•   
  •   

US News Liberal Democrats 'to expel ex-leader David Steel' over his failure to pass on suspicions about paedophile MP Cyril Smith

13:15  19 february  2020
13:15  19 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Germany: Merkel's chosen successor Kramp-Karrenbauer will not run for chancellor

  Germany: Merkel's chosen successor Kramp-Karrenbauer will not run for chancellor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, will not run for chancellor.Kramp-Karrenbauer surprised party leadership on Monday by announcing that she will step down from her position as the head of the party and would not run for chancellor.

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel faces expulsion from his party over his failure to pass on his suspicions about paedophile MP Cyril Smith . They also described Lib Dem moves to expel the peer as 'double jeopardy' because he has already been suspended, cleared and readmitted to the

The Liberal Democrats have suspended former leader David Steel over remarks he made to a child abuse inquiry about the late MP Cyril Smith . Lord Steel said he asked Smith in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel in the 1960s. He said he came away from the conversation

Lord David Steel attends the State Opening of Parliament ceremony in London, Britain October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool © Thomson Reuters Lord David Steel attends the State Opening of Parliament ceremony in London, Britain October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel faces expulsion from his party over his failure to pass on his suspicions about paedophile MP Cyril Smith.

He is set to be the first politician singled out for censure by the national child sex abuse inquiry, it was reported last night.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is set to publish its conclusions next week.

Friends of the peer fear he will be made a 'scapegoat' over his admission that he failed to pass on information about former Rochdale MP Smith's abuse of boys.

Starmer calls for Labour unity as members prepare to vote for new leader

  Starmer calls for Labour unity as members prepare to vote for new leader Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Sir Keir Starmer have nearly six weeks left to win votes.The shadow Brexit secretary put “uniting the party” as his first priority and his second to be an effective opposition to “really dangerous man” Boris Johnson.

Lib Dems SUSPEND peer David Steel over child sex scandal after he admitted knowing about the crimes of paedophile MP Cyril Smith . The former Liberal leader said that sexual predator Cyril Smith confessed to him. Lord Steel didn't report the allegations and took no action after the confession.

For four decades Cyril Smith , the former Liberal MP , was free to abuse boys with impunity. Instead he was confronted with irrefutable evidence that Smith was a predatory paedophile who had used his power and influence to prey on hundreds of boys, some as young as eight, for over four decades.

Cyril Smith sitting on a couch: Smith, who died in 2010, is accused of sexually abusing scores of boys. He was never charged in his lifetime © Provided by Daily Mail Smith, who died in 2010, is accused of sexually abusing scores of boys. He was never charged in his lifetime

Last night the Liberal Democrats declined to comment – but it is understood a committee of senior MPs and peers is being convened to discuss Lord Steel's future.

Friends of Lord Steel, who led the Liberal Party between 1976 and 1988 and is now 81, accused the inquiry of 'scraping the barrel' in order to justify the huge cost of the investigation.

They also described Lib Dem moves to expel the peer as 'double jeopardy' because he has already been suspended, cleared and readmitted to the party over the same issue.

The Westminster strand of the inquiry has failed to find any evidence of a widespread paedophile ring operating among MPs.

Merkel’s Party Drops to Record Low in Hamburg Vote, Greens Gain

  Merkel’s Party Drops to Record Low in Hamburg Vote, Greens Gain Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party plunged to a post-World War II low in a state election in Hamburg as voters gave their first verdict on political turmoil in Germany that has upended her succession plans. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union took 11.2% of the vote on Sunday, a drop of more than 4 percentage points, according to projections by ARD public television. The city-state’s governing Social Democratic Party secured a clear victory with about 38.6%, even as its support eroded from 45.6% five years ago.The biggest gainer was the Green party, which doubled its share to a projected 24.

'The Lib Dems have dropped a probe into former leader David Steel and what he knew about child sex claims against the late MP Cyril Smith . Lord Steel had been suspended by the party after comments concerning Smith he gave to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Steel 'assumed' Cyril Smith was an abuser Steel suspended by Lib Dems over Cyril Smith remarks. The probe centred on a meeting Lord Steel - then Mr Scorer, of law firm Slater and Gordon, also claimed it was "premature" of the Liberal Democrats to conclude their investigation without waiting

It was set up by Theresa May on the back of a series of such allegations, many of which have since proved to be without foundation.

David Steel, Cyril Smith are posing for a picture: David Steel pictured with Cyril Smith pictured at the Midway Hotel in Rochester in 1977 © Provided by Daily Mail David Steel pictured with Cyril Smith pictured at the Midway Hotel in Rochester in 1977

Close colleagues, including former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Campbell, are considering quitting if Lord Steel is expelled.

A friend of the peer, who is abroad, told The Daily Telegraph: 'This is really low-hanging fruit for IICSA. There is no allegation about Lord Steel's personal behaviour, but the way in which he dealt with some publicity about Smith which he raised with him 40 years ago.

'There is a real fear IICSA will use this as a small trophy and the Liberal Democrats will seize upon any criticism to expel him. We think IICSA will scapegoat him on the basis he is the only name they have got.'

David Steel et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Former Liberal leader Lord Steel (pictured) faces expulsion from his party over his failure to pass on his suspicions about paedophile MP Cyril Smith © Provided by Daily Mail Former Liberal leader Lord Steel (pictured) faces expulsion from his party over his failure to pass on his suspicions about paedophile MP Cyril Smith

The inquiry, which has already cost the taxpayer £150million, will also criticise Lord Steel for his decision to recommend Smith for a knighthood.

Voting begins for Labour leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn

  Voting begins for Labour leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn More than 580,000 Labour Party members will start voting for Jeremy Corbyn's successor today ahead of the winner being revealed on 4 April. Ballots will be sent during the coming week and voters will have until 2 April to decide between Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.The system used is a preferential vote, so if no candidate wins more than 50% in the first round, then the candidate in last place is eliminated and their votes redistributed until the threshold is reached.Angela Rayner, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan or Richard Burgon are running for deputy leader.

The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith ’s sickening sex Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities David , now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the

Ex - Liberal leader Lord Steel , now 80, admitted he knew that Cyril Smith was a paedophileCredit: Alamy. The party announced it had launched a probe into Lord Steel over his comments. Deputy leader of the Lib Dems Jo Swinson tweeted: "Clearly this is incredibly serious and he should be

Smith, who died in 2010, is accused of sexually abusing scores of boys. He was never charged in his lifetime.

The report is understood, according to sources close to the inquiry, to be highly critical of his failure to notify authorities after an admission by Smith that claims about him in Private Eye magazine were true.

Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith posing for a photo: David Steel (right) with former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe (left). Last night the Liberal Democrats declined to comment © Provided by Daily Mail David Steel (right) with former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe (left). Last night the Liberal Democrats declined to comment

Under questioning, Lord Steel told IICSA of a conversation he had with Smith in 1979, in which the then MP admitted his behaviour was investigated a decade earlier.

The Private Eye article accused Smith of spanking boys and conducting intimate 'medical examinations' at a Rochdale hostel, but Smith had insisted police took no further action.

Lord Steel told IICSA last March that he 'assumed' Smith had actually committed the offences.

Cyril Smith sitting in a chair: The Private Eye article accused Smith of spanking boys and conducting intimate 'medical examinations' at a Rochdale hostel, but Smith had insisted police took no further action © Provided by Daily Mail The Private Eye article accused Smith of spanking boys and conducting intimate 'medical examinations' at a Rochdale hostel, but Smith had insisted police took no further action

The peer's supporters point out that, at the time of the abuse in the 1960s, Smith had already been investigated with no action taken.

They add that the conversation with Smith took place at an informal dinner in the Commons at which Lord Steel raised the Private Eye articles. But they insist he did not discuss their content in any detail.

Friends of Lord Steel also say it is unfair to criticise him for recommending Smith for a knighthood in 1988, when the honours committee had the power to investigate him.


Sir Keir Starmer promises ‘attack unit that lays bare every Tory failure’ .
The MP is leading Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in the race to be Labour leader.Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to create an “attack unit” aimed at exposing “Tory failure” if he is elected Labour leader.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 0
This is interesting!