Singer met with Simon Danczuk MP in Parliament yesterday
East 17’s Brian Harvey is carrying out his own inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations.
Harvey has reportedly been gathering information on abuse claims for the past 12 months and is now sharing his research with politicians. He met with Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who has led calls for an inquiry into abuse allegations, at the House of Commons yesterday (January 7).
The pair were put in touch by fellow Labour MP Stella Creasy, who represents Harvey in his east London constituency of Walthamstow. Danczuk said he would pass any relevant findings from the former pop star on to police. “It’s the first time I’ve met him. He came across to me as a really thoughtful person,” the MP told Buzzfeed. “The reason we were meeting up is to discuss some work he’s done around child sex abuse. He was sharing the information that he had gathered.
“He feels quite passionately about protecting children and really wants to make a contribution. We know that showbusiness is an industry that’s had a number of abusers within it.”
He added: “He’s providing a number of leads that I’m keen to follow up and that’s exactly what I’ll do. I’m pleased he’s done the work he’s done. We had a good chat. I’d be happy and keen to meet him again.”
A government probe into child abuse, prompted by allegations of a VIP paedophile ring including MPs and other public figures, has faced several hurdles since it was launched. Two members of the panel were recently forced to step down after being accused of sending insulting letters to victims who criticised the inquiry.
This is not the first time Brian Harvey has embroiled himself in politics. The ‘Stay Another Day’ singer was obstructed by a policeman outside Downing Street in October after he demanded to see David Cameron. “He was shouting that the binder [that he was carrying] was ‘evidence’ of how much money the [government] had stolen from him,” Twitter user Dai Hillson said at the time.