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New Zealand High Court Judge Lowell Goddard has been named as the head of a new inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales

The inquiry will have statutory powers and a new panel.

Since the original child abuse inquiry was set up last July, two chairwomen have resigned amid concerns over their links with the establishment.

Justice Goddard, who was appointed to the New Zealand High Court in 1995, said she was "committed to leading a robust and independent inquiry".

The Auckland-born judge has previously led an inquiry into police handling of child abuse cases in New Zealand.

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