The Ben Fellows acquittal: A statement from me

Ben Fellows Pc Credit: BBC

Ben Fellows
Pic Credit: BBC

A few people on the internet have either contacted me or challenged my journalism  since Ben Fellows was acquitted by a jury at the Old Bailey.He was accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice over his allegations against Ken Clarke, the former Tory Cabinet minister.and I was one of a number of witnesses.

The only reason I was called as a prosecution witness by the Met Police was two years ago Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit rightly decided to investigate his allegations that he had been sexually abused by Kenneth Clarke at lobbyist Ian Greer’s office while working undercover for The Cook Report on a sting. I was at the time working as a consultant to the programme while employed full time on the Guardian. To make it absolutely clear the TV investigation was not into any Westminster paedophile ring but into the  “cash for questions” affair which involved allegations that MPs have been paid by Mohamed al Fayed, the then owner of Harrods, for asking Parliamentary questions on his behalf.

The police interviewed me and other members of The Cook report about this and quite independently none of us could recall this happening.

At the Old Bailey trial I gave evidence under oath to tell the truth. the whole truth  and nothing but the truth. I stand by everything I said at the Old Bailey. To do otherwise would be committing perjury, which is a criminal offence.

I also stand by my stories on Exaro News  which are correct to the best of my ability. I investigated Ian Greer for over a year and Ken Clarke’s name was never in the frame. I also saw Ian Greer’s entire accounts for the years in question and again there was never a mention of Ken Clarke.

To those on the internet who have suggested that somehow since the 1970s I have been a secret member of the Establishment covertly working with Peter Mandelson, this has been greeted with absolute mirth by anybody who knows me.

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