“The tragedy of Cleveland, whether mistakes were made or not, is that where social workers and doctors were attempting to tackle the problem, suddenly this great attack was unleashed upon them. The message to other doctors and social workers….is don’t get into this. The popular press will go for you and, sadly, a Labour MP will go for you and attack you in the House of Commons.” – Clare Short MP
For the story of how Stuart Bell MP attacked doctors and social workers, and unquestioningly protected a group of parents, some of whom were convicted paedophiles who had subjected their own children to horrific abuse, watch Tim Tate’s film, Cleveland: Unspeakable Truths.
The Guardian, 30th September 1987