Jeremy Corbyn – at the very least – should issue an apology for his failure to act on the allegations of systematic abuse that he was presented with in 1992
Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become leader of the Labour Party appears unstoppable. Like Donald Trump in America, he is a wildcard and he is indeed very different to the politicians that the public are so tired of. Corbyn, however, has a problem and that problem is the rather inconvenient truth that he ignored allegations put to him about systematic child abuse in Islington.
Lauded as someone who will take Labour back to its glory days by the left and hailed as the man who gives the Conservative Party the potential to stay in power for decades by the right, Corbyn is the toast of the moment amongst the political classes. He has the endorsement of Diane Abbott MP and Margaret Beckett MP and the unions are behind him. He believes in “unity, not division” and “comradeship” and presents himself as an all-round “good guy”. He’s everything that Ed Miliband was not and it’s primarily for that reason that he’s doing so well – just as it is for Trump not being a Bush in America.
Though The Economist referred to him as an “unelectable bore” this week, Corbyn has mobilised the rank and file of the Labour Party and looks set to sweep to power. With five campaigning days remaining, however, it is now time to highlight the fact that this firebrand did nothing when five social workers “told him everything” about paedophiles “preying on children on his doorstep”.
Highlighted in an article by the Daily Mail’s Guy Adams last week, it can be revealed that Corbyn met with five social workers in 1992. They told him about allegations made to them by 61 potential victims of abuse in Islington Council’s children’s homes and in turn, as has been suggested by one of those social workers, Liz Davies: “[Corbyn] was polite but never seemed to do anything”.
Corbyn’s fellow Labour MP John Mann recently published an open letter accusing Corbyn of “inaction… [that] says a lot” over the scandal and complained that he instead issued a “carefully worded excusing of Islington Council in the House of Commons”. Corbyn basically swept this inconvenient matter under the carpet and now – given his apparent desire to be leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition – it is time this politician did just one thing: Jeremy Corbyn must apologise for his appallingly negligent inaction.
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