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Crime Commissioner Wright resigns

Shaun Wright clung on to his job for 21 days despite repeated calls for his resignation, including from the Prime Minister, but today South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner finally fell on his sword.

Mr Wright stepped down three weeks to the day after a shocking report revealed the devastating scale of child exploitation in Rotherham, some of it during a period he was in charge of Children's Services in the town.

In a statement he said he had done it "for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the South Yorkshire public" and so that his role would no longer be a distraction from the important issues that needed to be addressed. Chris Kiddey reports.

British Muslim Youth Association: Resignation a step towards restoring confidence

Community leaders in Rotherham have followed MPs in welcoming the resignation of Shaun Wright.

Muhbeen Hussain of British Muslim Youth Association told ITV Calendar they were planning a demonstration for Saturday, calling for his resignation had today's announcement not happened:

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Keith Vaz: We wish resignation happened ten days ago

Home Affairs Select Committee Chairman Keith Vaz says South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has done the right thing by resigning but he says he wishes it had happened sooner.

Mr Vaz was chair of the panel that questioned Mr Wright over a report into child abuse in Rotherham where he was head of children's services for five years:

Yvette Cooper: Wright resignation highlights 'major problem with Government's model for PCCs'

The Shadow Home Secretary has welcomed the resignation of Shaun Wright saying his position was "untenable".

Yvette Cooper said the inability to "swiftly hold individuals to account" was "a major problem with Government's model for PCCs."

Yvette Cooper: Wright resignation highlights 'major problem with Government's model for PCCs' Credit: Press Association

It is a major problem with the Government's model for Police and Crime Commissioners that there is no swift way to hold individuals to account - even once they have lost the confidence of the public and victims of crime.

But this is not just about individuals, nor particular areas. The failures in Rotherham, Oxfordshire, Rochdale and the vile crimes of Savile show a pattern of failing victims and letting abusers get away with it. Far more action is needed urgently to tackle child sexual exploitation in every corner of the country. We need urgent progress on the national child abuse inquiry and immediate reforms to strengthen our child protection system.

– Yvette Cooper, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary

Rotherham MP welcomes PCC resignation

The MP for Rotherham Sarah Champion has welcomed the resignation of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

Rotherham MP welcomes PCC resignation Credit: Press Association

I am delighted that Shaun Wright has finally stepped down from his role as South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. I called for his resignation as soon as the report was published as victims were failed while he was the Council Cabinet member responsible for children. I am extremely frustrated that it has taken Shaun Wright three weeks to resign as this has detracted from the real story, the victims. We must ensure that the focus of our efforts now is on supporting the victims, and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

– Sarah Champion, MP
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Ed Miliband welcomes Shaun Wright resignation

Ed Miliband says it is "right" that South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned.

The Labour leader wrote on Twitter that authorities must "listen to the victims" to ensure there is not a repeat of the scandal.

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Nick Clegg: PCC has done 'the decent thing'

South Yorkshire MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says South Yorkshire Police must now focus on tracking down offenders after PCC Shaun Wright's resignation.

Nick Clegg: PCC has done 'the decent thing' Credit: Press Association

People in South Yorkshire will welcome the news that the Police and Crime Commissioner has finally done the decent thing and stood aside. The important thing now is for the South Yorkshire Police to concentrate on going after the perpetrators of these terrible crimes so that the victims can finally see justice.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
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Rotherham mother: 'We need the rest of them out'

The mother of a 17-year-old girl who said she was sexually exploited in Rotherham when she was as young as 12 has welcomed Shaun Wright's resignation but says others still need to take responsibility for their roles in an alleged cover up of abuse in the town.

She said: "I'm glad he's done it and I hope he's the first in a long line. We need to get the rest of them out and then we'll know that children in Rotherham are safe."

"He was quite an easy target, he was first in line," she added. There are a lot more people below him that have covered up and all decided not to say anything. They've all colluded and I think it's disgusting."

The mother, whose daughter said she was abused by men who groomed her using social media and raped her in Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster, said Mr Wright should have resigned earlier.

"I think it just shows how arrogant and indifferent he is," she said.

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Theresa May 'pleased' after Shaun Wright resignation

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she is "pleased" Shaun Wright has "heeded the calls from his local community for him to resign".

Theresa May said Wright had "failed" in his duty. Credit: PA

It is right that where people failed in their duty they should take responsibility.

The police and local council failed the victims of these awful crimes and failed the people of Rotherham.

– Theresa May

She added it was now for the people of South Yorkshire to elect someone "who can provide local leadership, ensure the lessons of these dreadful cases are applied, and make sure the victims get the justice they deserve."

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