Ex-Tory MP guilty of molesting boy was on panel advising on grooming gangs

An MP found guilty this month of molesting a 15-year-old boy advised the government on child sexual exploitation while under police caution, the Guardian can disclose.

Imran Ahmad Khan, the then Conservative MP for Wakefield, joined an expert panel offering advice on grooming gangs and went on to contribute to a policy paper entitled “Group-based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending”.

He attended online meetings with the panel of sexual exploitation experts in July, September and November of 2020. Staffordshire police say he gave a written statement under caution in May 2020 addressing claims he had assaulted a minor.

The disclosures raise serious questions for the government and the Home Office over why he was appointed to a panel addressing child protection while under police investigation.

Yeah something something projection…