LIBERAL Democrat peer David Steel has resigned following the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
The Inquiry implicated him, over an ‘ abdication of responsibility’, as he did nothing over the accusations charged against the late Liberal MP for Rochdale Cyril Smith, who was alleged to have sexually abused young children throughout his political career.
He claims that the reason why he did nothing about his behaviour was because since some of the allegations were about before his career as an MP and before being a party member, and that it didn’t affect him personally, that he should do nothing about it. This was despite the allegations appearing in the prominent politically comedy magazine Private Eye.
The controversy around this, and the release of the report as a whole, led to the politician to resign both from the House Of Lords and from his party, the Liberal Democrats. Before this, he was the former leader of the Liberal-SDP Alliance during the 1980s, often mocked for his partnership with SDP leader David Owen in the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.
Other revelations from this report include how the former Conservative MP Peter Morrison was similarly allegedly protected by the establishment (including by former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) over the allegations, as it didn’t act upon them.
The report doesn’t include the false allegations of a ‘VIP paedophile ring’ made by former NHS nurse and paedophile Carl Beech, who falsely accused the late Lord Britton, the late Edward Heath and former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor. Beech was jailed for 18 years last year over the false allegations, despite initial heavy support for his cause by some elements of the British mainstream media.
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BRITISH MPs ‘covered-up’ Child Sex abuse for decades an independent inquiry into historical sex offences in Westminster has found.
The report found there “have been significant failures by Westminster institutions in their responses to allegations of child sexual abuse”.