A former cabinet minister has said there “may well have been” a political cover-up of child sex abuse in the 1980s.
Lord Tebbit told the Andrew Marr Show the culture at the time was to protect “the establishment” rather than delving “too far” into such claims.
His comments come after it emerged that the Home Office could not locate 114 potentially relevant files. Current MP Keith Vaz said files had been lost “on an industrial scale”.
The government has rejected calls for an over-arching public inquiry into the various allegations of child abuse from that era.
However, a new review, to be carried out by a senior legal figure from outside Whitehall, will look into a Home Office review last year of any information it received in the 1980s and 1990s about organised child sex abuse.