Thursday, October 30, 2014

Backing for MP who linked Brittan to sex claims in Commons

Lord Brittan, home secretary under Margaret Thatcher
in the 1980s, was accused of child abuse in a
Commons debate
A Labour MP who accused former Home Secretary Leon Brittan of ‘improper conduct with children’ was last night defended by a colleague.

Jim Hood used a Commons debate on the 1984/5 miners’ strike on Tuesday to suggest that those who took part in the industrial action will not be ‘surprised’ by the allegations against Lord Brittan.

The remarks – protected from slander and contempt of court laws by parliamentary privilege – were branded ‘disgusting’ by business minister Matthew Hancock.

But Simon Danczuk, a campaigner against VIP child abuse, said Mr Hood was right to speak out.

The Labour MP for Rochdale added: ‘He has the right to use parliamentary privilege like any other MP.’

Mr Danczuk helped expose the extent of child abuse perpetrated by former Liberal MP Cyril Smith in a book earlier this year.

Mr Hood’s remarks came amid calls for the head of the official inquiry into historic child sex abuse to resign over links to Lord Brittan.  (more...)

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