Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of failing to tell the truth about the government’s decision to launch an independent review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The sensational claims were made in a special edition of Panorama which was broadcast last night to mark the tenth anniversary of the three-year-old’s disappearance in Praia Da Luz, Portugal.
The documentary claims that the government decided to launch a ‘independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information’ after being pressured by an open letter published on the front page of The Sun in 2011.
But Theresa May is later seen to seemingly contradict the claims under oath at the Leveson Inquiry, and instead states that the government had been considering a fresh review before the paper published the letter.
She is heard to say: ‘I felt the work we were doing to look at this review had been going on for some time.
‘It was coming to fruition around this time anyway and obviously the issue was a matter of public concern.’
Despite Mrs May’s claims, former Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre chief executive Jim Gamble says that there were no plans for a review only six months previously.
He said: ‘Well I know whenever I spoke to her in the late summer of 2010 that it wasn’t on the agenda because I had presented the report to them. I know she hadn’t reflected, or read the review at that time.’
Madeleine went missing as she slept in a holiday apartment in May 2007 while her parents dined nearby with friends. Despite a mammoth police investigation and widespread publicity, she has never been found.
When contacted by Yahoo News, Downing Street refused to comment further than Mrs May’s comments to the Leveson Inquiry.