Westminster paedophile ring: MP John Mann expects tens of thousands of victims to come forward
Tens of thousands of victims are likely to come forward when the Westminster child abuse inquiry finally begins, an MP has warned.
Labour’s John Mann said today investigators will struggle with the “vast” number of allegations being made.
The Bassetlaw MP added: “Probably it’s going to be many tens of thousands of people across the country. It really is an extraordinary number of people.
“The state can’t deal with the numbers of people coming forward.”
Home Secretary Theresa May announced the inquiry six months ago into claims ofhistorical child sex abuse and a cover-up that allegedly goes to the heart of the establishment.
It stalled when two chairwomen were forced to quit over links to powerful figures.
And while the probe is expected to relaunch in coming weeks, Mr Mann warned of the scale of alleged abuse.
He said: “I’m getting a vast number of people, including my constituents, coming forward making allegations.
“Many of those people came forward in the past and weren’t listened to or weren’t believed, and that’s a key part of the problem.”
Mr Mann gave police evidence on 22 politicians who may have been involved in abuse or its cover-up.
And he told the BBC that survivors’ groups had called on the Government to set up a “national institute” to deal with victims, adding: “The police and social services cannot cope with the volume that’s there, even now.”