Conservative MP of North West Durham Richard Holden pledges to “continue to support men who were subjected to horrific abuse” whilst held at Medomsley Detention Centre.

In a speech on Monday evening in the House of Commons Richard Holden stated that he recognised the work that the previous MP Laura Pidcock did for the men who suffered abuse in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s at Medomsley Detention Centre and that he would continue to support the campaign for a public inquiry into what happened at Medomsley.

Ms Pidcock in her role of MP for North West Durham fully supported the need for a public inquiry to investigate the huge scale of physical and sexual abuse which was suffered by detainees at Medomsley.
She made a statement in which she stated that:

“Over a long period, I’ve listened and spoken to the victims of Medomsley Detention Centre, who have come to me to tell their stories, in the hope of getting some justice.

As well as the extreme violence that was normalised at detention centres across the country in the 1970s and 80s, there was a well organised pattern of sexual abuse at this particular detention centre.
Some of that abuse happened outside the centre, when young men were taken out of Medomsley Detention Centre.

Their stories are harrowing and their experiences at the hands of their abusers have gone on to affect the rest of their lives, for many in tragic ways.

Complaints of physical and sexual abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre number over 1,800, making it the largest single occurrence of abuse in this country.

It is the belief of the men that I have spoken to that not only does this number just scratch the surface (because it is very hard for victims of sexual abuse to come forward) but that the convictions which have taken place so far only reflect a portion of the real abuse that happened at the centre.

The overriding feeling of the men isn’t just a desire for justice, but – as with many victims of sexual abuse – to stop it ever happening again, to other vulnerable children and young adults in detention facilities.”


Jordans are pleased that Richard Holden has pledged his support to the victims who suffered abuse whilst at Medomsley and Jordans will continue to support the need for a full Public Inquiry into the large scale physical and sexual abuse which occurred at Medomsley. We strongly believe that detainees who suffered abuse whilst at Medomsley have the right to an inquiry to investigate why the abuse was allowed to take place. There is sufficient evidence to investigate the fact that detainees were subjected to widespread abuse for over three decades and were placed at risk by individuals who were in a position of power.

Jordans Solicitors have a dedicated team of highly skilled team of specialist lawyers who can ensure your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best outcome from those responsible for your traumatic experiences. If you would like help with pursuing a claim, please make contact with us by email, telephone on our freephone number 0800 9555 094 or by completing a request a compensation call back form.

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