Theresa May has finally officially replied to a request from now 139 MPs for a Hillsborough style overarching inquiry into historic child sex abuse.
In a more emollient letter to the original seven MPs who called for the inquiry she is indicating that she will give serious consideration to an inquiry – but not until all the current police investigations are completed.
The full story and texts of the letters between Theresa May and Zac Goldsmith are on the Exaro website today.
Zac Goldsmith has responded by writing a letter to the home secretary.
“The next step is for us to meet you, along with other interested members of Parliament, to discuss the issue more fully.
“It would make sense for this meeting to happen sooner rather than later, and we would therefore appreciate it if you could let us have a date as soon as possible.”
It is also revealed that Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, has gone further than David Cameron and rejected any inquiry into historic child sex abuse saying such a move is ” a waste of money”.
The letter from Theresa May is encouraging in that she feels she has to fully respond to a demand from 138 MPs of all parties and is obviously anxious to say that she will thoroughly examine the case after police investigations are completed. But Zac Goldsmith is right to press her much further. His call for an urgent meeting so she can hear the full facts from possibly as many as 138 MPs is exactly right.
As for Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, he obviously believes that finding justice for child sex abuse victims is less important than cutting taxes. Frankly this is unsurprising from him – the man who slashed compensation payments for innocent victims of criminals, doesn’t believe prisoners should have any right to read books,and would quite happily see people stripped of legal representation in the courts if they can’t afford it. He belongs to the wing of what Theresa May once called ” the nasty party.”.