Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Another panel member resigns from Scottish child abuse inquiry

"Survivor groups have reacted angrily after the Scottish child abuse inquiry lost the last remaining original panel member."

"Glenn Houston said he had resigned as a member of the panel because he had accepted two other public appointments which he is unable to hold in conjunction with his panel membership."

"Houston said the inquiry had made `considerable progress` and wished it well in the future."

"His departure follows the resignation last year of chairwoman Susan O'Brien QC and fellow panel member Professor Michael Lamb amid accusations of government interference."

"Senior judge Lady Smith, who replaced O'Brien as the third chair of the inquiry, is now the only remaining member of the panel."

"Lady Smith said: `Mr Houston has made a valuable contribution to the work of the Inquiry during his time as a panel member and I am very grateful to him for his support. I fully understand his decision and wish him well in his new ventures`."

"`The important work of the Inquiry continues as normal and we would encourage anyone who has relevant information, whether they have been abused themselves or know others who have, to get in touch`."

"Survivor groups said the state of the inquiry was `an absolute disgrace`."

"Alan Draper of In Care Abuse Survivors, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland the inquiry would miss Houston's experience."

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