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'Ten Politicians Named' In Calls To Abuse Line
At least 10 well-known serving or former politicians are facing accusations of abuse, a child protection official has said
Dr Jon Bird, of the National Association for People Abused In Childhood, told Sky News a string of names, including those of some who are now dead, had been given by callers to the charity's help line "again and again".
He also warned there would be more to follow.
It comes as the senior civil servant at the Home Office, Mark Sedwill, prepares for a grilling by the Home Affairs Select Committee about how his department handled child abuse claims made over a 20-year period.
Dr Bird said: "The names of people in very high places - politicians, senior police officers and even some judges - have been going around as alleged abusers for a very long time.
"Since the Jimmy Savile revelations, there's been a sea change in the way police and the CPS respond to these sort of complaints and now, at last, it looks like these people are going to be investigated."
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless has been asked by the Home Secretary to assess the quality of a review into child abuse claims, as well as the response of police and prosecutors to information passed on to them.
Theresa May announced the move on Monday along with a wider independent inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations by state institutions and bodies such as churches and the NHS.
That will be chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former head of the Family Division of the High Court, who is best known for overseeing the inquest of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed.
She has significant experience in child protection issues and chaired the Cleveland child abuse inquiry in 1987/88.
It is unlikely she will report back before next year's General Election but Mrs May promised an update on its progress before then.
The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, has called for a full public inquiry, He said: "A full public inquiry is required because under those terms people have to take oaths and therefore swear to tell the truth. My fear is the whole story won't come out without that.
"We're absolutely clear that the Church of England and other churches need to be involved in this inquiry as we already know there are parts of our history that involve church people having committed abuse."
Ed Miliband has said it was important the investigations provided "truth and justice" for the victims of abuse and that the actions of institutions must be scrutinised.
He criticised the Government for its "slow and piecemeal" reaction to the unfolding scandal and said that the inquiry must suggest child protection measures for the future, adding the "appalling" abuse "must never be allowed to happen in this country again".
Mr Wanless will look at concerns the Home Office failed to act on allegations of child sex abuse contained in letters passed on by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1983.
He is expected to report within eight to 10 weeks.
Mrs May said she was confident the review initiated by Mr Sedwill was "carried out in good faith" but added: "The public need to have complete confidence in the integrity of the investigation's findings."
The review found 13 items of information in Home Office files about alleged child abuse dating back to the period 1979-99 and passed details of four of them to police.
Mrs May told MPs that, while records of a number of letters from Mr Dickens were found, there was no sign of a "Dickens dossier".
The investigation found that 114 potentially relevant files were missing, although it stressed there was nothing to suggest they had been removed or destroyed "inappropriately".
Mr Wanless will also examine allegations that almost £500,000 of public funds were given to two organisations with links to the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange.
Lord Brittan has rejected claims he failed to deal adequately with Mr Dickens' concerns when Home Secretary, saying they were "completely without foundation".