Plymouth MP tries to raise case of nursery worker on child porn charges

June 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

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A Labour MP was prevented by the Speaker from raising the recent arrest of a woman on child pornography charges today.

Vanessa George, 39, has worked for the past three years in a nursery in Linda Gilroy’s Plymouth constituency.

She was arrested on Monday and has been charged with four counts of sexual assault involving children under 13 and three charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The police have said they believe some of the images were taken with a camera phone inside the nursery unit.

At Business Questions today Ms Gilroy spoke of “the shock, anger, grief and disbelief of parents, and indeed the whole community of Plymouth, on learning of the arrest earlier this week of a nursery worker and the charges today.”

“The police and social services are clearly offering support, but will she (Harriet Harman) advise me and keep me informed of any appropriate opportunities to raise the issues that will inevitably flow from the concerns of the parents and the community?” she asked.

Before Harriet Harman, the Leader of the House, could respond the Speaker rose.

“Order. The hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Linda Gilroy) may not realise it, but this matter is now sub judice because there has been a charge,” he said.

“It is best that we move on.”

After answering a question from Sir Nicholas Winterton on family courts, Ms Harman began : “If I could say to my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth …”

The Speaker interrupted her.

“Order. I have made a ruling on this matter. The hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton is making an argument at the side of the Chair, but let us not take that matter any further.

“It is not helpful when hon. Members come to the Chair to put the case to me that the Leader of House had something to reply on the matter.

“Order. I am not privy to what the Leader of the House might say, and I must decide what is taken on the Floor of the House and try to make sure that things are properly done.

“The right hon. and learned Lady is not going to mention anything about the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton, so I take it that that is the end of that matter.”

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