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Magnificent Seven MPs champion survivors voices on new panel

Posted on: July 13, 2014

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…

David Hencke

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  theExaro 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…

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