Dominic Raab has launched a scathing attack on the Parole Board after it rejected his appeal against the decision to free the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse. The justice secretary had claimed that the decision to release Tracey Connelly, who was jailed indefinitely with a minimum term of five years in May 2009, should be reconsidered on the grounds of irrationality, but a judge upheld the original decision. It means Connelly, 40 – who was convicted of causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son, Peter, at their home in Tottenham, north London, in 2007 – could be out within weeks.
Raab reacted angrily, proposing a “fundamental overhaul” that would curb the board’s independence. Raab, who is also the lord chancellor, tweeted: “Tracey Connelly’s cruelty towards her son, baby Peter, was pure evil. The decision to release her demonstrates why the Parole Board needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders – so that it serves and protects the public.”