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Ex-MP to sue police over abuse claims

By Tess De La Mare

Former MP Harvey Proctor has said he will sue the Metropolitan Police over its handling of the investigation into historical child sex abuse allegations against him.

Mr Proctor told ITV News he was "mentally and physically destroyed" by claims he was part of a Westminster paedophile ring.

He said he planned to sue for loss of earnings and his home, and criticised the police for failing to respond to his lawyers' petition for compensation.

It comes after Northumbria Police said it had passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide if charges of perverting the course of justice and fraud will be brought against Mr Proctor's accuser.

Mr Proctor said: "These are difficult matters and I wouldn't want to negotiate on television what my lawyers are trying to settle with the lawyers for the police. But it obviously has to take account of the fact that a job I loved doing I can no longer do."

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