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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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Home Office defends Butler-Sloss over fresh claims

The Home Office has again been forced to defend the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to run an inquiry into allegations of an establishment cover-up of child abuse amid claims she refused to go public about a bishop implicated in a scandal.

According to The Times (£), the retired judge told a victim of alleged abuse that she did not want the claims to be in the public domain because "the press would love a bishop".

Baroness Butler-Sloss is to lead the inquiry into sex abuse allegations. Credit: PA

Her comments were reportedly made in 2011 during a meeting at the House of Lords with Phil Johnson, who was abused by priests when he was a choirboy, the newspaper said.

In a statement, Lady Butler-Sloss said she had always "striven to be fair and compassionate", towards victims of crime. She added: "I have never put the reputation of any institution, including the Church of England above the pursuit of justice for victims".

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