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Files on historic child abuse 'can't be found'

A review into how the Home Office handled historic child sex abuse allegations at Westminster in the 1980s has reportedly been unable to uncover any of the crucial missing files that prompted the investigation.

The BBC reports that the so-called 'Dickens Dossier', handed to the Home Office by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, has not been found.

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Fiona Woolf quits as head of Westminster sex inquiry

Fiona Woolf has resigned her position as chair of the historical Westminster child sex abuse inquiry in a letter to the Home Secretary following mounting pressure from alleged victims.

Despite support for Mrs Woolf today from the Prime Minister, campaigners said the entire process would be "a dead duck in the water" if she was allowed to remain in the role.

Concerns had been raised over the links between Mrs Woolf, a corporate lawyer and the current Lord Mayor of London, and Lord Brittan, whose decision making as the then-home secretary is expected to be examined in the inquiry into alleged abuse in the 1980s.

Fiona Woolf has become the second person to resign as head of the Westminster child sex abuse inquiry. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

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.

It led to Mrs Woolf being called to face MPs again next week to answer further questions about her suitability to lead the inquiry before she announced she would stand down.

She becomes the second person to voluntarily quit the role following public concerns about her links to establishment figures after initial chair Baroness Butler-Sloss resigned in mid-July, a week after the Home Secretary announced the independent inquiry.

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