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KIDS HOMES SCANDAL

Survivors of child abuse at Islington care homes confronted Dame Margaret Hodge MP at a packed event at University College London.

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The sister of an Islington child abuse survivor has hit out at the council over a perceived lack of action since it accepted culpability for the historic scandal almost two years ago.

Sandy Marks has continued to protest her innocence in the face of a QC's finding that she was involved with pro-paedophile campaign groups in 1979 and 1980.

Sandy Marks' future membership of the Labour Party is uncertain even after a QC-led review confirmed the Gazette's revelations about the ex-mayor's pro-paedophile past.

The publication of Sarah Morgan's independent review this week is a vindication of our decision to print allegations about Sandy Marks' past 18 months ago (almost to the day).

A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks' past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.

Social workers who witnessed abuse at Islington children's homes will face no recriminations for speaking out, the council chief vowed at a tense meeting last night.

Survivors of horrific abuse in Islington's kids' homes are fighting for compensation decades after at least 100 were allegedly brutalised under the council's care.

A top lawyer leading a new public inquiry into alleged historic links between an ex-mayor of Islington and a pro-paedophile group today appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Islington Survivors Network has received donations totalling £320 since the Gazette's front page appeal, but it desperately needs more.

A landmark inquiry into alleged historic links between a former mayor of Islington and pro-paedophile groups has been opened by a top barrister - thanks to a Gazette investigation.

Islington Council has appointed a top family lawyer to begin its probe into a former mayor's alleged links to a pro-paedophile group.

The original whistleblower on the kids' homes scandal said she was pleased to "have a voice" in the town hall for "the first time ever" - but warned: "We are here for however long it takes."

The appalling child abuse scandal that shames Islington's past was not just limited to kids under the council's care, it has been claimed.

The leader of Islington Council was tonight forced to admit the town hall was "culpable" for the horrific kids' homes abuse scandal that blights the borough's past.

I welcome news that a QC will be appointed to review this newspaper's investigation into former chair of social services Sandy Marks' alleged links to pro-paedophile activists.

Islington Council will order an independent inquiry into a former mayor's alleged links to pro-paedophile groups, thanks to a Gazette investigation.

The town hall has taken a step towards reopening an investigation into the child abuse scandal that still blackens Islington's name - thanks to evidence uncovered by the Gazette.

This imposing Victorian property in Watford - now long since demolished - could hold the key to unlocking a wider investigation into the Islington kids' home abuse scandal.

They suffered beatings, starvation and the worst imaginable kinds of neglect. In the third of our special series on Islington's notorious kids' homes, Emma Youle meets survivors - and hears how their lives were torn apart by the very institutions that should have protected them

There are more than two dozen names that could hold the key to prosecutions, and boxes of papers that may contain vital evidence. In the second of our special series on the Islington kids' home scandal of the '70s, '80s and '90s, EMMA YOULE asks why police are not bringing the perpetrators to justice

Survivors of the horrific child abuse scandal that rocked Islington Council in the 1990s have called for police to lead a fresh inquiry as the Gazette today publishes explosive new revelations.

Islington Council has promised to set up an inquiry led by a top lawyer to examine new evidence relating to a former mayor of Islington's pro-paedophile past.

Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE explains how a stash of newly uncovered documents linked former Islington Mayor Sandy Marks to the radical Fallen Angels collective in early 1980

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