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Rotherham abuse: Council leader and cabinet to resign after damning report

Rotherham Borough Council's leader, Paul Lakin, and the authority's cabinet are to resign after a damning report into the authority found it was "not fit for purpose". Government-appointed commissioners are set to take over.

Louise Casey's report into the handling the grooming scandal in the borough - commissioned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles - accused the council of attempts to cover-up evidence and past and present failures in leadership.

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'How would council members feel if it was their daughter?'

The mother of a girl who was abused as a teenager in Rotherham has told ITV News the outgoing council failed to do their jobs and protect the town's children.

After the council was declared "not fit for purpose" in a damning report, the mother said: "I wonder how they would feel if it was their daughter - the police and the council want to think about how many lives they have ruined.

"They just would not listen, and they did not do their jobs and protect our children."

ITV News Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall reports:

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