Baby P chief's payout criticised

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is to receive a six-figure payout for being unfairly dismissed following the Baby P tragedy. Former Children's Secretary Ed Balls - who removed her from the role - said it left "a bad taste."

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MP: Shoesmith 'should demonstrate responsibility'

Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie, a member of the Commons education select committee said, Sharon Shoesmith should "demonstrate personal responsibility" following the Baby P tragedy.

Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, died in August 2007 after suffering a series of injuries during months of abuse. Credit: Police Handout

The MP told Newsnight, "A blame culture is not the same as a culture in which people take responsibility and accountability."

Ms Shoesmith's lawyers argued that she was the victim of ''a flagrant breach of natural justice'' fuelled by a media witch-hunt.

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