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Baby P mother released on licence

Tracey Connelly, who was jailed for causing or allowing the death of her son Peter in May 2009, has been released from prison on licence.

Connelly went free after the Parole Board recommended her release on licence following a second review of her case.

Connelly was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her son Credit: PA Wire

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "Offenders on licence are subject to a strict set of conditions and controls.

"Examples include curfews, restrictions on their movements and frequent meetings with their offender manager. If an offender breaches their licence conditions, they can be recalled to custody."

Peter Connelly died in August 2007 with more than 50 injuries, after being subject to abuse from Tracey Connelly's boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen.

Baby P mother released same day as Shoesmith payout

Former children's services boss Sharon Shoesmith, pictured outside the High Court as she has won her Court of Appeal battle. Credit: PA Wire

Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, is understood to have been released from prison on Tuesday - the same day as it was revealed that former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith will receive a payout of up to £600,000 over her unfair dismissal.

Sharon Shoesmith was fired from her £133,000-a-year job by Haringey Council without compensation in December 2008, after a damning report by Ofsted into the handling of the Baby P case.

However, Ms Shoesmith won a ruling that she was unfairly sacked and a Haringey Council spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday that a settlement had been reached with Ms Shoesmith, with reports suggesting it was a six-figure sum.

Read: Sharon Shoesmith dismissal payout provokes outrage

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Report: Baby P mother released from prison

Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly has been released from prison, The Sun reports.

Tracey Connelly has been freed from jail, The Sun reports.
Tracey Connelly has been freed from jail, The Sun reports. Credit: The Sun

Connelly was jailed in May 2009 for doing nothing while her 17-month-old son Peter was tortured to death by her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen.

Read: Baby P mum's remorse 'not deciding factor' in release

Ed Balls 'would do the same thing again' on Shoesmith

Ed Balls has defended his role in the removal of Sharon Shoesmith after the death of Peter Connolly, insisting he would "do the same thing again".

Mr Balls, who was Children's Secretary at the time, removed Ms Shoesmith from her role after a damning report on the death of Peter Connelly.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls Credit: PA Wire

Balls, who is now the shadow chancellor, said: "I made the decision to remove the person who had failed, I did so in the best interests of children across the country. Faced with the same situation I would do the same thing again."

The Labour MP earlier said the payout to Sharon Shoesmith left "a bad taste in the mouth".

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Haringey is 'bankrolling a state-sponsored cover-up'

Eric Pickles said Haringey Council is "bankrolling a state-sponsored cover-up" in its payout to Sharon Shoesmith.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary said there should be no rewards for failure in the public or the private sector.

We've been very clear that legal devices like non-disclosure or compromise agreements should not be used to gag staff or brush under the carpet golden goodbyes to senior staff.

I fail to see how Haringey Council's secretive actions are in the public interest, given the astonishing sum of taxpayers' money involved and the immense public concern and upset at the Baby P scandal.

Bankrolling a state-sponsored cover-up is a massive error of judgment by Haringey Council, and compounds their mishandling of the whole affair.

– Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

Baby P chief 'wants to work with children again'

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith posted a statement online saying she wants to resume work with children, according to BBC Radio 4's World at One.

Sharon Shoesmith posted an online statement saying children had been her 'life's work'.
Sharon Shoesmith posted an online statement saying children had been her 'life's work'. Credit: PA

The statement read: "A final farewell to Haringey as my case concludes. I wish those of you in children's services, especially in Haringey, success, strength and courage in all that you do.

"Children have been my life's work and I hope to continue in some capacity soon now that my PhD is almost complete."

Read: MP says Shoesmith 'should demonstrate responsibility'

DfE Shoesmith contribution to be made public

Downing Street has said that the Department for Education's contribution to Sharon Shoesmith's payout will be made public.

As part of the Court of Appeal ruling the Department for Education was ordered to pay a contribution to her payout.

Whilst that contribution hasn't been agreed the Department for Education will make public the amount that it is contributing.

– Downing Street spokesman

Read: Former child protection chief's six-figure payout

Shoesmith payout 'leaves a bad taste in the mouth'

The payout to Sharon Shoesmith over her unfair dismissal following the Baby P tragedy "leaves a bad taste in the mouth", former children's secretary Ed Balls told BBC Radio 5 Live .

An independent report said there were disastrous failings in Haringey children's services.

They said the management was at fault. Sharon Shoesmith was the director of children's services and so of course it leaves a bad taste in the mouth that the person who was leading that department and responsible ends up walking away with, it seems, a large amount of money.

– Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

Read: Former child protection chief's six-figure payout

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