MPs to grill under-fire police commissioner over Rotherham sex abuse scandal

So when will MP’s – or even better, the police, start to grill politicians over the Westminster child abuse network? 

A beleaguered police commissioner will today face a grilling from MPs about his knowledge of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

Shaun Wright was in charge of children’s services in the town for five years before taking up his current post as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

He has resisted intense pressure to step down in the wake of a devastating report which found that at least 1,400 young people in Rotherham had been subjected to sexual abuse over 16 years.

He will appear before the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which will also hear evidence from South Yorkshire’s chief constable David Crompton, senior Rotherham Council official Joyce Thacker and NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless

Peter Wanless, who is leading a review into the Home Office’s handling of abuse allegations.

Professor Alexis Jay’s report outlined how hundreds of children had been subjected to trafficking, rape and other sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013 and how their plight had been ignored by range of agencies, including police, councillors and council officials.

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