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Police were never called in to investigate child abuse in Islington because Hodge did not report it, and as a consequence could use as her "defence" that no one had ever been convicted and no organised ring of abusers exposed. The lack of police attention allowed the abusers to disperse and continue their activities. Three former heads of Islington children's homes relocated to Pattaya, a tourist resort in Thailand notorious for its child sex activities. One of the men, Nicholas Rabet, was eventually charged by Thai police in 2006 with abusing 30 local children, some as young as six. The police suspected him of abusing hundreds more. He died of an overdose soon afterwards.

Hodge portrays herself as a representative of the people, but that image does not quite fit the evidence. In 2005, as Work and Pensions Minister, she made another gaffe by saying that the 6,000 people made redundant by the collapse of MG Rover could go to work at Tesco. 

As chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Hodge has been a fierce critic of Starbucks, Google, Amazon and other companies that dodge paying UK corporation tax. "This is outrageous and an insult to British businesses and individuals who pay their fair share," she said in 2012. But that same year it was reported that Hodge's family business, Stemcor, paid UK tax of just £163,000 on UK revenues of more than £2.1 billion, or 0.01 per cent. Mrs Hodge described herself as "only a very small shareholder". She is in fact one of the richest members of the Commons.

Still, she lives to fight another day. She is rumoured to be in the running as Labour's candidate for Mayor of London in 2016. But how she has got away with her involvement in the Islington scandal while Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt are being taken to task over the National Council for Civil Liberties/Paedophile Information Exchange furore is a mystery.

 

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