An MP has demanded an inquiry into a local authority's monitoring of a seven-year-old girl who died after allegedly being starved at her Birmingham home.
Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood is to write to the head of Birmingham City Council demanding an investigation into social services' contact with the family of Khyra Ishaq.
Mr Mahmood claimed that the youngster, who died last Saturday, and her siblings were removed from school by her mother 10 weeks ago amid claims of bullying.
The MP has been told that an educational social worker then paid a visit to the seven-year-old's family home, but that no further follow-up checks took place.
"I just find that amazing. It just beggars belief that we have allowed this to happen, especially when an educational social worker has been once... and then no action at all," the Labour MP said.
Speaking near Khyra's home in Leyton Road, Handsworth, Mr Mahmood pledged to write to the chief executive of Birmingham City Council.
"There are structural issues here within the local authority that need to be addressed," he said. "I will be asking the local authority at the first available opportunity to account for their inaction. There are lessons to be learned here - we have to be far more stringent with people who don't take their children to school."
Khyra was rushed to the Birmingham's Children's Hospital on Saturday, where she died. Sources have said the youngster is believed to have died of starvation, although police say the cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
Angela Gordon, 33, and Junaid Abuhamza, 29 - believed to be the girl's mother and stepfather - have appeared in court charged with causing or allowing Khyra's death through neglect. They have been remanded to appear again on May 28.