Labour peer attended House of Lords on 634 days after granting power of attorney
By Alex Varley-Winter and Tim Wood | 12 May 2015
Former Labour MP Lord Janner granted power of attorney over decisions about his health to two of his children in April 2009, Exaro has established.
But since then, and despite a diagnosis of dementia that year, Janner has voted 203 times in the House of Lords. In addition, he attended the House of Lords on 634 days during that time, claiming £104,365 in allowances.
Exaro today discloses details of Janner’s busy schedule in the House of Lords, raising fresh questions about his claim of severe dementia, and adding to the pressure on Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions (DPP), for refusing to prosecute the former Labour MP or pursue a “trial of the facts” over allegations against him of child sex abuse.
Janner always denied claims that he was a paedophile.
Although Saunders accepts that there is sufficient evidence to charge Janner on 22 counts of sexually abusing nine boys, she said last month that he was too ill with dementia to be prosecuted. According to her statement, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.
According to registers maintained by the Office of the Public Guardian, Janner signed a “lasting power of attorney” to appoint his son, Daniel, and the youngest of two daughters, Laura, a rabbi, to cover “health and welfare only” on April 28, 2009. The power of attorney was registered on September 4, 2009.
The role of the Office of the Public Guardian is to protect people in England and Wales who may lack the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves.
Although Janner was sufficiently worried about his condition to give power of attorney to two of his children over decisions about his health, it did not stop his busy workload at the House of Lords.
Exaro today publishes the long of list votes in which Janner took part in the House of Lords since he signed the power of attorney. He voted 203 times in the period out of a possible 459. The records are drawn from data gathered from Parliament’s Hansard by The Public Whip, a not-for-profit body.
The list of Janner’s votes comes to an abrupt halt in November 2013, the month before police raid his home in Hampstead, north London as part of their investigation into him over allegations of sexually abusing boys.
Exaro also publishes details of his attendance at the House of Lords, along with the allowances that he claimed. The claims are lodged with the House of Lords, and Janner’s last recorded days of attendance also end suddenly – in December 2013.
Janner’s solicitor, Jae Carwardine, a partner at Russell Cooke, was unavailable for comment. Her colleagues told Exaro more than a fortnight ago that she was on holiday. Today, a colleague said: “We cannot confirm who we represent.”
Janner signed a further power of attorney, to cover his property and financial affairs, on November 16, 2011. The power of attorney, granted to his son and two daughters, including Marion, was registered at the Office of the Public Guardian on June 15, 2012.
Acting under that power of attorney, Janner’s three adult children transferred ownership of his home, valued at around £2 million, to themselves in March last year. The transfer of Janner’s home for free took place in the same month when police raided his office at the House of Lords.
In October last year, Janner took leave of absence from the House of Lords.
And just a week before the DPP’s announcement that Janner would not be charged, the House of Lords received a letter signed by him to request an extension to his leave of absence.
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