UK child abuse inquiry head resigns after media pressure

Comment — July 14, 2014

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been chosen to lead the current inquiry into the handling of child abuse claims by public institutions. She is the sister of former Attorney General Lord Michael Havers, who has been named as being involved. Leading to accusations that the current inquiry is no more than an attempt to cover-up the crimes of the past.  Click to enlarge

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss had been chosen to lead inquiry into the handling of child abuse claims by public institutions. She is the sister of former Attorney General Lord Michael Havers, who has been named as being involved. Leading to accusations that the inquiry was no more than an attempt to cover-up the crimes of the past. Click to enlarge

Elizabeth Butler-Ross has been forced to step down from her position leading an inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse of youngsters by prominent political figures.
However, the appointment of Butler-Ross to head the inquiry into allegations of historic sexual abuse really calls into question David Cameron’s motives. Although she was appointed by the Home Secretary the appoinment was subject to Cameron’s approval. So was the prime minister really intent on exposing sexual abuse in the higher echelons of the political establishment? Or was he more concerned with going through the motions of an inquiry and being seen as righting past wrongs?
Hadf Butler-Ross headed any inquiry into allegations of historic sexual abuse it would have been little more than a judicial cover-up. For her brother, former Attorney General Lord Michael Havers was not only in office during the time of the alleged abuse, he has been explicitly named as having been involved in it.
David Cameron must have known this. Meaning that with his approving the appointment of Butler-Ross the prime minister was instrumental in a cover-up so maybe his head should roll too.

UK child abuse inquiry head resigns after media pressure

Stefan Roussea — Reuters July 14, 2014

A retired female judge whom the British government appointed last week to lead an inquiry into allegations that public figures abused children in the 1980s has resigned from her post, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was meant to head a wide-ranging inquiry into whether public bodies, including the BBC and religious authorities, had taken their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse seriously.

However, the media, some politicians and senior figures in the legal world, had called on her to step down over what they said were perceived conflicts of interest, namely that her brother worked as the government’s top lawyer at the time of the allegations.

Claims that politicians were among those who abused children in the 1980s have unsettled the current political elite at a time when Britain is grappling with revelations that several nationally beloved television personalities sexually abused children for decades.

“The decision to step down was entirely her decision,” Cameron’s spokesman said of Butler-Sloss, saying she had taken it after discussing the matter with Home Secretary Theresa May at the weekend.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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