Derek Sawyer – Leader of Islington Council 1992-1994

Margaret Hodge’s successor as leader of Islington Council was  Derek Sawyer who ran the council between 1992 and 1994, when the abuse inquiries were set up, and he became head of police and probation bodies, and chairman of the London Courts Board. He became Deputy Chair of the Safer Neighbourhood Board in Islington in 2015 and was agent to Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Derek Sawyer had a business relationship with Derek Slade though he says he did not know Slade was a child sex offender. In 2011, the BBC presented a documentary about Slade entitled Abuse of Trust

An Abuse of Trust, 2011 Roger Cook documentary about paedophile headmaster Derek Slade who was linked to abuse at Islington.

‘Abuse headteacher left estate to ex-council leader and priest to clear his name after death’ Islington Gazette, 16th December 2019

Left: convicted paedophile Derek Slade. Right: Islington politician Derek Sawyer, one of two executors in Slade’s will.