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Pledge on sexual grooming is welcomed by Blackburn MP Jack Straw
9:00pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
SHADOW Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s pledge of action on sexual grooming of youngsters has been welcomed by Jack Straw and Lord Tony Greaves.
Yesterday she called for a renewed focus in the wake of the Rochdale scandal.
Already the specialist Engage and Freedom teams tackle the issue across East Lancashire, highlighted a decade ago in the Telegraph’s Keep Them Safe campaign.
Ms Cooper told the Labour Party Conference, gathered in Manchester: “I feel very strongly that more action is needed fast.
“We need a new Domestic and Sexual Violence Board starting with rapid action to protect vulnerable children and young people.”
Blackburn MP Mr Straw said: “This is based on the Youth Justice Board I established which has been effective in focusing effort.
“This is an important issue which Blackburn council, the Telegraph and Lancashire police were early to act upon.”
Liberal Democrat Lord Greaves, from Pendle, said: “This is a good idea but we need to see the detail.”
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