Magnificent Seven MPs champion survivors voices on new panel

Zac Goldsmith MP

Zac Goldsmith MP

The seven  MPs who demanded an overarching inquiry into child sexual abuse have written to Theresa May, the home secretary again – this time to say survivors must be appointed to the new independent panel.

My  report on  the Exaro website reveals that the seven have asked for a meeting to discuss who will sit on the panel and what the terms of reference should be.

The letter says: “If Lady Butler Sloss is to Chair the Inquiry, and given the many questions that have surrounded her appointment, it is essential that the group as a whole is absolutely robust, with a wide range of trusted representatives, including survivors.”

The good news is that all the MPs are agreed that survivor involvement is a must and a robust panel is essential. Zac Goldsmith said:”The strength and credibility of the inquiry will depend on the terms of reference and the panel of people, who must be absolutely bullet-proof.

The seven Mps are: Zac Goldsmith, Simon Danczuk ,Tessa Munt,Tom Watson,Tim Loughton,         Caroline Lucas and John Hemming.

It is excellent that the seven are emphasising the role for survivors and tough people on the inquiry. It is exactly what is needed. The signs are that Theresa May is willing to meet them possibly early this week as she is not expected to be affected by the reshuffle.

6 thoughts on “Magnificent Seven MPs champion survivors voices on new panel

  1. I think he talks a lot of sense – I totally agree that survivors should be on the independent panel. I hope that this is sorted out soon before Cameron and Co can get there noses into what does not really concern them – I’m talking independent panel, not the abusers!

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  2. Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    I so hope that the independent panel consists of others, including survivors, and not just Sloss. I also hope that the survivors are not got at by MI5 or similar before the inquiry begins…

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  3. Have re-tweeted this again tonight before the “New Brooms” are appointed .I am aware that a massive amount of trust & honour maybe misconstrued & erroneously placed upon MP’s by the public. Sadly we have Party whips , members of the House Lords and many Leaders of the Civil Service who shall attempt to hide under their wool cloth & ermine robes in this modern day House of Cards. So it is vitally important that all MP’s must do their duty on behalf of their elector’s .

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