In The Headline Interview the editor of the Evening Standard, Sarah Sands, asks Margaret Hodge about her reputation for tough-talking as chair of the Public Accounts Committee, about her political mistakes and whether she’ll take on the challenge of being the next Mayor of London.
As a guardian of the public purse Margaret Hodge has lambasted multinationals who avoided paying tax in the UK and criticised pay-offs given to BBC bosses when they left the corporation. She says age and experience have made her sceptical in her questioning and tough in her approach.
A former minister, Mrs Hodge has been MP for Barking & Dagenham for 20 years and was previously leader of Islington Council. In The Headline Interview, she apologises to The Evening Standard for mistakes she made when the paper published allegations of historic child abuse in Islington children’s homes.
She also says she had made a mistake when she didn’t vote against the invasion of Iraq under Tony Blair.
She was a co-nominator for Tony Blair's bid for leadership of the Labour Party and joined his government in 1998, becoming the first Minister for Children in 2003