Newspaper review: Abuse trial is 'shocking scandal'

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The nine men found guilty of their part in a child sex exploitation ring leads many of Wednesday's newspapers.

"A nation's shame" and a "shocking scandal" is how the Times grimly sums up the verdict on its front page.

It raises a number of questions in relation to the case, but concludes that failing to care for vulnerable children means "we all fail".

The Daily Mail asks why "no-one" listened to one teenage victim and says the abuse could have been halted earlier.


There is much speculation about the measures expected in the Queen's Speech later on Wednesday.

The Telegraph has been told "the centrepiece" will be "family-friendly" laws allowing parents more flexible leave to look after their children.

This legislation, apparently, would also give mothers the chance to return to work earlier and transfer their maternity leave to their partners.

The Guardian expects reform of the House of Lords "despite Tory protests".

'The scalp'

The travails of the Euro and the political deadlock in Greece do not escape further examination.

The Mirror's headline "Eu're up the Greek without a paddle" makes it clear it has little faith that Europe's leaders will be able to retrieve the situation.

Pondering the departure of Aviva chief executive Andrew Moss, the Financial Times says the recent shareholder revolt was responsible for "the scalp".

But it expects his severance package - put at £1.7m by the newspaper - may yet provoke fresh anger.

'Robo Claire'

Many editions look at the way prime minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg presented themselves at a tractor-making factory in Essex on Tuesday.

For the Sun it was "rose garden mark II" , but set away from Downing Street to "suit its theme of pressing on to cure the nation's dire economic ills".

Finally, the Express tells the story of "Robo Claire" , the paralysed 32-year-old who took 16 days to complete the London Marathon.

She got a "guard of honour" from the Household Cavalry as she crossed the finishing line in her "bionic suit", the newspaper says.

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