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The head of an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse should consider her position, Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz has suggested.
Victims' representatives have called for Fiona Woolf to be replaced, with a meeting between victims' groups and inquiry officials set to take place today.
This morning, Mr Vaz said that while she was "an extremely distinguished lawyer", new concerns relating to her links with ex-home secretary Leon Brittan had cast fresh doubt on her suitability.
"It's for Ms Woolf to look at the history of this and decide whether she has the time and the space, the knowledge and the desire to do this work and she must make that decision," he told the Today programme.
He stopped short of calling for her to step down, however, saying it was "not for the Home Affairs Select Committee to decide", but made clear she should reconsider her appointment.
Mr Vaz has queried discrepancies between several drafts of a letter from Ms Woolf, who is Lord Mayor of London, to Theresa May detailing the extent of the former's links with Mr Brittan.
Downing Street has repeated its confidence in Ms Woolf, saying this morning: “The Prime Minister is absolutely clear that she can do this job with impartiality and integrity.”
One victims' representative warned that the inquiry would be a "whitewash" with Mrs Woolf at the helm, but Downing Street has insisted it has "full confidence" in her ability to oversee it.
Former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Macdonald, meanwhile, warned that that victims' lack of confidence in Ms Woolf now made her position "difficult".
“I think she needs to have a serious conversation with the Home Secretary," he said.
Lord Macdonald also questioned the scope of the inquiry, which aims to look at whether public bodies and other institutions did enough to protect children from 1970 onwards, warning it had "all the makings of an inquiry into everything everywhere."
Alison Millar – a lawyer representing a number of alleged survivors of abuse at the Elm Guest House – last night branded the revisions of Ms Woolf's letter to the inquiry "shocking" and repeated her call for Ms Woolf to step down.
"The full extent of her relationship with Lord and Lady Brittan, which is still not entirely clear, only slowly unravels through these draft letters sent between Mrs Woolf and the Home Office," she said.
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