CSE victim Sammy appalled by disgraced MP’s panel appointment

CSE victim Sammy appalled by disgraced MP’s panel appointment

By Michael Upton | 11/05/2022

CSE victim Sammy appalled by disgraced MP’s panel appointment

 

ROTHERHAM CSE survivor Sammy Woodhouse said she was “disgusted” a Tory MP accused of sexual assault had been appointed to a panel on grooming gangs.

Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted last month of sexually assaulting a boy, joined the panel while under police investigation.

The Conservative Party had been reportedly warned about the allegations against him, although the Home Office said in the wake of his conviction that they were not aware of them.

Sammy, who also served on the panel, said the Wakefield MP should never have been appointed.

“This was important work that I undertook in good faith, but I am disgusted to have been put in a position where I was working with a man later convicted for child sexual assault,” she said.

“Knowing now that the Conservatives had already received complaints from a victim about this man, it is gut-wrenching for me as a survivor that they could possibly have allowed him to be considered for this role.”

Campaigning Labour MP Louise Haigh has demanded home secretary Priti Patel and the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, “come clean” on what the Conservative Party knew about the reports of child sexual abuse against Khan, saying: “How could they possibly have put victims in this position?”

“The Tories have serious questions to answer over how they gave this criminal free reign to exploit his position and victims of abuse.”

The Conservatives said they had “no record” of the complaint against Khan, while the Home Office said it was “not aware of the allegations against him at the time and he no longer has any involvement with the department”.

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