Stephen Lloyd MP said: “I am glad that justice has been done and Jeremy Forrest has been convicted of abducting my constituent, a schoolgirl from Bishop Bell in Eastbourne. His behaviour was manipulative and a total dereliction of trust as a teacher.
"My thoughts are with the young girl, her mother and all her family at this difficult time. I earnestly hope they can now move forward.”
He added: “Bishop Bell is a fine school; one of the best in the South East of England. A recent safeguarding report showed they had strong protection systems but they would be the first to say that anything which can be done to make them even better will be done."