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" Tens of thousands" allege abuse: Mann

The number of people coming forward with allegations about historic child abuse is set to reach "many tens of thousands", a local MP has warned.

Labour backbencher John Mann, who has been campaigning on the issue, said the state "can't deal with" the volume of claims that are being made.

He insisted there was too much focus on who was going to run the Government's troubled inquiry into paedophile activity, and suggested a national institute needed to be created to make progress.

His comments, on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, come with the shape of the wide-ranging probe ordered by Home Secretary Theresa May still mired in uncertainty.

Two candidates for chair - former judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and ex-Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - have already had to stand aside over their establishment links.

But Mr Mann said there had been too much emphasis on individuals.

"It's not just about who chairs an inquiry, it's about what the remit of an inquiry should be, who else should be sat on that inquiry, who should be advising it.

"As an example, one of the things that survivors' groups are calling for in the discussions I've had with them is for government to set up a national institute to take forward this work on what you do with all these people coming forward.

"Probably, it's going to be many tens of thousands of people across the country. The state can't deal with the numbers of people coming forward.

"The police and social services cannot cope with the volume that's there, even now. And we're hardly at the beginning of people coming forward.

"I'm getting vast numbers of people, including my constituents, coming forward making allegations. Many of those people came forward in the past and weren't listened to or weren't believed.

"And that's a key part of the problem. What do you do with people making allegations against people, and nothing was done in the past, when the people they're making allegations against in some cases are dead?"

– John Mann MP. Lab. Bassetlaw

MP's pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher

A marathon session in the Commons to allow MPs to mark the death of Baroness Thatcher has taken place today.

Parliament was told the former Prime Minister from Grantham had made Britain great again, but there was also anger with some Labour MPs boycotting the debate calling it a waste of money.

The South Yorkshire MP John Healey has accused David Cameron of hijacking Margaret Thatcher's death for political gain. Grace Melody Gardner reports.


Bassetlaw MP 'Proud' of Westwood

Bassetlaw MP, John Mann has announced on his website that he's tabled an Early Day Motion in the to celebrate Lee Westwood's Freedom of the District honour.

Lee Westwood has remained loyal to his home town of Worksop, remained active in local golf and in particular has used his iconic status to encourage young people to take up golf. **


– John Mann, EDM as published on his website