Fiona Woolf Made Dame Despite Resigning As Child Abuse Inquiry Chair
The City lawyer who was forced to resign as chair of the government’s child sexual abuse inquiry, has been made a Dame, prompting condemnation from a campaigning MP on the issue.
Fiona Woolf was the second senior legal figure to quit as chair over her links to the Westminster political establishment.
She resigned over links to former home secretary Lord Brittan, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry over a dossier he received from MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983, documenting the alleged involvement of VIP figures in a child sex ring.
Her resignation, just months after retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss stepped down over similar concerns, has thrown the government’s stalled inquiry into crisis.
Fiona Woolf was made a Dame despite having to resign as inquiry head over her links to the political establishment she would have had to investigate
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale and a leading figure campaigning against child abuse cover-ups, was scathing about the honour.
He said: “Fiona Woolf misled the Home Secretary over her links with Leon Brittan, caused unnecessary distress to victims of child abuse and caused a lengthy and avoidable delay to a very serious inquiry that urgently needs to get started.
“It seems inappropriate that she’s now being invited to Buckingham Palace to pick up one of the highest honours.
“I can think of many more worthy recipients of this honour, but once again it looks like the Establishment is looking after their own.”
But Lady Butler-Sloss said criticism of the honour was “very unfair” as the damehood was in recognition of her term as Lord Mayor of London.
She blamed the Home Office for failing to perform proper checks on Dame Fiona’s links to Lord Brittan.