MP Tessa Munt calls for inquiry into 'child abuse cover-ups'
Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week called for an inquiry into historical
child abuse 'cover-ups' by local authorities.
Munt is one of a cross party group of seven MPs which has called
on the Home Secretary to hold a national inquiry into historical
child sex abuse, exploring alleged cover-ups by the authorities.
seven MPs have written a joint letter to the Home Secretary, Theresa
May, urging her to set up "a full, properly-resourced investigation
into the failure of the Police, HM Customs & Excise and other
agencies to follow up on evidence" in a number of historical
cases of child sex abuse, some dating back to the 1970s and said
to involve paedophile rings consisting of leading politicians,
celebrities and other figures of the establishment.
Worrying patterns have emerged whereby evidence has been "lost
or destroyed", which has stifled investigations to date,
inquiry being proposed by the seven MPs would involve an independent
panel with powers to demand the release of documents from every
agency involved in investigating claims of child sex abuse.
said: "Child sexual abuse is abhorrent. Victims must and
will be heard, and justice must be done, however many years have
it proves to be the case that investigations have been stalled
or abandoned over the last 30 years because influential or famous
people were involved, or if evidence which could have been used
to convict abusers was knowingly lost or destroyed,
this is completely unacceptable and should be addressed through
of child sexual abuse are entitled to justice and its never
too late for that. The Government should enable victims to be
heard, and must ensure those who had responsibility for protecting
the vulnerable explain their actions and omissions."
seems to us that a Hillsborough style inquiry has
the potential to call all those involved to give evidence and
account for their actions. I await the Home Secretarys reply."