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Friday, 31 October 2014

Fiona Woolf finally Quits as child abuse inquiry head

May and Cameron finally give Woolf the boot.  Who  will they choose next for their big cover-up.  Whatever  nasty schemes they have in mind it will not work.


Lawyer Alison Millar, who represents the victim groups, say they feel “disappointed, aggrieved and let down” about how the process has been handled. She said the entire inquiry needed to be “re-booted” with much more consultation with survivors.

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    tweets: “Real questions about Home Secretary Theresa May’s competence in now losing a second chair of the CSA  7
  • In her statement, Theresa May confirms she will appoint a new chair but does not say how quickly. She says Mrs Woolf would have fulfilled the role with integrity, impartiality and to the highest standard and insists that victims of abuse “can have confidence” in the rest of the members of the inquiry
  • Mr Vaz says the next chairman must be selected “as quickly as possible” after an “open, robust, and vigorous” appointment process, since two heads of the inquiry have stepped aside already.#
Ms Woolf was chosen to lead the inquiry following the resignation of Lady Butler-Sloss in July. Lady Butler-Sloss’s brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general in the 1980s, when some of the abuse is said to have taken place.
Fiona Woolf’s appointment as chairwoman of the historic child sex abuse inquiry was meant to restore confidence in the inquiry, but quickly plunged it into fresh controversy.
Unanimous feeling’
Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said victims would rather wait for a proper inquiry than rush forward with a “paper exercise”.
He said earlier that victims were “unanimous in our feeling that Fiona Woolf cannot remain as chair”.
He added: “It has to be a statutory inquiry, the terms of reference need to be looked at the geographical spread.
“There are one or two people who have said ‘We’ve just got to get on with this’.
“Well no, I don’t agree. I think most survivors of abuse have waited a long, long time to get a voice and they are more than happy to wait a little longer to make the whole thing work rather than steam ahead with a sort of paper exercise with the sort of wishy-washy terms of reference that we have at the moment.”

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