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31 October 2014

Fiona Woolf quits as head of inquiry into historic child sex abuse

The lawyer and Lord Mayor of London resigned over links to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.

By New Statesman

Fiona Woolf has stepped down as the head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations. She resigned the position in a letter to the Home Secretary following mounting pressure from alleged victims. Just earlier today, the Home Office said they had “full confidence” in her.

Doubt was cast on her suitability for the role after it was revealed in September that she had links to Leon Brittan, the former Home Secretary who is likely to give evidence to the inquiry. Woolf lives in the same street as Brittan, has attended dinner parties at his house and sponsored his wife £50 in a fun run.

Woolf is the second head of the inquiry to step down. The original appointee, Baroness Butler-Sloss, voluntarily resigned the position in July after it was revealed that her brother, Lord Michael Havers, was attorney general during the period the abuse is said to have taken place.

 

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