Dame Lowell asked to give evidence to UK committee over abuse inquiry claims

Lowell Goddard was appointed in February 2015 and resigned in August this year.
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Lowell Goddard was appointed in February 2015 and resigned in August this year.

Dame Lowell Goddard has been invited to give evidence to a United Kingdom committee over her time as head of the inquiry into historical sex abuse in England and Wales.

Goddard has strenuously denied allegations of using racially derogatory language and mistreating staff while she was head of the wide-ranging inquiry.

The allegations were made in a series of articles by The Times in London.

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Britain's Home Secretary has denied misleading MPs over why New Zealander Dame Lowell Goddard quit the child sex abuse inquiry.

On Monday, the British home secretary Amber Rudd - in reply to questions in the House of Commons - was asked about the handling of the high-profile sex abuse inquiry and the circumstances surrounding Goddard's shock resignation in August.

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An oral evidence hearing into the inquiry's work for a home affairs select committee has been scheduled for Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time).

British home secretary Amber Rudd.
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British home secretary Amber Rudd.

Rudd said she asked the New Zealand judge to appear before the committee, which is due to discuss the ongoing independent inquiry into child sex abuse (IICSA).

Goddard has strenuously denied claims she said "Britain has so many paedophiles because it has so many Asian men", describes the claims as "totally false" and said her decision to quit the inquiry was a "hugely sad and momentous decision".

In the house, Rudd said Goddard had been asked to give evidence to the select committee. 

The Times made a series of claims against Dame Lowell Goddard, claims she strenuously denies.

The Times made a series of claims against Dame Lowell Goddard, claims she strenuously denies.

Rudd was asked about the circumstances of the resignation, a few days after the Home Office was made aware of concerns regarding the inquiry.

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"I would just like to quote to her from the letter in which [Goddard] said: 'It was never easy operating in an environment in which I had no familiar networks and there were times when it seemed a very lonely mission."'

Goddard's successor, Professor Alexis Jay, is also due to appear before the committee.

 - Stuff

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