Rounding up the week in politics with Joe Watts

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Rounding up the week in politics with Joe Watts
31st October 2014

Poltical Correspondent from the Evening Standard Joe Watts talks through a week in Westminister politics.

Joe starts by assessing the increasing pressure on Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf to stand down as head of child sex abuse inquiry. Woolf is facing increasing criticism after news came of a letter sent from Fiona Woolf to Home Sec which was re-drafted 7 times. She is also mistrusted as she is part of establishment and has links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, who was Home Secretary at the time te dossier into child sex abuse at Westminster was introduced. The dossier later went missing.

If she does stand down, she'll be second person to do so, following Lady Butler-Sloss. 

A victim of historic child sex abuse has already began a legal inquiry into Fiona Woolf's suitability, saying Woolf isn't impartial, has relevant expertise and won't have time to carry out the work.

Joe also looks ahead to Ed Vaizey's Headline Interview on Monday. Mr Vaizey is the minister of state and culture. 

There's also talk of the Labour Party in Scotland, who are now not only looking for a leader but now deputy leader. Anas Sarwar was deputy leader but has now stepped down, saying he wants to pave the way for new leadership team.

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