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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC Investigation Report

D.1: Introduction

1. Lord Janner was never convicted by a criminal court, nor found liable in a civil court, for child sexual abuse. He remained active in public life, as an elected member of the House of Commons and then as a life peer in the House of Lords, until shortly before his death. He held many other positions of prominence, in particular in the Jewish community and in promoting Holocaust education. The juxtaposition of his public role and the allegations made against him posed a dilemma for institutions; what weight, if any, should they give to allegations that were (or could have been) brought to their attention where those allegations remained unproven? That issue was explored in this investigation in respect of the Labour Party and the Cabinet Office, the latter being the department responsible for appointments to the House of Lords. It is an issue that continues to resonate today.

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