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Cameron orders Tories to open Whips ‘dirt books’ to child abuse investigators

Cameron orders Tories to open Whips 'dirt books' to child abuse investigators

The Prime Minsiters decision came as a response to a letter from John Mann, the MP who wrote to all the party leaders in December. It also comes as 200 child abuse victims and campaigners meet in Parliament today to discuss how to take their campaign for justice forward

The Telegraph reports: David Cameron has agreed to throw open the records of Conservatives whips’ office and Tory central office to let investigators hunt for evidence of historic child abuse, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Tory leader and Prime Minister has personally written to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to make clear that both the whips and Tory headquarters had to “co-operate fully” with the Home Office’s inquiry into child sexual abuse, which is still seeking a chairman.

This will mean that party’s infamous “dirt books”, in which whips recorded the indiscretions by MPs to help to keep them in check in Parliament, will be scrutinised by Home Office officials.

t comes as victims of child abuse will hold 200-strong rally in Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to discuss how to take forward their campaign for justice.

Mr Cameron’s decision came in a response to a letter from John Mann, the Labour MP who wrote to all party leaders last month urging them to “put all other considerations aside and urgently uncover and pass on any information relating to child abuse in your political party.

“In particular every living Whip needs to be questioned by their party on any evidence or rumours that were circulating at the time.”

Mr Mann said in the letter, sent on December 4, that there were “police inquiries on going into a number of former Members of Parliament, with at least 22 names alleged to have been involved”.