Britain's long-running official inquiry into child sex abuse has suffered another setback with the suspension of its lead lawyer.

The inquiry said Thursday that chief counsel Ben Emmerson was suspended Thursday because of concerns about his leadership.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says she still has confidence in the 100 million pound ($130 million) probe.

Her office said the inquiry "is continuing its vital work in exposing the failure of public bodies and other organizations to prevent systematic child sexual abuse."

Emmerson says he learned of his dismissal in news reports.

The probe was set up by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was home secretary in 2014. The first three chairmen have resigned and no findings have been issued.