FEBRUARY 2016: MP John Healey in the Advertiser
“There can be no hiding place for those who’ve committed these evil crimes – no matter how long ago.”
“These convictions are a significant step forward in reassuring victims and in rebuilding public confidence that abusers will be brought to justice.”
“I want to see more brought before the courts as quickly as possible.”
SEPTEMBER 2012: MP John Healey Email Correspondence with a constituent
A constituent emailed Healey saying that many people were “deeply disturbed by what . . . is happening in Rotherham” as reported by Andrew Norfolk in The Times. The constituent asked if the MP intended to “call for an investigation of all parties at fault”.
Healey’s email reply? While abhorring CSE and identifying the failings of the Police he said “I am not sure an inquiry would help the girls and their families, especially if it focuses solely on Rotherham and on Asian men grooming white girls.”
In 2014 when the Times revealed this email exchange Healey said that time he was “simply not aware of the scale and seriousness of the problems.”
Mr Healey missed the point, that an inquiry was needed precisely to find that scale, expose the seriousness and identify those wrong doers, who in 2016 he says should have no hiding place. Also to identify failings by public bodies and thereby help stop the ongoing sexual exploitation of children.
Mr Healey is keen to deny knowledge of the extent of CSE in Rotherham, prior to the Jay report..fair enough and there is no evidence otherwise. However it does not cover the issue of what should he have known, and what should he have done to find out more?
For example…on readng The Times article in September 2012, the one that so upset his constituent, what briefings and reassurances did he seek from his political brothers and sisters in the Rotherham Labour Group? Were his inquiries rutheless enough (surely in light of the Times articles and looming Home Affairs Select Committee investigation he must have inqured) to reveal the existence of the Risky Business Report and those of Dr Angie Heal for South Yorkshire Police. Reports that exposed the extent of CSE back at the begginng of the century?
Healey’s rejecting the need for an inquiry back in 2012 also exposes the last shreds of credibility of the local Labour Party leadership, who pathetically seek to take credit for inviting Jay in to undertake her inquiry…their argument being that ”at least we sought the truth.” Rubbish, the reality is that the local Labour Party were dragged kicking and screaming into appointing Jay….The Times, the Council’s Chief Executive and the likelihood of an inquiry being imposed upon them by central government forced their hands.
Wittingly or unwittingly, John Healey’s email reflects the Labour party’s attitudeat that time: “say nowt, do nowt and the Times will go away”, and that other famous Labour Party slogan “They’ve just got it in for Rotherham.”
Gaa Gaa Lady