Whistleblower Peter McKelvie said: “It’s a process that survivors I’m talking to say they really don’t want to be part of”
The child abuse inquiry headed by under-fire Fiona Woolf was dealt a further blow on Thursday when a prominent campaigner said victims would not take part in it.
Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, who raised the alarm about prominent individuals engaged in child sex abuse two years ago, said: “It’s a process that survivors I’m talking to say they really don’t want to be part of.
“I really don’t think they will cooperate with this particular process at all.”
Home Secretary Theresa May is desperate to keep Ms Woolf in the post after losing her first choice Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.
The baroness stepped down after allegations resurfaced that her late brother, Lord Havers, tried to gag a whistleblowing MP while he was attorney general.
But Mr McKelvie, a former local authority child protection manager, told the BBC: “There is just no trust in the whole process, from the appointment of Butler-Sloss up to the appointment of Fiona Woolf.
“Because the one thing survivors wanted this time was a completely independent inquiry not led by anyone who they perceived to be a member of the establishment.”
Further pressure on Ms Woolf came on Thursday when a lawyer representing an abuse victim said she could not legally be seen as an impartial chair of the inquiry.
David Burrows has applied for a judicial review of the QC’s appointment on behalf of Ian McFadyen.
Mr McFadyen was subjected to sex attacks and indecent assaults by two male teachers at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire, where he was in the same year as Nick Clegg.
He told the Deputy Prime Minister last month that Ms Woolf should not head the inquiry into how historical allegations were handled because of her links to Leon Brittan.
Lord Brittan was handed a dossier said to contain the names of prominent paedophiles when he was Home Secretary in the early 1980s. Ms Woolf is his neighbour and has socialised with him and his wife.
On Thursday, doubt was cast on her account of their meetings when a picture emerged of her at a function with Lady Brittan and former newsreader Martyn Lewis.
Mr Burrows said: “I think it is unfortunate that she can’t see that, in legal terms, she cannot be seen to be impartial.”
Mr Clegg, who worked for Lord Brittan in Brussels, had failed to give Ms Woolf his support earlier this week.
But on Thursday he said: “I haven’t heard anything which suggests to me that the Home Secretary took the wrong decision. I think Fiona Woolf is obviously a very credible person.”