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Calls grow for UK inquiry into alleged Westminster child abuse

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:00 AM
 
People dressed as a 'Viking warrior-crew' sail along the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 15, 2014. The British government faced growing calls on Sunday for a national inquiry into allegations of child abuse by politicians in the 1970s and 1980s, after it emerged that 114 files relating to the accusations were missing. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The British government faced growing calls on Sunday for a national inquiry into allegations of child abuse by politicians in the 1970s and 1980s, after it emerged that 114 files relating to the accusations were missing.

The claims have resurfaced after revelations of child abuse by prominent celebrities, fuelling calls for an over-arching inquiry into past sex violations and questions over whether allegations were ignored.

The allegations of an organised ring of child abusers in Westminster centre on a dossier given to the interior ministry in 1983 by Geoffrey Dickens, a Conservative MP and campaigner against child abuse.

But that file is missing.

 
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