John questions Home Secretary in House of Commons

John Healey has questioned the Home Secretary in the House of Commons over the Rotherham abuse inquiry.

Theresa May gave a statement in Parliament at 12.30 today after an Urgent Question from Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper was granted.

Mr Healey said:

“The scale and brutality of the sexual exploitation revealed by the Jay report has shocked and shamed our whole town.

Does the Home Secretary agree thosethat knew about this terrible abuse but didn’t do their jobs in the past to protect our young people or prosecute the perpetrators must be called to account.

The Labour council leader has rightly resigned and the Labour party is taking tough steps today to get to the bottom of what’s happened.

Does she agree the council and police must now do the same?

And will she make sure the shocking conclusions from the Jay report are used as the basis for her ‘overarching inquiry’?”

Responding, the Home Secretary said there were very serious questions to be asked of Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police, and that she was meeting the report author Prof Alexis Jay to ensure her conclusions were taken into the Government’s overarching inquiry into child abuse.