Today, Michael Bird received a response from the office of Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England, who was sent a copy of from Hillsborough to Lambeth and invited to comment on the appalling child protection issues raised by the book.
Here is the response:
“…I refer to your recent letter in which you seek the comments of Dr. Atkinson regarding your book ‘from Hillsborough to Lambeth corruption and cover up of child abuse and racism’.
I must inform you that the Children’s Commissioner was established under the Children’s Act 2004 as an independent body and in order to retain this status we have adopted a policy of not endorsing other organisations, supporting campaigns or commenting on books received into the office.
Therefore while the Commissioner has received your book she does not intend to offer any comments on it.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write to the Children’s Commissioner.
Higher Executive Officer …”