Monday, June 22, 2015

Lord Janner abuse claims: Labour 'failed to act quickly'

A senior Labour MP has told Channel 4 News his party's leadership "failed to act quickly and efficiently" to suspend Lord Janner, despite his private written warning to Ed Miliband sent last year.

The peer was suspended by the Labour party on 16 April, when the director of public prosecutions announced that while there was sufficient evidence to charge him with multiple counts of child abuse, a prosecution could not go ahead due to the "severity" of his illness.

However, on 6 October 2014, Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk wrote to Ed Miliband, then leader of the Labour party, warning him of "stomach-churning" allegations faced by Lord Janner.

In the letter seen by Channel 4 News, Mr Danczuk explained that he had been "visited by three senior officers from Leicestershire Police" and that the alleged abuse that was disclosed to him in relation to Lord Janner's case was "stomach-churning". He called on Ed Miliband to "suspend Lord Janner from the Labour party at the earliest opportunity".  (more...)


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