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Liverpool chief faces grilling over Rotherham

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Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald faces a grilling from elected mayor Joe Anderson (Lab) over his former role at Rotherham MBC.

Mr Fitzgerald (pictured) was chief executive at Rotherham from 2001-03. He joined Liverpool in 2010, having been chief executive at Sunderland MBC and Lancashire CC in the intervening period.

The Jay report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham last week pointed to failings by the council during a period when some 1,400 children were abused.

Mayor Joe Anderson (Lab) said: “Having read and fully digested the Alexis Jay report, the events over a 15-year period are truly shocking. I am aware that Mr Fitzgerald has co-operated fully with the inquiry and has given statements to it.

“I note and am concerned that the Jay report criticises Rotherham council for not taking the earlier report seriously, and will discuss these matters with Mr Fitzgerald as soon as possible. I will be seeking clarification as to whether he was aware of the report.

“Further I also note that the Jay report is non-specific and does not name people. I will be seeking further clarification from Alexis Jay and others at Rotherham about Mr Fitzgerald’s role.”

He added that child protection and safeguarding “is of paramount importance to me and this administration” in Liverpool.

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