‘This is the picture which last night intensified pressure on the head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry to resign.
It shows Fiona Woolf with Lady Brittan, the wife of former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, at an awards ceremony in October 2013. This is despite Mrs Woolf telling MPs that she had had no social contact with the Brittans since April 2013.
Victims of sexual abuse, their lawyers and MPs last night called for Mrs Woolf to resign over her dinner-party links to Lord Brittan, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry about allegations – which he denies – that he was at the centre of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims.’
‘When a government is forced to call a public inquiry, it almost invariably summons a judge or senior lawyer from the liberal Establishment in the expectation that he or she will come up with the ‘right’ recommendations.
So it was that, when in July the Home Secretary Theresa May finally assented to a major inquiry into historical sex abuse among Establishment figures, she turned to an 80-year-old former judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss.
This is the way things operate: the Establishment looks after its own.
Unfortunately, Mrs May overlooked the fact that Lady Butler-Sloss’s brother, Sir Michael Havers, had been Attorney General in the 1980s, and may have turned a blind eye to the very scandals she was supposed to investigate.’
‘A victim of historical child sexual abuse has launched a legal challenge to the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating the issue.
A judicial review application, seen by the BBC, claims she is not impartial, has no relevant expertise and may not have time to discharge her duties.
Labour wants Mrs Woolf to meet abuse victims amid concerns over her links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan.’
‘The head of the Government’s sprawling historic child abuse inquiry is facing demands to step down after she admitted hosting dinner parties with the former minister under scrutiny over his role in an alleged Establishment cover-up.
In a letter to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Fiona Woolf, a lawyer, said that she had hosted three dinner events for Lord and Lady Brittan and dined twice at their home since 2008.
Despite other connections with the couple, including living in the same street, she said this did not amount to a “close association” with the former minister.
But concern at her relationship with the couple is mounting, particularly as Ms Woolf was only appointed after the original choice to head the inquiry – Lady Butler-Sloss – was herself forced to step aside over Establishment and family links to Lord Brittan.’
‘In today’s Mail on Sunday, an exposé by the respected journalist David Rose (working closely with controversial blogger Anna Raccoon) offers a rather different viewpoint on the extent and nature of the late DJ Jimmy Savile’s sexual criminality. The Slog offers a perspective on how little we really know about the motives behind the BBC accusations.’
‘The controversial chairman of the Government’s historic child abuse inquiry will be finally forced to admit her links to a key figure in the alleged Establishment cover-up this week.
For six weeks, Fiona Woolf has refused to reveal how well she knows Leon Brittan – accused of failing to act on a dossier about VIP paedophile rings – and whether or not she declared their friendship before she accepted her high-profile role.
It is thought the Home Office was unaware that she has lived in the same street as the former Home Secretary for a decade, was on a City conference board with him, and was a magistrate at the same court as his wife Diana for three years – until it was revealed by The Mail on Sunday.’
‘A full and urgent investigation into the disappearance of key child sex abuse files is needed to address public suspicion of a cover-up, the influential Commons home affairs select committee has said.
The MPs’ demand comes from their follow-up inquiry into the response of authorities in Rotherham during which they heard evidence that the files of a council researcher detailing the extent of suffering had been stolen in 2002.
The Commons home affairs committee’s report, published on Saturdaysays this was not the first case wherein there were allegations that files relating to child sex exploitation had disappeared.’
‘A judge yesterday ordered the release of Beechwood abuse survivor and witness, Melanie Shaw, from Peterborough prison after a long awaited bail application was granted with stringent conditions attached.
Melanie is set to face trial on October 28th on a charge of arson, after her neighbour’s shed burned down.A rising tide of public outrage at Melanie’s imprisonment, widely believed to be unlawful due to the absence of evidence of her involvement in the alleged incident, may have influenced the judge’s decision, some believe.
Observers reported seeing a very frail and ill looking Melanie, who spoke briefly when called up. One commented: “The judge said it’s very unusual for somebody to be released so close to a trial. I think that was more or less a nod to public support that’s been so evident both in this court and the protest in Peterborough.” ‘
Lord Brittan has stepped down as UBS Investment Bank’s vice-chairman two months after being named in parliament over a lost dossier on VIP paedophiles.
Detectives interviewed the 75 year old Tory grandee under caution in June over an allegation that he raped a 19-year-old female student in 1967 before becoming an MP. Brittan denies the claim.
‘A 67-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of historical child abuse following an investigation into claims of a paedophile ring with links to Downing Street.
The unnamed suspect was held in Dorset yesterday and questioned at a local police station before being released last night, Scotland Yard said.
The arrest was part of an inquiry named Operation Brancaster, which was set up after MP Tom Watson claimed there was a child abuse group which had with links to Number 10.’