The Orwellian Minister For Children – Margaret Hodge

In The Ministry of Truth ?

In The Ministry of Truth ?

Margaret Hodge is the Member of Parliament for Barking. She became Minister for Children in 2003 and later Minister of State for Culture and Tourism at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She is currently Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

Margaret Hodge became leader of Islington Borough Council in 1982 and remained leader until 1992.

In 1985, Demetrious Panton complained about abuse that he had suffered while in the council’s care in the 1970s and 1980s. He did not receive an official reply until 1989, in which the council denied responsibility.

Following Margaret Hodge’s astonishing appointment as ‘Minister for Children’ in Tony Blair’s Government 18 years later, Demetrious Panton went public with his allegation that he had been abused in Islington Council care and had repeatedly raised this issue with no effect.

He accused Hodge, as council leader at that time, of being ultimately responsible for the abuse that he suffered. After much pressure from campaigners and the media Margaret Hodge responded to Demetrious Panton in a letter in which she referred to him as ‘extremely disturbed’.

The letter was eventually published and the Minister for Children was forced to publicly apologise and pay compensation.

So, Margaret Hodge, former ‘Minister for Children’ who was leader of Islington Borough Council during the period where systemic child abuse took place, tell us what you know !



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15 responses to “The Orwellian Minister For Children – Margaret Hodge

  1. I think there was even more to Margaret Hodge’s involvement than merely being ultimately responsible because she was leader of Islington Council. Again I am speaking from memory; I believe that social workers came forward and stated that Margaret Hodge was made aware of the ongoing abuse, but she took no action.

  2. cantankerous

    Well done for asking the questions . Unfortunately all the individuals appear interested in their own power and promotion to the exclusion of any conscience or morality.
    Hodge appears to have been an advocate of the ploy currently used by Cameron in his gay witch hunt diversionary tactics.

  3. Lucky Pierre

    Wasnt that Nick Griffin in the background of the previous picture used?

  4. Jane

    She knew all about it

    When allegations were first made that there was an active paedophile ring within Islington’s council homes Margaret Hodge council leader refused to allocate resources for an investigation to take place.

    A senior social worker, Liz Davies, and her manager, David Cofie, first told Margaret Hodge, then leader of Islington council, in 1990 of their suspicions that there was widespread sexual abuse of children in Islington care homes.

    Ms Hodge instead believed senior officials who assured her that nothing was the matter. In 1992, the London Evening Standard published extensive evidence of the abuse, which Ms Hodge denounced as “a sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”. In 1995, an independent report found that the council had indeed failed to investigate the allegations properly.

    In 2003, Tony Blair appointed Ms Hodge the first ever Minister for Children. Some questioned her suitability, including a courageous and articulate man called Demetrious Panton who had been sexually abused in an Islington care home in the late 1970s and whose attempts to expose what was happening had been repeatedly ignored.

    • Yes “A courageous and articulate man” (Demetrious Panton); what is more, he was remarkably balanced and mature. He had no right to be so after the abuse he suffered.
      For once one of our elite(?) more than met her match; bluff and fine words and attempts at character assassination were no match for the courageous and articulate and balanced Demetrious Panton; well done Sir.

  5. rainbowsophie

    and as I understand it, he didn’t actually get his day in court as she capitulated and settled out of it. This if nothing else should have rung huge alarm bells amongst the government, as to who they had appointed Minister for Children, but once again she weasled out of it and escaped an investigation. Talk about teflon coated !!!

  6. a senior policeman looking into child abuse because it happened on his doorstep, found that maragret hodge had actually lost the election to the BNP, but a fraudulent vote count slipped her in, the policeman wa sgoing to make this public, but alas took his life a couple of weeks later

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  8. Second husband of Margaret Hodge and his affiliation to the paedophile information exchange !!!

    Hodge divorced in 1978 and in that same year she married Henry Hodge (later Sir Henry), going on to have two daughters. Sir Henry Hodge was a fellow Labour Borough Councillor and in 1974 became Chairman of the National Council for Civil Liberties who went on to become a High Court judge. By 1978, PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange and National Council for Civil Liberties had already been affiliated for three years. (just one year after Hodge became chairman) Another group, Paedophile Action for Liberation, a Gay Liberation Front offshoot, had also been affiliated to NCCL until it was absorbed by PIE. PIE, which campaigned for adults to have sex legally with children, only broke off its relationship with NCCL when it went undercover in 1982. Sir Henry Hodge died in 2009