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Barristers will lead probe into conduct of ex-councillor

Sandy Marks, who chaired Islington’s social services committee in the 1980s, has denied having links to a pro-paedophile group

26 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch

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THE Town Hall has chosen two barristers to oversee an independent review into the conduct of an ex-councillor who is alleged to have had links to a pro-paedophile group.

Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz, both from 1 Garden Court chambers, will look into whether the White Report, a 1995 investigation into serious failings in the borough’s children’s homes, was compromised by the investigators being unaware of Sandy Marks’ alleged links to pro-paedophile group Fallen Angels.

Ms Marks, who chaired Islington’s social services committee in the 1980s, has denied the claims published in the Islington Gazette.

It has been alleged that there was widespread abuse of children in council care in the 1980s to the early 1990s. No perpetrator has been brought to justice.

In a heated meeting between survivors of abuse and Town Hall chiefs in October last year, Town Hall leader Richard Watts admitted the council was “culpable” for past systematic failings.

He told the abuse survivors: “We are desperately sorry. The council did not do its best.”

Islington Survivors Network, headed by social worker and academic Liz Davies, who first blew the whistle on the abuse 25 years ago, has been supporting victims of abuse and preparing evidence to put before the barristers.

The review, which starts next month, is expected to last six weeks and cost £180,000.

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