry chairwoman after Mrs Woolf gives details of her links to Lord Brittan.
    Mrs Woolf confirms that she lives in the same London street as the former cabinet minister and says she invited Lord and Lady Brittan to dinner parties three times over the last decade, and dined at their house twice. In the letter she also says she met the peer’s wife for coffee, sat on a prize-giving panel with her, and sponsored her £50 for a fun run.
    Mrs Woolf insists there is nothing in the encounters that would stop her chairing the wide-ranging probe. ‘Over the last few weeks, I have carefully checked through my records to ensure that there is nothing which should prevent me fulfilling that role,’ she writes.
    Mr Danczuk says Mrs Woolf and Lord Brittan were ‘clearly good friends’ and she should stand down as chairwoman.
    Giving evidence later to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mrs Woolf insists she has ”gone the extra distance” to declare every possible issue to reassure victims and does not have a ”close association” with the former cabinet minister.
    Wednesday October 22: Pressure mounts on Mrs Woolf to stand down after solicitor Alison Millar, who represents a number of abuse victims, says the chairwoman ”really does not have the necessary credibility to lead what is such an important inquiry’ and calls for her to quit.
    It emerges that Mrs Woolf’s list of meetings with the Brittans may be incomplete after a photograph surfaces showing her chatting to Lady Brittan at a prize-giving last October – Mrs Woolf had previously stated that she had had ‘no social contact with Lord and Lady Brittan since April 23 2013’.
    Senior Labour and Liberal Democrat figures voice doubts about whether Mrs Woolf could have the confidence of victims.
    Family lawyer David Burrows lodges an application for judicial review of the entire inquiry set-up, saying it should be a judge-led statutory public inquiry, and complaining of its ”seriously limp” terms of reference.
    Thursday October 30: Mr Vaz says Mrs Woolf’s attempt to detail contact with Lord Brittan tried to play down her links with the former cabinet minister and his wife. 
    The committee chairman says there were seven drafts of the letter and the final version ”gave a sense of greater detachment” between Lord and Lady Brittan and Mrs Woolf than her previous attempts.
    Friday October 31:
    11am – Downing Street says the Prime Minister remains ‘absolutely clear that he thinks she can do this job with integrity and impartiality’.
    ‘What matters is that we’ve got an able person getting on with the inquiry,’ a spokeswoman says.
    2pm – Victims’ representatives emerge from talks with the inquiry panel unanimously calling for Fiona Woolf to be replaced and for it to be made a statutory public inquiry.
    5pm – Mrs Woolf says she has accepted it is time to ‘get out of the way’ and has stepped aside.
    Home Secretary Theresa May says she has accepted the resignation ‘with regret’ and will make a Commons statement on Monday.
    Labour leader Ed Miliband says Mrs May has ‘some explaining to do’ over the handling of the appointment fiasco.

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    WHICH WAS NICE

    David Cameron invited Claudia Schiffer to Chequers

    Claudia Schiffer, the supermodel, is on Prime Minister’s guest list for his official residence alongside the Queen and the heads of Britain’s armed forces

    David Cameron and supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 2008

    David Cameron and supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 2008 Photo: Hugo Burnand/PA
    David Cameron dined with supermodel Claudia Schiffer at this official country retreat, a record of his engagements has revealed.
    Mrs Schiffer and her husband, the film-maker Matthew Vaughn, were invited to the gathering at Chequers by Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador.
    They were guests at Chequers between January and March, when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also paid their first royal visit to the grace-and-favour Buckinghamshire mansoin in more than four decades.
    Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, also paid a visit to Chequers as the Prime MInister sought to build up support for his plans to claw back powers from Brussels
    Mr Cameron also entertained Richard Curtis, the director of Love Actually for a meeting about his charitable campaigning
    Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks and Spencer, and Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, were also on the guest list.
    Mrs Schiffer’s husband, Mr Vaughn, is a keen supporter of the Conservative Party.
    The government also released details of the gifts Mr Cameron and his fellow ministers have received.
    Under government rules gifts priced up to £140 can be kept, but those over £140 must have the margin between that figure and their full price paid by the minister. If the minister chooses not to pay, the gift is held by the department.
    Mr Cameron, who previously bought a pair of Beats headphones given to him as a gift, opted to buy some designers shoes and a watch. He also received wine from the Moldovan prime minister, which was used for official entertainment, and a trinket box and coat from the Prime Minister of Afghanistan, which is being held by the Cabinet Office.
    Michael Gove, the former Education Secretary who is now chief whip, accepted almost £2,000 worth of opera and football tickets.
    He accepted £462.80 worth of opera tickets from Gerald Ronson, a property tycoon and philanthropist, and £476 worth of opera tickets from Ken Costa, the former banker and chairman of the Alpha christian group. He accepted £394 from Martyn Rose, the new chairman of English National Opera.
    Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, accepted a gift of theatre tickets from Neal Street Productions, the company behind Shrek the Musical. He was also gifted some “food items”, which are currently being held by the department.
    Theresa May, the Home Secretary, gave gifts of two paintings and perfume oil from Saudi Arabia worth £500 to her private office.
    The home secretary also books including a “Torah in a walnut box” worth approximately £200 from Dr Viatcheslav Kantor, a businessman and philanthropist who currently serves as President of the European Jewish Congress.
    George Osborne, the Chancellor, was given a satchel by the Cambridge Satchel Company but war forced to reject it because it was over the cost limit.
    William Hague, the former Foreign Secretary, was given a book by the vice-president of Brazil which is valued at more than £140. He opted not to buy it.
    Earlier this year it emerged that Mr Cameron chose to buy a £199 pair of Beats headphones, which were created by Dr Dre, the hip hop artist.