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Files on historic child abuse 'can't be found'

A review into how the Home Office handled historic child sex abuse allegations at Westminster in the 1980s has reportedly been unable to uncover any of the crucial missing files that prompted the investigation.

The BBC reports that the so-called 'Dickens Dossier', handed to the Home Office by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, has not been found.

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Politics 'must be taken out' of child abuse inquiry

A Liberal Democrat peer has said there were two prerequisites for the person appointed chairman or woman over an inquiry looking to historic cases of child sex abuse.

Ruling himself out, Lord Carlile told Sky News' Murnaghan programme:

The politics has to be taken out of this.

If the Lord Chief Justice could be persuaded to release a senior judge to do this job I think that would be ideal.

There is no particular reason why it should be a woman but there are, as it happens, seven women who are members of the Court of Appeal, Lady Justices.

– Lord Carlisle

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