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PM accused of ignoring Westminster sex claims

By Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
A Labour MP has accused Theresa May of failing to act over warnings about historical claims of a Westminster sex scandal cover-up.
Lisa Nandy claimed she told the then-Home Secretary years ago about allegations Tory whips had "used information about sexual abuse to demand loyalty from MPs".Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Ms Nandy said: "I brought that information to her in this House and I warned her at the time that unless real action was taken we risked repeating those injustices again today."On three occasions I asked her to act and on three occasions she did not."So can I ask her - in this of all weeks, for the fourth time, will she finally take concrete action to tackle this?"Ms Nandy also tweeted a question she asked Mrs May in July 2014, about the child sex abuse insuiry.In it, she highlighted the claim by an ex-Tory whip made in a 1995 documentary that his office routinely helped MPs with scandals, including those "involving small boys", during the 1970s.Mrs May responded on Wednesday by promising to "look back" at the interventions.
3 yrs ago, I asked Theresa May to act on evidence that Whips had covered up sexual misconduct. Today at #PMQs I asked her again to act. pic.twitter.com/NBl0iwyJK3— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) November 1, 2017
She said: "I will say to her that I am very clear that the whips office - I hope this goes for all whips offices across this House - should make clear to people that where there are any sexual abuse allegations that could be of a criminal nature that people should go to the police."It is not appropriate for those to be dealt with by whips offices - those should go to the police."That continues to be the case."Downing Street insisted that Mrs May had responded to Ms Nandy's questions, because the role of political parties had been included within the terms of reference of the child sex abuse inquiry."The matters raised were dealt with," the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.It comes as a series of fresh sex assault and harassment claims brew in Westminster.A whistle-blower helpline will be "strengthened" and told to recommend all serious allegations to police as a result, the Government announced on Monday.
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