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Joe Swash: Stacey Solomon’s beau finally breaks silence on hotel pics with Alex Murphy

Dancing on Ice 2020 winner Joe Swash, 38, triumphed on the show with partner Alex Murphy back in January. To celebrate their victory, they enjoyed a night out with their fellow cast members, which his girlfriend Stacey Solomon also attended, but left early. 

It was totally innocent

Joe Swash

The following day, the skating duo were spotted leaving a hotel together while walking hand-in-hand.

Now, Joe has finally broken his silence about the snaps, insisting they are “totally innocent”.

Speaking to The Mirror, he explained: “The whole cast stay in the same hotel after the after party, and in the morning we had to get up for This Morning.

“We were going from reception to the car, people are always going to try to insinuate things, but it was totally innocent.”

Joe added of his skating partner: “I love her, she’s amazing, I couldn’t have won it without her, and she’s like a sister to me.”

He laughed: “She’s a massive Stacey Solomon fan! She doesn’t stop asking about Stacey!”

Last month, Alex was pictured holding on to Joe’s hand appearing in high spirits as he walked slightly ahead of her.

Earlier that night, Joe’s girlfriend Stacey supported her beau in the audience on the live show and went to the party for a short while afterwards.

Taking to Instagram later that evening, she told her followers she left the party early to let Joe “have some fun”.

Joe and Alex struck up a close friendship during their time together on the show.

Despite him suffering an ear infection ahead of the final, the pair went on to win the show.

The skating duo beat off competition from early favourites Perri Kiely and Vanessa Bauer.

Following their win, Alex gushed over her time with Joe in a lengthy Instagram post.

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'Unsung hero' NHS worker, 54, dies of coronavirus

‘Unsung hero’ NHS worker, 54, dies of coronavirus as killer infection continues claiming lives of brave doctors, nurses and support staff

  • Barbara Moore, 54, died on April 6 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • On April 6, staff nurse at Aintree Hospital, Liz Glanister, also died from the virus 
  • Rebecca Mack died aged 29 and devastated friends have paid tribute to her 
  • Comes after Alice Kit Tak Ong , who served 44 years with NHS, died today
  • Dr Anton Sebastianpillai is the thirteenth frontline medic to die from the virus 

An NHS worker who ‘dedicated her life to caring for others’ has died after contracting Covid-19.

Barbara Moore, 54, who worked as a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital, died on April 6 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Described as an ‘unsung hero’, the mother-of-two and grandmother, who ‘loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family’, is now the second member of staff to die from coronavirus at Aintree Hospital. 

In a statement, Mrs Moore’s family said: ‘Barbara was a much loved wife, mum, nan, sister, aunty, friend and beautiful person. 

‘Barbara dedicated her life to caring for others and doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren.

NHS worker Barbara Moore, 54, who ‘dedicated her life to caring for others’, died on April 6 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

‘She loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family. Barbara will be sadly missed by so many.’

A spokesman for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is in charge of Aintree Hospital, said: ‘It is with incredible sadness that the trust have today confirmed the death of one of their members of staff, Barbara Moore, aged 54, who had tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

‘Barbara, a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital, passed away on Monday, 6 April, at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

‘Barbara had joined the hospital team after spending most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities.’ 

While chief nurse Dianne Brown said: ‘Barbara’s loss is an awful blow to us all, and she will be missed so much by all of her colleagues.

‘I have offered our sincere condolences and our support to her family at this time of their sad loss. Barbara was a patient discharge planner, which is one of our unsung hero roles.

‘Barbara’s dedication to helping patients get safely out of hospital meant that people returned to their loved ones as soon and as simply as possible.She will be terribly missed.’ 

Mrs Moore, who was described as an ‘unsung hero’, worked as a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital (pictured)

On April 6, Aintree University Hospital confirmed that they had lost long-serving staff nurse Liz Glanister (centre), 68, after she contracted Covid-19

The hospital said Mrs Moore, who was responsible for making arrangements to allow patients to safely leave hospital, joined the hospital team after spending most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities. 

Just days earlier, on April 6, the hospital confirmed that they had lost long-serving staff nurse Liz Glanister, 68, who died after contracting coronavirus.

In a statement on social media Ms Brown said: ‘All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences. Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her. 

‘I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Liz for her dedication to her patients, colleagues and friends over many years.’ 

At Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall and The Cunard Building the Union flag was flown at half mast in honour of Ms Glanister.

The tragic deaths come as the coronavirus crisis continues to claim the lives of brave doctors, nurses and support staff helping fight the pandemic on the frontline.

Today, tributes poured in for a child cancer nurse Rebecca Mack, 29, who once worked at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Her heartbroken best friend, Sarah Bredin-Kemp, revealed her sorrow in a touching Facebook post about the medic, who most recently worked as a 111 operator

She wrote: ‘Becca was one of the best friends I’ve ever had. She was a devoted friend, an incredible nurse and a unapologetically imperfect person: She was the most accident-prone, stubborn, chatterbox with a bizarre catchphrase and inappropriate joke for every occasion.     

Rebecca Mack (pictured) died aged 29 after contracting coronavirus, her friends said today

Tributes have poured in for Rebecca Mack (pictured), a child cancer nurse from Newcastle who’s died from coronavirus 

Rebecca (pictured left), who most recently worked as a 111 operator,  has been praised by friends on social media

‘Her iconic love of leopard print and statement earrings was rivaled only by Pat Butcher herself. 

‘She would never take ‘I’m busy, I’m not coming to the pub’ as an answer. She was useless at hiding her emotions: she would just describe things she didn’t like as as ‘interesting’ or ‘alternative’, with an expression of pure loathing. 

‘She was a high maintenance, foot-in-mouth oversharer with a love of cheesy music, crappy tv and an inexplicable hatred of small animals. 

‘But she would be the first in line to tell you off when you were doubting yourself. 

‘She was honest, warm and charismatic. She worked hard and made her family proud every single day.’ 

Rebecca’s colleague, Jamie Young, added: ‘Today, the NHS lost an absolutely amazing and beautiful nurse, myself and my colleagues lost the most tremendous clinician. At the age of just 29, she had her entire life ahead of her.’ 

Cheryl Murphy said: ‘Tonight we light a candle for a kind caring nurse who sadly lost her life to covid-19 just starting her life getting ready to buy her first home always smiling rest in paradise and if any one can learn something from this please stay at home and stay safe keep your babies home!’ 

Keith Cowell, from Newcastle, told The Sun how Rebecca cared for his daughter Sarah when she was 13. Sarah has been in remission for three years following chemotherapy.

Mr Cowell said: ‘Becca was a lovely girl always full of smiles and fun during a scary time for the kids having treatment. It’s so scary when it is someone you know. Heaven has just gained a real angel.’

Friends and family of Rebecca  (pictured) shared their tributes to her on social media

Another wrote on Twitter: ‘Becca was a specialist nurse who cared for my daughter at the RVI Hospital on the children’s cancer ward. A life taken far too soon and that of a selfless person dedicated to others. RIP Becca.’

Cousin Chrissy Mack said on social media: ‘So so nice to see so many people saying such lovely things about my cousin.

‘The next NHS doorstep clap will certainly have extra meaning to me, these people are literally heroes. Rest In Peace Becca’

NHS nurse Alice Kit Tak Ong died from the coronavirus two weeks after being admitted to hospital

Rebecca’s colleague, Lauren Callender, added: ‘Sleep tight hunnie Rebecca Mack you truly were an amazing girl and will be missed by many!

‘You could light up a room, so bubbly and caring, honoured to have worked along side you at 111, devastated beyond words.’ 

It comes after a ‘completely dedicated’ 70-year-old nurse who served the NHS for 44 years also died from the coronavirus.  

Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, died from the virus on Tuesday morning, two weeks after being admitted to the Royal Free hospital in London. 

Her family have since said she was ‘dedicated’ to her work and continued to work until the moment she fell ill. 

Meanwhile a doctor caring for patients with the coronavirus also died of the deadly disease after being admitted to intensive care just days before his death.

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai became the thirteenth frontline medic to die from the virus on Saturday.  

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai became the thirteenth frontline medic to die from the virus on Saturday

The consultant geriatrician died at Kingston Hospital in South West London after he was admitted to its intensive care unit on March 31.

In a statement, a spokesman for the hospital said Dr Anton had completed his last shift with the hospital on March 20.

‘It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of a consultant geriatrician who was part of the team…Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday 4 April 2020 having been cared for in the hospital’s intensive care unit since March 31.

‘Dr Sebastianpillai completed his last shift with us on March 20 and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family.’ 

The Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association of the United Kingdom said the doctor had retired from his career and had volunteered to work with Covid-19 patients.  

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday at Kingston Hospital in South West London on Saturday

London has been the worst hit are of the UK, with 1,353 deaths and over 11,000 cases. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Ms Ong’s daughter said her mother had spent her life helping others. Melissa Ong said her mother ‘loved her job and she loved her patients’.

‘She was completely dedicated to her work, that’s what she was doing until the moment she was taken ill’, she said.

It is believed that she may have contracted the disease while working at a hospital without protective equipment. She had first come to the UK at just 23-year-old to study nursing.  

The government and NHS England have been criticised for the lack of protective equipment such as face masks and gloves that have been provided to health care workers battling with the disease. 

On April 2, mother-of-three Aimee O’Rourke, 39, passed away at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, following the surfacing of symptoms two weeks ago.  

Aimee O’Rourke, 39, died at the QEQM Hospital in Margate, Kent, following the surfacing of symptoms two weeks ago 

Ms O’Rourke had three daughters, Maddie, Mollie and Meghan, who described her mother as an ‘angel’ who will ‘wear [her] NHS crown forever more’ 

Ms Nasreen (left) with Rubi Aktar (right), a nurse who paid tribute to her ‘best friend’, who she described as the ‘most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet’

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, (pictured) fell ill on Tuesday and died in intensive care at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday


Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, (left) died on March 28 after contracting the virus at the Hereford County Hospital and Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, (right) an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton, died on March 29

Nurse Thomas Harvey, 57, picked up coronavirus when treating a patient in London and died of the virus

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, died on Tuesday after working at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire 

Just hours later, Areema Nasreen, 36, died shortly after midnight in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, were she had worked.  

Ms Nasreen, 36, died shortly after midnight in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, were she had worked.

The NHS employee of 16 years, who started in housekeeping before training as a nurse, was diagnosed with the infection in late March after developing a soaring temperature, body aches and a cough. 

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, became ill and died in intensive care on March 25 at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday

Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, died on March 28 after contracting the virus at the Hereford County Hospital.

Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton, died on March 29.

Nurse Thomas Harvey, 57, of Goodmayes Hospital, London, died on Sunday after contracting the virus.

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, died on Tuesday after working at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

 

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Daughter of Dawn French admits bombarding ex-fiance with messages

Daughter of Dawn French and Lenny Henry admits causing anxiety and distress when she bombarded her ex-fiance with emails and messages

  • Billie Henry, the adopted daughter of Dawn French and Sir Lenny Henry, admitted causing distress and anxiety in messages to her ex-fiance Samuel King 
  • The 28-year-old had been accused of sending excessive emails and texts to him 
  • On Wednesday via video platform Skype, Henry admitted a new charge of sending electronic communications with intent to cause distress or anxiety

The adopted daughter of comedians Dawn French and Sir Lenny Henry, admitted a criminal charge of causing distress or anxiety today. 

Billie Henry, 28, had been accused of sending excessive emails and text messages to her ex fiance Samuel King.

She had denied the original charge of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship.

Henry, of Plymouth, Devon, had been due to stand trial at Truro Crown Court in May for a five day contested hearing.

Billie Henry, (pictured in December) the daughter of comedians Sir Lenny Henry and Dawn French, admitted a criminal charge of causing distress or anxiety towards her ex-fiance

The original long-winded charge stated that between August 26, 2018, and February 2019 in Dobwalls, in Cornwall, she ‘repeatedly or continuously engaged in behaviour which was controlling or coercive, namely sent excessive text messages demanding attention; sent emails and text messages purporting to be from others to Samuel King, falsely claimed to have been subjected to sexual abuse and physical violence, towards Samuel King, to whom at the time of the behaviour, you were personally connected in that you were engaged in an intimate personal relationship, that behaviour having a serious effect on him and you knew, or ought to have known, that the behaviour would have a serious effect on him.’ 

That charge – under the Serious Crime Act of 2015 – usually carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. 

The 28-year-old was adopted as a child by Sir Lenny Henry (back) and Dawn French (right) and she is pictured here with her famous parents at Jools Holland’s wedding in 2005 

But on Wednesday via Skype, Henry admitted a new charge of sending electronic communications with intent to cause distress or anxiety and she will now not face trial on the initial count.

The new charge is contrary to the Malicious Communications Act 1988.  

Henry remains on conditional bail and will be sentenced by a judge in Truro in May.

Henry was brought up in the area when she was adopted by Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French and her then husband Sir Lenny Henry. At a previous court appearance Henry arrived at court with French’s businessman husband Mark Bignell.

A court source confirmed that the proposed trial in May has now been vacated and Henry is due to be sentenced on May 6.

The case against Henry has so far not been fully outlined in court.

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Great-grandmother, 97, beats coronavirus

Great-grandmother, 97, who served as a corporal in the RAF during World War II becomes one of the oldest women in the UK to beat coronavirus

  • Joyce Goldstraw, 97, from Leek, Staffordshire, tested positive for coronavirus 
  • The mother-of-three was admitted to Macclesfield General Hospital for 2 weeks
  • Great-grandmother served in the Women’s RAF during the Second World War 

A 97-year-old great-grandmother who served as a corporal in the Women’s RAF during World War Two is one of the oldest women in the world to beat coronavirus.   

Joyce Goldstraw, from Leek, Staffordshire, tested positive for Covid-19 after she fell ill on Monday 16 March. 

The mother-of-three was admitted to Macclesfield General Hospital where she spent two weeks receiving treatment. 

Hospital measures meant Joyce’s family could not visit her in hospital including daughter Kay who is visiting family in Australia. 

Joyce Goldstraw, from Leek, Staffordshire, has returned home to her flat, where she has lived for more than 30 years, after overcoming coronavirus 

However, against all odds the near-centenarian made a miraculous recovery and returned home last week to her flat, where she has lived for more than 30 years.  

She follows in the footsteps of 104-year-old Ada Zanusso, an Italian grandmother who has recovered, after also surviving the Spanish flu pandemic 100 years ago, and a Britain’s oldest survivor, 99-year-old great-grandmother Rita Reynolds.

Joyce, who has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, was stationed at Tern Hill RAF airfield, in Shropshire, during the Second World War, working on Lancaster Bombers and the Spitfire aircraft.   

And in later life she was a well-known face in many sports teams across the Staffordshire Moorlands, winning accolades in darts and crown green bowls teams from the 1960s until the 1990s.

Joyce, who has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, was stationed at Tern Hill RAF airfield, in Shropshire, during the Second World War 

Now Joyce, who worked in several mills in Leek and ran The Waterworks Inn, now known as The Wheel, at Longsdon with husband Ken from 1957 to 1961, is back at home watching re-runs of past sporting events. 

She has asked even asked relatives if England striker Harry Kane has shaken off his injury problems.

Her son John Goldstraw, who lives in Ipstones, said: ‘My mum has always been incredibly strong, but to have seen off the coronavirus is unbelievable.

‘Mum was a corporal in the Women’s Royal Air Force during the Second World War – something she is incredibly proud of to this day – and perhaps it’s that fighting spirit that has seen her through this latest battle.’

Joyce is now urging people to stay at home so that normality can be restored in time for her granddaughter Alice to be married in October. Pictured with her great-granddaughter 

Eldest daughter Julie Poulson said: ‘It’s brilliant to have mum home, we can’t thank the NHS staff enough.’ 

And with the country in lockdown, Joyce is now urging people to stay at home so that normality can be restored in time for her granddaughter Alice to be married in October. 

Alice, who is 26 and lives in Berkshire, has planned her wedding at Weston Hall, near Stafford. 

She said: ‘We are all so proud of Nana, she is an inspiration. It’s remarkable that a lady of her age has overcome the virus – and credit must go to the NHS staff who are putting themselves at risk to provide the care that people need.

‘We’re desperate to have her at our wedding, so please do as Nana says and listen to the latest advice.’

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Piers Morgan hit by more Ofcom complaints after tearing into Housing Minister Robert Jenrick on Good Morning Britain – The Sun

PIERS Morgan has been hit by more Ofcom complaints after tearing into Housing Minister Robert Jenrick on Good Morning Britain.

Viewers were left outraged last week when 55-year-old Piers slammed the 38-year-old politician over the coronavirus pandemic.

The GMB host lost his temper as he demanded to know why more people in the UK couldn't get tested for the deadly disease.

Piers accused the Government of going into a crisis with "our hands behind our backs", with Jenrick desperately trying to defend the situation.

The Sun Online can now reveal that the fiery altercation saw GMB rack up 16 complaints to the TV watchdog last week for their coronavirus coverage.

Viewers were left specifically unimpressed by Piers' treatment of Jenrick.

The news comes just hours after ITV was warned about the controversial star's "combative presenting" after Good Morning Britain narrowly avoided an official Ofcom investigation.

The regulator instead gave the broadcaster a slap on the wrist after Piers was accused of "mocking Chinese people".

He came under fire on January 21 for mimicking a Chinese accent while commenting on Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips' advert for a Chinese milk brand.

After the incident, ITV issued a statement claiming Piers, 54, did not mean to denigrate, but it did "regret" any offence caused after the 1,589 complaints.

Ofcom welcomed the apology and revealed they'd discussed the complaints with Piers.

The watchdog said: "This was a finely balanced decision in which Ofcom had to take careful account of the right to freedom of expression, and the degree to which these comments had the potential to cause offence, particularly to viewers of Chinese heritage."

Last week, The Sun Online revealed that Piers had received 52 complaints for the suggestive way he spoke about Carol Vorderman during her live interview on the breakfast show.

 

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We’ve called it: this is the best way to eat hot cross buns

What’s the best way to gobble the notorious hot cross bun, everybody’s favourite Easter snack? Well, we’ve all certainly got our favourites. Here, the Stylist team share theirs.

There isn’t that much to do this Easter weekend. Although we’ve picked out the most virtual fun you can have online (including creating your own video pub quiz), one of the biggest things on our bank holiday agenda is food. Namely, hot cross buns. 

Doughy, sultana-scattered and smothered in butter, we love ‘em and there’s no better time to scoff them than Easter.

Traditionally, hot cross buns are reserved for Good Friday to mark the end of Lent, but 20 million are sold during Easter week in the UK. As a nation, we just can’t get enough.

The standard recipe involves strong bread flour, full fat milk, butter and yeast, with sultanas, mixed peel and a dash of cinnamon. But we’ve known concoctions with elderflower and matcha to make their way into the Stylist office, to mixed responses delight and horror.

It got us talking – and debating – so here are our cherished hot cross bun rules and rituals, for you to debate at home too…

“Keep it simple”

I eat mine… very lightly toasted. You have to outsmart the toaster and be quick on the eject button. Add salty butter. The end. Those weird new flavours of hot cross bun are a waste of my time. Keep it simple.

Best bun: M&S Luxury Hot Cross Buns (£1.50, marksandspencer.com) 

Helen Bownass, entertainment director 

“As a bacon sandwich”

I eat mine… as a bacon sandwich. Not crispy bacon, though. It should be thick and soft. Add butter and classic Heinz ketchup – and I might even mop up some of the fat from the bacon pan using the bun.

Best bun: Konditor & Cook (£6.50, konditorandcook.com)

Tom Gormer, photography and specials director

“Bring on the peanut butter”

I eat mine… with crunchy peanut butter. Cinnamon, sultanas and peanuts shouldn’t work, but somehow it really does. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it, people.

Best bun: Lidl Deluxe (99p, lidl.co.uk)

Hannah Keegan, features writer

“Extra fruity”

I eat mine… extra fruity. I love the blueberry flavour from M&S served toasted and buttered with plenty of jam. Basically: the sweeter, the better.

Best bun: M&S Blueberry Hot Cross Buns (£1.50, marksandspencer.com)

Fliss Thistlethwaite, executive editor digital 

“With cheddar cheese”

I eat mine… toasted with a slab of cheddar cheese. Honestly, it’s like an amazing cheese roll.

Best bun: Any bun will do but a good quality, really strong, crumbly cheddar is essential.

Gareth Watkins, acting production editor 

“On its own”

I eat mine… as they come. Not toasted, not buttered – BUT they have to be fresh. And no weird flavours like choc orange. I’m a purist.

Best bun: Gail’s Bakery (£1.60 each, gailsbread.co.uk) 

Gemma Crisp, editor of Stylist Loves

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Gemma Atkinson: ‘It’s annoying’ Strictly star talks moment with Gorka during lockdown

Hits radio presenter Gemma Atkinson, 35, has expressed her thoughts about the nationwide lockdown and revealed what has been “annoying” her as she stays home with Gorka Marquez, 29. The Strictly Come Dancing star said she is glad Gorka is her “cellmate” during this time.

I’m glad that he’s my “cell mate” in all of this.

Gemma Atkinson

Strictly Come Dancing stars Gemma and Gorka have spoken out about an “annoying” moment during their lockdown at home.

Gemma wrote to her 1.4 million followers alongside a selfie of herself with her boyfriend: “Since me and Gorks got together our whole relationship has technically been long distance.

“The first year living in separate cities followed by us moving in together but his tours and Strictly taking him away for weeks at a time.”

Gemma went on to say that Gorka was away while their baby Mia was only two days old.

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She added: “He was away on tour for 3wks when Mia was just 2 days old. I keep reminding myself of that in this lockdown.”(sic)

The former soap star then went on to say why they’re making the most of the lockdown while they can.

Gemma explained to her fans: “Although the circumstances aren’t great for anyone, we’re never going to get this length of time together in one go again. Ever.

“We’re making the most of it and yes it’s kind of annoying when he watches Spanish news really loud because they talk SO fast but I’m glad that he’s my “cell mate” in all of this.”

The radio presenter concluded her post: “I wouldn’t be locked down with anyone else.”

Soon after Gemma shared her statement, Gorka jokily told Gemma what annoyed him in response.

He wrote: “I LOVE YOU!! Ps: not as loud as your 3h chat with mum.”(sic)

Many fans rushed to comment on her photo, with one telling Gemma they “completely” agreed with her.

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They explained: “My boy was born 4 weeks premature and my husband was due to go back to work the day this all started properly and now we have been able to isolate as a family and get to know our little boy x.”

One fan then wrote to the TV star: “Put a ring on her Gorks,” while another added: “Beautiful couple, down to earth.”

One follower also told the couple that they said “exactly the same thing” to their partner.

Yesterday, Gemma shared her thoughts on the pandemic and slammed people for going outside during the nationwide lockdown.

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Alongside a picture of a dog, she wrote: “You have the IQ of a f***ing crayon.

“To the people who did / will venture out this weekend for a get-together, BBQ, sunbathing session CONGRATULATIONS! You have achieved the following,” the soap actress continued.

Gemma then told her followers why people should be staying indoors, as she explained: “Putting even more pressure on our NHS. A service that one day you or your family members will need.

“You’ll be told there’s not enough beds or staff and you’ll have to wait but hey, at least you had your day out during lockdown!”

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Bernie Sanders ends bid to be president after being hammered by Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign in the race for the presidential nomination after losing a series of key states to Joe Biden, who now has a clear path to oppose Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

Sanders’ announcement comes after Wednesday as states push back voting amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Vermont senator, whose campaign was fueled by indignation towards corporate greed, billionaires and the country’s richest ‘one percent,’ left his supporters with a message of hope in a live video streamed to Twitter, writing: ‘Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on.’

In the video, Sanders vowed to continue his fight for social justice, universal government healthcare, increased minimum wages and other cornerstones of his campaign.

‘Not only are we winning the struggle ideologically. We are winning it generationally,’ Sanders said in his statement to his supporters, a movement that many young Americans flocked to.

‘The future of this country is with our ideas.’

Sanders notably lost Florida, Illinois and Arizona to the former vice president last month, which created an almost insurmountable delegate lead before the country’s ability to vote was put into question by the outbreak.

The end of Sanders’ campaign came after Wisconsin held its primary on Tuesday, forcing voters to choose between staying at home – which the federal government has repeatedly recommended – or voting. The state has yet to report the results.

Former President Biden had a firm lead with 1,217 delegates, putting himself well ahead of Sanders, who had 914 before he bowed out of the race on Wednesday. To secure the Democratic nomination, 1,991 delegates are needed.

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‘They are KILLING people’ Caller unleashes fury at joggers amid UK coronavirus lockdown

During Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine programme two callers slammed joggers and claimed jogging should be banned during the lockdown period, with one even suggesting “they are helping to kill other people”. However Jeremy Vine panellist Henry Bonsu stated that the chance of getting the COVID-19 coronavirus from a jogger was minimal. 

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Henry Bonsu said: “We have got to rely on common sense.

“The risk of getting COVID from a runner is absolutely minimal.

“The definition of risky contact is within two metres.

“We do not believe in collective punishment in this country.

“Why ban this because of the behaviour of a few idiots?”

But caller Catherine from Edinburgh warned joggers were putting people’s health at risk.

She said: “We are having to move like the jogger.

“Pedestrians are having to go into the cycle lane.

“We are concerned about the potential for accidents!”

And Patrica in Kent launched into an angry rant.

She said: “Stopping jogging is not going to kill them but the virus will!

“They are helping to kill other people!

“Last month in Kent there were 23 cases. Now there are 2,300 cases.

“Why? Because people are flouting the rules. They are not staying in.”

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Jeremy Vine asked: “Are some of those cases caused by jogging?”

The caller replied: “Of course!”

At the time of writing, Britain has the 8th highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The UK has more than 55,000 cases in total.

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6 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About ‘Succession’

With the continuing stay-at-home orders in effect around the country, TV channels and streaming services are grabbing the opportunity to step up. CBS All-Access is doing a free 60-day subscription to entice viewers to try it out. Acorn TV is offering a free 30-day trial run as well. And HBO is doing a cute "Stay Home Box Office," where it offers some of its buzzier shows for free without subscription. It’s a perfect time for viewers to get hooked on its best new drama, Succession. These behind-the-scenes facts about Succession‘s first two seasons will help entice new viewers and remind fans now is the best time for a rewatch.

One reason for viewers to get caught up on HBO’s best new drama is Succession Season 3 is on the way. The new season was greenlit back in August of 2019, with Deadline reporting an expected fall of 2020 release.

Though there isn’t a hard and fast date yet, the return of the Roys to TV will fire up fans all over again. Season 2 saw battle lines drawn between patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his eldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), who is gunning for a takeover. When billionaire titans of the media brawl in the street, everyone should bring popcorn.

But what is it that makes Succession work so well? Here are a few behind-the-scenes details that contribute to how great it is.

1. The Show Is Inspired By The Murdochs

Succession was inspired by a script Jesse Armstrong wrote about the News of The World Scandal in the U.K., where the Murdoch family was accused of wiretapping celebrities and politicians for dirt. (It’s one of two TV series to be inspired by the real-life drama. The other is Press, which aired on PBS in 2019.) Though rewrites made the Roys less of a direct fictionalization of the Fox News owning billionaire family, their US network ACN and the Roy’s newspaper holdings overseas are still a direct 1:1 to the Murdoch family business.

2. Logan Roy Was Supposed To Die In Season 1

If Logan Roy’s miraculous recovery halfway through Season 1 feels a little about-face, that’s because it is. The original concept was "The Family Patriarch Dies," leading to the siblings going to war. But Brian Cox was so compelling that it was decided having him live would be the more interesting twist.

3. Waystar Royco Is In One World Trade Center

Though the actual office scenes are on a soundstage much of the time, the B-roll footage that gives the show those views out of the windows were shot in some empty office space in One World Trade Center towards the top of the tower.

Likewise, empty condos on Billionaire’s Row give Logan Roy’s apartment the shots of the Met and Central Park out his windows.

4. Entire Scenes Of Dialogue Are Improvised

What really makes this show sing is the rapid-fire snippy dialogue between the characters. The show’s best moments are when the cast sits down around a dinner table or a makeshift boardroom and lets the verbal knives fly. And the best part is, half of it is improvised. There’s a script, but actors are encouraged to make their own additions as they see fit for their characters. Kendall’s breakdown in the pilot episode, for instance, was merely a sketch. Everything that happens is actor Jeremy Strong following his instincts.

5. Kieran Culkin Auditioned For Greg

Kieran Culkin is the little brother of the famous Macaulay and started his career in the later Home Alones. When asked to audition for Succession, he was initially asked if he wanted to try for Cousin Greg. But upon reading the script, he immediately recognized he was a better fit for the Roy family younger brother, Roman.

6. Cousin Greg Really Is That Tall

Speaking of Cousin Greg, the longest, gangliest member of the Roy clan, there’s no trickery being pulled, no CGI that goes into that. Actor Nicholas Braun, who ultimately landed the role, is 6’7".

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