The probe, which has had four chairwomen, has been dogged by controversy since it was set up by Theresa May.
The suspension of the most senior lawyer on the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been described as a “categorical disaster”.
Ben Emmerson QC said he learned of his suspension from news reports and was yet to hear the allegations that had resulted in him being dropped from the £100m probe.
It is the latest controversy to hit the inquiry, which is already on its fourth chairwoman.
Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald said the inquiry had been “careering out of control since its inception”.
He added that the Government must “face up to the reality that an inquiry lasting years into dozens of public institutions going back decades, quite unable to restrain its own remit, is destined to end as an embarrassing fiasco”.
“From the start it has fatally confused a laudable desire to bring closure to generations of victims with the need for a tightly focused forensic inquiry into the changes that might better protect children in the future,” he told the
Comment: There has never been any ‘laudable desire’ to serve justice for victims, nor to ‘protect children in the future’. See comment below.
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