Fiona Woolf, the chair of the inquiry into historic child abuse has stepped back from issuing a statement about her links to Leon Brittan.
Former Tory home secretary Brittan is embroiled in claims of an establishment cover-up.
Woolf was going to issue a statement and then decided better of it. It is unclear why there was a change of heart and a cancelled press conference last week.
Current Tory Home Secretary Theresa May seems unlucky with appointments to inquiries.
Her first choice Elizabeth Butler?Sloss stood down following claims that she faced a conflict of interest.
Her brother, Lord Havers, was attorney general during the 1980s. He tried to dissuade Geoffrey Dickens, a Tory MP, from revealing that Sir Peter Hayman, a diplomat, was a paedophile.
Lord Brittan is at the centre of a furore about the way the Home Office handled a dossier on child sex abuse by senior politicians when he was in charge of the department. The dossier was subsequently lost.
Police blocked an investigation into a Labour MP over child abuse 25 years ago, according to a senior officer. Mick Creedon, chief constable of Derbyshire police force, told the Times newspaper last week that there was “credible evidence” against Greville Janner.
Janner is a former MP for Leicester West and is now Lord Janner of Braunstone, QC.
Creedon said he was forbidden to arrest Janner, or search his home or offices.
“The decision was a clear one,” Creedon said. “He will be interviewed by appointment and there won’t be a search of his home address or his constituency office or his office in the House of Commons.
“It was a decision made by people more senior than me.”
The allegations against Lord Janner were exposed during a police investigation into Frank Beck, the manager of Leicester children’s homes.
Beck died in jail after being convicted of abusing boys in his care. A former resident and alleged victim gave evidence at Beck’s trial and said he had a two-year sexual relationship with Janner when he was a teenager.
Lord Janner was cheered from all sides in the House of Commons in December 1991 when he condemned the allegations made against him.
Police have launched a new investigation into Lord Janner and others, Operation Enamel.