FA Child sex abuse scandal and other stories

According to the findings of the Sheldon review, the Football Association had significant institutional failings and “did not do enough to keep children safe”.

The independent review into historical child sexual abuse led concluded the FA did not knowing of abuse until the summer of 1995 but did not undertake sufficient protection measures from that date until May 2000. 

The review has made several safeguarding recommendations and produced a detailed report on child abuse in football from 1970 to 2005. 

This problem was first raised on 16 November 2016 when Andy Woodward, a former footballer, waived his right to anonymity to talk about how he was sexually abused by team scout Barry Bennell at Crewe Alexandra from the age of 11 to 15.

EU might stop exporting vaccines to the UK

This afternoon EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen appeared to blame the underproduction of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed in the UK for the slow delivery of vaccines across Europe.

The Commission president also hinted the export of vaccines like Pfizer, which is made in the EU, could stop being delivered to the UK.

She said: “If the situation does not change, we will have to reflect on how to make exports to vaccine-producing countries dependent on their level of openness.”

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Starmer challenges PM to back women safety

Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has said the death of Sarah Everard could be a “turning point” for safety for women and is offering cross-party cooperation.

He pressed Boris Johnson to be in favour of swift legislation to deal with the “epidemic of violence” faced by women and Mr Johnson agreed that the UK needed a “cultural and social change in attitudes”.

Sir Keir challenged the PM, among other things, to back Labour’s 10-point plan to make women safer.

The PM agreed that prosecution rates for rape were a “disgrace” and said he was willing to analyse the ideas suggested by the opposition, but he made no commitment to push ahead with any of Starmer’s proposals.

Weddings on hold: clarification of new measures

Next month weddings will be possible again, however, only in places of worship and public buildings.

Until indoor hospitality reopens in May, other venues aren’t an option.

Thousands of couples planning to marry between April and May are being warned by the industry that their wedding will have to be cancelled or postponed.

P&O Cruises: vaccinations essential for travel

P&O Cruises have said travellers will have to prove they have had at least two coronavirus jabs in order to travel with them this summer.

P&O cruises will depart in June and travel up to Scotland from Southampton and from Southampton along the south coast of England.

Virgin Voyages and Saga Cruises in the US have also made similar moves in order to keep everybody safe.

There are renewed fears about the already damaged travel industry, with airports warning that last year was their lowest number of passengers since 1975.

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