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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'Several' sets of correspondence in 'abuse dossier'

A review into a dossier alleging paedophile activity at Westminster in the 1980s did not find a single dossier from Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens, but several sets of correspondence over a number of years containing allegations of sexual offences, the Home Office permanent secretary has written.

Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz Credit: PA

In a letter to the Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz, Mark Sedwill wrote: "As well as these specific allegations, later correspondence from Mr Dickens focused on broader related policy issues, such as the risk of children and young people being drawn into occult activities.

"The review found no record of specific allegations by Mr Dickens of child sex abuse by prominent public figures."

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