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Baby P: Ed Balls Statement In Full And Sun’s Failed Campaign

by | 1st, December 2008
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TOUGH luck on the Sun and its legion of campaigners. Only three people have lost their jobs over Baby P.

Sharon Shoesmith, the head of children’s services at Haringey Council, has been sacked. The council’s leader George Meehan and the cabinet member for children and young people, Liz Santry have resigned.

Says Ed Balls: “In the case of Baby P things did go tragically wrong.”

No doubt about that.

But it does mean that the Sun’s campaign to have Maria Ward, Sylvia Henry and Gillie Christou sacked has failed.

Still, Balls says there will more reports, so he can yet appease all those Sun readers, sorry, voters.

The Sun demands that the three be “forced to quit”. Who needs evidence and due process when the torches are lit and the people are on the move..?

Ed Balls Statement In Full

The whole nation has been shocked and moved by the tragic and horrific death of Baby P. All of us find it impossible to comprehend how adults could commit such terrible acts of evil against this little boy. And the public is angry that nobody stepped in to prevent this tragedy from happening.

I want to say very clearly at the outset: social workers, police officers, GPs, health professionals, all the people who work to keep children safe, do a very difficult job, often in really challenging circumstances – all around the country and in particular in Haringey. They make difficult judgements every day that help to keep children safe – and many of them are unsung heroes. But they must also be accountable for their decisions.

And where things go badly wrong, people are right to want to know why and what will be done about it. In the case of Baby P, things did go tragically wrong.



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