Wife of former Wensleydale MP paid compensation over Met Police raid

Lord Brittan.

The wife of former Conservative MP for Richmond Leon Brittan has received compensation from the Met Police over its heavily criticised VIP sexual abuse investigation.

Diana Brittan is reported to have received about £100,000 in payouts, although Scotland Yard has not confirmed the figure.

The Met raided the Spennithorne home of Lady Brittan as part of Operation Midland, the doomed investigation into salacious allegations of child sexual abuse and murder.

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The raid in 2015 came about six weeks after Lord Brittan died of cancer aged 75.

The force has also paid compensation to Edwin Bramall, a D-day veteran, whose home was also raided.

A spokesman for the Met said: “The Met has reached a settlement with both Lady Brittan and Lord Bramall.”

The force was heavily criticised over the £2.5m investigation into claims made by a single accuser, known only as Nick, of a high-level paedophile ring linked to Westminster.

Nobody was ever arresed and, after a scathing review found there were numerous errors, the Independent Police Complaints Commission opened an investigation into officers involved.