Jim Gamble right to speak out on government’s risky plans for our child protection centre

Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said in response to an interview in The Times by the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre Jim Gamble:

“As a widely respected and experienced senior police officer Jim Gamble is absolutely right to speak out about the government’s risky and ill-thought out plans for our internationally renowned child protection centre.

“I worked closely with CEOP as Children’s Secretary and I share Mr Gamble’s grave concerns that losing this pro-active and dedicated centre will undermine our ability to tackle the exploitation and abuse of children.

“The Home Secretary does not seem to be able to explain why CEOP should be swallowed up by a new agency, except to meet David Cameron’s targets to cull so-called quangos. This is typical of the hasty and reckless decisions being made by the Conservative-led government with little regard for the consequences.

“It’s time Theresa May listened to Mr Gamble and so many other experts and campaigners against child abuse who have sounded alarm bells over this move. She should back down now before it’s too late.”

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Posted January 10th, 2011 by Ed's team

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