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The Home Secretary is being urged to press ahead with an inquiry into historic child abuse despite the resignation of its chair last night.
Theresa May’s judgement has been called into question following the resignation of a second head of the Government’s investigation into historic sex abuse.
Fiona Woolf announced she was standing down from the post last night after sustained pressure from MPs and victims’ groups.
Labour's Yvette Cooper said the Home Secretary was either “incompetent” or had failed to prioritise the inquiry.
But on the Today programme this morning, Ms Cooper argued there was a "strong case for the inquiry getting going even without a chair".
"It is really shameful that the Home Secretary failed repeatedly to talk to victims and consult the victims before the inquiry was set up in the first place," she said.
Speaking on the same programme, former attorney general Dominic Grieve said the Home Secretary should look at appointing a chair from outside the UK to avoid accusations of links to the Establishment.
"What has happened is very unfortunate and with the benefit of hindsight I think undoubtedly we need to find an independent figure," he added.
Ms May said she would meet survivors and parliamentarians before appointing a new head, following a statement to the House on Monday.
Last night, Labour MP Tom Watson warned against targeting the Home Secretary: “Labour should not go after May, though we probably will.”
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