SHOWDOWN

Child abuse judge who dramatically quit £100 million inquiry snubs showdown with MPs

  • Dame Lowell Goddard quit as chairman of child sex abuse inquiry
  • Her departure from the £500,000 job was after she lost staff confidence
  • She will write a report and not see the Home Affairs Select Committee
Dame Lowell Goddard will submit a written report after efforts by the Home Affairs Select Committee to meet her failed
Dame Lowell Goddard will submit a written report after efforts by the Home Affairs Select Committee to meet her failed
The
judge who dramatically quit as chairman of a £100 million child sex
abuse inquiry will not meet MPs to explain her resignation.
New
Zealander Dame Lowell Goddard will submit a written report after
efforts by the Home Affairs Select Committee to make her appear in
person failed.
Her
departure from the £500,000-a-year role last month, having lost the
confidence of senior staff, cast the independent inquiry into chaos. 
Asked
if she would attend Wednesday’s session of the committee alongside new
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Dame Lowell, 67, said from Wellington, New
Zealand: ‘I don’t anticipate it, no.’
The
inquiry, which is examining allegations of abuse by the late Labour
peer Lord Janner as part of its remit, is now chaired by Professor
Alexis Jay. She previously carried out a child sexual exploitation
inquiry in Rotherham. 

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