Children's charities say Hodge's career too badly damaged

Children's charities have doubts that children's minister Margaret Hodge can stay in her job in the wake of the continuing child sex-abuse scandal surrounding her.

Two charities told Third Sector they doubted she could sustain her position and expressed concern about the possible impact of the negative publicity on the progression of child protection policy.

As Third Sector went to press, Hodge's ministerial future was hanging in the balance after a fresh wave of accusations were published in London's Evening Standard.

The accusations follow Hodge's apology to Demetrious Panton, a child sex abuse victim who she branded as "extremely disturbed". Panton has threatened to take legal action if Hodge does not make a full public apology and a donation of £10,000 to a children's charity of his choice.

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