London Lite Tuesday, 1 September 2009 Exit: music star Paula Abdul Sentences cut: Jon Venables and Robert Thompson killed toddler James Bulger Jay-Z intimate gigs a one-off HIP HOP star Jay-Z is to play a one-off intimate gig at Camdens Roundhouse, it was announced today. The 39-year-old rapper will perform a show for 3,500 fans on 17 September ahead of a two-night run with Coldplay at Wembley. Facebook ban for council staff A COUNCIL has banned staff from using Facebook after they spent 572 hours a month surfing the networking site. Portsmouth city council blocked its 4,500 workers after they collectively logged on 270,000 times a month. haringey head claims she was victim oF public outcry baby p chief: i wastreatedlike bulger killers Paulaquit USIdolon principle SHARON SHOESMITH, the Haringey official sacked in the wake of the Baby P scandal, is claiming she has been treated as badly by ministers as the killers of James Bulger. Lawyers for Mrs Shoesmith say her treatment by Ed Balls, the Childrens Secretary, was driven by a public outcry similar to the one surrounding Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who were 11 when they killed the two-year- old in Liverpool in 1993. They were given 15-year custodial sentences on the orders of then Home Secretary Michael Howard before he was overruled by the House of Lords, who said he had given too much weight to public opinion. The killers were released after eight years. Mrs Shoesmith, 56, was the 133,000- a-year head of Haringey Councils childrens services department when sacked by Mr Balls last December, after a report found evidence of devastating failures in the Baby P case. Mrs Shoesmith is bringing three separate legal actions over her dismissal. Baby Peter Connelly was tortured to death at the home occupied by his mother, Tracey Connelly, 28, her boy- friend Steven Barker, 33, and Barkers brother, Jason Owen, 37. The 17-month- old died in August 2007. All three are in prison for allowing the abuse. Social workers, police and doctors saw Peter many times before his death but missed vital evidence. The Bulger comparison is outlined in the summary of the action for judicial review that Mrs Shoesmith is bringing over her sacking. Her lawyer reportedly argues her case has strong parallels with the Bulger case and that Mr Balls acted unlawfully, after a knee-jerk reac- tion to press coverage. The review will be heard in the High Court next month. by GeorGina littlejohn PAULA ABDUL has spoken out about her American Idol exit, saying she left on principle. The former pop star suddenly quit as a judge on the US TV talent show last month and denies her decision was just about salary. She said: I stand on principle where many people stand on money. I believe in myself and you have to have your own self-respect. Abdul, 47, left the show after eight years as a judge alongside Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Since her exit, Victoria Beckham and Shania Twain have replaced her as guests. Fight back: Sharon Shoesmith says ministers failed her H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html