Greville Janner

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Greville Janner, Lord Janner of Braunstone, born 11 July 1928, is a Labour peer and an active member of the British Jewish community. He has been on a leave of absence from the House of Lords since 13 October 2014.[1]

From 1970 to 1997 Janner was the Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West.

Janner's website notes that: He joined the army at 18, serving as the youngest War Crimes Investigator in the British Army of the Rhine and worked at weekends with survivors in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons camp.[2]

Janner has campaigned against the AUT boycott on Israel.[3]

JC Power 100

In 2008, The Jewish Chronicle declared 'the top spots' on their second annual list of those who 'wield the greatest influence on British Jewry'. Janner is listed at number 20.[4] The criteria for being listed is described as 'those with a vision for Jewish life in this country and who did their utmost to bring it about using either money; persuasion; religion; culture; political or social leadership; or simply inspiring through word and deed'. In order for someone to be listed in the top 20, it was generally necessary to demonstrate influence in more than one of the spheres[5].

The article describes how...

'The Labour peer’s high standing in the inaugural Power 100 partly signified his role as an “incubator” of communal talent by giving starting jobs to leaders of the future. That influence may be waning as the indefatigable Cardiff-born political operator approaches 80. He represented Leicester constituencies in the Commons from 1970-97 before moving to the Lords. A modernising Board of Deputies president in the 1980s, he remains an impassioned voice on restitution and other Shoah issues as chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust. He speaks nine languages and is a member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians'.[4]

Others included in the list were Lord Levy (number 9), Ron Prosor (number 10), Daniel Finkelstein (number 11), John Mann (number 17), Jonathan Freedland (number 18), Julia Neuberger (number 19), Trevor Chinn (number 14), Prime Minister Gordon Brown (number 29) & Poju Zabludowicz (number 30).[4]

Sexual offences

In April 2015 it was decided by the CPS that Janner would not be charged with child sexual abuse offences because his dementia meant he was not fit to take part in court proceedings. The charges were from events in the 1970s and 80s and in 1991 Janner told Parliament he was innocent.[6] During the investigation more than twenty alleged victims were interviewed and police files one the case were studied for nine months. The verdict was reached as director of public prosecution Alison Saunders felt Janner's condition meant there is no current or future risk of offending.[7][8]



  1. Parliament.UK ineligible Lords, accessed 16 April 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Jewish Chronicle JC Power 100: Sacks stays on top, as new names emerge, 9 May 2008, accessed 16 August 2008.
  5. The Jewish Chronicle How we made our selection, 9 May 2008, accessed 16 August 2008,
  6. BBC Lord Janner will not face child sex abuse charges, CPS says BBC, 16 April 2015, accessed 16 April 2015.
  7. Sandra Laville Decision not to prosecute Lord Janner will anger campaigners Guardian, 16 April 2015, accessed 16 April 2015.
  8. The decision not to prosecute Lord Janner - statement from the DPP, Crown Prosecution Service, 16 April 2015.
  10. Andrew Gilligan, MPs walk out in battle over Islamist group, The Telegraph, 30 Jan 2011