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.
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".
More top news
Fans can finally have their first look at Jared Leto's incarnation of the classic villain in 2016's Suicide Squad
Labour is promising to reverse the Conservative policy of privatisation in the NHS which it claims is creating longer waiting times.
The Queen and senior members of the monarchy will attend services around the world to commemorate the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli.