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Council accused of 'business as usual' mentality after Baby P scandal

PUBLISHED: 16:23 07 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 07 September 2010

The Liberal Democrat opposition in Haringey has accused the council of slipping into a disastrous business-as usual amnesia over the Baby P case. Lib Dem leader on the council, Cllr Robert Gorrie has criticised the acting Leader of the Council, Lorna R

The Liberal Democrat opposition in Haringey has accused the council of slipping into a disastrous 'business-as usual' amnesia over the Baby P case.

Lib Dem leader on the council, Cllr Robert Gorrie has criticised the acting Leader of the Council, Lorna Reith, for defending Labour councillors Liz Santry and George Meehan, who resigned their positions, by saying she had "seen how effective they had been".

The Lib Dems say that the Labour-run council is determined not to change in the wake of the baby P tragedy.

Liberal Democrats say the new leaders of the council and its Chief Executive must set out in detail and in public how Haringey can move forward and show it is working with the team brought in to protect the borough's vulnerable children.

Cllr Gorrie said: "There is immense anger that Labour are already showing signs of business as usual.

"It is extraordinary that the Council leadership and its Chief Executive are actively avoiding the opportunity to set out a clear plan of action in response to the devastating Ofsted report.

"Their behaviour sets the culture and context for council officers in the future but the first signs are not encouraging that the necessary root and branch changes necessary will be made to the services that protect our most vulnerable citizens.

"After almost 40 years of failure, Labour are simply unable to change.


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