Senior counsel Ben Emmerson quits child sex abuse inquiry after being suspended

Daily Mail


The senior lawyer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has quit, a day after being suspended from his role.

Chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay said she had accepted Ben Emmerson QC’s decision to step down from the post of senior counsel after two years.

Mr Emmerson was suspended on Wednesday night amid reports he was about to resign. His departure was announced just hours after it was revealed his junior colleague Elizabeth Prochaska had also left her role.

In a statement Prof Jay said: “There is no truth in suggestions that he has resigned due to a difference of opinion with me about the next steps for the inquiry.”

Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier said that the “really important” inquiry would go ahead as planned, amid claims that it was in “crisis”.

In his resignation letter, posted on the inquiry’s website, Mr Emmerson said he remained “totally committed to securing a fair and just result for those who matter most, the victims and survivors of childhood abuse”

He said: “Shortly after you took over, you announced a review of the inquiry’s ways of working to identify any changes that may be necessary in the public interest.

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