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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 2016.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill 12:00 am, 31st October 2016

Ten days ago, Allan Richards was convicted in Birmingham of the most horrific catalogue of offences against children, some as young as eight. I congratulate West Midlands police on the forensic investigation that brought him to justice, but he was a serving police officer for more than 30 years. Will the Home Secretary assure the House that the inquiry into what happened will be independent, that whistleblowers will be given protection and that, if other agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, made mistakes, they will form part of the investigation?