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The charity Kids Company had become too politicised and trustees were "in thrall" of its controversial founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, according to a report by a committee of MPs into the organisation's collapse last year.
ITV News has obtained an internal report that warned about the charity's problems ten years ago.
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Former trustees of Kids Company have condemned a report by the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee into the charity's demise as "inaccurate, unbalanced and irresponsible".
They said that the conclusion by MPs that the "trustees, auditors, care experts, inspectors, regulators and the government all failed 'at every level' is astonishing".
The statement went on: "It is a regrettable feature of British democracy that the committee can use the curtain of parliamentary privilege to produce what is an irresponsible report, immune from the defamation claims that would inevitably follow without this privilege."
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MPs have condemned the "extraordinary catalogue of failures" which led to the collapse of the Kids Company charity in a damning report.