May to order independent sex abuse claims investigation

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce a broad independent inquiry into how public institutions handled allegations of child abuse. Mrs May will give details of the probe as she makes a statement to MPs this afternoon.

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PM facing calls for full review into MP's 'abuse dossier'

David Cameron is facing demands for a full review into child abuse amid concerns about the disappearance of a file on alleged paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s.

David Cameron is facing calls for a full review. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA

The Prime Minister has ordered a fresh review by the most senior official at the Home Office into what happened to the dossier handed to the then home secretary Lord Brittan by the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the move did not go far enough and called for a full investigation into all the allegations of historic child abuse.

Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who carried out an investigation into abuse by the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith and who raised the issue of what happened to the Dickens' file at a hearing of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, also said there needed to be a full public inquiry.

Home Office 'acted appropriately' on abuse allegations

An independent review of all the papers relating to historical allegations of abuse concluded the Home Office "acted appropriately," a spokesman said.

The permanent secretary commissioned an independent review of all relevant papers received by the department between 1979 to 1999 to identify any information received and the outcome.

The review concluded the Home Office acted appropriately, referring information received during this period to the relevant authorities."

– Home Office


Yvette Cooper: We need answers on abuse dossier

Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has backed the Prime Minister calls to find the missing abuse dossier and called for a proper investigation into the allegations of child abuse not being acted upon by the Home Office.

Yvette cooper has called for a "proper investigation" into the abuse dossier. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She said: "We have not had answers from the Home Secretary. The Prime Minister should ensure that the action now taken by the Home office amounts to a proper investigation into what happened and also that Theresa May publish the full review conducted in 2013."

She added: “We also need assurance that the police have been given full information now and are investigating any abuse allegations or crimes that may have been committed.

Cooper also called for an overarching review led by child protection experts to draw together the results from different cases, investigations and institutional inquiries.

Cameron orders new efforts into missing abuse dossier

David Cameron has put pressure on the most senior official at the Home Office to find out what happened to a missing dossier of alleged paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Prime Minister said he understood the concerns that had been raised about the missing file which was handed to the then home secretary Leon (now Lord) Brittan by the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens.

"That's why I've asked the permanent secretary at the Home Office (Mark Sedwill) to do everything he can to find answers to all of these questions and to make sure we can reassure people about these events," he said.

'Regrettable' 1980s abuse dossier has gone missing

It is "regrettable" that a dossier from the 1980s detailing allegations of paedophile activity in Westminster has gone missing, the Deputy Children's Commissioner for England has said.

Sue Berelowitz told ITV News, "Every possible action needs to be taken to try and find it and find out the truth, because the truth is important for protecting children."


Abuse inquiry 'no surrogate' for full police investigation

Nick Clegg has told Good Morning Britain that a public inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse in Westminster would be "no surrogate" for a full police investigation.

Asked if he would like to see an inquiry launched, the Deputy Prime Minister said: "I'm like everybody, I just want the truth to come out and justice to be done".

"When we're dealing with allegations of such a serious criminal nature, I don't think there's any surrogate, really, for allowing the police to get to the bottom of what happened."

Dickens believed file 'would blow lid off society'

The Conservative MP who compiled a 50-page dossier alleging paedophile activity among MPs at Westminster in 1983 believed that the contents of the file "would blow the lid off society," his son told ITV News today.

Geoffrey Dickens' son Barry said it was "confusing" that "nothing was done" about the facts put forward by his late father.

'It's always alarming when material goes missing'

Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald has said that he thinks "there's going to have to be an investigation" into what happened to a 1983 50-page dossier compiled by late MP Geoffrey Dickens, that allegedly details paedophile activity by Westminster MPs.

He said it was "alarming" that the file has gone missing.

However, Lord Macdonald also warned on BBC Radio 4's PM programme that an inquiry into the issue "may not come to any particularly illuminating conclusions but may simply delay proper forensic criminal investigations".

It sounds to me as though there needs to be further investigation into this. Some of the detail is more than troubling.

It's always alarming when material goes missing.

This may just be the passage of time, it may not be anything sinister, but I don't think people are going to be satisfied for this to be left as it is.

I think there's going to have to be an investigation into this dossier and what may have happened to it, and indeed what the police did when they received it.

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