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Keir Starmer accused of ‘sitting on the fence’ over calls for public inquiry into paedophile probe

Keir Starmer is accused of ‘sitting on the fence’ over calls for a public inquiry into probe of false ‘VIP paedophile ring’ claims

  • Sir Kier Starmer accused of ‘sitting on the fence’ over VIP paedophile scandal 
  • Quizzed on stance on calls for independent investigation into Operation Midland
  • He appeared reticent to back an inquiry into individual Scotland Yard officers

Sir Keir Starmer was accused of ‘sitting on the fence’ yesterday over the VIP paedophile scandal as he refused to back a public inquiry.

The Labour Party leader was quizzed on his stance after six former home secretaries demanded an independent investigation into Operation Midland in order to ‘maintain public confidence in the police’.

Operation Midland, based on allegations of a murderous Westminster paedophile ring made by a fantasist known as ‘Nick’, led to raids on the homes of innocent Establishment figures. 

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) was accused of ‘sitting on the fence’ yesterday over the VIP paedophile scandal as he refused to back a public inquiry

Sir Keir appeared reticent to back an inquiry into individual Scotland Yard officers on LBC radio yesterday.

However, the former Director of Public Prosecutions did appear more supportive of a ‘much wider inquiry’ into the ‘whole criminal justice system’ which facilitated the debacle. 

Last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel ruled out ordering a criminal probe into Midland.

Operation Midland was launched in 2014, a year after Sir Keir, as DPP, authorised policy changes for dealing with sexual abuse cases which placed more emphasis on believing those making complaints.

Some victims of Nick’s lies and other false allegations of sexual abuse blame heavy-handed police action on these changes.

The changes were designed to avoid missed opportunities to prosecute sex offenders in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) ruled out ordering a criminal probe into Midland

Last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) ruled out ordering a criminal probe into Midland

As police investigated innocent Westminster grandees based on ‘Nick’s’ bogus testimony, Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald infamously described their star witness’ outlandish claims as ‘credible and true.’

‘Nick’ was later unmasked as paedophile Carl Beech and jailed for 18 years in 2019.

Last night former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who lost his home and job as a result of Operation Midland, said Sir Keir would hope to avoid a public inquiry which could identify him as the ‘orchestrator’ of policies which led to the probe.

Other victims of false sexual abuse allegations, including DJ Paul Gambaccini, have previously called for Sir Keir to apologise for the reforms implemented. They were dropped in 2018.

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