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Responding to a letter from Dame Lowell Goddard to the Home Affairs Select Committee which has appeared in the media this morning, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Yvette Cooper MP said:

Dame Lowell Goddard's refusal to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about her resignation from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Is disgraceful.

Dame Goddard has been paid significant amounts of public money to do an extremely important job which she suddenly resigned from, leaving a series of questions about what has been happening over the last 18 months and why the Inquiry got into difficulties.

Yet rather than give oral evidence to answer these questions she is relying on the fact that she is out of the UK to avoid the requirement to give evidence to Parliament.

This is an astonishing response from a paid public servant who should know how important transparency is in an inquiry as sensitive and crucial as this one. Child abuse survivors have been let down by the extremely rocky start to this inquiry and we do need answers as to why it went wrong in order to be confident it is back on track now.

The Committee has always believed it is vital that Dame Lowell Goddard gives oral evidence to us and we will explore what options are available to us to require her to come before the Committee should she enter the UK again at any time in the future.

Yvette Cooper responds to letter from Dame Goddard that appeared in the media today

Responding to a letter from Dame Lowell Goddard to the Home Affairs Select Committee which has appeared in the media this morning, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Yvette...

Yvette is urging people across the Five Towns to respond to the Council’s plans for leisure services.

Announced last month, the plans will include a new leisure centre with pool and fitness facilities at Pontefract Park and the closure of pools in Pontefract, Knottingley and Castleford.

There has been controversy because leisure centres in Castleford and Knottingley will close before Christmas, years before the estimated completion of the new facility.

A consultation is currently taking place to find out the views of local people. It closes on Wednesday 9th November and the MP wants as many people to respond and make their voices heard.

The consultation can be found at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/have-your-say/five-towns-leisure-consultation

Yvette said:

Over the last six years the Government has cut Wakefield Council’s budget by over £185m and we’re seeing the consequences of that. But I’m really concerned about what the plan means for our towns. The deadline is next Wednesday 9th November and it’s really important that Councillors know what people think before making the final decision.

I've been meeting with local groups to come up with alternative options and I think these closure plans are far too fast. We need time for everyone to work together to keep the pools and leisure centre open. 

ENDS

Yvette urges people to respond to leisure services consultation

Yvette is urging people across the Five Towns to respond to the Council’s plans for leisure services.

Responding to the Home Secretary’s decision not to hold an inquiry into the events during and after the Battle of Orgreave, Yvette Cooper MP said:

“I've long called for an inquiry into Orgreave. People in the coalfield areas have been waiting 32 years for the truth of what happened at Orgreave and many people feel very angry and upset at this decision to hold no inquiry at all.

95 miners were charged, many were held in prison on remand and their families were put through a miserable ordeal, based on charges and evidence that then collapsed. Recent information has emerged, including in the Hillsborough inquests that adds to the case for an inquiry as there are still so many unanswered questions about the way police behaved and why it happened. 

The Government has supported the work of the Hillsborough panel and a series of independent inquiries in cases where injustice was suspected -  including the Daniel Morgan independent panel, the Ellison Review and inquiry into undercover policing linked to the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse. That is why this decision not to hold an inquiry of any kind into Orgreave is so troubling. 

The coalfield communities want a commitment to truth and justice for the people of Orgreave.

Yvette's response to the Home Secretary’s decision on Orgreave

Responding to the Home Secretary’s decision not to hold an inquiry into the events during and after the Battle of Orgreave, Yvette Cooper MP said: “I've long called for an...


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