Zac Goldsmith calls for inquiry into child abuse "cover-ups" by local authorities

Call for inquiry into child abuse "cover-ups" by local authorities

Zac Goldsmith: Garnered cross-party support

Rocks Lane: Home to Elm Guest House, where children were allegedly abused

Tom Watson: Raised points in Parliament

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Zac Goldsmith has led a cross-party group of MPs to call for a national inquiry into historical child sex abuse and authority cover-ups.

The Richmond Park MP heads a group of seven calling on Home Secretary Theresa May to set up an independent panel to investigate historical sex abuse claims and analyse why important documents have disappeared.

This week it emerged a report into abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale, where prolific paedophile Cyril Smith was a governor, was suppressed.

The late MP was also a regular visitor to Elm Guest House, according to a book by Labour MP Simon Danzcuk, who now sits in his Rochdale seat.

The guest house in Rocks Lane, Barnes, is the centre of a police investigation into child sex abuse that dates back to the 70s and 80s.

It has been alleged the guest house, advertised as a place for gay men to have parties, was the centre of a VIP paedophile ring.

Mr Goldsmith said: “Very serious questions around Elm Guest House in Barnes have gone unanswered for so long that many have simply concluded that the authorities aren’t interested in uncovering answers.

“The same seems to be true of other inquiries into child sex abuse at institutions across the country.

“If it wants to draw a line and move on, the Government must establish a defining, properly resourced and all-encompassing inquiry, in which victims and the public can have confidence.”

A growing number of MPs have backed the letter, which asks for an independent panel, similar the Hillsborough Inquiry, to look into the historical cases.

The panel has been asked to investigate various claims including why police surveillance videos said to be of prominent people involved in a paedophile ring have gone missing.

Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich, said: “I deeply admire Zac Goldsmith adding his weight to this important issue.

“The fact that we now have a cross-party coalition asking for a national investigation makes it very hard for the police and ministers to ignore.”

The Labour MP, who aired child abuse allegations in Parliament in October 2012 that sparked a police investigation, said police desperately needed more resources to deal with the weight and mass of historical allegations – something a national inquiry could support.

He said: “They are very dedicated and hardworking but I now believe they are chronically under-resourced and have not got the capacity to deal with the weight and volume of allegations made.”

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: “There are a number of inquiries taking place into historic child sex abuse cases, including criminal investigations.

“It is important we allow these to run their course before taking further action.”

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8:44am Mon 9 Jun 14

Sunnyclaribel says...

“The fact that we now have a cross-party coalition asking for a national investigation makes it very hard for the police and ministers to ignore.”

This statement says it all. Kids who have had their childhoods 'stolen' and will probably have nightmares for the rest of their lives, have been 'ignored'.
“The fact that we now have a cross-party coalition asking for a national investigation makes it very hard for the police and ministers to ignore.” This statement says it all. Kids who have had their childhoods 'stolen' and will probably have nightmares for the rest of their lives, have been 'ignored'. Sunnyclaribel
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

golightlylondon says...

Just wanted to say thank you for being one of the very few publications that have been brave enough and caring enough to write about this. There is a campaign running on Twitter currently where people are asking their MP to also offer their support for this important step - and as of Monday morning there are now 25 MPs on the list who have publicly given their support.

For anyone who wants to see the list of MPs that actually deserve to represent the general public in parliament, you can find it (plus contact details for all MPs) here: http://ianpace.wordp
ress.com/2014/06/05/
please-contact-your-
mp-to-ask-for-their-
support-for-a-nation
al-inquiry-into-chil
d-abuse/

I can't help but think that those who refuse to support this inquiry, or those who ignore the repeated requests of their constituents to even consider supporting the inquiry, will feel the impact of their decision at the ballot box. I certainly hope this is the case anyway!

Thanks again Newsquest,
Holly.
Just wanted to say thank you for being one of the very few publications that have been brave enough and caring enough to write about this. There is a campaign running on Twitter currently where people are asking their MP to also offer their support for this important step - and as of Monday morning there are now 25 MPs on the list who have publicly given their support. For anyone who wants to see the list of MPs that actually deserve to represent the general public in parliament, you can find it (plus contact details for all MPs) here: http://ianpace.wordp ress.com/2014/06/05/ please-contact-your- mp-to-ask-for-their- support-for-a-nation al-inquiry-into-chil d-abuse/ I can't help but think that those who refuse to support this inquiry, or those who ignore the repeated requests of their constituents to even consider supporting the inquiry, will feel the impact of their decision at the ballot box. I certainly hope this is the case anyway! Thanks again Newsquest, Holly. golightlylondon
  • Score: 6

7:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

Shows how messed up this world is, if you have to have campaigns against child abuse. These things should, in this day and age, be dealt with swiftly and punitively. Almost barbarically, I would say.
Shows how messed up this world is, if you have to have campaigns against child abuse. These things should, in this day and age, be dealt with swiftly and punitively. Almost barbarically, I would say. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 1

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