David Barrett — Telegraph.co.uk April 1, 2016
Victims’ campaigner who claims Kenneth Clarke failed to act on child sex abuse warnings has been denied a key role in the Government’s official inquiry, The Telegraph can disclose.
Nigel O’Mara, a leading figure in the sex abuse survivors’ organisation WhiteFlowers, applied last month to Justice Lowell Goddard to become a “core participant” in the inquiry.
However, his case has been rejected by Justice Goddard, the inquiry chairman, in a move described as “astonishing” by Mr O’Mara’s legal team.
Justice Goddard ruled the whistle-blower’s evidence will not have a “direct and significant role” in her examination of abuse allegedly committed by Lord Greville Janner, the late Labour peer, and Sir Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP.
Mr O’Mara claims he submitted important information to Mr Clarke in 1992 and 1993 – when the politician was home secretary – which detailed a series of sex assaults by Lord Janner, then an MP, and Sir Cyril.
His lawyers claim Mr O’Mara’s allegations will add substantial weight to claims that key information was overlooked by the authorities.
In a formal ruling Justice Goddard said: “Mr O’Mara does not say he was a victim of abuse by Lord Janner, nor does he say he has first hand knowledge of any alleged abuse.