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Rochdale MP says abuse report 'doesn't go far enough'

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has told ITV News the child exploitation report "doesn't go far enough".

Echoing the comments made by Rochdale whistleblower Sara Rowbotham, Mr Danczuk said, "If she says this report doesn't go far enough then that's good enough for me."

He said the report, led by Stockport MP Ann Coffey, was "really attempting to shift the blame away from the perpetrators and away from the police, and towards public opinion."

"There is certainly a need to learn [from abuse cases] across the country as a whole," the MP added.

Roman Polanski questioned over underage sex claims

The Polish-French film director now lives in central Paris. Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors in Poland have questioned film director Roman Polanski at the request of US prosecutors over claims he had sex with a 13-year-old girl in the Seventies.

America is seeking his extradition after he fled the States in 1978 to avoid prosecution.

Polanski now lives in Paris where, as a French citizen, he is immune from US justice.

But several unsuccessful attempts have been made to extradite him from other countries in Europe he divides his time between despite having an Interpol warrant which restricts his movements.

The Pianist director was questioned by Polish officials after the country's deputy foreign minister Rafal Trzaskowski said the charges against Polanski had expired in Poland.

Polanksi, who is now 81, is free but Poland expects an extradition warrant from the US to follow.


Whistleblower calls for full national abuse inquiry

The health worker who was key in bringing the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case to trial has called for a full national inquiry into child grooming.

Sara Rowbotham claimed today's report into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester does not go far enough, and stressed that both police and social services should be held to account.

ITV News Senior Correspondent Emma Murphy reports from Manchester:

Palestinian group praises 'heroic' suspected shooter

The youth arm of the Palestinian political party Fatah has praised a "heroic" Palestinian suspected of shooting prominent Jewish campaigner Yehuda Glick.

The Times of Israel reports the group's youth organisation in Jordan posted on its Facebook page: “With great pride Fatah salutes the martyr its heroic ‘martyr of Jerusalem’ Mu’taz Hijazi, who carried out the assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick."

Jewish activist Yehuda Glick, who was shot yesterday in Jerusalem. Credit: Reuters

Mr Glick, who has campaigner for Jews to be able to pray at the Temple Mount site in Jerusalem, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after suffering four gunshot wounds in the attack.

His suspected attacker, Moataz Hezaji, was shot dead by Israeli police after apparently firing at officers who tried to arrest him in east Jerusalem.

PM: Legalising drugs 'sends wrong message'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not change his stance on drug policy and that "legalisingf is not an option" as it is the "wrong message to send".

ITV News producer Vincent McAviney tweeted:

Drugs reform report was 'suppressed by Tories'

Lib Dem minister Norman Baker said the report was ready in July. Credit: PA

A Home Office report which concluded tough laws have no impact on drug use was "suppressed" by the Conservatives, Lib Dem minister Norman Baker claims.

Mr Baker said: "The reality is that this report has been sitting around for several months. I’ve been trying to get it out and I’m afraid that I believe that my coalition colleagues who commissioned the report jointly don’t like the independent conclusions it’s reached.

“It was suppressed, not by Theresa May, it was suppressed by the Conservatives and the reality is that it has got some inconvenient truths in it."

The crime prevention minister added continuing the current approach to drugs was no longer tenable.

He called for dissuasion commissions to be looked into, which would divert people arrested over drugs from the criminal system into the health service.


Poll suggests Labour face election mauling in Scotland

A new poll suggests Labour and the Liberal Democrats are both facing potential general election disaster in Scotland.

The survey for STV suggests if there were an election tomorrow, the SNP would register a massive landslide, winning 54 of the 59 Scottish seats up for grabs.

Labour would shrink from 40 MPs to just four, while the Liberal Democrats would lose all but one of their 11 MPs.

Nicola Sturgeon, who is set to take over as SNP leader from Alex Salmond. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The poll puts the nationalists' overall on 52%, well above the three main Westminster parties' combined total.

The Ipsos MORI poll conducted over the weekend gave the parties the following ratings:

SNP - 52% Labour - 23% Conservatives - 10% Liberal Democrats - 6%

Ipsos MORI surveyed 1026 participants were between October 22 and 29.

Ebola nurse defies quarantine for second time

A US nurse who vowed to defy a quarantine order for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients has left her home for a second time.

The house in Maine where Ms Hickox is staying. Credit: Reuters

Kaci Hickox is supposed to be staying at her boyfriend's house in the town of Fort Kent in Maine for 21 days but she was spotted going for a bike ride.

Local police monitored her but could not detain her without a court order.

Ms Hickox claims there is no need for quarantine because she is showing no symptoms and has threatened to sue over her treatment since she returned home from Africa.

She said she was not a risk as she had not come into contact with anyone and added: "I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health."

Her lawyer Norman Siegel said she is not willing to co-operate further unless the state lifts "all or most of the restrictions", but state officials continue to assert that she should remain in isolation until November 10.

Murphy vows to end 'losing Labour' in Scotland

Jim Murphy has vowed to end the "period of self harm" that Scottish Labour has been through if he becomes party leader.

The Shadow International Development Secretary has announced his candidacy for the leadership, joining MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned on Friday

Mr Murphy told BBC News he was confident the party could produce a strong performance in next year's general election.

Jim Murphy campaigning for No votes ahead of the Scottish independence referendum. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

"I'm not interested in left-wing Labour or right-wing Labour, or old Labour or new Labour. I'm interested in losing Labour," he said.

"I want to end that period of losing Labour here in Scotland, starting with the UK general election in 2015, where I'm confident we can hold all the seats we currently have but pick up one or two on top and also win that election in 2016 for the Scottish Parliament."

Whistleblower: Report 'doesn't offer concrete solutions'

The health worker responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News Ann Coffey's report "doesn't go anywhere" to ensuring it never happens again.

Sara Rowbotham said she had "tried hard to make it clear" to the authorities that children were being sexually exploited but that "nobody did anything meaningful" to stop it.

"Ann Coffey's report doesn't go anywhere to address any of that, it doesn't go anywhere to ensuring that that's never going to happen to anybody again," the whistleblower said.

"She doesn't offer concrete solutions, she doesn't absolutely say we have zero tolerance, it doesn't go anywhere to address the injustice and the absolute terror that happened to those children in Rochdale," she added.

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