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Baby Peter case: Shoesmith payout 'leaves bad taste'

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has said a six-figure payout to the ex-head of Haringey children's services "leaves a bad taste in the mouth".

Sharon Shoesmith won a ruling in 2011 that she was unfairly sacked after a damning report into the death of Baby Peter Connelly.

BBC Newsnight revealed the payout could cost Haringey Council up to £600,000.

Mr Balls said his decision in 2008 as children's secretary to remove Ms Shoesmith from her job had been right and he would "do it again".

  • 29 Oct 2013
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