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Sacked social services boss awarded bumper pay-off after Baby Peter scandal

by Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

The former Haringey social services boss, sacked after the Baby Peter scandal, was awarded almost three quarters of a million pounds in compensation.

Former children's services boss Sharon Shoesmith
Former children's services boss Sharon Shoesmith Credit: PA

Haringey Council's annual accounts reveal that Sharon Shoesmith's bumper pay-off was £679,452.

New Royal Docks 'must provide affordable housing'

I am committed to the transformation of the Royal Docks and will continue to fight to ensure our residents benefit from the various regeneration projects.

We have always been clear that any new development must provide affordable housing and an acceptable mix of uses along with much needed long-term jobs for local people.

The current plans for the Floating Village do not meet our vision or the Greater London Authority's own London Plan. Newham Council cannot, and will not, accept a development consisting purely of luxury apartments which will be out of reach of the majority of our residents.

I want to know where any money from the sale of the site will be used as this should rightly be spent in Newham.

– Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham

Plans for 50 floating houses in the Royal Victoria Dock

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Developer Carillion Igloo Genesis has won a competition to design and build 50 floating houses in the Royal Victoria Dock.

The site has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London's waterways.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Luxury floating village unveiled for London's docklands

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Boris Johnson has provoked a bitter row over affordable housing after unveiling plans for a luxury floating village. The London mayor described the development in the Royal docks as a new 'Venice of the North'.

Artist's impression of 'Venice of the North'
Artist's impression of 'Venice of the North' Credit:

But Newham Council said the designer homes would be too expensive for local people.


Veteran MP Frank Dobson to step down at election

Former Health Secretary Frank Dobson
Former Health Secretary Frank Dobson Credit: PA

Veteran Labour MP Frank Dobson has confirmed that he will step down at the 2015 general election. The former cabinet minister formally announced his decision not to seek a ninth straight general election win at a meeting of party members.

"I have decided to pack in when people are stopping me in the street to say they hope I am not going - rather than waiting until they ask why the hell I am still around," he said.


Litvinenko's widow 'delighted' about public inquiry

Alexander Litvinenko's widow said she is "relieved and delighted" that a public inquiry is to be held in her husband's 2006 death.

Marina Litvinenko.
Marina Litvinenko. Credit: PA

Referring to her husband as Sacha, the name her husband's loved ones knew him by, Marina Litvinenko said: "I am relieved and delighted with this decision. It sends a message to Sacha's murderers: no matter how strong and powerful you are, truth will win out in the end and you will be held accountable for your crimes.

She added: "It has taken nearly eight years to bring those culpable for Sacha's murder to justice. I look forward to the day when the truth behind my husband's murder is revealed for the whole world to see."

Last year, the government rejected a request for an inquiry into the killing of Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with polonium - 210, a rare radioactive isotope.

In a letter to Sir Robert Owen, the current Coroner in the Inquest into Mr. Litvinenko’s death, May admitted "international relations" were a factor in the Government's decision.

Sir Robert will chair the new public inquiry.

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