Margaret Hodge as Children’s Minister: “It was like putting the fox in charge of the chickens”

‘IMMEDIATELY after Tony Blair appointed Margaret Hodge as the new Minister for Children in his recent reshuffle, phones started ringing among former social workers who had once worked under her. “It’s like putting the fox in charge of the chickens,” one commented in disgust. “A sick joke,” remarked another.

These social workers couldn’t help recalling the inside story of an appalling child sex abuse scandal many of us have forgotten. In 1990, when Mrs Hodge – then Mr Blair’s neighbour in Richmond Crescent, Islington – was the leader of Islington council, these senior social workers had reported to her that a pedophile ring was operating in the borough and that children were being sexually abused in Islington care homes.’


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With a past like hers, Margaret Hodge might show a bit more humility