Response to Home Office funding for Operation Sacristy
"I am very pleased that the people of Cleveland will be relieved of a large part of the financial burden of the ongoing operation Sacristy.
However this is still tax payers' money and I hope that the promised greater independent scrutiny of the enquiry will lead to more accountability and focus".
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