No abuse 'cover-up', says former Archbishop of York

Lord Hope of Thornes, the former Archbishop of York, has denied he was involved in "covering up" allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused children.

The Times newspaper today reported that the Very Rev Robert Waddington stands accused of abusing choirboys and school pupils.

I didn’t report to the police. With hindsight, probably there ought to have been [a report]. He [Robert Waddington] was in such a fragile and frail state.

I would strongly resist any suggestion that I was in the business of covering up anything. I would absolutely deny that. There’s no way I was interested in any cover up.

– Lord Hope of Thornes