Child sex abuse victims have criticised Boris Johnson for claiming police funding was being "spaffed up the wall" investigating historical allegations. The Tory MP said in an interview with LBC that "an awful lot of police time" was spent looking at "historic offences and all this malarkey". One victim, Gary Cliffe, said the comments were "horrific". Children's charity NSPCC said the former London mayor's remark was an "affront to victims".
Mr Cliffe, who was a victim of Barry Bennell when the serial paedophile youth coach ran junior clubs linked to Manchester City, added: "Mr Johnson needs educating on both child sex abuse and policing."
Chris Unsworth, director of the Offside Trust, the organisation set up by survivors of child sexual abuse in football in the wake of the football abuse scandal, said Mr Johnson's comments were "ignorant, dangerous, disgraceful and unbelievably distasteful".
"Not only has he caused untold upset and offence among survivors and their families affected by child abuse, he has failed to understand that learning mistakes from the past is critical to keeping our children today safe. "Boris Johnson clearly has no understanding whatsoever of the issues involved. On behalf of the thousands of people impacted by child abuse we demand an apology."