Redditch MP welcomes inquiry into north Wales child abuse scandal

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the inquiry into the north Wales child abuse scandal demanded by the home secretary.

The MP, who at the time of the original investigation was a Clwyd county councillor representing Wrexham, was on the panel that looked at the report into the allegations, which was never published.

She said that its contents were “horrendous” and said no stone should be left unturned in the quest for closure.

Theresa May announced last week a new police inquiry into allegations of child abuse in north Wales in the 1970s and 1980s.

She said that Keith Bristow, the head of the new National Crime Agency, will lead a review into the handling of the case.

Alleged abuse centering on children's homes in north Wales, including the former Bryn Estyn children's home in Wrexham, began to emerge in the 1990s.

They were highlighted again last week.

Mrs Lumley, speaking about the original investigation in the Commons last week said: “Let me tell the House that its contents were horrendous.

“Can the Secretary of State assure me and the House that no stone will be left unturned to make sure that the people who came forward can have closure and that those responsible for these dreadful crimes can be punished?”

In reply Mrs May said: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for sharing her personal experience with the House, and I assure her that no stone will be left unturned.

“The entire House wants to see that justice is done.”

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