Abuse victims ‘saddened’ as Ben Emmerson QC quits inquiry

BBC News

Victims say they are “saddened, but not surprised” by the resignation of the most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse.

The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association described the decision to quit by Ben Emmerson QC as “devastating”.

It said some survivors were losing faith, believing the investigation’s large remit was designed to fail.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she still has confidence in the inquiry.

It was set up to examine whether public bodies, including the police, in England and Wales had failed in their duty to protect children from sexual abuse, and to examine claims of abuse involving “well-known people”.

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