Stoke & Staffordshire

Politician denies Esther Baker sexual abuse claims

A politician who was questioned by police over allegations of sexual abuse has denied the claims against him.

The 55-year-old confirmed he was interviewed under caution by Staffordshire Police over an inquiry prompted by Esther Baker.

Ms Baker, who waived her right to anonymity, said she was sexually abused as a girl in the 1980s and 90s, and named the man as one of her abusers.

Staffordshire Police said the man had not been arrested.

The politician, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "public campaigning" by Labour MPs over "unproven allegations" had led to him being interviewed.

"My children are the victim of this latest witch-hunt by Labour MPs who have no concern about the effects of their campaign on real people," he said.

'Nothing to lose'

He added: "I am not critical of the police. The police have got to investigate. They are put in a very difficult situation."

Police confirmed the man had been questioned by detectives on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.

Ms Baker said she and other children had been taken to the countryside in Cannock Chase and raped.

She also claimed uniformed police officers were present during some of her ordeals.

Speaking to Sky News in May, Ms Baker said: "I have hid it for 20 years, that has not worked, that hasn't taken the fear away - I have got nothing to lose any more."

In May, Staffordshire's Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said: "To be clear, regardless of role, anyone who has been involved in criminal offences will be investigated to provide justice for the victim."

While Ms Baker has allowed her name to be used in the public domain, Mr Drake stressed victims of any form of sexual abuse would have their anonymity protected.

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