Child sex abuse figures ‘truly staggering’, says Rotherham MP

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A Rotherham MP has described new figures revealing that 3,234 offenders were jailed for child sex offences last year as ‘truly staggering’. But Sarah Champion said the Home Office figures for 2017 ‘only tell part of the story’. Of the offenders jailed, 20 … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial: Defendant denies Ulley Country Park abduction

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A MAN accused of abducting a girl and sexually abusing her in a country park 16 years ago has told a jury the complainant “was lying then and is lying now”. The defendant – who cannot be named for legal … Continue reading

Labour’s Kate Green to head Commons standards committee

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A Labour MP who voted against a probe into allegations of bullying by Speaker John Bercow has been elected as chair of the Commons standards committee. Kate Green was one of three MPs to oppose an inquiry by the Parliamentary … Continue reading

Sammy Woodhouse reaches German public broadcaster

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From DW News: Sammy Woodhouse is one of some 1400 people in Rotherham, UK, who were raped as children. For 16 years, a network of men – most of Pakistani origin – abused underage girls. But authorities repeatedly ignored warning … Continue reading

Call for investigation into judge who jailed Sheffield man over fracking protest

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An MP has called for an investigation into whether the judge who jailed three anti-fracking protesters last month –including a man from Sheffield – followed an official code of conduct. Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP, has asked three parliamentary questions about the judge who sentenced University … Continue reading

House of Commons abuse cases ‘tolerated and concealed’

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“Disturbing” cases of bullying and sexual harassment have “long been tolerated and concealed” in the House of Commons, according to a report. The report, by Dame Laura Cox QC, said there was a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”. … Continue reading