The MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, has welcomed news, today, that Shropshire Council will be cooperating with Telford and Wrekin Council as part of its forthcoming inquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE).
In a letter to Ms Allan, the Chief Executive of Shropshire Council, Clive Wright, confirmed that his Council had 'been working transparently with Telford and Wrekin on this matter for some time', through its Director of Children’s Services, and it would be 'co-operating and assisting' with the forthcoming independent inquiry.
In a meeting with the Chief Superintendent of West Mercia police this morning, the police also agreed to voluntarily cooperate with the inquiry.
Commenting on this development, Ms Allan said:
"I'm delighted that Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police have responded positively to Telford and Wrekin Council's commitment to holding an independent inquiry.
"It is vital we find answers, and bring about justice for the victims of CSE in Telford so that as a community we can move forward.
"I hope the authorities will use this opportunity to communicate to these victims that they were not at fault, that they will be listened to and that they can come forward in confidence."
Photo - Lucy Allan MP with Councillor Nicola Lowery, and Superintendent Tom Harding of West Mercia Police