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Disgraced 'Baby P' boss set for £1m payout

By Andrew Woodcook And Sam Marsden

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is in line for compensation estimated at up to £1m after judges rejected applications to challenge a ruling that she was unfairly sacked following the 'Baby P' tragedy.

The Supreme Court decision sparked a call for an urgent change in the law from former Children's Secretary Ed Balls, who removed Ms Shoesmith as Haringey Council's director of children's services after a damning report on the death of Peter Connolly.

Mr Balls warned that the ruling will make it harder for ministers to act swiftly to protect children in future.

The Department for Education said it was "very disappointed" at the decision and insisted that the Government still believes Ms Shoesmith's removal was "right in principle".

Ms Shoesmith's career was left in ruins after she was removed from her £133,000-a-year post by Mr Balls and then fired by the north London council in 2008.

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