A major inquiry must be launched to restore public confidence in the police, Keith Vaz has said. Brian Pead and Michael Bird, authors of from Hillsborough to Lambeth are also calling for a major inquiry into Lambeth Council’s running of the Pupil Referral Unit known as the Old Library Centre Virtual School, as well as a major inquiry into the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of Brian Pead and their four-year campaign of harassment against him. The Telegraph ran the following article: The Home Affairs Committee will launch an inquiry into police integrity By Tim Ross, Political Correspondent 12:09PM GMT 30 Dec 2012 A Royal Commission should be established to reform the police in the wake of a series of scandals to hit the service, the chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said. Public confidence in the police has been shaken after failures over the way officers responded to the Hillsborough disaster, and new disclosures over the “Plebgate” controversy, Keith Vaz said. Mr Vaz, the Labour MP who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, said the police faced a … Continue reading
The All Around Justice campaign for the Forfeiture of the OBE by Ms Phyllis Dunipace for her unlawful removal of Head Teachers Brian Pead and James Walker from their posts and for her misfeasance in public office took another step forward today (24 December 2012) upon receipt of this letter from the Cabinet Office. (It should be noted that the paper used was not more than 90gsm – highly unusual for Government departments – and that it was entirely without colour, but All Around justice is taking the letter at face value for the moment.) 20 December 2012 Dear Mr. Bird, HONOURS FORFEITURE A copy of your letter of 18 November to HM The Queen has been passed to me by Miss Jennie Vine, Deputy to the Senior Correspondence Officer at Buckingham Palace. As Miss Vine explained to you, the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office is responsible for the operation of the honours system, including providing secretariat support to the Forfeiture Committee. Please accept my apologies for the delay in this response. An honour can be forfeited … Continue reading
The Guardian has today revealed that Tory MP Andrew Mitchell claims he was the victim of a police ‘stitch-up’. Brian Pead has incontrovertible evidence of a similar police ‘stitch-up’. Is it only Tory MPs who are able to use the Press to disseminate information about their own miscarriage of justice (if that indeed was the case with Mr Mitchell)? Or is it the case that in Brian Pead’s ‘stitch-up’ by the police that this was actually at the behest of Members of Parliament? Visitors to this website are free to reach their own conclusions, based on evidence.
Today, Michael Bird received a response from the office of Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England, who was sent a copy of from Hillsborough to Lambeth and invited to comment on the appalling child protection issues raised by the book. Here is the response: “…I refer to your recent letter in which you seek the comments of Dr. Atkinson regarding your book ‘from Hillsborough to Lambeth corruption and cover up of child abuse and racism’. I must inform you that the Children’s Commissioner was established under the Children’s Act 2004 as an independent body and in order to retain this status we have adopted a policy of not endorsing other organisations, supporting campaigns or commenting on books received into the office. Therefore while the Commissioner has received your book she does not intend to offer any comments on it. Thank you once again for taking the time to write to the Children’s Commissioner. Yours sincerely Lyn Foster Higher Executive Officer …”
Mr Entwistle left the BBC last month with a pay-off worth £450,000 – double the amount specified in his contract – along with a year’s health insurance and money for PR advice. In its report, the Public Accounts Committee said that was out of line with severance packages in the public sector. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said: “Public servants should not be rewarded for failure. But that was exactly what happened when the BBC Trust paid off the former director general, George Entwistle. “This cavalier use of public money is out of line with public expectations and what is considered acceptable elsewhere in the public sector.” The committee also said it was “extremely concerned” that the BBC Trust rejected an offer for the National Audit Office (NAO) to examine payments made to Mr Entwistle. “This inhibited Parliament’s ability to hold the Trust to account for its use of public money,” the report said. MPs also criticised the benefits and severance packages for other senior staff at the corporation as “excessively generous,” including one … Continue reading
On 2 March 2008 – around the time of Brian Pead’s Employment Tribunal hearing – the following article appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Ask Margaret Hodge how horrors can hide By Jenny McCartney 12:01AM GMT 02 Mar 2008 All right-thinking people like to imagine, when hearing stories of the maltreatment of children, that they themselves would guarantee sanctuary. But often they simply don’t. A senior social worker, Liz Davies, and her manager, David Cofie, first told Margaret Hodge, then leader of Islington council, in 1990 of their suspicions that there was widespread sexual abuse of children in Islington care homes. Ms Hodge instead believed senior officials who assured her that nothing was the matter. In 1992, the London Evening Standard published extensive evidence of the abuse, which Ms Hodge denounced as “a sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”. In 1995, an independent report found that the council had indeed failed to investigate the allegations properly. In 2003, Tony Blair appointed Ms Hodge the first ever Minister for Children. Some questioned her suitability, including a courageous and articulate man called Demetrious Panton … Continue reading
The Guardian newspaper reported the following: “… A new police investigation into the
Invenire Press, publishers of from Hillsborough to Lambeth have agreed an official launch of the book at Foyle’s on Thursday 17 January 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall branch on the south bank of the Thames. The event will commence at 5pm and conclude at 9pm. Authors Brian Pead and Michael Bird will be available for signing. Invenire Press selected Foyle’s for its reputation as a leading book store: “…Opened in June 2005 our Royal Festival Hall branch sits right on the riverside in the heart of the Southbank Centre. Open from 10am-10pm every day, it offers the perfect destination whether you’re attending a concert or event, or simply enjoying the delights of the area. We stock a broad range of subjects from fiction, literature and poetry to philosophy, biography, science, cookery, health, graphics, art, travel, London guides and children’s titles. In the summer months you can while away the hours lounging in a deckchair on our lawn, reading your favourite book or just watching the world go by. We also run a bookstall at all the Southbank Centre’s Literary … Continue reading
Today, a new Freedom of Information Act request was made to Lambeth Council with regard to the appalling treatment of Brian Pead and James Walker by the council under the leadership of Ms Phyllis Dunipace. Click here to read the request.
At 10:40 today, Brian Pead visited the offices of Max Clifford, the PR guru who was himself wrongly accused of sexual offences, and presented Max with a copy of from Hillsborough to Lambeth. Max’s PA provided Brian Pead with a receipt for the book. The list of those in possession of the book grows ever-longer: Her Majesty the Queen; Andy Burnham, MP; Tom Watson, MP; Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye; Adrian Seal, Editor of the Ealing Gazette; Alasdair Palmer, human rights journalist at The Telegraph; Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England and many others.