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A Home Office Minister says she is "delighted" that Home Secretary Theresa May has banned controversial 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc from UK shores.
Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone had lobbied Ms May to deny Blanc a visa, amid an online campaign which attracted the support of more than 150,000 people.
Confirming the decision today, she said:
Julien Blanc's presence in the UK could have led to an increase in sexual violence and harassment.
I am delighted that Mr Blanc won't be coming to our shores.
Blanc had already been forced to leave Australia early, and a similar petition to ban him from Canada was signed by almost 75,000 people.
Controversial self-styled 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc has reportedly been denied entry to the UK after a campaign to refuse him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures.
Blanc hit the headlines for his derogatory posts about women, promoting violence, intimidation and "just grabbing" them as ways of getting them into bed.
The Home Office refused to confirm the reports, saying it would not comment on individual cases.
The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.
It is longstanding practice that we do not comment on individual exclusion cases unless they are made public by the excluded individual.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said of his Lib Dem colleague Ms Featherstone: "Very pleased that (she) pushed for Julien Blanc to be denied entry to the UK."
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The Home Office has said it is to establish an "independent inquiry panel" to look at whether public bodies are doing enough to protect children from sexual exploitation.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:
The failings in Rotherham exposed by this inquiry are appalling and the coalition government is absolutely clear that the lessons of past failures must be learned.
That is why we are establishing an independent inquiry panel of experts in the law and child protection to consider whether public bodies – and other non-state institutions – have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.
The government has also set up a Home Office led National Group, through which agencies are working together to better identify those at risk and create a more victim-focused culture within the police, health and children's services.
We will continue to work to ensure victims are not left to suffer in silence and those who exploit them are brought to justice.