CAMPAIGNING child sexual abuse survivors said the conviction of Nazir Ahmed should give others hope they can get justice and that no-one is above the law.
Sammy Woodhouse, who helped put serial sexual predator Arshid Hussain behind bars, said: “I am really pleased for the survivors. I know what it’s like to go through a court case.
“These crimes were committed in the 1970s and there’s going to be a lot of peoplewho look at this and think: ‘If they can get justice, then maybe I could’.
“It will give a lot of people some hope.” Sammy also backed a petition by MP Alexander Stafford to have Ahmed, who stepped down from the House of Lords in 2020, formally stripped of his life peerage.
“I think it should be automatically done, especially when it involves child sexual exploitation,” she said.
Another survivor, who goes by the pseudonym Elizabeth, paid tribute to Ahmed’s victims for coming forward and giving evidence.
She said: “It takes a strong kind of person, and a brave person, to go through the judicial process, but to go up against an influential figure at the House of Lords, with his status at the time, it’s amazing what they have done.
“They must have been scared. I send my love and respect to those victims.
They have been amazing.
“It must have taken some guts.”
Elizabeth said she had also signed Mr Stafford’s petition and would encourage others to sign it too.
She said the title should be removed with immediate effect.
“I think it should be automatic,” she added. “We shouldn’t have to fight for it.”