Historic child sex abuse inquiry on the brink of collapse after judge threatens to resign


Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Ben Emmerson QC is thought to have fundamental differences of opinion with the new chairwoman, Alexis Jay, about the future of the independent inquiry into child sex abuse.

Emerson wants to reduce the workload of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA), while Professor Jay wants to push ahead with the original plans for the project, it is believed.

The inquiry is examining historic sex abuse claims dating back more than six decades – with Westminster, the Church, schools and the armed forces all under the spotlight.

The inquiry was originally scheduled to span at least 10 years – but the continuous delays could push that back further.

Mr Emmerson is thought to be “actively considering” his position after being appointed by Theresa May two years ago when she was Home Secretary.

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