Leon Brittan finally named in parliament as having engaged in ‘improper conduct with children’ (video)


On 14 October, Labour MP Jim Hood used parliamentary privilege to accuse former Home Secretary Leon Brittan of ‘improper conduct with children’. This ought to have been the final nail in the coffin of Fiona Woolf’s disgusting attempt to cling on … Continue reading

Abuse survivors view the Woolf inquiry as merely a “cover-up of cover-ups” (spotlight blog) (video)


Fiona Woolf has told the Home affairs Committee that she does not consider herself to be a member of the Establishment but this blog thinks she may just be a little confused. Here is a tip for Mrs. Woolf, if … Continue reading

Ed Miliband’s “condescending and evasive” response to calls for a national child abuse inquiry (spotlight blog) (video)


Text re-blogged from Spotlight On Abuse 30 August 2014 Labour leader Ed Miliband has made a statement saying that the government should get a move on in setting up a national inquiry into organised child abuse. “The case now is … Continue reading

Cyril Smith: the paedophile MP and the police and MI5 cover-up (Dispatches documentary) (video)


First broadcast in September 2013, this is the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary that explored the horrific scale of Cyril Smith‘s sexual abuse of children and the how the police, crown prosecution service and MI5 not only knew of his activities but actively … Continue reading

Cliff Richard child abuse allegation: Police media tactics “subvert due process” (video)


Before you read this post and in response to a number of comments that have been made on my Youtube channel, this post and video in no way represent a defence by this blog of Cliff Richard.  His name is … Continue reading

Internet sex offenders: not the real thing? (Reblog of Dr. Sarah Nelson post) (video)


A recent TV debate – on whether internet offenders who view images of child sex abuse are also likely to commit contact assaults – highlights claims which bemuse and concern many of us working with child sexual abuse (CSA). Prof … Continue reading

How much did government whips know about allegations of MP’s child abuse and where are the ‘dirt books’? (video)


In former Tory MP Michael Dobbs‘ novel, House of Cards, chief whip Francis Urquhart uses the dubious personal information that party whips gather on MP’s to blackmail them into complying with the government’s (and his own) agenda. Dobbs’ (fictional) account describes … Continue reading

Why Elizabeth Butler-Sloss must not lead the national inquiry into organised child abuse (video)


All three of Theresa May’s appointments to lead the British government’s child abuse reviews can be criticised on the grounds of a perceived lack of independence.  However, the choice of Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss is especially dubious given the clear need to gain … Continue reading

Former Tory minister accused of applying pressure on Simon Danczuk to withhold child abuse evidence named as Edward Garnier (video)


On Sunday, Simon Danczuk alleged that an unnamed MP had approached him “from the shadows” before Danczuk gave evidence to the home affairs committee into child abuse. Danczuk claims that the MP suggested that he withhold evidence, specifically any names, … Continue reading

Theresa May has carefully chosen a ‘sound’ chair for the review (of the review) of missing home office child abuse documents (video)


Theresa May has announced two more reviews into child abuse in the UK which can now be added to the pile of more than a dozen reviews or inquiries being run by the home office, the NHS, various police forces, … Continue reading

David Cameron accused of putting self-interest ahead of public interest with his “patronising attitude” to child sex abuse survivors


In an open letter to the prime minister, Peter McKelvie, the whistleblower who prompted Operation Fernbridge (the Scotland Yard investigation into allegations of a paedophile network with links to Downing Street) and author of the Spotlight On Abuse blog, alleges that … Continue reading

Inside Story – ‘The Secret Life of a Paedophile’ and the Peter Righton cover-up (video)


This is the original BBC Inside Story investigation into the notorious paedophile Peter Righton with notes from the excellent Spotlight On Abuse blog. Video ©  BBC “I can confirm that the closed down Hereford and Worcester investigation of 1994 was … Continue reading

An unamed MP is accused of applying pressure on Simon Danczuk to withhold child sex abuse evidence (video)


An unamed MP is alleged to have tried to apply pressure on Simon Danczuk to withhold the names of possible paedophile MP’s from his evidence to a house of commons select committee examining claims of a high profile child abuse … Continue reading

The sheer scale of child sexual abuse in Britain – reblog of Nick Davies article


The following is one of a series of articles on child sexual abuse in the UK published by former journalist of the year and exposer of widespread phone hacking Nick Davies in The Guardian. In November last year, every newspaper … Continue reading

A public inquiry into an “establishment cover-up” of non-recent child abuse would not be a “stale ritual” (video)


Speaking on the Sunday Politics the Financial Times journalist and regular guest talking-head, Janan Ganesh, told viewers that he did not believe an overarching full public inquiry into proven cases of organised child abuse in childrens homes  and allegations of … Continue reading