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Fiona Woolf called to face MPs again over inquiry role

Fiona Woolf has been called to appear again in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee next week to answer "further questions" about her position as the head of an inquiry into historical sex abuse in Westminster.

The committee's chairman Keith Vaz MP has written to Mrs Woolf to request she give further evidence on Tuesday after receiving her letter to the Home Secretary and the several draft versions that the department helped to guide.

Keith Vaz MP released a copy of the letter, dated today, that he sent to Fiona Woolf. Credit: Home Affairs Committee

Rantzen: Calls for Woolf to quit only slow abuse inquiry

Those calling for Fiona Woolf to quit the inquiry into historic child abuse in Westminster may "never get the answers" if they continue to query who leads the inquiry, Childline founder and TV presenter Esther Rantzen has said.

After meeting with the panel's secretariat, campaigners said the entire process would be "a dead duck in the water" if Mrs Woolf was allowed to remain in her post.

But Ms Rantzen said the inquiry was led by a "very distinguished panel" and it was vital that facts about alleged crimes against children over many decades were made public as soon as possible.

Coronation Street actress Knox to go on trial next year

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner, is to go on trial for drink-driving in February next year.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: PA Wire

The 81-year-old did not attend Crewe Magistrates' Court today, where a two-day trial was set for February 9th 2015.

The actress was arrested at a Cheshire police station in March after going to collect her daughter, who had herself been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Knox denies the offence.


State of Maine applies for court order against nurse

The state of Maine has applied for a court order to restrict the movements of a nurse who has defied orders to stay in quarantine after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

The order asks Kaci Hickox to:

  • Submit to direct active monitoring
  • Coordinate her travel with health authorities
  • Avoid long-distance or public transport
  • Not to be present in any public places
  • Stay away from workplaces
  • Maintain a three-foot distance from others when walking or jogging
  • Not to leave Fort Kent without consent

PM backs 'impartial' Woolf to continue to lead inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated his support for Fiona Woolf to head an inquiry into a possible historic Westminster sex ring following growing calls from alleged victims of abuse for her to quit the role.

Downing Street said Mr Cameron "is absolutely clear that he thinks (Mrs Woolf) can do this job with integrity and impartiality".

Fiona Woolf and David Cameron, seen during last year's Lord Mayor's Banquet in London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The spokesperson said the Prime Minister wanted to see the inquiry into the alleged abuse in the 1980s begin as quickly as possible and led by the corporate lawyer, the current Lord Mayor of London, despite concerns over her links to then-Home Secretary Lord Brittan.

Documents published last night showed a letter outlining Mrs Woolf's contacts with Lord Brittan and his wife was redrafted seven times, with guidance from Home Office officials, before being sent to Home Secretary Theresa May.

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