The suspension of the most senior lawyer on the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been described as a “categorical disaster”.
Ben Emmerson QC said he learned of his suspension from news reports and was yet to hear the allegations that had resulted in him being dropped from the £100m probe.
It is the latest controversy to hit the inquiry, which is already on its fourth chairwoman.
Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald said the inquiry had been “careering out of control since its inception”.
He added that the Government must “face up to the reality that an inquiry lasting years into dozens of public institutions going back decades, quite unable to restrain its own remit, is destined to end as an embarrassing fiasco”.
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