An Islington Gazette cutting from November 1983 shows that former Islington Council leader Margaret Hodge signed a petition to ban the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), an organisation that wanted to lower the age of consent to 4 years old.
Mrs Hodge’s anti-paedophile stance must have been the cause of constant arguments, since her husband, Henry Hodge, and her close friends Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey, were all senior officials of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which was affiliated to the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Although Margaret Hodge was well aware of PIE’s activities, she says she was unaware that paedophiles wanted to work with children. During her time as leader (1982-1992), every one of Islington’s children’s homes was infiltrated by paedophiles.
She recently tried to explain her total failure to protect children in care from paedophile rings, prostitution, and trafficking by saying “All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This was the early 90s … It was only beginning to emerge that paedophiles were working with children, in children’s homes and elsewhere”. (Guardian 27/04/13)
It’s strange that she doesn’t remember two major incidents before the 90s which proved that paedophiles were working with children in Islington children’s homes.
1983: Islington care worker John Picton was charged with kidnapping a 13 year old boy from a children’s home
1986: Former Islington care worker Abraham Jacob was jailed for running a child prostitution racket.
Islington Gazette, 31st May 1990
Islington Gazette, 12th February 1988
Two fifteen year old boys were charged with the rape of a thirteen year old girl which happened “with the apparent acquiescence of staff” at Islington Council’s Conewood Street Assessment Centre. When the case came to court, the jury accepted their not guilty plea to the rape charge but found them guilty of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16.
An internal investigation found no wrongdoing by staff, although Islington’s internal investigations never found any wrongdoing by staff.
John Picton, who kidnapped a 13 year old boy from Islington’s Elwood Street home in 1983, formerly worked at Conewood Street. And 14 year old Jason Swift stayed at Conewood Street in the months leading up to his death.
All this happened while Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council (1982-1992).
Margaret Hodge recently tried to explain her total failure to protect children in care from paedophile rings, prostitution, and trafficking by saying “All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This was the early 90s … It was only beginning to emerge that paedophiles were working with children, in children’s homes and elsewhere”. (Guardian 27/04/13)
Islington Gazette, 22nd March 1990
Islington Gazette, 29th March 1990
Islington Gazette, 5th April 1990
These two cuttings follow on from ‘Islington care worker abducted 13 year old boy and took him to France‘ – which has now been updated. I still don’t have any information on the outcome of the trial.
Islington Gazette, 2nd December 1983
Islington Gazette, 16th December 1983
Islington Gazette, 22nd February 1985