Saturday, September 20, 2014

Islington child abuse scandal that haunts Margaret Hodge, politician poised to run for Mayor of London

Margaret Hodge: ‘I can’t change what happened’
THE former leader of Islington Council, Margaret Hodge, has revealed she is considering running for Mayor of London – but admits that the child abuse scandal which she failed to take seriously 20 years ago may hamper her chances.

Mrs Hodge, who lives in Barnsbury and is the mother-in-law of current children’s services chief Councillor Joe Caluori, has been dogged by her dismissal of warnings by whistleblowers in the 1980s and 1990s who tried to expose the scale of abuse in Islington children’s homes when she was council leader.

It has since been established that there was widespread abuse in all 11 homes in the borough. No one has ever been convicted, and all the records have been destroyed.  (more...)

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