Further allegations regarding government child abuse cover ups surfaced in the Mail on Sunday on March 7th. It was revealed that, prior to his knighthood, information about alleged child abuse by former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was given to Margaret Thatcher and other top government officials. This information was ignored and not only did Smith receive a knighthood, but he continued to abuse young boys with impunity.
The Mail on Sunday made the point that the government's resistance to this information becoming public is in direct contradiction to the commitment to be open and transparent regarding the issue of child sex abuse. It took a lot of work by journalists to extract the information from the Cabinet Office leading to concerns that some information is still being covered up.
Responding to the Mail on Sunday story Simon said, 'Nick Clegg and David Cameron have colluded in covering this up. It involves their people and we should not have to learn about this piecemeal because of journalists pestering for information. Both men need to come clean and make a personal commitment to revealing everything that is now held by Government departments. The Prime Minister promised there would be no stone unturned into the inquiry of historic sex abuse in Westminster. But the Cabinet Office seems to be doing the opposite. Nick Clegg, who sits in this department, has already written to me refusing to carry out an investigation into who knew what about Cyril Smith in his party and it’s disappointing to see the Cabinet Office continuing this unhelpful approach.’
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Simon has pledged to continue to work to expose the extent of historic child abuse especially surrounding Westminster and the political establishment and he will continue to campaign for justice for the victims.