Police have raided the home of former Leicester MP Lord Greville Janner as part of an investigation into historic allegations of sex abuse.

Lord Greville Janner.

Lord Greville Janner

Leicestershire Police confirmed that officers had searched a property in Barnet, north London and said that the Labour peer and co-founder of the Holocaust Educational Trust had not been arrested.

A spokesman said: “Leicestershire Police can confirm its officers have executed a search warrant at a property in Barnet, London, as part of an ongoing criminal enquiry. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

His lawyer, Christopher David of WilmerHale, told the Jewish News that the peer had not been arrested and was assisting police with their enquiries.

Lord Janner was an MP for 27 years – first for Leicester North West and then Leicester West – until he retired in 1997. He was made a life peer that year.

The father-of-three is a former president of the Board of Deputies , and has been active in efforts to get compensation for Holocaust victims.

On his website, he says he speaks nine languages and is a member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.