Child sex offenders should be allowed to stay in a Birmingham hostel even though it is next to a school, an MP has insisted.
Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) criticised plans to move paedophiles out of a hostel run by the Probation Service in her constituency.
She said: "This is just a gimmick to distract attention from the problems the Home Office is facing."
Dr Jones was speaking after John Reid, the Home Secretary, announced a series of high-profile measures against paedophiles.
The Government's tough stance followed the outcry over the case of serial paedophile Craig Sweeney, who was sentenced to "life" for kidnapping and assaulting a three-year-old girl - but could be released on parole in less than six years.
Dr Reid said he was prepared to consider making the names and addresses of sex offenders public, so they could be identified by parents.
And he pledged to move paedophiles who were living at 11 hostels close to schools.
They include Elliott House, in Edgbaston Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, which is next door to a nursery, and three more schools are within three quarters of a mile radius of the hostel.
But Dr Jones, the local MP, said she was happy for the offenders to stay.
She said: "Such people are potentially dangerous. I would hope the ones that are in a hostel are the least dangerous, and the worst are never released from prison at all.
"But the fact is that, wherever these hostels are, there will be children living nearby. There is no residential area in the country without children.
"Saying it should not be near a school might sound like it will make children safer, but it makes no difference.
"It just gives a false sense of security.
"I'm afraid John Reid's announcement looks to me like a gimmick."
She added: "What is important to me is not the location, but whether there is effective supervision and controls in place.
"I have seen first hand how hostels like this one work, and I am satisfied they do have good supervision."
A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The Home Secretary is 100 per cent committed to protecting the public and he has said he is determined to ensure sex offenders are not housed adjacent to schools."
Other hostels affected by Dr Reid's ruling include Mclntyre House in Nuneaton, and Staitheford House in Stafford.
The other eight are situated in Blackburn, Sheffield, Leeds, Leicester, Ellesmere Port, London, Lincoln and Luton.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said he was "astonished" there were paedophile hostels close to schools. He said: "That should be, as the Americans say, a no-brainer."
The proposal to give the public access to information about paedophiles comes after a six-year campaign supported by a tabloid newspaper and the mother of eight-year-old Sarah Payne, who was murdered six years ago.
Sarah was murdered by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting, who had previously sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl.
Dr Reid is sending Home Office Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to study practices in the United States to learn lessons from its operation of "Megan's Law", named after a seven-year-old girl who was murdered in similar circumstances.
B ut Downing Street yesterday admitted there were "genuine difficulties" in releasing more information to the public on the whereabouts of paedophiles.