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Post by sharonl on Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:04 pm

Fury as top cop in botched VIP paedo probe claims more than £20k in House of Lords despite £180k pension

EX-TOP cop Lord Hogan-Howe who is under fire over the botched VIP paedophile probe has claimed more than £20,000 in allowances in a year - despite his gold-plated pension.

The crossbench peer has claimed thousands in taxpayers’ financial support to carry out his duties while at Westminster, official records show.

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Ex-Met boss Lord Hogan Howe is already under fire for overseeing the botched 'VIP sex' probe

Ex-Met boss Lord Hogan Howe is already under fire for overseeing the botched 'VIP sex' probeCredit: PA:Press Association
Hogan-Howe, in charge at the time of the Met during the fantasist Carl Beech investigation, claimed £3,355 for twelve appearances back in February.

The generous allowance of £305 per day also allowed him to pick up £2745 in November last year for attending on ten days - all despite an annual pension in the region of £180,000.

The revelation comes after ex-High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques says a criminal probe should be launched into how search warrants were obtained at alleged suspects’ homes.

Hogan-Howe is under renewed fire over raids at properties belonging to retired Armed Forces chief Lord Brammall, ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

Henriques also claims his hard-hitting report, which identified 43 blunders, didn’t receive “all relevant documentation” from the outset.

FANTASIST CLAIMS

Fantasist Carl Beech, 51, was jailed for 18 years for inventing claims of alleged child abuse from senior figures and serial murder.

Hogan-Howe was at the top of the Met during the £2.5 million Operation Midland investigation into the allegations.

He has a £1 million home in Dorset and an apartment in Valais, Switzerland.

He is also an adviser to the bank HSBC on financial crime risk reduction and a cyber security firm.

Sir Richard’s report into the Met’s handling of the probe exonerated Hogan-Howe.

'SALT IN WOUND'

After Beech was convicted, the peer said: “There are clear lessons to be learned from this investigation, which caused damage to those who were investigated.

“I also believe that damage was made worse by the publication of the suspects’ identities before charge.”

Harvey Proctor, who lost his job and home over the probe, last night said the peer’s financial support “rubbed salt into the wound”.

He said: “I think Lord Hogan-Howe should not even be in the House of Lords. He presided over the worst police investigation in the past forty or fifty years.

“He apologised to me for the mistakes the Met made but I have yet to receive any compensation. I have not been compensated for the loss of my job or my home.”

A spokesman for the Peer said: “Lord Hogan-Howe proudly served his community and his country for 38 years. He initiated internal reviews of Midland and an external judge-led review.

“He met Mr Proctor and repeated his earlier apology on behalf for the Metropolitan Police.

“He is a working Peer and contributes to Parliament in many areas, especially on national security, policing, the rights of the homeless and against human trafficking.”

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Post by sharonl on Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:34 pm

They made him a Lord? Ex-Met Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe who presided over scandalous £2m probe into VIP sex ring claims now sits in the Lords, has a home in the Alps and works for cyber security firm after retiring with £5m pension

By RICHARD SPILLETT, CRIME CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:34, 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:07, 23 July 2019

   
The former head of the Met Police who presided over the botched £2.5million probe into a fantasist's claims of a VIP paedophile ring now enjoys a home in the Alps, a seat in the Lords and consultancy roles with at least four different companies.

Lord Hogan-Howe was the Commissioner at Scotland Yard during the force's disastrous Operation Midland probe, based on the wild claims of Carl Beech, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice yesterday.

Sir Bernard has been slammed by those whose names were dragged through the mud and their families for allowing the doomed investigation to go on so long and cause such damage to those who were wrongly accused.

Sir Bernard, who left the Met in 2016 with an estimated £5million pension pot, was made a life peer in 2017 and has since taken up a number of consultancy posts for various firms.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has come in for fierce criticism this week after Carl Beech, the man whose wild claims of a VIP paedophile ring launched a police probe, was convicted of lying +8
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has come in for fierce criticism this week after Carl Beech, the man whose wild claims of a VIP paedophile ring launched a police probe, was convicted of lying

Carl Beech's claims were poorly scrutinised by the Met +8
Harvey Proctor, one of those falsely accused, said the police had acted as 'lapdogs' for those with a political agenda +8
Carl Beech's claims were poorly scrutinised by the Met. Harvey Proctor (right), one of those falsely accused, said the police had acted as 'lapdogs' for those with a political agenda

Sir Bernard is now a life peer and is seen speaking in the House of Lords last month +8
Sir Bernard is now a life peer and is seen speaking in the House of Lords last month

His House of Lords register of interests shows that, as well as his £1million home in Dorset, he has a property in the Swiss region of Valais, beloved of skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer.

The register of interests also shows he is a adviser on 'financial crime risk reduction' to global bank HSBC, as well as a consultant to tech firm Excession Technologies and an adviser to cyber security firm Glasswall Holdings.

Last year, he was appointed as an adviser to Powerscourt, a 'strategic communications' consultancy.

The register also gives an insight into his lifestyle since retiring from the Met.


In March this year, he was paid and flown to Lake Como in Italy to speak at a 'Global Legal Leaders' Conference.

Last summer, he and his wife Marion were the guests of Yorkshire County Cricket Club to watch England play India in a One Day International.

He is also member of the board of advisers for Carbyne, an Israeli firm which is developing technology to track mobile phones to within a metre. That role is unpaid role but has share options.

Following Beech's conviction yesterday, former Tory MP Harvey Proctor said Sir Bernard had allowed the Met to become 'lapdogs' of people with an agenda to push, such as Labour's Tom Watson.

The son of Lord Bramall, whose Normandy hero father had his life turned upside down, insisted Sir Bernard indicated that he didn't believe his father was involved in the paedophile ring before officers raided his home, but police were under pressure after the Jimmy Savile scandal. The former police chief denies this.

Nicolas Bramall said: 'Surely to God when this came up old Hogan-Howe or someone would have said, "Hang on a minute. Let's look at this bloke".

'If only for self-preservation you'd think they'd think, "Before we start raiding these houses, we really need to be certain that this chap is who he says he is". But they didn't make sure. They took his story and ran with it.'

It is not the first time Sir Bernard has faced criticism over his handling over the handling of sex cases during his time in charge of London's police force.

Last year, DJ Paul Gambaccini accused the force and Sir Bernard of 'attempted to destroy my life and and end my career' after he spent a year on bail before a case was dropped as part of Operation Yewtree.

Mr Gambaccini told The Sunday Times he couldn't 'can't imagine a person who more deserves to be behind bars than Bernard Hogan-Howe'.

He added: 'If Bernard Hogan-Howe were to tell me personally that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, I will look to the west.'

Accused MP blasts police after Carl Beech found guilty over Westminster paedophile lies


Sir Bernard announced he was standing down as Met Chief in September 2016, just two months before a damning report into the Met's handling of Operation Midland by retired judge Sir Richard Henriques.

Despite highlighting 43 blunders in the Operation Midland inquiry, Sir Richard's report exonerated Sir Bernard, but the then-police chief sent a letter of apology to Harvey Proctor in its wake.

Responding to criticism over Midland yesterday, Sir Bernard told the Mail that the 'investigations of claims of historical child abuse were complex and of great public interest at the time'.

He added: 'There are clear lessons to be learned from this investigation, which caused damage to those who were investigated. I also believe that damage was made worse by the publication of the suspects' identities before charge.

'In terms of my apology to Lord Bramall, I have a different recollection of this conversation which tried to convey why apparently incredible claims had to be investigated by the police.'

As well as his advisory role for HSBC bank, Sir Bernard does work for cyber security firms Excession Technology and Glasswall Holdings, according to the register of interests.

He is also an adviser to Powerscourt, a PR firm who, according to their website, 'safeguard the reputations' of large companies, helping them 'enhance their brand and reputation'.

He also has 'access to corporate shared office space' provided by accounting giant KPMG.

He has also been paid to appear on NBC News and for producing a programme about the legalisation of cannabis for Channel 4.

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