The independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is to examine whether the parliamentary whips’ office suppressed evidence over MP’s involvement in abuse.
This will form part of the Westminster Strand of their investigations. As part of this, the IICSA will also consider whether the “police and prosecutors were prevented from pursuing sensitive cases involving politicians.”
Andrew O’Conner QC and Counsel for the inquiry has acknowledged concerns which have been raised by the general public regarding a police investigation that decided not to bring charges against a Westminster Paedophile ring in Dolphin Square in London.
O’Conner listed 6 areas the investigation will focus on:
1 Whether it is possible that whips may have taken active steps to conceal allegations;
2 Whether the Police or Prosecutors were prevented from pursuing cases;
3 Whether the Police of Prosecutors were “warned off” investigating cases;
4 How political parties responded to allegations against members of their party;
5 How the honours system deal with individuals alleged to have been involved in child sex abuse;
6 Official contacts with the Paedophile Information Exchange and its membership in the 1970’s and 1980’s;
O’Connor has stated that the MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have been asked to provide information and material to assist in the investigation.
Seven anonymous complainants have been given core participant status as well as the Labour Party, the Met and the Home Office.
IICSA will not investigate whether Edward Heath, former Prime Minister was a paedophile. O’Connor has said,
“It will not be appropriate for the inquiry,” he cautioned, “… to make findings as to whether any individual allegations of child sexual abuse are true or false.”
The hearings are schedule to be heard in March 2019 for a period of 3 weeks.