Rotherham scandal: Claims Shaun Wright misled MPs set to be referred to Parliament

Shaun Wright in 2014. Picture: PA
Shaun Wright in 2014. Picture: PA
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Claims that disgraced former police commissioner Shaun Wright misled MPs about what he knew of Rotherham’s abuse scandal are potentially set to be referred to Parliament.

Members of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel voted in favour of passing the matter to Parliament after learning they would be powerless to take any action against Mr Wright themselves.

But legal adviser Stuart Fletcher said a referral would only follow ‘checking’ that the matters had not already been investigated by the office of new commissioner Alan Billings.

It follows the IPCC refusing to carry out an investigation of two complaints made in October 2015 and referring the matter back to the local police and crime panel.

Complaints were made to the IPCC that Mr Wright may have given misleading evidence under oath to a Home Affairs Select Committee meeting in September 2014 about his knowledge of the extent of the town’s child sexual exploitation problem when he was a Rotherham councillor in charge of children’s services between 2005 and 2010.

Mr Fletcher told a meeting of the panel he could not go into detail about the precise nature of the allegations.

The matter could now be passed to the Home Affairs Select Committee to decide what action, if any, should be taken.