In a statement read to the inquiry yesterday, Mr Blair said: In 1997 I would have known of the allegations made in 1991 in respect of Lord Janner by Frank Beck during his trial.
As regards the nomination, I would expect such allegations to be considered (by the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee) as part of that process.
In the circumstances of Lord Janner’s vigorous public denial, a police investigation, and charges not being brought, I do not believe the allegations would have been investigated further beyond confirming those facts, nor that I would have considered them a bar to the nomination.
Allegations made, investigation done, evidence of allegation not found – at that point, certainly.
So, should the allegations be a bar to the continuation of life as normal? And a peerage for a long serving back bencher isn’t unusual.
Well, no, because to make the allegation the judge and jury is to make the allegation the punishment, isn’t it?