Brian Moore, the former England rugby star, has declared his interest in chairing the landmark child sex abuse inquiry that aims to examine claims made against the BBC, the Church and political parties.
The athlete, 52, who is also a qualified solicitor, revealed in 2010 that he was sexually abused by a teacher when he was at school.
“I would do the job if asked & survivors could be sure it would be a search for the truth & they would be heard,” he tweeted, captioning a newspaper cut-out of possible inquiry chairs.
In his autobiography Beware of the Dog, Moore claims he was abused by a teacher on a field trip alongside three other boys, aged nine and 10.
The teacher has since died, but Moore alleges he continued to abuse pupils in a storeroom after attacking him.
I would do the job if asked and survivors could be sure it would be a search for the truth and they would be heard - pic.twitter.com/yNqAlGSBNtBrian Moore (@brianmoore666) November 2, 2014
#CSA Inquiry - the truth is the only thing that really matters. Consequences for individuals and organisations are no reason not to find it.Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) November 2, 2014
The ex-Harlequins star, who was adopted, said he was too ashamed to tell his Methodist lay preacher parents, because his teacher, who attended their church, was a friend of theirs.
“If you have been abused, you feel tainted by association with the awfulness of the crime,” he wrote.
His announcement comes as Home Secretary Theresa May is set to face MPs today over her judgement in selecting two inquiry chairs who have already resigned.
Woolf faced increasing scrutiny over her connection to Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary who denies failing to properly investigate a dossier of paedophilia allegations handed to him while he was in office in the Eighties.
May had attempted to keep Woolf in the position. However, she faced mounting pressure after it was reported that the Home Office had redrafted Woolf’s letter about her relationship with Lord Brittan ‘extensively’.
Who could lead the abuse inquiry?
Who could lead the abuse inquiry?
1/6 Brian Moore, 52
A former England rugby player and qualified solicitor who was sexually abused as a child by a teacher. Once s staunch Labour supporter, he now holds both left- and right-wing views
2/6 Alexis Jay
A professor who specialises in social work, she is the independent chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (Celcis) and a Rotherham sex abuse scandal expert. She was appointed expert adviser to the child abuse inquiry in September
3/6 Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, 64
A formidable British barrister, broadcaster and Labour member of the Lords who has experience in cases of domestic and child abuse
4/6 Sir Alan Ward, 76
Retired and accomplished Court of Appeal judge with experience in family disputes, he helped Ian McEwan with his recent book on the Children Act
5/6 Lady Justice Hallett, 64
Respected Court of Appeal judge with extensive criminal experience who was coroner of the 7/7 inquests. There might be hesitancy over losing a serving judge to an inquiry with an indefinite duration
6/6 Lord Carlile of Berriew, 66
A Liberal Democrat peer who is one of Britain’s top legal experts, acting as the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2005-11. He is known for not being afraid to speak out against the authorities
Yesterday, the Home Office were resolute that May was unaware that the account had been altered.
Woolf’s resignation followed that of Baroness Butler-Sloss in July. Butler-Sloss’s brother, Michael Havers, sat on the Cabinet during the Eighties over the same period claims of a cover-up were focused.
May said at the time that she did not know about claims former Conservative Attorney General had allegedly attempted to stop an MP airing child abuse allegations in Parliament.
The two resignations means that there will be yet more delays into the public inquiry, that aims to look into historic cases of abuse across hundreds of British institutions.Reuse content