IT’S A PENALTY football fans warned

Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for South East England has added his support to the “IT’S A PENALTY” campaign tackling sexual exploitation and abuse of children. IT’S A PENALTY aims to raise awareness amongst football fans and those travelling to Brazil for the World Cup that if they engage in sexual exploitation with a child aged 17 and under they could face prosecution both in Brazil, and their home country upon returning.

“I want all football fans from all countries in the European Union to be aware of the consequences if they engage in any sexual activity with children that under 17 in Brazil, the penalties are harsh for a reason, its plain wrong and should not happen.”

The World Cup will be held in Brazil during June and July 2014. It is estimated that there are over 250,000 children involved in the child sex trade in Brazil (UNICEF). Police authorities are concerned that young girls in Brazilian cities will be trafficked and girls as young as 11 will be groomed for prostitution and offered to football fans and tourists. That is why we are taking action now.

IT’S A PENALTY is led by Happy Child International, Jubilee Campaign and The A21 Campaign, working in conjunction with the National Crime Agency whose CEOP command leads on tackling travelling child sexual offenders in the UK.

UK bee colonies collapsing at alarming rate

Letter send to local media 10 April 2014

I am concerned that in the UK and other northern European nations, bee colonies according to a recent EU study, are collapsing at a faster rate than in comparison to southern Europe countries like in Greece and Italy.

The decision by the European Union last year to ban the use of chemicals like neonicotinoids which are used in pesticides, has been linked by some scientists to the alarming collapse in bee colonies across the UK and northern Europe.

Let’s not forget how important wild bees are in acting as vital pollinators to the eco-system.  The role of bees is extremely important to mankind’s ability to feed  the population, so it is vital that we do all that we can to help support the bee population to recover.

I am urging the European Environment Agency to reassess bee safety of all neonicotinoid pesticide products, to re-examine or suspend all conditional registrations until there is a better understanding on how to manage risks, and require clear labels so that consumers know that these products kill bees and other pollinators.