Labour peer Lord Janner was re-appointed to a parliamentary committee last JUNE – despite being ‘too ill’ with dementia to be interviewed by police over child sex claims
Peer on committee considering complex bills despite dementia claims
Member has said that he was baffled over Janner’s appointment last year
Since 2009 voted 203 times and attended Lords 634 times, claiming £100k
By MARTIN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE
22 May 2015
Alleged paedophile Lord Janner was re-appointed to a parliamentary committee last June despite being ‘too ill’ with dementia to be interviewed by police, it was revealed today.
The Labour peer was put on Parliament’s joint committee on consolidation bills – which considers how to combine complex acts – six months after detectives raided his home in London.
It was also three months after detectives searched his office at the House of Lords, during their investigation into allegations against him of sexually abusing boys, Exaro has found.
His appointment also came shortly after police sought advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because Janner’s lawyers were claiming that he was in no state to be interviewed because of dementia.
Lord Janner has always denied claims that he was a paedophile and his family say he is innocent of 22 alleged sex attacks.
Despite huge pressure the CPS maintains he is too unwell to be prosecuted.
One member of the consilidation committee, which is made up of peers and MPs, told Exaro that he was baffled as to why Janner was re-appointed.
A separate source in the House of Lords, who has a role in recommending which peers should sit on a range of parliamentary committees, said that he was surprised by the re-appointment because he and colleagues understood that Janner was suffering from dementia by then.
The source said: ‘Appointments to the consolidation committee is a rubber-stamping exercise, and the names are supplied by the whips to be officially appointed.’
It came weeks after it was revealed that Lord Janner voted 203 times in the House of Lords even after he granted power of attorney to his children because of his dementia.
The Labour peer also attended Parliament 634 times after his family took control of his financial affairs in April 2009, claiming £104,365 in taxpayer-funded allowances in the process.
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