May 'deeply saddened' by Butler-Sloss decision

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she is "deeply saddened" but understands and respects Baroness Butler-Sloss's decision to stand down as the chair of an inquiry into allegations of historic child sex abuse within the establishment.

I am deeply saddened by Baroness Butler-Sloss’s decision to withdraw but understand and respect her reasons. Baroness Butler-Sloss is a woman of the highest integrity and compassion and continues to have an enormous contribution to make to public life.

As she has said herself, the work of this inquiry is more important than any individual and an announcement will be made on who will take over the chairmanship and membership of the panel as soon as possible so this important work can move forward.

– Home Secretary Theresa May

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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.