Bulger mother’s anger at ‘insult’ by Baby P chief
THE mother of murdered James Bulger has condemned the sacked Baby P social work boss for dragging her dead son’s name into the aftermath of the abuse scandal.
Shamed Haringey Council care chief Sharon Shoesmith bizarrely brought up James’s name as she claimed she was unfairly dismissed from her £133,000-a-year job.
She compared the move by Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to axe her with then Home Secretary Michael Howard’s ruling to make James’s killers serve a longer sentence, saying both decisions were “politically-motivated”.
Two-year-old James was brutally murdered in February 1993 by two ten-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Michael Howard increased the original ten-year sentence imposed on them to 15 years but that was later overturned by the Lords.
James’s mother Denise Fergus, 41, yesterday slammed Mrs Shoesmith for using the boy’s name in her battle for a pay-off. “I find it very hurtful and completely outrageous that she has chosen to drag James’s name into the case of Baby P and her sacking,” she said. “Not only is it insulting to his memory but it is also deeply disturbing that she links her case with the treatment of the two who murdered James.”
Mrs Shoesmith is making an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination which would net her more than £1million if she succeeds.
She was sacked after it emerged that social workers in her department saw Baby P – Peter Connelly – numerous times during the months of abuse he suffered before his death but chose not to take him away from his lying, dysfunctional mother Tracey Connelly, 28, and her paedophile boyfriend Steven Barker, 33.
Mrs Shoesmith, 56, was axed from Haringey children’s services last December after an emergency report revealed ‘devastating’ failures in the case.
Since then she has started a High Court action for breach of contract as well as the employment tribunal claim.