Statement regarding the allegations of Nadine Dorries MP

Nadine Dorries has made allegations of sexual abuse against a priest, Rev William James Cameron who served in our diocese in the 1960’s. Rev Cameron, commonly known as James died in 2011. As far as we know the first time these allegations were made were in the Mail on Sunday.  The national safeguarding team of the Church of England have taken the lead in official investigations  into this matter and the Bishop of Liverpool has pledged our diocese will co-operate fully in this matter.
 
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Liverpool said “Any survivor of abuse has been through a traumatic experience and have our deepest sympathies. As a diocese we take our responsibilities to protect individuals from abuse incredibly seriously and follow up fully any reports or allegations whether current or historic. The first we heard of Nadine Dorries’ allegations was via the Mail on Sunday. We have had our records independently checked twice in recent years and have had no report of an allegation being made. However we can assure Nadine and anyone else who makes an allegation about current or historic abuse that we will make sure that these are thoroughly, appropriately and sensitively investigated.”

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and national lead for the Church of England on Safeguarding Matters said

“I want to express my deep sorrow to Nadine Dorries. It is a matter of deep regret and shame that abuse can and has happened in the Church. There are no excuses for this.  We will also be working with statutory authorities and others in Liverpool  to carry out a full investigation.  In the past fifty years we have made wide reaching changes to all aspects of our safeguarding policies and procedures. There is no room for complacency. We remain committed to implementing the highest standards across our churches. 

Will we also be working with the forthcoming public enquiry - called for by the church and others  - chaired by Lord Justice Goddard.  I would urge anyone who may have any information relating to this matter to contact the police or other statutory authorities.”