Actress Minnie Driver stands down from her role as an ambassador for Oxfam
She has become the first celebrity patron of the charity to withdraw support, in the wake of claims that Oxfam staff in Haiti and other countries paid vulnerable people for sex. In a statement, Driver said she was "nothing short of horrified" by the allegations. Oxfam said it was "grateful" for her commitment and that it was "more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes”. Driver had worked with the charity for more than 20 years.
Labour: Tenants should have "default right" to pets
Labour will promise to do more to stop people who do not own their home from having to give up their pets when they move, amid fears animal shelters are seeing an increase in abandoned cats and dogs. The party will also pledge to work with landlords in an attempt to extend the right to disabled and elderly people who move into care homes. Other Labour ideas include a ban on foie gras imports and an end to the export of live animals for slaughter. Banning badger culling and expanding affordable vet care for pet owners on low incomes have also been proposed by Labour.
Boris Johnson to say reversing Brexit vote would be “disastrous"
Boris Johnson will attempt to reassure voters that the UK's split from the EU is a cause for "hope not fear”. The foreign secretary will use a speech to try and build bridges with those who voted to remain in the EU, saying their belief in European solidarity is based on "noble sentiments”. "It is not good enough to say 'you lost, get over it'," he will say. But he will also insist that reversing the 2016 referendum would be a “disastrous mistake that would lead to permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal".
French girl, 11, "not a child" say lawyers for man, 29, accused of sexual abuse
Lawyers for the suspect argued that the girl was consenting and aware of what she was doing, while lawyers for the girl have said she was simply too young and confused to resist. In a decision that has shocked many, the prosecutor’s office in the town of Pontoise decided to put the man on trial not for rape but on charges of “sexual abuse of a minor under 15”. France does not have a legal age under which a minor cannot agree to a sexual relationship – although the country’s top court has ruled that children aged five and under cannot consent.
Vaginal-mesh implants: new material could reduce complications
Scientists believe they have come up with an alternative to the material used in vaginal-mesh implants, which prompted huge numbers of women to complain they had been left in severe pain and others that they had been left with life-changing injuries. Mesh treatment has been offered in cases of pelvic-organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but approval for its use in the NHS was withdrawn by watchdogs in December. Now, after seven years of research, scientists from the University of Sheffield have developed a new form of implant which they say avoids the harmful properties of earlier models, while still being able to be surgically useful.