Jimmy Savile

It’s going down to the wire in your marginal constituency … time to crack out the Jimmy Savile jokes!

Craig Whittaker Jimmy Savile joke

One might imagine that chairing the parliamentary group on Looked After Children and Care Leavers might be enough to give Craig Whitttaker pause.

But there is another factor which makes this remark all the more sickening.

Here is a Halifax Courier report on ongoing criminal proceedings against an alleged paedophile gang in his constituency. The charge sheet includes rape, people trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child under 16, voyeurism and sexual assault.

“The allegations centre around two girls, who are believed to have been in Calderdale Council’s care when the men were arrested, although the majority of them relate to one girl. It is thought the girls were as young as 13 when they were allegedly abused.

The offences are alleged to have occurred from 2006 to 2011. With child protection failures already emerging back in 2010 the council portfolio holder for children’s services was understandably keen to run a mile:

“the portfolio holder for Calderdale Council’s Children & Young People’s Services has refused to accept any responsibility for the failings which several independent reports have highlighted, previously claiming that he did not know the situation within Child Protection Services was as bad as PwC highlighted in their report.

And who was the executive member concerned?

Former councillor and now MP for Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker.

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