John Hemming

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Person.png John Hemming   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
PartyLiberal Democrat

John Hemming is a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Liberal Democrat Party representing the constituency for Birmingham, Yardley from 2005 to 2015.[1]

Twice defeated

At the 2015 General Election, Hemming lost Birmingham, Yardley to Labour's Jess Phillips by 6,595 votes.[2][3] Hemming stood again as the Liberal Democrat candidate in his old seat at the UK/2017 General Election,[4] but was again defeated by Jess Phillips who increased her majority.[5]

Child sex abuse allegations

In 2015 Esther Baker falsely accused John Hemming of being part of a VIP paedophile ring that abuse children in Staffordshire in he 1980s and 1990s. Staffordshire police refused to prosecute Baker for perverting the course of justice, claiming there wasn't sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.[6]

In January 2019 Hemming successfully brought libel cases against Graham Wilmer, of the Lantern Project charity and David Hencke, a journalist who worked for Exaro. The pair paid over £10,000 between them after having admitted defaming Hemming on social media in relation to the false abuse allegations.[7]

Criticising Labour

John Hemming criticised his political opponents from the Labour Party such as MP Jess Phillips for promoting the false allegations against him. He stated:

"Some members of the Labour Party, including my opponent in the last two General Elections, have invested considerable time in promoting these allegations. The promotion of the complainant as an expert in this subject area as a consequence of these allegations has caused additional difficulties for my family."

Hemming went on to note:

"I am not myself aware of another situation where members and supporters of a political party have promoted such allegations in such a public manner – essentially arming the villagers with torches and pitchforks and setting off on a lynching. There were public attempts to prevent me from standing as a candidate because of allegations made maliciously by a Labour Party member backed by other members of the Labour Party."[8]

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  4. Elkes, Neil (24 April 2017). "General Election: It's John Hemming vs Jess Phillips in re-run of Yardley grudge match". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 May 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  5. "General Election Results - Birmingham Yardley". Sky News. June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  6. Ross, Alex. "MP hits out at decision not to prosecute sex abuse 'fantasist'". Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  7. Evans, Martin (27 January 2019). "Former MP falsely accused of abuse wins libel action" – via Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  8. Team, i (5 September 2017). "Former MP reveals he was falsely accused in sex abuse case". Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.