The inquiry into historic child sex abuse cases will not rule on whether allegations against Westminster figures are true, its senior lawyer has said. 
The probe will instead focus on whether accusations of abuse were handled appropriately.
The investigation will form part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, which was set up in 2015 in aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal, amid claims that a paedophile ring had operated in Westminster.
But Andrew O’Connor, QC, the inquiry counsel on the Westminster strand, told its first hearing yesterday: “We suspect that much of the public concern relating to Westminster child abuse issues may have been created, or at least exacerbated, by a lack of knowledge.”
He added that concern over the allegations had “diminished considerably” since Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland had been discredited.
Brian Altman QC, the lead Counsel to the inquiry, added that those making accusations against politicians would be described as ‘complainants’ rather …
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