Parliamentary Debate following Two Child Murders in Northamptonshire

By Mick Scrimshaw on July 30, 2019

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Please see below for details of the recent Parliamentary debate about the failings of Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s Services department. The first OFSTED reports highlighting the problems at NCC with children’s services were in 2013!


“Last week, two serious case reviews were published in Northamptonshire on the deaths of these two toddlers. Both these very young children were systematically let down by the local authority, Northamptonshire County Council—an institution that was supposedly there to protect them.”

(Andrew Gwynne, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)

“These events have highlighted the serious systemic issues in Northamptonshire.”

(Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education)

“Responsibility for this must rest with Northamptonshire County Council, which has been dysfunctional for many years, but particularly in children’s social services.

and I am afraid that the answer must be the local councillor in charge of children’s social services at the time. That individual now happens to be the leader of Northamptonshire County Council.

I believe, and my constituents believe, that the buck must stop with the person at the top. Will the Minister therefore join me in calling for Councillor Matt Golby to resign his position as leader of Northamptonshire County Council?”

(Philip Hollobone Conservative MP for Kettering)

You can view the full list of Parliamentary debate comments here

There are two serious case reviews into the murders, the firsts review can be found here, the Second review can be found here.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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