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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."

Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.


Met Police chief: FGM campaign warns people of law

The Metropolitan Police chief said a campaign launched to identify possible victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) "warns" people of the law.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "They have an option to stop - the fact they bought a ticket to me is irrelevant.

"They should not be committing a serious attack on a child and they should not be breaking the law."

Body-worn video 'will help force be more accountable'

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the body-worn video cameras being trialled would result in speedier justice for victims and help the force be "more accountable".

The commissioner said: "Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident. That speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and protects potential victims.

Constable Yasa Amerat (left) and Constable Craig Pearson wear their body-worn video (BWV) cameras. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on paper in the same detail and it has been shown the mere presence of this type of video can often defuse potentially violent situations without the need for force to be used.

"I believe it will also show our officers at their best, dealing with difficult and dangerous situations every day but it will also provide clearer evidence when it's been alleged that we got things wrong. That has to be in both our own and the public's interest."

Hogan-Howe: Vital action is taken on Lawrence claims

The head of the Metropolitan Police said it is vital police take action on the allegations resulting from the Ellison report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.

The report concluded that a "police spy" had been working within the Lawrence family camp and that one of the officers in the original murder investigation may have acted corruptly.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "This sort of allegation shocks me, it shocks my colleagues and it clearly shocked the public so it is vital that we take it seriously and do something about it."

Met Police chief: 'Pretty awful' to read Lawrence report

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has told ITV News that it was "pretty awful" to hear the findings of the report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.

"As a professional police officer and then to see the reaction of Mr and Mrs Lawrence who were clearly distraught by what it had heard having lost their son so many years ago, at any level, human or professional, it is pretty awful to hear that list of terrible events," he said.

The head of the IPCC has apologised to the Lawrence family for the police watchdog's part in prolonging the "family's search for the truth".

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