The troubled inquiry into historical child sexual abuse is facing a “crisis in credibility” according to Labour, after another senior lawyer resigned and two more threatened to do so.
Aileen McColgan, who was leading the inquiry’s investigation into abuse in the Anglican and Catholic churches, quit over concerns about the inquiry’s leadership, according to BBC Newsnight.
Two other barristers have told the inquiry of their desire to leave over similar concerns, the programme reported. An inquiry spokeswoman refused to comment on McColgan’s departure.
The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, called on Amber Rudd, her Tory counterpart, to “address this crisis of credibility” by explaining the inquiry’s problems to parliament.
“The victims of child sex abuse have put their faith in this inquiry. The very least they deserve is some openness from government and an explanation for what is going on,” she said.