22/01/2015

Labour Calls For Historical Child Sex Abuse Inquiry To Be 'Restarted'

Labour has called on the government to "restart" the inquiry into historical child sex abuse.

Having been granted an "urgent question" by the Commons Speaker, shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, said that after the inquiry was announced it still had no chairperson or statutory powers.

Ms Cooper raised the issue following an announcement on Wednesday that the inquiry panel had ended its "listening sessions" with alleged victims and would not proceed until a chairperson was in place.

Ms Cooper said the home secretary risked "making a fool of everyone" because the inquiry "has stalled again".

"We are six months on. Still have no chair, still no powers, still no clarity. It is deeply unfair on survivors of abuse who need to be listened to and who need justice," she said.

Responding to Ms Cooper, Home Secretary Theresa May, said that a chair was due to be announced at the end of January.

Ms May said that some 150 nominations for chair had been made, all of which had to be "carefully considered"."I am sure that everybody in the House would recognise that we want to get this right and we want to ensure that we have the right chairman and the right powers," Ms May said.

(MH/CD)

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