Child abuse inquiry concern as Theresa May accused of delaying report
Home secretary Theresa May is facing growing pressure to reveal withheld inquiry reports following the resignation of Fiona Woolf as chair of the government’s child sex abuse inquiry.
It has emerged that NSPCC chief, Peter Wanless, provided a review of the investigation to May on 15th October and now May is being accused of “delaying” the inquiry by “withholding” the “substantial” report.
Home Office minister, Norman Baker, told MPs: “The review has had access to all material identified which would relate to child abuse and which the department still holds. The home secretary has now received the report of the review and is considering its findings ahead of the full report being published.”
Baker told Guardian news reporters that there was “no reason why it should not be published” and that he would be questioning May in the House of Commons about it today (Monday 3rd November).
Labour MP, Tom Watson, who made the initial allegations of the “high-level paedophile ring” in Westminster, said: “I believe Theresa May is keen the investigation should be thorough and should get to the bottom of all this, but the setting up of the inquiry was resisted for a long time in Downing Street, and there are still people in Westminster who don’t want it to happen.”
Officials are now urgently seeking a new chair to replace Woolf with someone with “untainted” personal associations.
Labour home affairs spokesperson, Yvette Cooper, told BBC Radio: “I think this is a really narrow view of who it is that can have the kinds of qualifications to do this job. It doesn’t have to be someone based in London. I think there are plenty of people with great expertise who don’t have close social or family ties with key decision-makers.”