The Guardian view on tackling sexual exploitation: listening to victims is not enough | Editorial

The 700 children and vulnerable women groomed and abused by gangs in north-east England were “harmed beyond imagination”, in the words of one victim. Some showed remarkable courage in giving evidence despite years of manipulation, threats and violence. Their bravery led to the conviction of 17 men and one woman last August; Northumbria police’s broader …

Jeff Fairburn’s tin ear makes Persimmon the home of executive greed

Jeff Fairburn didn’t buckle when his chairman, as well as the head of Persimmon’s remuneration committee, resigned in December over his insistence on taking his £100m bonus in full. Nor did he waver in the media storm that followed. He’d make a donation to charity, he eventually conceded, but never got round to defining what …

Scottish Labour MSP withdraws invitation to controversial US academic

A Scottish Labour MSP has withdrawn her invitation to a controversial academic who has linked abortion to mental health issues to speak at the Holyrood parliament after fellow MSPs raised concerns about the event. Elaine Smith, Scottish Labour spokesperson on poverty and inequality, invited colleagues to a meeting titled Abortion in Scotland: a solution or …

Paul Pogba needs to up his game to win back confidence of José Mourinho

Now is the time for Paul Pogba to prove how fine a footballer he is. The Frenchman’s mission for the rest of the season is to drive Manchester United to an FA Cup triumph, a second-placed Premier League finish and deep into the Champions League. The challenge starts with Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Yet Pogba’s recent …

Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot open

Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this weekend (noon GMT start, free and live online viewing) at the Cosmos Hotel. Aeroflot vies with Tradewise Gibraltar for premier status and the differences between them are interesting. Gibraltar boasts GMs from the world top 10, almost all the best women players, …

Rick Gates: ex-Trump adviser to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller

A former adviser to Donald Trump plans to enter a deal Friday afternoon to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a federal court filing. The aide, Rick Gates, plans to plead guilty to two charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States and making a false statement. A plea hearing was scheduled for 2pm …