Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council from 1982 to 1992, when it was reported in the Evening Standard that every one of its children’s homes had been infiltrated by paedophiles. She immediately left Islington Council for a highly paid City job, but not before she had dismissed the reports as “sensationalist gutter journalism”.
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)
This is untrue. There were several major children’s homes paedophile scandals in the local and national news long before 1990 including Tyneside (1976), Kincora (1980), Leeways (1985), not to mention numerous cases involving paedophiles working as priests, teachers, scoutmasters, and other professions that have access to children.
And there were serious warning signs right on Margaret Hodge’s doorstep during her time as council leader, including a well publicised case of a 13 year old boy who was abducted from an Islington Council children’s home by a residential social worker.
Islington Gazette, 22nd September 1983