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Minister under fire for refering to complanant as extremely disturbed



An investigation by this programme has found that a paedophile at the centre of the Islington child abuse scandal went on to abuse children across three continents. LISTEN Listen to Angus Stickler’s report, plus the statement from Margaret Hodge MP (11/11/03). LISTEN Margaret Hodge’s parliamentary private secretary says she should stay in her job, after labelling Islington child abuse victim “extremely disturbed”. Plus Allan Levy QC and Mike Taylor, formerly of the NSPCC (14/11/03). “I wouldn’t say he was disturbed at all”: Detective Superintendent Sweeney on Demetrious Panton. USEFUL LINKS The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites “He certainly wanted justice and wanted to see Mr Bain in a dock in a British court … for what he had done”: Det Supt Sweeney on Demetrious Panton’s views. Children’s Minister, Margaret Hodge. Had allegations against Bernie Bain, the former head of a children’s home, been properly investigated in the 1980s countless children would have been spared.Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council at the time and is now Minister of State for Children. When she was alerted to our investigation she complained to the Chairman of the BBC. In the letter she attacks the former victim as an ‘extremely disturbed person’….