Child sex abuse inquiry: Dame Lowell Goddard must explain resignation, say MPs

MPs have called for the former head of the child sexual abuse inquiry to appear before them to explain her sudden departure.

Dame Lowell Goddard quit on 4 August but on Friday denied a report claiming misconduct and racism against her.

The Home Office said it had received no formal complaint about Dame Lowell.

But the most senior civil servant in the Home Office has also been asked to explain to MPs what the government knew about her resignation.

On Friday, the Times said senior Home Office staff and advisers knew about alleged derogatory comments and other complaints.

Dame Lowell is alleged to have said Britain had so many paedophiles “because it has so many Asian men”, according to the paper.

The senior New Zealand judge has hit back at the claims, calling them “false” and “malicious”.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37666392

Racist remarks claims ‘false’, says Dame Lowell Goddard

The former head of the child sexual abuse inquiry has strenuously denied a newspaper report of allegations of misconduct and racism made against her.

Dame Lowell Goddard is alleged to have said Britain had so many paedophiles “because it has so many Asian men”, according to a report in the Times.

The senior New Zealand judge has hit back at the claims, calling them “false” and “malicious”.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37653003

Dame Lowell Goddard: Resignation letter in full

From Dame Lowell Goddard:

Dear Home Secretary,

I regret to advise that I am offering you my resignation as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, with immediate effect. I trust you will accept this decision.

Hon Dame Lowell Goddard QC

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36980938

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