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Council chiefs resign over Baby P tragedy

PUBLISHED: 14:58 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 07 September 2010

THE leader of Haringey Council, Cllr George Meehan, and the cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Liz Santry, resigned today (Monday) over the Baby P case. Their resignations came as independent inspectors handed a report on Haringey s childr

THE leader of Haringey Council, Cllr George Meehan, and the cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Liz Santry, resigned today (Monday) over the Baby P case.

Their resignations came as independent inspectors handed a report on Haringey's children services to Children's Secretary Ed Balls.

Baby P died in Haringey in August 2007, aged 17 months, after suffering months of abuse at the hands of his 27-year-old mother, her 32-year-old lover and their 36-year-old lodger.

The two men were found guilty of allowing or causing the death of a child, and his mother pleaded guilty to the same charge, at the Old Bailey trial earlier this month.

But the case sparked a national outcry because the little boy had been on Haringey's child protection register for nine months and had been seen 60 times by health care professionals and social workers.

A spokesman for the council said Cllrs Meehan and Santry would be making statements at a press conference at Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green at 4.30pm.

More resignations have been predicted in Haringey's social services department. Mr Balls has also pledged to publish at least parts of the document. The inspectors are from Ofsted, the Healthcare Commission and the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.


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