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Lord Janner’s son brands Westminster child sex abuse inquiry a ‘witch hunt against dead politicians’ – as QC says a claim by Labour MP Tom Watson gave it legitimacy

  • Westminster sex abuse inquiry branded ‘witch hunt against dead politicians’
  • Former Cabinet ministers, party whips, peers and MPs will be giving evidence
  • Inquiry told it will look at ‘extremely serious issues’ over the next three weeks
  • Also told question by Labour’s Tom Watson was ‘catalyst’ for the inquiry 

An inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse linked to Westminster was branded a ‘witch hunt against dead politicians’ ahead of its opening today.

The latest strand of the wide-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse faced criticism before it began as former Cabinet ministers, party whips, peers and MPs prepare to give evidence over the next three weeks.

The hearing was told that the inquiry will look at ‘extremely serious issues’ and aims to address ‘outstanding questions of public concern.’

It also heard that a question raised by Labour’s Tom Watson in the House of Commons in 2012, saying there was ‘clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10’, could be seen as the ‘catalyst for the establishment of this inquiry’.

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor arrives at the hearing building in London ahead of the Westminster strand of the child sex abuse inquiry opening. He was falsely accused of child rape and murder

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor arrives at the hearing building in London ahead of the Westminster strand of the child sex abuse inquiry opening. He was falsely accused of child rape and murder

Speaking outside the inquiry's London headquarters Mr Janner said: 'This beleaguered inquiry behind me has turned into a witch hunt against dead politicians, such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and my late father, Lord Janner'

Speaking outside the inquiry’s London headquarters Mr Janner said: ‘This beleaguered inquiry behind me has turned into a witch hunt against dead politicians, such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and my late father, Lord Janner’

Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer Lord Janner, claimed allegations forming part of the probe are based on ‘tittle tattle, false rumours and dodgy dossiers’.

Allegations involving Lord Janner will be dealt with in a separate strand of the inquiry.

Speaking outside the inquiry’s London headquarters Mr Janner said: ‘This beleaguered inquiry behind me has turned into a witch hunt against dead politicians, such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and my late father, Lord Janner.

‘It will unjustly trash their reputations.

Daniel Janner, the son of late Labour Peer Lord Janner

Lord Greville Janner, who died in 2015

Daniel Janner QC (left) son of the late Labour peer Lord Janner (right) claimed allegations forming part of the probe are based on ‘tittle tattle, false rumours and dodgy dossiers’

‘They cannot answer back from the grave.’

He said the inquiry will ‘give credence to false accusers, and undermine genuine victims’.

Mr Janner added: ‘It’s a massive, out-of-control waste of money, it’s a shameful disgrace, it’s contrary to the basic principles of British justice.

‘Dead people of impeccable character will be presumed guilty.

‘And I have to say it is also extremely upsetting for the families of those involved.’

Carl Beech, 51, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges

The man whose accusations sparked a £2.5million police inquiry into an alleged paedophile sex ring at Westminster has denied charges of perverting the course of justice and fraud

Carl Beech (pictured left and right) has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges. He is accused of falsely telling police he was raped and abused for nine years by a VIP paedophile ring

Acknowledging that the inquiry’s work has its critics, lead counsel Brian Altman QC today argued that there remains a public appetite for investigation into such issues.

The Westminster strand is one of 13 being considered by the inquiry, which was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Savile scandal and amid allegations that a paedophile ring once operated in Westminster.

Mr Altman told the London hearing the inquiry will not consider allegations made by Carl Beech, who had been known as ‘Nick’, claiming there was a Westminster paedophile ring operating in Dolphin Square.

Mr Beech is accused of falsely telling police he been raped and abused for nine years by a VIP gang which included the Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, the former head of the army, Lord Bramall, the former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor and former Labour MP Greville Janner.

Edward Heath

Leon Brittan

The charges against Beech relate to claims he made that former prime minister Edward Heath (left), ex-home secretary Leon Brittan (right) and others were part of a child abuse ring

Beech has since been charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud.

But he said there are wider ‘issues of public concern’ that remain outstanding.

Mr Altman said: ‘It is our firm submission that public concern over Westminster child sexual abuse allegations neither begins nor ends with Mr Beech.

‘We suggest, and we are confident that many of the core participants here today will agree, that there are outstanding questions of public concern in this area that it is both necessary and appropriate for this inquiry to investigate, albeit in a limited and proportionate manner.’

Referencing Tom Watson’s question in the House of Commons in 2012, he said: ‘Unsurprisingly, Mr Watson’s question gave rise to considerable public concern.’

Representatives of MI5, the Metropolitan Police and the Independent Office for Police Conduct will also be called as witnesses during this month’s hearings.

The probe will look into whether political parties turned a blind eye to allegations and if there were attempts to cover up abuse claims.

Three case studies will be considered, including how the Liberal Party, now the Liberal Democrat Party, responded to allegations made against the late MP Cyril Smith, how the Conservative Party and other Westminster institutions dealt with allegations against the late Conservative MP for Chester Peter Morrison.

A more recent case study will look at Green Party member David Challenor, who, the inquiry heard, was jailed for 22 years last year after being convicted of sexual assault against a 10-year-old girl.

He had been allowed to remain an active member of the party while he awaited trial, Mr Altman told the hearing.

The operation of the Whips’ offices in Parliament and the existence of so-called ‘dirt books’ containing ‘scandal’ about MPs, will be examined.

Another area of interest is the honours system, following concerns around honours potentially being granted to people accused of abuse either before or after their nominations.

The inquiry will also look at claims around the funding of the Paedophile Information Exchange, while the final topic concerns current and future safeguarding and child protection policies in parties, Government and the intelligence and security agencies’.

The inquiry has stressed that allegations against people accused of wrongdoing during the hearing are not necessarily true.

The hearing continues.

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