Dark forces hoped the QC sex scandal would destroy my child abuse inquiry... and it almost did: Stunning admission by the fourth boss of the troubled historic paedophile probe

‘The head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has admitted that the sensational alleged sex scandal involving the inquiry’s own top lawyers came close to forcing its collapse – an outcome which, she says, would have been welcomed by the powerful institutions which regard it as a menace.

In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, inquiry chairman Professor Alexis Jay said: ‘Strong vested interests would like to see this inquiry implode.

‘There are institutions which would prefer to see us fail, because we are such a threat.’

She presented an uncompromising defence of the controversial inquiry’s conduct, pledging it would deliver the first of a series of major reports next year.’

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