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Child abuse inquiry in crisis after chair quits

  • Britain's child abuse inquiry has been thrown into fresh turmoil
  • Dame Lowell Goddard became its third chairman to quit
  • She has been asked to appear before MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the inquiry would continue "without delay"
  • Victims' groups have called for a replacement to be found "urgently"
  • One abuse survivor told ITV News that he felt "let down" by another resignation
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MPs seek explanation from Goddard over resignation

Chairman Keith Vaz has written to Dame Lowell Goddard to come before Home Affairs Select Committee. Credit: PA

Dame Lowell Goddard has been asked to explain herself to MPs following her resignation from the troubled child abuse inquiry.

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said that Goddard's resignation is "extremely disappointing" and he has written to her to ask her to appear before MPs to explain her decision.

He told Sky News: "She is someone with impeccable credentials, so this is a big shock that she chooses to resign now.

"I think what's really important is that we find out the reasons why she has decided to take this course of action."

What she has to say is extremely pertinent, and I don't really think a resignation letter or a statement is enough.

– Keith Vaz MP

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