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Child abuse inquiry crisis

Issue No. 2435

The farce around the Child Abuse panel inquiry continues.

Tory home secretary Theresa May is set to disband the inquiry and replace it with another one. 

City lawyer Fiona Woolf, who was the second inquiry head forced to resign last year, was made a dame in the New Year’s honours list.

Potential conflicts of interest also forced her predecessor, Baroness Butler-Sloss, to step down.

The remit of the inquiry is uncertain and is leading to anger from survivor groups.

How, or even if, security service agents will give evidence is still unclear.

Meanwhile abuse scandals continue to circle Westminster.  

The inquiry—in whatever form—is unlikely to resolve those. 

But some simple steps could improve the situation. 

The security services could release all their files on all MPs. 

The whips offices of the political parties could do the same. 

The threat of using the Official Secrets Act to prosecute people who give evidence to any inquiry needs to be lifted.

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