Lisa Nandy MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, commenting on former children's minister Tim Loughton's comments that child protection is a 'declining priority' at the Department for Education, said:
"Just a few days after the police and NSPCC report into Jimmy Savile, a former minister has lifted the lid on David Cameron and Michael Gove's education department, warning that they are failing to make child protection a high enough priority. That is an incredibly serious issue.
"Experts are warning that the Government is in danger of undermining the guidance on child protection. After their failure to hold a single overarching inquiry into abuse allegations, ministers must get a grip and focus on this issue - these warnings must not go unheeded."