HELEN HAYES QUIZZES THERESA MAY ON LAMBETH CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY – “We all want this inquiry to work properly, and to work in the interests of survivors and victims” says PM
Helen Hayes MP has quizzed Prime Minister Theresa May on the Lambeth child abuse inquiry.
During Prime Minister’s question time the Dulwich and West Norwood MP asked the Prime Minister if she would meet with herself and fellow Lambeth Labour MP Chuka Umunna (Streatham) as well as people from the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association.
Helen Hayes told the Commons: “The independent inquiry on child sexual abuse was established to deliver long-awaited justice for victims and survivors, and to do so it must have their confidence.
“The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association represents more than 600 survivors of abuse that took place in Lambeth council-run children’s homes and has recently raised serious concerns about changes to the inquiry.”
She asked Theresa May: “Will the Prime Minister meet me, Mr Umunna and representatives from the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association to discuss their concerns and take action, so that confidence can be restored?”
Responding, Theresa May said: “The hon. Lady makes a very important point.
“The whole purpose of this inquiry was to be able to provide justice for those whose voices had not been heard for too long;
who felt that people in positions of power and institutions of the state, and other organisations, had not heard their voice;
and had not been prepared to listen to them and properly to investigate what had happened to them.
“It is important that victims and survivors have confidence in the inquiry. “Of course, the inquiry is an independent inquiry and it is up to its chairman to work with survivors and victims, as I know the inquiry chairman has been doing.
“But I will ensure that the Home Secretary has heard the representations the hon. Lady has made, and we will take what she has said to us today away and consider it very carefully.
“We all want this inquiry to work properly, and to work in the interests of survivors and victims.”