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Mulholland welcomes inquiry into child abuse allegations

July 7, 2014 5:12 PM

MP Mulholland welcomes inquiry into child abuse allegations

After last week raising it with justice ministers, Greg Mulholland, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has welcomed today's announcements of inquiries into historical child sex abuse allegations.

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the head of children's charity, the NSPCC, will lead a review looking at how police and prosecutors handled information passed on to them. The review by Peter Wanless is expected to report within 10 weeks.

A further inquiry, similar to the Hillsborough one, will also be held and is to be led by an independent panel of experts on law and children protection. This is not expected to report before the general election.

Questioning justice ministers last week, Mulholland asked whether it was "not time that we had an overarching inquiry into the culture at that time and those historical sex offences, so that we can bring closure and learn lessons for the future?"

In relation to the overarching inquiry that Mulholland called for, the Home Secretary has today said that the Hillsborough-style panel-led inquiry could be converted to a full public inquiry if necessary.

Saying she wanted the public to have full confidence that these crimes were being investigated, Theresa May said, "Our priority must be the prosecution of the people behind these disgusting crimes".

Commenting, Mulholland said:

"It is only right we get to the bottom of these allegations and deliver justice for victims and their families. Last week I called on justice ministers to open an overarching inquiry into alleged abuses and I fully support the Home Secretary in announcing the inquiries. We must bring closure to what has gone on and ensure we do protect children better in addition to punishing any perpetrators."

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1. For more information, contact Mo Saqib (Parliamentary Researcher to Greg Mulholland MP) on saqibm@parliament.uk or 0207 219 3833