Rochdale's MP has launched a strongly worded assault on Ed Miliband claiming he is seen as "more of a toff than David Cameron" by voters.Read the full story ›
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:
Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Rochdale Borough Council:
“The historic activities at Knowl View and any subsequent accusations of wrong doing must be fully examined and Rochdale Borough Council very much welcomes the investigation by GMP police.
“We will continue to co-operate fully with the force’s inquiries making all information available.
“This is a positive step on the road to resolution and we are pleased the Force has acted swiftly to launch a criminal investigation.
“The people of Rochdale, the Council and most importantly the victims, need to have confidence in the process and faith that the truth will be discovered and any necessary actions taken.
“Our own independent review, being carried out by Neil Garnham QC, will recommence when this is deemed appropriate and in agreement with GMP.”
“We welcome the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of Khuram Shaikh. We hope that this will begin some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice.
"The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them. We will continue to monitor any developments in the case closely.”
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who has been campaigning for a public inquiry into child abuse, writes for ITV News.Read the full story ›
In order not to interfere with any potential police investigation we have agreed to temporarily suspend our independent review.
The council is determined to complete a thorough and transparent examination of the events when it is possible to do so.
In the meantime we await to hear how GMP's wider investigation will proceed.
We also welcome the announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May of an independent inquiry to look into historic cases of child sexual abuse.
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:
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.