July 9, 2014
Downing Street has stood by the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss as the head of an inquiry into allegations of an establishment cover-up of child abuse, as it emerged her brother was accused of a “white-wash” over a paedophile diplomat.
The Prime Minister believes Baroness Butler-Sloss, a retired senior judge, is the right person to run a sweeping inquiry into how the state, church, BBC and other public bodies handled historic allegations of child sexual abuse.
It is “not a secret” that her late brother – Sir Michael Havers – was the attorney general under the Thatcher government when many of the allegations were made, No 10 said.
In the early 1980s, Sir Michael was accused of a “cover-up” when he refused to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman, a diplomat and member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, a lobbying organisation for child abusers.
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