Now top cop be­hind botched probes into ‘VIP pae­dophiles’ is to be­come a Lord

Daily Mail - - News - By Daniel Mar­tin and Re­becca Cam­ber

THE for­mer Scot­land Yard chief who presided over the dis­as­trous in­quiry into a fic­ti­tious VIP pae­dophile ring has been made a life peer.

Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe’s time at the Metropoli­tan Po­lice was marked by con­tro­versy over Op­er­a­tion Mid­land, which cost tax­pay­ers £2mil­lion.

His force was last month forced to com­pen­sate re­tired war hero Field Mar­shal Lord Bra­mall and the fam­ily of the late Lord Brit­tan after they were falsely ac­cused of child sex abuse by a fan­ta­sist known as Nick dur­ing the probe.

Down­ing Street’s an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day of Sir Bernard’s el­e­va­tion to the House of Lords as a cross­bench peer prompted fury from ex-Tory MP Har­vey Proc­tor, who was him­self wrongly ac­cused of rape and mur­der by Nick. He said: ‘I am gen­uinely shocked. From what I know of Op­er­a­tion Mid­land and Sir Bernard Ho­ganHowe’s part in it, rather than be­ing el­e­vated to a peer­age, he should be los­ing his knight­hood.

‘With Op­er­a­tion Mid­land he presided over the loss of £2mil­lion to tax­pay­ers and the fall of the rep­u­ta­tion of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

‘It is out­ra­geous that he has been given a peer­age. He needs to re­flect on the harm he has done and the com­mit­ment he made to com­pen­sate those wrongly ac­cused un­der Op­er­a­tion Mid­land.

‘His cred­i­bil­ity un­der Op­er­a­tion Mid­land was so shot, I can’t see how any­one in the House of Lords can now take him se­ri­ously.’

Nick is fac­ing pos­si­ble charges of fraud and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice after Northum­bria Po­lice passed a file to the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice.

Sir Bernard was ap­pointed head of Scot­land Yard in 2011 by Theresa May, then the Home Sec­re­tary, and Boris John­son, who was Lon­don mayor at the time.

He was also the driv­ing force be­hind the Yard’s bun­gled £20mil­lion Op­er­a­tion Elve­den in­quiry into al­leged pay­ments to public of­fi­cials by jour­nal­ists.

He re­tired as the head of Bri­tain’s big­gest po­lice force this year. Dur­ing his time in of­fice he pro­moted a ‘to­tal-polic­ing’ ap­proach and over­saw the polic­ing of the 2012 Lon­don Olympics.

It is nor­mal for for­mer Metropol- itan Po­lice com­mis­sion­ers to be given peer­ages. Sir Bernard’s pre­de­ces­sors in­clude Lord Con­don, Lord Stevens and Lord Blair.

Sir Paul Stephen­son, who quit as Scot­land Yard chief in 2011 after ques­tions were raised over his links to an ex-News of the World ex­ec­u­tive, was not made a peer.

Sir Bernard will be joined in the House of Lords by the for­mer Chief of the De­fence Staff, Gen­eral Sir Nicholas Houghton, and the for­mer Lord Chief Jus­tice Sir Ian Dun­can Bur­nett.

Also hon­oured with peer­ages are the for­mer Bishop of Lon­don, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, and the for­mer pri­vate sec­re­tary to the Queen, Sir Christo­pher Geidt. Mrs May has also given knight­hoods to two Tory MPs. For­mer min­is­ter Mike Pen­ning, the MP for Hemel Hemp­stead, and for­mer Gov­ern­ment whip and ex-party vice chairman Robert Syms, the MP for Poole, are to be hon­oured.

It comes de­spite prom­ises by Mrs May to crack down on po­lit­i­cal hon­ours when she took of­fice, fol­low­ing David Cameron’s toxic res­ig­na­tion hon­ours list, which saw party donors and for­mer aides given seats in the Lords.

In Au­gust, an MP close to her said Mrs May would do things dif­fer­ently, adding: ‘You won’t see Theresa do­ing some­thing like this. She wouldn’t be abus­ing the hon­ours sys­tem in this way.’

‘He should lose his knight­hood’

Di­vi­sive: Bernard Ho­ganHowe

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