Theresa May: 'No regrets' over Butler-Sloss appointment

Theresa May has defended the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to the wide-ranging inquiry into allegations of child abuse at a number of institutions saying she had no regrets about the decision.

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Children's homes 'targeted by people in power'

A former government minister who led an inquiry into children's homes in the 1990s has claimed they were "targeted" by and accessible to "powerful people".

Lord Warner was a Labour health minister during the Tony Blair administration.

Lord Warner told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We certainly know from the inquiry I did in 1992 for Virginia Bottomley that some of these children's homes were targeted by people in power, if I may put it that way, powerful people.

"Indeed, sexual abuse of children is a power drive. That's what a lot of it is about."

He added: "It is possible that people who were authoritative, powerful in particular communities, did sometimes have access to children's homes."

Lord Warner said he did not believe there had been an organised cover-up of such abuse: "I think much more of this is about people being insensitive to some of these concerns and not being as preoccupied with protecting vulnerable people - children and adults."

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