Home Office 'loses' 114 Whitehall child sex files
MP Simon Danczuk calls for public inquiry as Home Office admits that paedophile documents are missing
The Home Office admits that 114 files relating to allegations of historical child abuse by leading politicians have been lost or destroyed.
The missing documents are part of an investigation into the handling of a dossier about child abuse allegations presented to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary.
Permanent secretary Mark Sedwill revealed that the documents - which related to a 20-year period between 1979 and 1999 - are "presumed destroyed, missing or not found".
Sedwill says he will appoint a senior legal figure to investigate the Home Office's handling of the dossier alleging abuse involving powerful and well-known figures at Westminster in the 1980s.
However, Labour MP Simon Danczuk says nothing short of a public inquiry will do. He told Sky News: "The public are very clearly concerned and they won't be satisfied with another review by Home Office officials. Reviews like this often prove to be whitewashes.”
Tory MP and former children’s minister Tim Loughton said: “To lose one file is unfortunate but to lose 114 smacks of complete incompetence or, I fear, some degree of cover-up.” He added: “This just raises so many more questions which really must now be answered as a matter of urgency.”
The dossier at the heart of the episode is believed to implicate household names, including more than 10 current and former politicians. MPs or peers from all three main parties are on the list. Some, like Cyril Smith, are no longer alive but others are still active in parliament.