GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis says he will continue to support Oxfam, despite a recent scandal which engulfed the organisation.

The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.

Oxfam's deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence has resigned, while the Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the organisation.

But this week, speaking at the NME Awards, Mr Eavis said: "We've raised millions through the years with Oxfam - six million quid - and everyone's said what a wonderful charity they are and we still support them.

"And for a few dodgy people - like with the NHS you get a few dodgy doctors and it doesn't discredit the NHS does it. So why should it affect Oxfam?"

Former ambassador Livia Firth, the wife of actor Colin, urged Oxfam to address the abuse but continue its relief work.

She said: "It is appalling to hear the news of the men that have abused the people they were there to help. It's a betrayal of all who put their faith in them: those who most needed their help.

"I still believe that such programmes are necessary. It would be a tragedy to see this relief work and advocacy stopped. For its part Oxfam must address this abuse diligently and transparently.

"Oxfam must do everything in its power to heal the damage to those who depend on both its work and the good faith and generosity of its supporters."

Earlier, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, accused the charity of failing to show moral leadership by not properly informing donors about the actions of its workers.

Ms Mordaunt said: "No organisation is too big, or our work with them too complex, for me to hesitate to remove funding from them if we cannot trust them to put the beneficiaries of aid first."

The minister, who said a culture change is needed, is due to meet the National Crime Agency on Thursday after talks with charity bosses, regulators and experts in recent days.

Oxfam officials also met the Charity Commission on Wednesday after the regulator launched a statutory inquiry.

Oxfam received £31.7 million in taxpayer funding in 2016/17.