Yesterday, I posted a story about the close relationship between left-wing Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn MP and his constituency agent until 2010 and former Islington Councillor Derek Sawyer and his very close personal and business relationship to a notorious convicted paedophile Derek Slade. That can be found HERE. This followed the publication of a story in The Daily Mail in which Dr Liz Davies explained how she and other Social Workers approached the Islington MP regarding the systemic child sexual abuse back in 1992 and that Jeremy Corbyn did not help. That story can be found HERE.
Some have suggested that the timing of these stories are an attempt to smear Jeremy Corbyn MP as he is a controversial left-wing politician who appears to be ahead in the current Labour Party leadership contest and that if there had been serious substance to these allegations then they would have been made before now.
From my own point of view, Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are irrelevant. If a similar clear connection to a prolific and notorious convicted child abuser could be made with any of the other Labour leadership candidates then I would have no hesitation before publishing it and the same goes for any prominent figure regardless of their party affiliation. However, that Jeremy Corbyn might conceivably become the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition means that there is a greater public interest in publishing than if he had remained a backbencher. I had been aware of Derek Sawyer and his relationship with Derek Slade long before yesterday but I had not been aware of Sawyer’s closeness to Jeremy Corbyn MP.
Dr Liz Davies has left a comment on The Needle strongly refuting the suggestion that she had not commented before about the matters reported in The Daily Mail story which I print below;
Just for clarification – Islington survivors and whistleblowers have been raising this for 23 years – its not new to us. We sought assistance from both MPs at the time. It would be so easy for Corbyn to say a few words expressing his determination to bring the extensive crimes against children to the fore when/if he becomes leader. There have also been comments on other fora about why I didn’t report the matters to police. Of course I have worked closely with police from the 90s until this present day… as any social worker doing their job to protect children would do. – Dr Liz Davies
If there are some that still believe that these allegations have been suddenly concocted as a way of smearing Jeremy Corbyn MP then I can do no better than refer them to a story which I’ll republish in full below, written by award winning journalist Eileen Fairweather, for The Independent back in May 1995. After reading it it should be clear that concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to act when informed about systemic child sexual abuse in his Islington constituency are long standing.