The official report into on-street grooming and sexual exploitation confirmed the fears of Yorkshire families who have been claiming for years the authorities are letting their children down.
After a six-month inquiry, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) said that across two thirds of the country a strategic plan for dealing with criminal gangs preying on girls as young as 12 was either inadequate or non-existent.
Earlier this week UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage was explaining that "disappointing results" for his party in the local government elections would not undermine the real swell of extra support for his party.
"After all," he said, "we recently came second in the Barnsley by-election."
Liberal Democrats could only stand and watch as a power base they had spent over a decade building up in Sheffield came crashing down after just one year of their party being in government for the first time.
Liberal Democrat leader in Sheffield Paul Scriven refused to blame Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and called the loss of nine seats on the city council to Labour a "short-term" setback.
Len Tingle is the BBC's veteran political editor for Yorkshire and the North Midlands, reporting and commentating on the challenges facing of one of the most socially and economically diverse regions in the UK.
He is a familiar face on Look North, on the weekly Sunday Politics programme, and is also heard regularly on the BBC's local radio stations in Leeds, Sheffield and York.
Born in Barnsley, he reported on business and industrial issues from across the UK and the world for newspapers, ITV and the BBC before returning to Yorkshire in the mid-1990s.
"Think of an idyllic or exotic place and I've probably reported from a shop floor, steel mill or coal mine close by - then caught the next flight out without seeing a single tourist attraction.
"It was all great experience for eventually specialising in politics. Scratch the surface of any business story and a politician usually pops out - wherever you happen to be in the world."
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