CHILD SEX ABUSE (Rotherham): Oral Answers by Theresa May to Questions by 52 MPs



Here’s Rotherham Child Abuse and the Bigger Picture on the incredible Aangirfan blog. And here’s how the Coleman Experience writes about The Mysterious Rotherham child-abuse scandal as part of Filthy Britain.

And here’s the link to the debate between 52 MPs and the Home Secretary on the Rotherham report that took place yesterday on 02 September 2014.

They certainly covered what needs to be considered in this long overdue debate. The MPs who were posing questions:

1. Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, Normanton, Pontrefract and Castleford, Labour)

  • to make a statement on child sex abuse in the light of the Alexis Jay report in Rotherham.

The Home Secretary:

All local authorities, working with other public bodies such as the police and health and children’s services, have a responsibility to keep our children safe.

Regarding the Inquiry, we have been deliberately taking our time to ensure that we get the right chairman, and in due course the right panel, to deal with this inquiry.

The Jay Report:

“the attitude of the Police at that time seemed to be that they were all ‘undesirables’ and the young women were not worthy of police protection.”

Yvette Cooper: 

Time and again, it is the same problems: children not being listened to, victims treated as though they were responsible for the crimes committed against them, and institutions that just looked the other way.

2. Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness, Conservative)

We have institutionalised racism. What can be done to ensure effective action?

3. Sarah Champion (Rotherham, Labour)

I am angry at the people paid to take care and let them down so appallingly.

4. Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)

More Rotherhams will come to light. Will every Local Safeguarding Children Board in the country has a fit-for-purpose action plan to intervene, prevent and prosecute?

5. Kevin Barron (Rother Valley, Labour)

South Yorkshire Police refused to meet me and the family of a victim. They said they are going to hold an independent inquiry into historical cases.

The Home Secretary:

With HM Inspectorate of Constabulary or the Home Office?

6. John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Lib Dem)

The Jay report confirmed that some girls who had been taken into care for their own protection actually received worse protection in care. The independent reviewing officer, whose job is to protect children in care, is an employee of the same local authority and therefore not independent. Will the Government consider backing my private Member’s Bill, which seeks to establish a remedy for children in care so that they can be protected from maltreatment in the care system?

7. John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne, Labour)

Will she ensure that the shocking conclusions of the Jay report are used as the basis for her overarching inquiry, when she eventually launches it?

8. Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)

Did she make it clear in her discussions that it might be preferable for additional resources to be given to South Yorkshire police to enable them to undertake those investigations?

9. Keith Vaz (Leicester East, Labour)

10. Margot James (Stourbridge, Conservative)

11. Kate Hoey (Vauxhall, Labour)

12. Gerald Howarth (Aldershot, Conservative)

13. Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Labour)

14. Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)

15. Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour)

16. William Cash (Stone, Conservative)

Is it not appropriate for the Attorney-General to attend those ministerial meetings?

17. Barbara Keeley (Worsley and Eccles South, Labour)

…important message to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

18. Simon Wright (Norwich South, Lib Dem)

19. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley, Labour)

20. Damian Green (Ashford, Conservative)

21. Sammy Wilson (East Antrim, DUP)

22. Philip Hollowbone (Kettering, Conservative)

23. Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield, Labour)

runaway children, police, social services and children’s services are not joined up enough.

24. Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West and Abingdon, Conservative)

25. Gavin Shuker (Shadow Minister, International Development, Luton South, Labour)

26. David Davies (Monmouth, Conservative)

and another 26… Let’s assume “we’re on our way”!?….

Actions to be expected by:

  • Minister for Crime Prevention
  • Secretary of State for Education
  • Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims
  • National Group on Sexual Violence against Children and Vulnerable People.

About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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