The inquiry into child sexual abuse will continue “without delay” and before a new chair is appointed, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said, after the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard.

Ms Rudd thanked the New Zealand high court judge for her contribution to setting up the inquiry.

The investigation was set up in March 2015 to examine claims made against public and private institutions.

Justice Goddard was selected after two previous chairwomen quit.

In her resignation letter she said conducting such a widespread inquiry was “not an easy task” but “compounding the many difficulties was its legacy of failure which has been very hard to shake off”.

Ms Rudd said in a statement: “I want to assure everyone with an interest in the inquiry, particularly victims and survivors, that the work of the inquiry will continue without delay…

“I would like to thank Dame Lowell Goddard for the contribution she has made in setting up the inquiry so that it may continue to go about its vital work.”

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