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Theresa May: 'No regrets' over Butler-Sloss appointment

Theresa May has defended the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to the wide-ranging inquiry into allegations of child abuse at a number of institutions saying she had no regrets about the decision.

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Bishop of Durham urges sex abuse public inquiry

A full public inquiry into institutional sex abuse claims needs to take place or the whole truth might not come out, the Bishop of Durham has said.

Right Rev Paul Butler says the Church would welcome a full public inquiry. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

The Right Rev Paul Butler said he believed the country has a problem with this kind of abuse and it is important that victims have their stories heard and they receive justice.

He also acknowledged that the process of investigating such abuse could highlight unpleasant and difficult stories from within the church.

He said: "We're absolutely clear that the Church of England and other churches need to be involved in this inquiry as we already know there are parts of our history that involve church people having committed abuse."

The probe into institutions is currently independent, but could yet be upgraded to a full public inquiry

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