Tessa speaks about child sex abuse inquiry

In an interview on Monday last week, Tessa welcomed The Home Secretary’s announcement to hold a full, independent Inquiry into worrying patterns of ‘lost’, suppressed and destroyed evidence about paedophile rings which, it is alleged, involve high-profile individuals.

Tessa and six other MPs had written to Theresa May last month about the need for a completely independent investigation into the procedures used by the authorities when reports of sexual abuse are raised.  She had serious concerns about apparently side-lined and abandoned prosecutions and alleged cover-ups, stemming from victims’ assertions that abusers were influential, famous and consequently powerful – and able to sway society’s official ‘enforcers’ away from the path to justice.

During that interview, Tessa disclosed that she had been a victim of sexual abuse in her childhood. 

Tessa said:

“I’m a survivor.”

Three small words I dropped into conversation in the House of Commons this week.  I want to explain what those words mean to me.

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Tessa and her colleagues to deliver a £250 bonus for Britain’s unsung heroes

Tessa and Health Minister Norman LambLocal MP and ‘Carers Ambassador’ Tessa Munt has announced her party’s intention to reward almost 1,300 carers in the Mendip area and more than 1,600 carers in the Sedgemoor area with a bonus worth up to £250 a year – should the Lib Dems form part of the next Government.

The annual bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones nationally, and would be available to anyone who receives the Carer’s Allowance or the Carer’s Premium.

The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and is in recognition of the invaluable contribution they make to society.

Tessa said:

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Tessa right on board with Guide Dogs’ Talking Buses campaign

Local MP Tessa Munt has added her support to the Guide Dog charity’s campaign to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.

Tessa attended an event in Parliament last week in support the campaign to make sure all new buses have audio visual (AV) ‘next stop’ announcements, which are so vital for blind and partially-sighted bus travellers.

The meeting, which was addressed by Tessa’s colleague and Bus Minister, Susan Kramer, highlighted how announcements enable blind and partially-sighted people to understand their location and prevent them from missing their stops.

AV systems are only fitted to around one fifth of the bus fleet nationally, with the overwhelming majority operating in London.

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Tessa welcomes full independent inquiry into allegations of child abuse cover-ups at the heart of the establishment

Local MP Tessa Munt has welcomed the Home Secretary’s announcement that she will establish a full, independent Inquiry into the worrying pattern of ‘lost’, suppressed or destroyed evidence about paedophile rings which, it is alleged, include prominent politicians, celebrities and other high-profile members of the establishment.

The Home Secretary’s announcement follows a letter to her, signed by Tessa and 6 other MPs, last month. The letter has since attracted another 140 MPs’ signatures from across the political divides, and an online petition attracted over 78,000 signatures in a matter of days.

Tessa said:

“There is the potential for abuse wherever an individual has power over others.  Where that imbalance exists, we should all be alert to the risks of abuse and must try to listen harder to those who may feel they do not have a voice – whether they are children, adults or the elderly, from the playground to the nursing home, whether victims of domestic, sexual, emotional or any other form of abuse.  Then, if we have heard that voice, we have a responsibility to act.”

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