Fiona Woolf resigns as head of inquiry into historic child sex abuse after pressure to quit

London Evening Standard

Fiona Woolf tonight announced she had resigned as the head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse after facing unprecedented pressure to quit.

Representatives of child abuse victims had urged her to stand down over after fresh revelations emerged about her links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

They also criticised her lack of expertise on the subject of child abuse.

In a statement tonight, she said: “I did not think it was going to be possible for me to chair [the inquiry] without everybody’s support.”

She told the BBC that it has been clear to her for some time that she did not have the confidence of the victims and it was time for her to “get out of the way”.

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