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Ex-Conservative MP criticises Met Police abuse review

Harvey Proctor has previously said allegations against him have 'wrecked' his life. Credit: Lauren Hurley / PA Wire/PA Images

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who was investigated by police looking into historical allegations of sex abuse, has criticised a judge-led review into how the police handled the allegations announced by Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Proctor, who was interviewed twice under caution by detectives investigating claims of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster but furiously denied any involvement, said the review was a "PR campaign".

Mr Proctor said: "It is not an independent inquiry. The commissioner has appointed his own inquiry, he has appointed his own judge - or retired judge - he has set out his own terms of reference for the inquiry.

This inquiry is a personal fluff for the commissioner and as such, it should be paid out of his own £288,000 salary. If Sir Bernard wants this inquiry, without discussing it with anyone else, he should pay for it himself.

– Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor

Mr Proctor said it was the responsibility of Home Secretary Theresa May to announce an inquiry into "all aspects" of Operation Midland.

He added that he had received a letter saying Operation Midland was still ongoing and he believed Mr Hogan-Howe's position had become increasingly untenable.

Mr Proctor said: "If the Home Secretary was so irrational as to give him a one or two year extension of his contract then I do not believe he will serve his full term. He will resign or be sacked when the full details of this inquiry come out in a proper investigation, not one done for his personal benefit."


'Dangerous' mentally-ill man missing from home

Police are looking for a "dangerous" mentally ill man who has gone missing from his home.

The Metropolitan Police are looking for 48-year-old Benedict Onyemaechi. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Benedict Onyemaechi, 48, was last seen on Monday January 18th at his house in Southgate, north London.

The Metropolitan Police warned the public not to go near him but to ring the emergency services.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued an order for Mr Onyemaechi to seek an urgent medical assessment.

An MoJ order was issued on Wednesday, 20 January, under Section 42(3) of the Mental Health Act stating that Benedict Onyemaechi is thought to be unmedicated and a risk to the public.

The order recalled him to the NHS North London Forensic Service for urgent assessment.

– MoJ spokesman

Mr Onyemaechi is described as 5ft 9in and stocky.

Anyone with information can call Edmonton police via 101.


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