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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

A.2: Lord Janner

5. Lord Janner was born in Cardiff in 1928. He married his wife, Myra, in 1955, and together they brought up their three children, Daniel, Marion and Laura. Myra died in 1996.

6. Lord Janner became a barrister in 1954 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1971. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Leicester North West in 1970, and MP for Leicester West from 1974 until 1997. Throughout his time in Parliament he was a member of the Labour Party. He was president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and was, for many years, heavily involved in a number of Jewish organisations and the promotion of Jewish causes.

7. In 1997, Lord Janner was nominated by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for a life peerage in recognition of his political and public service. In September 1997, Lord Janner was ennobled as Baron Janner of Braunstone and he joined the House of Lords the following month on 30 October 1997. During the public hearing and throughout this report we have referred to him as Lord Janner, except where a quotation or document refers to him differently. He died in December 2015, aged 87.

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