Home Office 'unreservedly' backs Baroness Butler-Sloss

The Home Office has "unreservedly" backed Baroness Butler-Sloss' appointment to oversee an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse after some MPs claimed she should stand down because of her close links to the establishment.

Baroness Butler-Sloss has had a long and distinguished career at the highest levels of this country's legal system.

Her work leading the Cleveland child abuse inquiry and as president of the High Court's Family Division make her the perfect person to lead this important piece of work.

As the Permanent Secretary told the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, the integrity of Baroness Butler-Sloss is beyond reproach and we stand by her appointment unreservedly.

– Home Office spokesman

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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.