Pressure on Cameron to investigate high level child abuse

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A number of politicians have placed demands on the Home secretary to establish a committee to investigate past cases of child sex abuse, following a crowd-sourced campaign.

Liberal Democrat MP, Duncan Hames raised the matter at prime minister’s questions,  confronting David Cameron.

The current number of MPs supporting a national inquiry has increased to 40, after an additional 33 confirmed joining, bringing the total number of MP’s to just 6%.

The initial team of 7 who initially made calls for an inquiry includes; Zac Goldsmith from Conservative Party; Tim Loughton, former children’s minister; Simon Danczuk and Tom Watson, from Labour; John Hemming and Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat; and Caroline Lucas of Green Party.

New members backing this call are, Craig Whittaker and Neil Carmichael, members of the education committee in the House of Common, Conservative; other Conservative MPs are Henry Smith, Jason McCartney and Douglas Carswell.

The deputy leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Naomi Long is one of the new supporters pointed out that Kincora boy’s home is one on her constituency that was involved in child sex abuse before it was closed in 1980.

Jeffery Donald revealed that the Northern Ireland executive has set up an inquiry for child sex abuse and he support the establishment of a national inquiry.

Sixteen Labour MPs are for the move, including, Andrew Gwynne, Stephen Twigg, Iain Wright, Robert Flello, Karl Turner, Richard Burden, Ian Mearns, Steve Rotherham, Jim Sheridan, Paul Flynn, Yasmin Qureshi, Emma Lewell-Buck and Stephen Pound.

Other Liberal Democrats supporting the inquiry are, Mark Williams, Paul Burstow, Annette Broke, Adrian Sanders, Stephen Gilbert and Duncan Hames.

Barry Sheerman also back the inquiry in condition that it will not involve police destructing or trawling of people’s live bailed and not charged.

George Galloway is also backing the move.

According to Exaro,who lead the Twitter campaign, Mr Hames asked: “The prime minister will have heard calls from honourable members on all sides of the house for an independent inquiry on the Hillsborough model, into organised child sexual abuse in this country. Can he truly be satisfied that current police investigations are sufficient for the public to have confidence that we are both willing and able to get to the truth?”

Cameron replied: “I think my honourable friend makes a very important point and I have looked at this carefully with ministerial colleagues because, of course, we have a series of inquiries taking place into what happened in various hospitals and care homes and indeed media organisations, and I think that it is very important that the government takes a clear view about how these are being coordinated and how the lessons are being learnt.

“If there is a need for any more overarching process to be put in place I am very happy to look at that, but I think that, at the moment, led by the home secretary and her colleagues, we do have a proper view of what is happening at all of these organisations.”

However you and I both know that if an investigation took place a large number of politicians would face criminal charges, as a result any inquiry would likely be shut down in a similar fashion to how William Hague allegedly stifled a 1997 paedophile inquiry when it became clear that a number of  high-profile figures were abusing children in collusion with care home staff. 

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