Welcome to another week.
No time for a question today, as there have been some important developments this morning, at the Child Abuse Inquiry. This is what you need to know:
Letters sent to MPs by lawyers who resigned from the Inquiry may be published tomorrow, and could detail very concerning allegations about the working culture inside the child abuse inquiry. Media reports suggest that the letters are expected to outline shocking levels of discord within the Inquiry panel and detailed criticisms of the current Chair, Professor Jay which include her inaction in the face of a culture of bullying and harassment at the Inquiry. The lawyers’ letters are reported to say that Professor Jay not only knew about these issues and ignored them, but also tried to conceal the allegation of sexual assault by a team member against former Lead Counsel, Ben Emmerson.
The father of the woman who has made the allegation of sexual assault against Mr Emmerson has spoken out this morning about the incident. Whilst he understandably defends his daughter, he also goes on to say that the incident has alarmed other female staff at the Inquiry and was the reason that Aileen McColgan, a law professor who was leading the investigation into Anglican and Catholic Church abuse, resigned last week.
Mr Emmerson continues to deny the allegation of assault and an Inquiry spokesman has denied that an inquiry worker made a complaint of sexual assault “to the chairman, or to the panel, or to an official”.
We will share the letters with you as soon as they’re published.