How Wales could swing the election – Channel 4 News


During this election I have travelled to all corners of the United Kingdom to assess the state of the Union.

We’ve reported from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland – and tonight we are in Wales, where once again we find a tapestry of old and new political issues that are defining this election – and Brexit is underpinning them all.



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The Apprentice: Lottie Lion claims racist accusations led to depression


Lottie Lion was investigated by the BBC (Picture: BBC)

The Apprentice semi-finalist Lottie Lion has revealed that she was prescribed anti-depressants after being accused of racism on the show.

The 19-year-old librarian was investigated by the BBC following complaints after she told rival Lubna Farhan – whose parents hail from Pakistan – to ‘shut up Gandhi’ and threatened to ‘f***ing knock her out’ in a string of messages shared on the 2019 cast’s group chat.

Addressing the racist allegations and how they affected her, Lottie began: ‘I have struggled for quite a long time.

‘When it came out and Lubna decided to villainise me it had such a huge impact on me.

‘I was prescribed anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication, which I have been on in the past.’

Lottie told Lubna (right) to ‘shut up Gandhi’ in a message on a group chat (Picture: BBC)

Lottie added to The Sun: ‘I’m not a racist and I stick to that. I need to show everybody I’m a kind, caring individual.

‘I’m not this cold, stone-hearted bitch everybody sees on the series.’

Lottie says she was prescribed anti-depressants after the allegations arose (Picture: BBC)

A spokeswoman for The Apprentice said in a statement: ‘The wellbeing of the candidates that take part in The Apprentice is of paramount importance, and we have a thorough and robust duty of care protocol in place which includes an experienced network of support for Candidates before, during and after filming – including making support available at a location convenient to them.’

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After Lottie and Lubna’s clash became public, Lottie released a statement via PA to stress: ‘It is not true that I would ever be racist.

‘My use of the word Gandhi was misinterpreted, it was as candidates in the group chat had been quoting Gandhi previously.

‘The comments were taken out of context, and I ask the public not to make judgment without knowing the full context.

‘At the moment, I would like my focus to be on the show, and I’m not interested in negative media attention.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

The Apprentice continues on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.



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Brexit news: How Tusk pleaded to David Cameron not deliver EU exit | Politics | News


Donald Tusk has revealed how he pleaded with former Prime Minister David Cameron not to follow through with Brexit after the historic vote in 2016. Mr Tusk blamed David Cameron for the “mistake” of organising the referendum while Conservative Party leader. The former European Council President also hoped the vote could be undone, the morning after Britain opted to leave the bloc.

In his first interview since standing down as European Council President last week, Mr Tusk said Brexit was “the most painful and saddest experience” of his five years in office.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Tusk revealed how he blamed Mr Cameron for Britain’s historic decision to leave.

Mr Tusk said: “I asked him: ‘Is it a decision, is it an obligation to follow this result?’”

When Mr Cameron explained how plain the decision was, the former Polish prime minister said he continued to hope.

He said: “My intention was to at least prolong the whole debate in Europe and also in the UK.

“With this, maybe [it was] a little bit naive [to] hope that it could be reversible.”

Mr Tusk also said it would be better for both the European Union and Britain if Brexit does not happen.

He said: “The only difference would be that they [the UK] will still be here. They will be divided anyway: 50/50.

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“It’s pure illusion [to think] that it is easier to build good relations with the UK when they are outside.”

Mr Tusk has previously described himself as a “Remainer at heart” and just last month discussed whether Brexit could still be reversed.

Referencing a German philosopher, while delivering a speech at the College of Europe in Brugge, he said: “Hannah Arendt taught that things become irreversible only when people start to think so.

“So the only words that come to my mind today are simply: Don’t give up. In this match, we are already in extra time, perhaps it will even go to penalties?”

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During his speech, he also claimed Leavers had wanted to restore Britain’s global credentials but had achieved the “opposite” instead.

He said: “I have heard repeatedly from Brexiteers that they wanted to leave the European Union to make the United Kingdom great again, believing that only alone, it can truly be great.

“You could hear in these voices a longing for the Empire. But the reality is exactly the opposite.

“Only as part of a united Europe can the UK play a global role, only together can we confront, without any complexes, the greatest powers of this world.”

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of January this year, but Britain’s departure hangs in the balance with the general election next week.

Conservative leader Boris Johnson has vowed to deliver his already agreed withdrawal agreement with the European Union, if elected.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly said his deal is “oven ready” and he will “get Brexit done”.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, he said: “If there’s a Conservative majority government, we can deliver the change people voted for.

“We can get Brexit done. We can make a decisive break with the dither and indecision of the last three and a half years. We can unleash Britain’s potential.”



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LIVE reactions from the jungle as Kate Garraway takes on tonight’s Bushtucker Trial


KATE GARRAWAY will take on the latest Bushtucker Trail, menacingly called Frightseers.

The Good Morning Britain host is set to attempt the challenge to win meals for the camp.

Here is our live blog with all the latest from the jungle, including live reactions.





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I’m A Celebrity’s Jacqueline Jossa ‘not afraid of being single mum’ amid Dan cheating rumours


Jacqueline Jossa ‘s pals say she’s “not afraid to be a single mum” amid rumours her husband has cheated on her, something he has always denied.

The I’m A Celebrity campmate reportedly threatened to leave the jungle after hearing rumours that her husband Dan Osborne had been unfaithful.

People close to Jac, who shares daughters Ella, four, and Mia, one, with the ex-TOWIE star, say she won’t take the rumours lying down and will do whatever she can to get to the bottom of them.

Dan has faced a number of cheating claims in the past, including rumours that he hooked up with former Love Island babe Gabby Allen , but he has always protested his innocence, as has Gabby.

Jacqueline and Dan have faced many cheating rumours

And it’s said that Gabby’s ex Myles Stephenson, who is in the jungle with Jacqueline, told her that he believes something did happen between the pair.

It’s said that Dan, who has flown to Australia with his daughters to support former EastEnders star Jacqueline, can expect a showdown when she leaves the camp

A source close to the couple told The Sun : “There have been so many rumours about other women and while Dan always denies it, Jacqueline takes her time.

She’s had an emotional time in the jungle

It’s said Dan can expect a showdown

“She trusts Dan and he can always talk his way out of things. There’s no way Jacqueline will take things lying down – she detests being called a victim or ‘poor Jacqueline’.

“She would go to these girls and ask [them] what happened with Dan. Then she’d have a showdown with Dan, she wouldn’t take just his denial. She’d grill him and want full explanations.”

The insider added that while Jacqueline “idolises” her husband she “isn’t afraid of being a single mum” and that she knows she’d cope on her own if she had to.

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Dan’s representatives did not want to comment when contacted by Mirror Online. Jacqueline’s representatives have also been contacted.

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Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling respond to ‘Black Friday’ headline



Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling have criticised Thursday’s Corriere dello Sport front page after the Italian newspaper printed an image of the two players alongside the headline “Black Friday”.

The headline was part of a preview to a meeting between their respective clubs, Lukaku’s Inter Milan and Smalling’s AS Roma, on Sunday, which focussed on the two former Manchester United players coming up against one another.

In a statement posted on social media, Lukaku wrote: “Instead of focusing on a battle between two teams… Corriere dello Sport comes with the most dumbest of headlines I have ever seen in my career.

“You guys keep fuelling the negativity and the racism issue. Instead of talking about the beautiful game that’s going to be played at San Siro between two great clubs… education is key. You guys of Corriere dello Sport should do a better job at that.

“Thanks to all the fans and other journalists to highlight for the support and let’s all look forward to tomorrow’s game. Forza Inter.”

Smalling posted a separate statement which read: “Whilst I would have liked to spend the day focusing on the big game tomorrow, it is important that I acknowledge that what occurred this morning was wrong and highly insensitive. 

“I hope the editors involved in running this headline take responsibility and understand the power they possess through words, and the impact those words can have. 

“A big shout out to AS Roma for the support! Now let the battle commence Rom, daje Roma!”

Ivan Zazzaroni, the editor of Corriere dello Sport, earlier denied wrongdoing, insisting the headline was “innocent”.

“It was and is only the praise of difference, the pride of our differences, the magnificent wealth of our differences,” Zazzaroni wrote in a comment piece. “If you don’t understand it, it’s because you can’t or because you do it. An innocent title, however, perfectly argued by Roberto Perrone, is transformed into poison by those who have the poison inside them.”



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When is the next general election TV debate, and who is taking part?



Mr Corbyn was set to join the other party leaders at the BBC Election Debate last week, but Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, took his place. Mr Johnson did not take part either, sending instead the Conservative Party’s chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak.

Less than a week before polling day, Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn are expected to take part in the BBC Prime Ministerial Debate in Southampton on Dec 6. BBC Radio 4’s Today presenter Nick Robinson will be chairing this head-to-head debate.

Emma Barnett is also set to host a special edition of Question Time on Monday Dec 9, where an audience of under-30s will question a panel of politicians representing all seven parties. 

Prior to these events, on Nov 22 a BBC Question Time special took place on BBC One. Live from Sheffield, the programme saw leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrat parties each answer questions from the audience for 30 minutes. 

Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, and Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party co-leader, had the opportunity to discuss their views in two separate Question Time specials. 

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The Prime Minister declined to take part in the debate, but it was understood that the Conservatives instead put forward Michael Gove. However, the broadcaster said that the former Environmental Secretary was not welcome on the basis that it was a leaders’ event.





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Turkish president Erdoğan attends the opening of ‘Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque’ in Cambridge 


Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and folk singer Cat Stevens attend the opening of ‘Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque’ in Cambridge

  • Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, invited President Erdogan to the mosque opening 
  • ‘Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque’ cost £23 million to build and is in Cambridge
  • Protesters planned demonstrations against Mr Erdogan’s visit to the mosque 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attending the official opening of an eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge this afternoon.

The leader, who is in the UK for a Nato summit in Watford, was reportedly invited to Cambridge Central Mosque by British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Mr Islam is patron of the Cambridge Mosque Trust, according to the mosque’s website.  

Protesters have planned demonstrations against Mr Erdogan’s visit.

The mosque cost £23 million to build and has green features including air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar panels.

President Erdogan, who is in the UK for a Nato summit in Watford, was reportedly invited to the mosque's opening by British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens (pictured)

President Erdogan, who is in the UK for a Nato summit in Watford, was reportedly invited to the mosque’s opening by British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens (pictured)

President Erdogan arrives by motorcade to attend the official opening of the new Cambridge Central Mosque

President Erdogan arrives by motorcade to attend the official opening of the new Cambridge Central Mosque

One group, which includes Cambridge Stop The War Coalition and Cambridge Kurdistan Society, wrote on Facebook: ‘We will be standing in solidarity with the Kurdish community against Turkish war crimes and against the oppression of any who dare to protest against the Turkish Government.’

Cambridgeshire Police said a series of road closures will be in place around the mosque on Thursday.

Chief Inspector Paul Ormerod said: ‘We are working closely with the mosque to facilitate the official opening which hundreds of people have been invited to attend.

‘Closing the roads allows everyone to attend safely.’

The force said that invited guests include ‘dignitaries, senior politicians and ambassadors’.

The mosque is described on its website as ‘Europe’s first eco-mosque’ which has green features including air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar panels.

'Europe's first eco-friendly mosque' cost £23m to build and the award-winning building is designed to be naturally lit all year round by large skylights in the roof

‘Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque’ cost £23m to build and the award-winning building is designed to be naturally lit all year round by large skylights in the roof

It has green features including air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar panels

It has green features including air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar panels

It was funded by more than 10,000 donations, ‘private and public, local and international’.

‘The main donor has been a consortium of government agencies in the Republic of Turkey, together with a Turkish private company (Yapi Merkezi), and the Qatar National Fund,’ the mosque’s website said. 

The award-winning mosque building is designed to be naturally lit all year round by large skylights in the roof.

Members of the public wave flags as the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrives by motorcade to attend the official opening of the new Cambridge Central Mosque

Members of the public wave flags as the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrives by motorcade to attend the official opening of the new Cambridge Central Mosque

President Donald Trump and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave the stage after the family photo to head to the plenary session at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford

President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave the stage after the family photo to head to the plenary session at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford

It’s supplemented by low energy LED bulbs, while photovoltaic cells on the roof help generate renewable energy from sunlight.

The mosque is also heated and cooled by locally generated energy through heat pumps its basement.

Waste water and rainwater are used to flush toilets and irrigate the grounds.

The mosque scooped the 2019 Education and Public Sector prize in the annual Wood Awards and was named the best Community and Faith project 2019 AJ Architecture Awards for its design. 

The mosque was designed by husband and wife-led architecture firm Marks Barfield who also helped create the London Eye.



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Andros Townsend reveals he lost £46,000 gambling in bed on one night | Football


Andros Townsend has revealed he lost £46,000 in one night while struggling with a gambling addiction. The Crystal Palace winger, who has 13 England caps, was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulations and it proved a turning point in his career.

Townsend has explained how a mix of an addictive personality and boredom led him to download a betting app during one of his nine loan spells away from Tottenham and that it soon spiralled out of control.

Townsend, 28, wrote on The Players’ Tribune: “I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t think I’ve ever been inside a nightclub in my life. And yet I still managed to lose 46 grand with just one tap on my phone.

“I didn’t even have to leave my room. I’m probably the only lad in history to lose £46,000 lying in bed on a Wednesday night in Blackpool. This is not a golden boy story. Let’s make that clear straight away.

“You didn’t click on a fairytale, I’m sorry to tell you. I don’t like talking about myself too much, so I’m not telling this story for the whole world.

“I’m telling it for the people out there who have had their knocks – for those who have been misunderstood, depressed, lost, and especially the ones who have battled addiction.”

Townsend was 10 when his half-brother Kurtis died in a car crash and admitted “the pain has been with me my whole life” before he highlighted the rollercoaster of emotions he had in the early part of his professional career.

“I went on loan to five more clubs before I got back home to Spurs, and I think that’s where the trouble really started.

“I can remember exactly where I was when I had my first bet. I was bored in a random hotel room the night before a match, and I saw an ad on the telly for an app with a free bet.

“I downloaded the app and had a little bet to pass the time. Within a few months, I was out of control. I just kept losing. I kept trying to dig myself out of the hole. Then, in the blink of an eye, I’m completely addicted.”

Townsend revealed that before Birmingham faced Blackpool in the first leg of the 2012 Championship play-off semi-final he lost £46,000 on a single match.

“I remember when I was at Birmingham, it was the night before our play-off semi-final game. I was lying in bed, trying to get my rest,” he said. “This was the biggest match of our season, and I couldn’t fall asleep. I kept checking my phone, placing more bets. That night, I lost £46,000 on a single match.”

After Townsend had hit “rock bottom” he did not stop until caught by the FA. “I went to get counselling for my gambling addiction. And that not only saved my football career, it also probably saved me as a human being.”



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Man accused of plotting Fife mosque attack


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Sam Imrie is accused of targeting the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes

A man has appeared in court accused of preparing acts of terror, including planning an attack on an Islamic centre in Fife.

Sam Imrie, 22, is also said to have made social media posts “glorifying terrorist acts” committed by others, including Anders Brevik.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 2018 and July 2019.

Mr Imrie, who denied the charges at the High Court in Glasgow, is due to stand trial in June 2020.

Prosecutors also allege that the accused was offensive towards Muslim and Jewish communities as well as “encouraging acts of violence and threats”.

Having weapons

Sam Imrie faces accusations that he made online statements that he “intended to stream live footage of an incident” and that he was going to “carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre” in Glenrothes.

The accused is said to have turned up there with a petrol can, carried out “observations”, made recordings on his mobile phone and repeatedly attempted to get in.

He is further accused of having weapons which he called his “arsenal” including nunchucks, a hammer, knives and a rifle scope.

It is claimed he also compiled details of “terrorist attacks on places of worship”.

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Sam Imrie denied the charges at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow

The charge claims that the 22-year-old was in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.

Further claims include an allegation that he started a fire at Strathore Lodge in Thornton, Fife and uploaded footage of it online.

A third charge alleges he had a copy of “The Great Replacement” by Brenton Tarrant – who is accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand – as well as Anders Brevik’s “2083 – a European Declaration of Independence”.

Brevik is currently serving 21 years for killing 77 people in two terror attacks in Norway in 2011.

All three charges are under the Terrorism Act.

Sam Imrie faces further accusations of wilful fire-raising, possessing indecent images and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

His QC Jim Keegan pled not guilty on his behalf during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.



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