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NSPCC chief Peter Wanless may have "been set up to fail" because he has only had six weeks to investigate what happened to crucial documents in an alleged child sex abuse scandal which have been "lost or destroyed".
Simon Danczuk told Good Morning Britain: "I've talked to experts who carry out these types of reviews using digital technology who say you would need about six months to go through 20 years of documents."
A report into how police handled sex abuse claims in the 1980's is expected to reveal it's failed to find the missing documents that prompted the inquiry
The report centres on concerns the authorities did not act on information passed to them by the then Littleborough and Saddleworth MP Geoffrey Dickens about a possible paedophile ring in Westminster.
The Home Office had previously said the so-called Dickens dossier had been destroyed. A statement is expected from the Home Office at 9.30 this morning
It's emerged that a North West MP who was trying to expose an alleged paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment feared his campaign would die with him.
Geoffrey Dickens, who was MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death in 1995, was seriously ill when he confided to a friend that he had compiled a dossier naming several high profile suspects.
Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:
The Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered a comprehensive review into the handling of allegations of child sex abuse involving senior politicians at Westminster in the 1980s.
It follows a campaign by the Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk. He's welcomed news of an "overarching inquiry" into how public bodies have dealt with abuse claims over the years.
Alison Mackenzie has the story:
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that he wants answers as "quickly as possible" over historic claims of child abuse by politicians at Westminster, but refused to confirm whether this would happen before the general election in May 2015.
"We want to make sure that answers are achieved as quickly as possible," Mr Cameron's spokesman said. "Clearly it needs to be a process that commands confidence and credibility as well."
The Prime Minister was said to have taken a "close personal and detailed interest" in the claims being made over the weekend and has held "extensive discussions" with his team.
An independent inquiry into the handling of child abuse cases by public bodies could be upgraded to a full public inquiry if the panel decides it is necessary, the Home Secretary said.
Home Office minister Norman Baker has said that the Government has made it clear it wants those responsible for "heinous" historical child sex abuse brought to justice.
Mr Baker said: "We do take these matters extremely seriously and all ministers have made it very plain that we expect the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and others to take all necessary (steps) to bring those responsible for heinous crimes to justice."
He added: "The fact that these matters are getting extra coverage these days, and the fact that the Government has made it very clear that we take these matters seriously, is encouraging people to come forward, including with historical allegations, and that is exactly right.
"We expect the police and Crown Prosecution Service to investigate them properly."
An online petition calling for a national inquiry into historic sex abuse allegations in Parliament has gathered over 77,000 signatures.
The petition, launched by Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East in the West Midlands, said if an inquiry does go ahead it must be equipped with the necessary powers to properly delve into the allegations.
He added: "Having talked to a number of survivors and retired child protection specialists I know one thing: if this new inquiry is not given the power to obtain all documents it wants to see, then it won't get anywhere."
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Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who has been campaigning for a public inquiry into child abuse, writes for ITV News.
As the Government announces an inquiry into the handling of a 80s dossier alleging child sex abuse by MPs, here are some of the main facts.