Monday, 24 November 2008

Baby P councillors told to resign (BBC London)

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Fresh calls are to be made for the resignation of two Haringey councillors over the death of Baby P in London.
The 17-month-old boy died in a blood-stained cot in August 2007 after months of abuse, despite 60 visits from authorities over eight months.
Haringey Council's Liberal Democrat opposition is tabling a motion demanding the leader and another councillor step down.
It will be tabled during a full council meeting on Monday evening.
The toddler's mother, her boyfriend and their lodger, Jason Owen, 36, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 15 December for causing or allowing his death.
Previously apologised
The Liberal Democrats are calling for council leader George Meehan and councillor Liz Santry, cabinet member for Children and Young People, to resign.
The council has previously apologised for not doing more to protect Baby P.
Ms Santry said: "This is a really tragic occurrence and the circumstances of his death are really dreadful.
"Our duty is to protect our children. We did not do so in this instance and I would like to say how truly sorry we are."
Last week Mr Meehan was urged to stand down at a highly-charged council meeting.
He ignored calls for his resignation and issued a "heartfelt and unreserved" apology on behalf of the council and himself personally.
He expressed sorrow for "the suffering he endured" and the "failure of all the child protection agencies" to save Baby P's life.
Children's Secretary Ed Balls has ordered an urgent inquiry into Haringey's child welfare services.
Haringey Council was previously severely criticised after the murder of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie in 2000.
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