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Home Secretary accepts resignation from chair of child sex abuse inquiry

Dame Lowell Goddard resigns as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

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Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has today accepted the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard, chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

The Home Secretary said:

I can confirm that Dame Lowell Goddard wrote to me today to offer her resignation as Chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse and I have accepted. I want to assure everyone with an interest in the inquiry, particularly victims and survivors, that the work of the inquiry will continue without delay and a new chair will be appointed. I would like to thank Dame Lowell Goddard for the contribution she has made in setting up the inquiry so that it may continue to go about its vital work.

Read the letter from Dame Lowell Goddard announcing her resignation from her role, and the Home Secretary’s response.

Further information about the inquiry is also available.

Published 4 August 2016