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EX-COUNCIL LEADER'S CARE HOME BLUNDERS 'LET IN' PAEDOPHILES

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The failure by Margaret Hodge, the new children's minister, to investigate fully allegations of abuse during her ro...
The failure by Margaret Hodge, the new children's minister, to investigate fully allegations of abuse during her role as council leader of Islington LBC, may have led to paedophiles working in care homes for years afterwards, Ian White, the author of the original inquiry into the scandal, has claimed. The Sunday Times (p7) reports that the comments will add to the pressure already on Ms Hodge to quit the newly created job she was given by the prime minister in last month's cabinet reshuffle. Mr White's report, published in 1995, severely criticised the council's conduct under her leadership. Ms Hodge however has defended her position, saying she has learned from her experiences at Islington LBC. Meanwhile, Leo Mckinstry - a former colleague of Ms Hodge at Islington LBC - has leapt to her defence in a profile published in The Sunday Telegraph (23). He describes Ms Hodge as a 'warmer, more able and less ego-driven than her image.'
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