Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Is Lady Butler-Sloss an appropriate person to head the Child Abuse Inquiry?

Below is the text of a letter sent by email a short time ago to the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, requesting that Lady Butler-Sloss be required to resign as Chair of the Child Abuse Inquiry.



8th July 2014

Theresa May MP,
Home Secretary (by email)

Dear Home Secretary,


Request that Lady Butler-Sloss be required to resign as Chair of the Child Abuse Inquiry due to obvious conflict of interests


Today the Home Office announced that Lady Butler-Sloss was to be appointed as Chair of the Child Abuse Inquiry that you announced in the House of Commons on 7th July 2014.


I write to ask that you require Lady Butler-Sloss to resign as Chair of the Inquiry.


I make that request since Lady Butler-Sloss cannot credibly continue as Chair of the Inquiry due to obvious conflicts of interests:


  1. Lady Buttler-Sloss is, I understand, sister of Lord Havers who while Attorney General defended the non-prosecution of disgraced diplomat Sir Peter Hayman. Lord Havers was, so I understand, also the target of severe criticism by the late Geoffrey Dickens MP with respect to issues relating to paedophilia. The potential conflict of interest of Lady Butler-Sloss playing any part in the Child Abuse Inquiry is so obvious as not to require any elaboration by me.
  2. One allegation is that the judiciary was party to child abuse and/or its concealment. It is, in my view, wholly perverse to appoint a retired member of the judiciary to have any involvement in the Inquiry Panel
  3. A further allegation is that politicians were party to child abuse and/or its cover-up. It is therefore, in my view, wholly perverse to appoint a member of the House of Lords to have any involvement in the Inquiry Panel
I ask that you give this important matter your urgent attention.


Yours sincerely


(Dr) Andrew Watt

Cc Keith Vaz, Home Affairs Select Committee

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