Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 1:53pm

'We need to look carefully at what went wrong in Rochdale sex grooming case', says David Cameron

'We need to look carefully at what went wrong in Rochdale sex grooming case', says David Cameron

By Ian Silvera

The Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the Government needs to look carefully at what went wrong with the Rochdale sexual abuse cases at Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Cameron was replying to a question by Manchester MP Tony Lloyd.

The Labour MP for Manchester Central said: “Will he (Mr Cameron) make sure monitoring works properly, because it clearly hasn't so far."

Mr Lloyd’s critical question follows revelations that police may have known about child sex offences as far back as 2002 in Rochdale. 

Mr Cameron said: "It's a truly shocking case and we need to look very carefully at what went wrong.”

He added: “I think we need to look at why information wasn't passed more rapidly from children's homes to police, why action wasn't taken more rapidly."

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk also pressed the Prime Minister on the matter.

The University of Lancaster graduate paid tribute to the girls who came forward for their bravery and for standing up to their abusers.

He added: “How will the Government respond to these terrible crimes, and will there be a serious case review?"

The Prime Minister replied by praising Mr Danczuk’s bravery in talking about problems in 'particular communities' and stated that he would be prepared to look at a serious case review.

The exchange in the House of Commons today follows the conviction of nine men for raping and sexually assaulting girls in a child sex ring in Rochdale and Oldham.

The men were sentenced to a total of 77 years in jail on May 9.

The criminals, from Pakistan and Afghanistan, were found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, May 8 but were sentenced on May 9 in a case which has shocked the nation and raised questions about child safety.

They were convicted after five white girls gave evidence, telling how the men, who were taxi drivers and takeaway workers, plied with them with free food, alcohol and drugs in return for sexual favours.

The men, however, used violence against them if they refused to have sex with them and up to 20 others per night as the girls were passed around the group.

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.