Labour leader Ed Miliband speaks out on Rotherham abuse scandal

MP Ed Miliband
MP Ed Miliband

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband is calling for the people in ‘positions of responsibilty’ while 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham to be held to account.

The explosive report, which revealed Rotherham Council’s failure to tackle at least 1,400 cases of child sexual abuse over 16 years, was published on Tuesday.

Breaking his silence on the findings of the report, the Labour party leader has called the extent of the child abuse ‘devastating’.

“Large numbers of young people were systematically abused and then let down by those who should have protected them,” said Mr Miliband.

“Those people in positions of responsibility at the time should be held to account. The case now is overwhelming for the Government to get an over-arching inquiry into child abuse up and running.”

Mr Miliband has also called for Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, to resign due to the position he held at Rotherham Council as a cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010.

It comes just days after it was revealed Doncaster Council’s Assistant Director of Children and Families, Jacqueline Wilson, was interviewed by Prof Jay’s inquiry because of the managerial role she held at Rotherham Council from 2002 to 2007.

Mrs Wilson took up her role in Doncaster in January this year, and is one of at least three senior officials who were employed by Rotherham Council during the period covered by the inquiry who now hold high-ranking roles at other local authorities.

Doncaster Council is now making its own enquiries relating to Mrs Wilson’s role with Rotherham Council.

Chief Executive Jo Miller said: “The crimes perpetrated in Rotherham over many years are appalling. The report is profoundly shocking.

“Now we have sight of the report we are considering any implications for Doncaster and we are liaising with Rotherham Council as well as making our own enquiries.”

The local authority has confirmed that Mrs Wilson is still in her position at the council.