Theresa May defends child abuse inquiry as lawyer resigns

BBC News

Theresa May has insisted the inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales will not be scaled back despite recent setbacks.

The prime minister said she and Home Secretary Amber Rudd still had confidence in the inquiry.
She spoke after the lead counsel to the hearings, Ben Emmerson, was suspended on Wednesday and the inquiry’s second most senior lawyer resigned.

Elizabeth Prochaska’s resignation is said to be not linked to recent events.

Ms Prochaska told BBC Newsnight’s programme: “I can confirm that after 15 months working on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, I resigned from my position as junior counsel with effect from 15 September 2016.

“I very much valued the experience of working with the inquiry and I wish all my former colleagues the best as they continue their work.”

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