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Another senior member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission quit this week as turmoil in the organisation intensified ahead of what is expected to be a devastating parliamentary report on it, to be published next week.

Tracy Allison, the commission’s director of finance, resigned on Wednesday with immediate effect.

An email to staff informing them of her departure said that an interim director had now been appointed to “address significant weaknesses in the finance and procurement function of the commission”.

It follows critical reports from the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee, which concluded that the formation of the government’s equality watchdog, after a merger of three separate equality groups, was “patently flawed” and cost the taxpayer almost £39m.

The commission has had an extremely troubled beginning. Last summer at least three of its 16 commissioners quit in a row over the leadership of the organisation. Trevor Phillips, who previously headed the Commission for Racial Equality, is chair of the EHRC, which has not replaced its chief executive since Nicola Brewer left nearly a year ago.

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