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Why is Scotland’s gender recognition reform bill controversial? | Politics News

Scotland’s gender recognition bill has caused constitutional friction with Westminster – but the content of the bill is also causing consternation.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish parliament in December but in January, the government in Westminster announced it was blocking the bill from Royal Assent, the final stage of any new bill.

It is the first time Westminster has used the power since devolution nearly 25 years ago.

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The bill means the age someone can legally change their gender in Scotland would be lowered to 16 from 18, there would no longer be a need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and someone would only have to live in their acquired gender for three months – reduced from two years.

Westminster is objecting to the bill on the grounds that it would have a “significant impact” on equalities matters in Scotland, England and Wales.

Ministers have insisted it is not the content of the bill they have an issue with, as they are “very supportive” of helping people transition, but how it will divide Scotland from the rest of the UK, claiming it goes against the Equality Act – which is ruled by Westminster not devolved nations.

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the government’s move to block the bill is an affront to democracy.

While the government has said it is the differences the bill will cause between Scotland and the rest of the UK, the contents of the bill have been behind all their arguments before this.

Supporters of the For Women Scotland and the Scottish Feminist Network take part in a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, ahead of the vote on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. Picture date: Wednesday December 21, 2022.
Protesters demonstrating against the bill

What are the concerns about the bill’s contents?

Ministers fear the changes put forward by Scotland may lead to gender tourism, where people could get a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) in Scotland then demand the same rights in England or Wales.

There is also a worry that people who change gender in Scotland would have a different legal gender when they are in the rest of the UK.

Under the legislation, anyone born in Scotland or who lives there would be able to apply for a Scottish GRC.

A copy is then emailed to the relevant office, the National Records of Scotland, which then issues a new birth certificate showing the person’s new gender, without revealing they have changed gender.

Critics have raised concerns predatory men could obtain a GRC in Scotland in order to gain access to single-sex spaces and place women in jeopardy, and those spaces would have to adopt different policies.

Supporters of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill take part in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament.
Supporters were also protesting

The UN’s special rapporteur on violence against women and girls said the reforms could allow violent males to “abuse” the system.

Author and women’s rights campaigner JK Rowling, said: “All a man needs to become a woman is to say he’s one.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission warned there could be an impact on sex discrimination laws across the UK, including equal pay and entitlements to benefits and pensions.

When Scotland passed the bill in December, Scotland Secretary Alister Jack said: “We share the concerns that many people have regarding certain aspects of this bill, and in particular the safety issues for women and children.”

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What have those in support of the bill been saying?

In Scotland, MSPs debated for two long days and the SNP experienced its biggest backbench rebellion before the bill was eventually passed by 86 votes to 39.

Those in favour of the bill argued it would introduce a “simpler and fairer way for trans men and women to be legally recognised as who they truly are, allowing them to live with the dignity we all deserve”.

Ms Sturgeon argued there was a need to remove an intrusive medical diagnosis and streamline the process for obtaining a GRC.

She also said the bill would not change women’s protections under the Equality Act, agreeing to an amendment meaning anyone subject to a sexual harm prevention order or sexual offences prevention order will not be allowed to obtain a GRC.

The first minister also said the bill would not give predatory men more access to women.

LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall said the bill makes the process for legally recognising a trans person’s gender “more respectful and straightforward”.

The bill, the charity said, aligns Scotland with “leading international practice endorsed by the United Nations and adopted by 30 countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and most of the United States of America”.

It also denied the bill clashes with the Equality Act and accused the government of allowing trans people’s lives to be used as a political football.

Harry Styles joins Brit Awards performer line-up | Ents & Arts News

Harry Styles has joined the line-up of performers for the 2023 Brit Awards, organisers have confirmed.

The former One Direction star will share the bill with Sam Smith, Kim Petras and rock duo Wet Leg for this year’s ceremony at The O2.

It follows a stint of success for the 28-year-old, who has been nominated for four awards, including album of the year for Harry’s House, song of the year for As It Was, artist of the year, and best pop/R&B act.

Harry’s House debuted at number one on the UK album charts, US Billboard 200 and more than 12 countries around the world after its release in May 2022.

Since then, it has remained in the UK Top Ten Album Chart.

Last year also saw Styles nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, and an expansion of his acting career after landing roles in the films My Policeman and Don’t Worry Darling.

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However, he is not the only one to receive four Brit Award nominations this year, with Wet Leg also being put up for album of the year, group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act.

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The Isle of Wight duo, comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, have won plaudits for the sardonic lyrics and angular riffs that feature on their self-titled album.

Wet Leg are among the 2022 Mercury Prize nominees. Pic: Hollie Fernando
Wet Leg. Pic: Hollie Fernando

Who else has been nominated for an award?

Building on the decision to go gender-neutral last year, the Brits have nominated 20 female artists – the most in a decade.

Elsewhere, Stormzy, The 1975, Cat Burns and dance music DJ Fred Again all received three nominations.

Artists including George Ezra, Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Aitch and Dave claimed two.

FILE PHOTO: British artist Stormzy performs on the main stage at Reading Festival, in Reading, Britain, August 27, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
Stormzy has received three Brit nominations this year

Debut nominations went to K-pop girl group Blackpink, Eurovision star Sam Ryder, Kentucky rapper Jack Harlow and British grime and hip-hop artist Kojey Radical.

In the international artist of the year category, three of America’s biggest female acts – Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lizzo – will battle it out for the prize.

Singer Lizzo performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York City, U.S., July 15, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Lizzo is up for the international artist of the year award

This year four genre categories will be decided by the public via a vote on TikTok – alternative rock act, hip hop/rap/grime act, dance act and pop/R&B act.

R&B girl group Flo were previously announced as the winners of the Rising Star award.

The Brit Awards 2023 will take place on Saturday 11 February and will be broadcast live on ITV1 and ITVX from London’s The O2 arena.

Facing pressure from Tory rebels, PM set to toughen up Online Safety Bill | Politics News

Rishi Sunak appears to have bowed to pressure from rebel Tory MPs to make social media bosses criminally liable for failing to protect children from online harm.

The prime minister was facing a major backbench rebellion as 50 MPs put their names to an amendment to the Online Safety Bill.

The amendment would toughen up the punishments for tech chiefs who fail to block children from seeing damaging content on their platforms.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has reached a deal with rebels after talks over the weekend, according to a source close to her, allowing the prime minister to avoid an embarrassing defeat in the Commons.

The source suggested Ms Donelan likes the intention of the amendment, but the wording “wasn’t quite right”.

It is understood the rebels have dropped the amendment ahead of its return to the Commons later today – and the culture secretary is working with them to table it in the House of Lords “in a more workable format”.

It marks the third time Mr Sunak has backed down in the face of uprisings on his backbenches since entering Number 10 in October, having ditched onshore wind farms and housing planning reforms.

Former cabinet ministers including ex-home secretary Priti Patel and former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith are among those backing the change to the Online Safety Bill.

With Labour supporting it too, failure to find a compromise would have seen Mr Sunak on course for his first major defeat in the Commons.

The rebel amendment looks to introduce a new clause into the Online Safety Bill to “make it an offence for the provider of a user-to-service not to comply with the safety duties protecting children” which are set out in the draft law.

In its current form, the new internet safety law would require tech companies to remove illegal material from their platforms, with a particular emphasis on protecting children from seeing harmful content.

Social media platforms and other user-generated, content-based sites that break the rules would face large fines from the sector’s new regulator, Ofcom.

But the proposed law would only hold tech bosses liable for failing to give information to the watchdog.

Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig said: “The government has confirmed a major climbdown in the face of a threatened rebellion which could have lead to a government defeat on the Online Safety Bill.

“On the eve of a big showdown, in which up to 50 Tory MPs were threatening to vote against the government, the government has pledged to, not accept the amendment put down by the rebels, but to bring it back in the Lords.

“The government has backed down because it would have potentially lost the vote.”

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Rishi Sunak has bowed to pressure from rebel Tory MPs. Pic: AP
Rishi Sunak has bowed to pressure from rebel Tory MPs. Pic: AP

Sir Iain had said current protection offered by the draft legislation was “weak” and children needed greater safeguards against seeing “extreme pornography” and material about suicide.

The NSPCC has been helping drive a campaign to have managers made criminally responsible for failing to offer protection to youngsters.

Richard Collard, associate head of child safety online policy at the children’s charity, said: “By committing to senior manager liability, the culture secretary has sent a strong and welcome signal that she will give the Online Safety Bill the teeth needed to drive a culture change within the heart of tech companies that will help protect children from future tragedies.

“The government has rightly listened to the concerns raised by MPs and we look forward to working with ministers to ensure the final legislation holds senior managers accountable in practice if their products continue to put children at risk of preventable harm and sexual abuse.”

Ian Russell, the father of schoolgirl Molly Russell, who killed herself after viewing harmful material on social media, said the threat of imprisonment is “the only thing” that will make the bosses “put safety near the top of their agenda”.

“I think that’s a really important thing in terms of changing the corporate culture at these platforms,” he told BBC’s Newsnight.

Sending Ukraine tanks weakens UK forces, says Army’s top general | UK News

The British Army will become temporarily weaker and less able to combat Russia after giving away tanks and artillery to Ukraine, its top general has said in an unusually blunt admission.

General Sir Patrick Sanders told his troops that the decision to help the Ukrainian military defeat Vladimir Putin’s invasion would make the UK safer.

But he also stressed the “vital” need to restore his army’s warfighting capability.

The comments were made in an internal message to the Army – seen by Sky News – that appeared designed to put pressure on the Treasury to commit more funding to defence.

“Wars are won and lost on land,” the chief of the general staff wrote in his statement, which was issued after Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, confirmed to Parliament on Monday that the UK would be sending 14 Challenger 2 tanks as well as artillery guns to Ukraine as part of a significant new package of military support.

Commander of Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders after a live exercise demonstration at Bovington Camp in Dorset. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story DEFENCE Review. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
General Sir Patrick Sanders

“Ukraine needs our tanks and guns now. I know they will put them to good use. And there can be no better cause,” General Sanders said.

He said the UK pledge would encourage other allies to follow suit with more “battle-winning” weapons in greater numbers.

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However, the well-regarded officer admitted: “Giving away these capabilities will leave us temporarily weaker as an army, there is no denying it.

“But ensuring Russia’s defeat in Ukraine makes us safer and, as a leading member of NATO, the world’s most powerful defensive alliance, we are protected by the principle of collective defence.”

The top general continued: “There is no doubt that our choice will impact on our ability to mobilise the army against the acute and enduring threat Russia presents and meet our NATO obligations.

“Our tank crews and gunners will feel the impact the most, but the decision also brings the opportunity to accelerate the modernisation and transformation of the army ahead of Russia.”

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How will UK tanks help Ukraine?

Rishi Sunak’s government is refreshing a sweeping review of UK defence and security with the army in need of billions of pounds more in funding to fulfil plans to transform with upgraded tanks and artillery as well invest in vital weapons such as long-range missiles and air defence systems.

But the prime minister has yet to commit even to maintaining defence spending flat in real terms – when the impact of inflation is taken into account.

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A failure to inject significant new money into the defence budget would result in real-term cuts.

The results of the refresh are set to be published in March around the time of the Budget.

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“It is vital that we restore and enhance the army’s warfighting capability at pace to reinforce our combat credibility and retain our position as the leading European ally in NATO,” General Sanders said.

“To that end, I am also determined that we do our utmost to maintain the currency and competency of those affected by our decision to gift these platforms.

“The government is committed to a modernised army that has learnt the lessons of the war in Ukraine and emerges from a period of accelerated investment more lethal, more survivable and able to fight more effectively as part of a joint force.

“This is the army our nation needs; this is the army you deserve.”

Ambulance workers expected to announce further strike dates, Sky News understands | Politics News

The GMB union is expected to announce further ambulance worker strike dates this Wednesday, Sky News understands.

Members held a meeting that lasted more than two hours on Monday following a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

They will announce the outcome of today’s ambulance committee meeting at 1pm on Wednesday, Sky News can reveal.

Up to six more dates are being discussed after talks with Health Secretary Steve Barclay last week broke down.

Lib Whitfield, from GMB, said: “There’s a huge amount of anger from our members working in the ambulance service and from the representatives that Steve Barclay is not taking this seriously.

“Our members are saving lives day in, day out, and that is actually at risk because of the cuts they’ve made to the service. Our members will not back down in this fight and they need Steve Barclay to actually take them seriously.”

GMB members at the meeting were said to be “very angry”, especially over the anti-strikes bill being debated in parliament today, which will mean key industries will have to legally ensure minimum service levels during walk-outs.

Last Wednesday, about 25,000 ambulance workers across England and Wales went on strike.

Staggered walkouts by paramedics, call handlers, drivers and technicians from the Unison and GMB unions took place over a 24-hour period.

NHS England figures released last week show average ambulance response times in England last month were the longest on record.

In December, the average response time for ambulances dealing with the most urgent incidents – defined as calls from people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries – was 10 minutes and 57 seconds. The target is seven minutes.

Family offer £10,000 for information on missing mother who vanished 10 years ago | UK News

The family of a mother-of-three who disappeared 10 years ago are offering £10,000 for information regarding what happened to her.

Lisa Pour, who would now be 50, disappeared from the Willesden Green area of northwest London on the afternoon of 16 January 2013.

Last seen by her probation officer, she was said to have appeared well at the time and had never gone missing before.

On the 10th anniversary of her disappearance, Ms Pour’s family are offering the monetary reward for anyone who comes forward with significant information that helps police find out what happened to her.

Ms Pour’s children, Lauren-Holly, 25, and Jack Saffery, 23, said in a joint statement that it would mean the world for them to see their mother again.

“These past 10 years without our mother have really affected our family. She is a light that is missing in our lives and there’s not one day we don’t think about her,” they said.

The family of Lisa Pour speak on the 10th anniversary of when she went missing.
Lisa Pour’s family

Investigators with Metropolitan Police said that they “cannot rule out” that Ms Pour may have come to some harm, but continue to investigate a “number of possibilities”.

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Ms Pour was 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with dark hair at the time of her disappearance. She was known to visit the London boroughs of Brent and Camden.

Her daughter described her as a “loving character” but “very quiet and shy”, adding that the family would like peace of mind over what happened to her mother.

Linda Pour, 76, Ms Pour’s mother, is hopeful she will see her daughter again. She said: “I always believe I’ll see her one day, and I’ll put my arms around her and give her a kiss.

“She was the most wonderful loving child.

“I miss her every day.”

Ms Pour was battling drug addiction at the time of her disappearance, according to Detective Chief Inspector Adam Rowland.

He urged anyone, including those who knew Ms Pour close to the time of her disappearance, to contact police if they have any information.

Speaking directly to Ms Pour, DCI Rowland added: “Lisa, if you see this, please get in touch with us or a partner agency so your loving family know you are okay.”

Teachers’ union could be next to announce strike as wave of industrial action continues | UK News

Thousands of teachers could be set to walk off the job as the National Education Union (NEU) prepares to announce the result of a strike ballot on Monday.

The NEU has said walkouts could begin at the end of the month after more than 300,000 teachers and support staff were asked to vote in a dispute over pay.

The union will have to give two weeks’ notice of any industrial action.

A ballot of members of the NASUWT teachers union last week failed to reach the 50% turnout threshold, although nine in 10 of those who did vote backed strikes.

The NEU announcement will come as the wave of industrial action which has swept across the country for months will continue this week.

Nurses across England will walk out on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that if progress is not made in negotiations by the end of January the next set of strikes will include all eligible members in England for the first time.

The government continues to insist that pay claims are unaffordable and is sticking to its line that wage rises should be decided by pay review bodies.

Health unions are refusing to submit any evidence to the NHS pay review body for the 2023/24 pay rise until the current dispute is resolved.

Ambulance workers on the picket line in London earlier this month
Ambulance workers on the picket line in London earlier this month

Meanwhile, leaders from the GMB union will meet on Monday to decide whether to call more strikes among their ambulance members because of the lack of progress in talks.

Any decision is likely to be announced later in the week.

On Wednesday, Unison members at the Environment Agency will go on strike in a dispute over pay.

Talks will continue between rail unions and train operators in a fresh attempt to resolve the long-running row which has led to a series of strikes since last summer.

Both sides say they are working towards a revised offer.

It comes as the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) is pressing ahead with a strike on February 1 by 100,000 civil servants which will have an impact on governments, driving test centres, museums, ports and airports.

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The TUC is organising a series of protests on 1 February against the government’s controversial proposed new law on strikes.

Planned legislation aimed at ensuring minimum levels of service during strikes will receive its Second Reading in parliament on Monday.

A demonstration will be held outside Downing Street to protest against the government’s move.

PCS members working as legal advisers and court associates in more than 80 courts across England and Wales are also to take further strike action in a long-running dispute about a case management system called Common Platform.

Around 300 PCS members will take action on 21 January and 28 January.

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PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As long as managers continue to ignore our members, our members will continue to resist the unworkable Common Platform system and fight for the integrity of the entire justice system.”

This week’s industrial action will take place after the government was accused of attempting to “steamroller” through new legislation on strikes amid mounting anger over the “spiteful” measure.

A bill on ensuring minimum levels of service during industrial action will receive its Second Reading in parliament on Monday as part of ministers’ response to months of strikes and more walkouts due in the coming weeks.

Labour said it will oppose the legislation and any attempts to fast track it through parliament without proper scrutiny.

The TUC said the planned law would give ministers sweeping new powers that restrict the right to strike.

Walker airlifted to hospital after being swept over waterfall in Scotland | UK News

A walker suffered multiple injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital after he was swept over a waterfall in Scotland.

The man lost his footing and fell into a burn – a stream – which led to the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall near Moffat, in Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Lowlands, in challenging weather conditions on Saturday morning.

He was then swept over one of a series of waterfalls – a fall of 10-15m (about 33-49ft) – before being carried further along the burn by the current, according to the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.

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The waterfall is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the south of Scotland, with a main fall of 60m (about 197ft) – making it the fifth highest cascade in the UK.

Mountain rescuers attended the scene alongside other emergency services including police and firefighters, as well as helicopters from the coastguard and the Helimed trauma team, after the alarm was raised at 10.30am.

A Helimed crew prepare to fly the injured man to hospital in Glasgow

Rescuers had to contend with winds of up to 40mph as they sought to extract the man from the area. He was winched from the water and initial care was given to him on the banks of the stream before he was taken by helicopter to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Mountain rescue team leader James Coles said: “He lost his footing and slipped in. The main waterfall is huge, fortunately he didn’t go over that one, but there is a series of upper waterfalls.

“He was swept along the burn then over the waterfall and was then swept further along the burn and somehow he managed to stop himself.

Handout photo dated 14/01/23 issued by Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of rescue operation after a man lost his footing and fell into the burn at the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway. The man was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after he was swept over a waterfall. Issue date: Sunday January 15, 2023.

“He was there with friends and they raised the alarm. It was a bit of bad luck, they were trying to take photos of the lovely scenery and it appears he slipped and ended up in the burn.”

A spokesman for the rescue team said: “With gusts of wind up to 40mph, all teams involved had a challenging day on the hill before being stood down at 2.30pm.”

Lack of cover for category two ambulance calls in some areas put public safety at risk, Steve Barclay says | Politics News

The health secretary claims the disparate level of emergency cover during recent ambulance strikes could not be “relied upon to ensure patient and public safety”.

In a letter to the GMB union sent ahead of further strikes this month, and seen by Sky News, Steve Barclay accepted all areas that staged walkouts ensured the most serious 999 calls were still answered.

But he said the lack of cover for category two calls – which includes strokes and chest pain – in some areas were “material to the risk to life of the strike action”.

Mr Barclay said the government “greatly values the vital work ambulance workers do”, but he criticised the “volatile” assurances given to him about cover by trade unions during December’s industrial action, claiming the “scope and extent of arrangements [was] being disputed right up to wire”.

While he believed in the right to strike and that “a certain amount of disruption is inherent” during walkouts, he said that “during recent action I have not been reassured that the current system of voluntary arrangements can be relied upon to ensure patient and public safety”.

His letter comes in response to an open letter from the GMB to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday, where the union claimed ambulance staff felt “demonised” and appealed to the government to “stop attacking us”.

It also comes ahead of the government’s anti-strike legislation returning to the Commons on Monday, which will set minimum service levels for fire, ambulance and rail services for when the sectors decide to take action – and leave unions at risk of being sued if they fail to comply.

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Mr Barclay strongly defended the new law in the letter, saying it would “introduce greater clarity and certainty around which services must continue and to what extent, to give the public much needed assurance that a certain level of urgent and time critical care will always continue throughout strike action”

The health secretary said the particular services that would be impacted by the legislation where chosen “chiefly because we recognise disruption to blue light services puts lives at immediate risk”, but he insisted it was “not ending anyone’s right to strike”.

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But Labour has vowed to vote against the bill, with party leader Sir Keir Starmer urging the government to “do the grown-up thing, get in the room and negotiate” with the unions.

A spokesperson for the GMB said the union’s ambulance committee would discuss the letter from Mr Barclay at a meeting on Monday and consider their response.

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O2 Academy in Brixton staying shut for three months after fatal crush | Ents & Arts News

The O2 Academy in Brixton will remain shut for three more months after two people were killed in a crowd crush.

Owners Academy Music Group (AMG) said it had “reflected deeply” on the incident and had decided to stay closed regardless of an impending licensing decision by the local council.

Security guard Gaby Hutchinson, 23, and Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, were fatally injured when ticketless fans tried to enter Nigerian artist Asake’s show at the south London venue on 15 December.

Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, of Newham. Pic: Met Police
Rebecca Ikumelo and (below) Gaby Hutchinson suffered fatal injuries
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Lambeth Council ordered the site to shut shortly afterwards, pending a hearing by a subcommittee on Monday.

Metropolitan Police had sought a longer licence suspension “to allow time to work with the venue to facilitate a safe reopening and to ensure appropriate safeguards, aimed at improving public safety, are in place”.

AMG has now taken the matter into its own hands, saying it “recognises the gravity” of what happened and offered “sincere condolences to the families of those who died”.

The three-month closure will give time for investigations into the incident to take place, AMG said, adding it was “committed to understanding what happened” and “providing full co-operation to the police”.

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“The company’s decision to close for this period will be the case whether or not the licence is suspended, but AMG agrees to the suspension as an enforceable measure,” a statement continued.

An online portal set up by the Met for people to submit details, photos, and videos of the incident remains open.

Some 4,000 people are thought to have witnessed the crush, which left eight attendees needing hospital treatment.