Margaret Hodge

Leader of Islington Council from 1982 to 1992. In 2003 Tony Blair appointed her as the first Children’s Minister.

“Many social workers have criticised the appointment of new Minister For Children Margaret Hodge”. Liz Davies on BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 30th June 2003
Interview with Liz Davies on BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight, 2003, concerning then Minister For Children Margaret Hodge and her earlier role as Leader of Islington Council.
Press Coverage

‘The truth and Mrs Hodge’ Evening Standard, 25th May 1995

‘At last! Mrs Hodge admits: I was wrong’ Evening Standard, 26th May 1995

‘The disgrace of Mrs Hodge’ Evening Standard, 16th June 2003

‘Yes Minister, you were told about abuse in the care homes, yet you refused to listen’ Evening Standard, 30th June 2003

‘Minister accused on abuse scandal. Hodge knew of scandal from the start’ Evening Standard, 30th June 2003

‘A life scarred by the nightmare of abuse. Hodge’s victims’ Evening Standard, 30th June 2003

‘Pimp preyed on me while I was in care. Hodge’s victims. My brother was abused first and then it was me’ Evening Standard, 1st July 2003

‘Minister for kids in child sex row’ The Sun, 1st July 2003

‘Another minister under fire: call for Hodge to quit over child abuse scandal’ The Independent, 1st July 2003

‘Children’s minister post is too important to get wrong’ Online comment by Liz Davies, The Guardian, 1st July, 2003  

‘Hodge hits back on calls to quit as children’s minister’ The Guardian, 1st July 2003

‘Minister and the sex ring warning. Memo told Hodge: fourteen children at risk. The Minister and her lies’ Evening Standard, 1st July 2003

‘Rising anger over child minister’ Evening Standard, 2nd July 2003

‘Terrifying flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse’ Evening Standard, 2nd July 2003

‘PM defends embattled Hodge over child sex allegations’ The Independent, 2nd July 2003

‘No. 10 defends Hodge as calls grow for her to go’ The Guardian, 2nd July 2003

‘You can’t do this job, Mrs Hodge. New revelations about child sex abuse while you were leader of Islington Council make it impossible for you to be Minister for Children’ Evening Standard, 3rd July 2003

‘Outcry over Hodge delays proposals to reduce child abuse’ The Independent, 3rd July 2003

‘Attack by children’s charities steps up pressure on Hodge. ‘Jaws dropped when her appointment was made’’ Evening Standard, 4th July 2003

‘The abused and the accused. Is she the victim of a 13 year old vendetta or of her own misjudgement? Will she stay or will she go?’ The Independent on Sunday, 6th July 2003

‘Why Ms Hodge must resign’ The Observer, 6th July 2003

‘Hodge’s care home blunders may have let in paedophiles’ The Sunday Times, 6th July 2003

‘Children deserve much better. A Minister who can no longer fulfil her main function of protecting the weak has to go’ The Observer, 6th July 2003

‘Hodge’s history bites back. Liz Davies tells her story for the first time’ (also Guardian online link here) The Observer 6th July 2003

‘Hodge pledges new voice for children’ The Guardian, 9th July 2003

‘Mrs Hodge has not learned anything. ‘Threatening’ letter caused anger and anguish among BBC chiefs’ The Telegraph,12th November 2003

‘Abuse victim to sue minister over complaint to BBC’ The Times, 12th November 2003

‘See you in court Minister. Margaret Hodge under pressure to quit as abuse victims threaten to sue her’ Evening Standard, 12th November 2003

‘Another victim says he will sue Hodge. ‘She gave no apology. I find that amazing” Evening Standard, 12th November 2003

‘If you had an iota of shame Mrs Hodge you’d resign now’ Daily Mail, 12th November 2003

‘Kid’s Minister slurs child abuse victim. Hodge bid to gag Beeb’ The Sun, 12th November 2003

‘Children’s Minister is accused of smearing abuse victim in BBC row’ The Telegraph, 12th November 2003

‘Hodge tried to gag Today over ‘abuse’ Pressure on Hodge rises with call for statement to MPs’ The Guardian, 12th November 2003

‘Hodge must go for slur against child sex victim’ Daily Mail, 12th November 2003

‘Hodge accused of smear campaign after bid to suppress ‘deplorable’ BBC story’ The Independent, 12th November 2003

‘Children’s minister faces fresh call to resign over smear’ The Independent, 13th November 2003

‘Adding new insult to old injury’ The Guardian, 13th November 2003

‘Blair throws protective arm around embattled Hodge’ The Independent, 14th November 2003

‘Hodge child abuse apology not genuine’ The Telegraph, 15th November 2003

‘Ministering Justice – Margaret Hodge should do the honourable thing’ The Times, 15th November 2003

‘I only wanted her to listen. Exclusive interview with Demetrious Panton’ The Daily Mail, 15th November 2003

‘Public humiliation for Hodge’ The Guardian, 15th November 2003

‘Kids Minister faces £18k bill to stay in job’ News of the World, 16th November 2003

‘Hodge faces £10,000 bill to save career’ The Sunday Times, 16th November 2003

‘Explain or be sued victim tells Hodge’ The Independent, 16th November 2003

‘New social worker condemns Hodge. I too want a public apology from Margaret Hodge’ Evening Standard, 17th November 2003

‘‘Downgraded’ Hodge still under pressure despite court apology’ Evening Standard, 18th November 2003

‘Howard puts PM on spot over refusal to sack Hodge’ Evening Standard, 19th November 2003

‘Mrs Hodge said I was ‘disturbed’. Now I’m going to beat her on election day’ Evening Standard, 12th April 2005

‘Jimmy Savile abuse: Islington is still covering up’ Sunday Telegraph, 6th April 2014

‘Margaret Hodge ‘sorry’ as council she led told to investigate Savile abuse allegations’ Sunday Telegraph, 6th April 2014