A Downing Street spokesperson admitted today that the
publication of the long-awaited green paper on children has been
delayed by at least a further two months, writes Amy
The paper was due to be published before the parliamentary
summer recess, which begins on July 17. However, the spokesperson
said the paper would now be published “early after recess”.
He denied suggestions that the postponement was due to
controversy surrounding the appointment of Margaret Hodge as the
new minister for children.
The Conservative’s and former Islington social workers
have called for Hodge’s resignation over her actions in relation to
allegations that children were sexually abused in council-run care
homes while she was leader of Islington Council in the early
The spokesperson insisted the Prime Minister wanted to be
personally associated with the green paper and would stand “side by
side” with Hodge when the paper was finally published.