Child sex abuse report: Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring were destroyed in the last few years

13/11/2014 18:32

Source: The Independent

 

 

Theresa May has admitted there “might have been” a cover-up at Home Office in the 1980s concerning allegations that politicians were involved in child sex abuse but said an official review found the claim was “not proven”.

The Wanless report concluded that “shambolic” record keeping at the Home Office meant a definite answer could not be given either way. More than 100 files concerning allegations of child abuse at the heart of Westminster were destroyed in the last few years, according to the report, although not by anyone directly connected to the allegations, it said.

Responding to the report's publication Ms May told MPs: “There might have been a cover-up. I cannot stand here and say the Home Office was not involved in a cover-up in the 1980s and that is why I am determined to get to the truth.”

Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC, who led the review, said a sophisticated cover-up was “unlikely” to have taken place. He also said he had not uncovered any attempts by the Home Office to conceal child abuse and that the missing files were last seen “in this century”.

Mr Wanless was asked to investigate with Richard Whittam QC, after an internal review found the Home Office had “lost or destroyed” 114 files between 1979 and 1999. They included a dossier presented by the late Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens to then Home Secretary Lord Brittan in 1983.

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