PARLIAMENT has asked the police to investigate allegations a former police and crime commissioner lied to MPs when he gave evidence to a Commons committee about the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.
The Home Affairs Select Committee has referred the allegations against Shaun Wright, former South Yorkshire PCC, to the Metropolitan Police for investigation.
In a statement, the committee said tonight: “The Home Affairs Committee has received two complaints alleging that a witness who was examined on oath by the former Committee in the last Parliament deliberately misled the Committee.
Rotherham ex-police commissioner accused of perjury
A shamed former police commissioner faces criminal investigation for alleged perjury over claims that he lied to MPs about the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal.
Shaun Wright is said to have deliberately given misleading evidence under oath when he was summoned before a parliamentary inquiry. When he answered MPs’ questions in 2014 the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner was clinging to his job after a report found that 1,400 Rotherham children were groomed and sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013.
Mr Wright, 48, who had also been a Labour councillor in Rotherham with responsibility for children’s services from 2005-10, finally stood down from the £85,000-a-year post a week after his appearance at a session of the Commons home affairs committee, at which one MP called him “the least credible witness I’ve ever come across”.