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Friday, April 30, 2010

Victory for Cameron in final TV debate as he turns his fire on Clegg: Tory leader's clean sweep of opinion polls

Victory is mine! David Cameron addressing the party faithful after the third and final debate

David Cameron is victorious after clean sweep in snap polls

Tory leader attacks PM over disgraced banker Sir Fred Goodwin

Nick Clegg comes under fire for amnesty on illegal immigrants

Gordon Brown tries to argue 'my rivals aren't ready to govern'

All three leaders gloss over 'Bigot-gate' to focus on economy

A combative David Cameron scored a vital win over Nick Clegg last night as he tore into Liberal Democrat policies on immigration, Europe and tax.

A week before election day, the Conservative leader raised his game in the last TV clash with his two rivals.

He landed blows on an exhausted-looking Gordon Brown over Labour's knighthood for disgraced banker Sir Fred Goodwin and his plans to hike National Insurance for everyone earning £20,000 or more.

The Prime Minister closed with a startling admission that Labour is on course for defeat. 'I know if things stay as they are, David Cameron, perhaps supported by Nick Clegg, would be in office,' he said.

But he pleaded with voters to avoid what he called a 'coalition of cuts'.

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Nervous: Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown bizarrely both lifted their legs as the debate progressed

Labour spin chief Alastair Campbell was overheard telling security staff that 'We've had it' following Mr Brown's poor performance.

He later insisted he had been talking about his football team, Burnley, relegated from the Premier League last weekend.

In a sign of how badly Labour thought the night went, it emerged party strategists complained five times during the course of the event to BBC moderators. The Tories and Lib Dems did not file any complaints.

Instant polls after the debate all pronounced Mr Cameron the winner - and gave the first indication that Mr Brown's slim chances of victory have been hit by his disastrous 'bigot' attack on a Labour-supporting grandmother.

Mr Cameron's aides were heard cheering as polls began to emerge declaring him the victor of last night's debate.
A YouGov survey for the Sun showed Mr Cameron gaining 41 per cent audience approval, with Mr Clegg on 32 and Gordon Brown on 25.

ComRes, for ITV News, gave Mr Cameron 35 per cent, Mr Clegg 33 and Mr Brown on 26. A third, by Angus Reid, gave Mr Cameron 36, Mr Clegg 31 and Mr Brown 23.

And the MailOnline's own poll, which initially showed Mr Clegg in front, also showed a Tory victory by midnight. It had Mr Cameron on 45 per cent, Mr Clegg on 43 and Mr Brown trailing on 12 per cent.

This morning Mr Cameron's lead had grown further to 51 per cent, Mr Clegg 37 per cent and Mr Brown 12 per cent.

Last chance saloon: The three party leaders in the fight of their lives at the debate in Birmingham

Last chance saloon: The leaders did battle in the impressive hall at the University of Birmingham

All three leaders pointedly ignored the biggest story of the week as they glossed over Gordon Brown's insult of a Labour-supporting pensioner who dared to question him over immigration.

They barely mentioned the furore, in which he called Gillian Duffy a 'bigoted woman', despite it being one of the most grievous election gaffes of modern times.

The Prime Minister even attempted to laugh off the scandal - dubbed 'Bigot-gate - by making a joke about the massive backlash against his unguarded comment.

In his opening pitch, he said: 'There's a lot to this job. And as you saw yesterday, I do not get all of it right. But I do know how to run the economy in the good times and in the bad.'

But despite devoting a full ten minutes to answering a question about immigration, the Prime Minister and his two rivals failed to make any further reference to the affair.

Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg may have chosen to ignore the issue to avoid provoking public sympathy for Mr Brown but their conspiracy of silence is likely to infuriate many voters who already feel alienated by the main parties.

Throughout the clash, the Conservative leader did not make the mistake of the first debate - where he ignored the threat of Mr Clegg in the face of attacks from Mr Brown.

Instead, he was able to parry the Prime Minister's assaults and reserve his strongest fire for the Lib Dem. Mr Cameron was scathing about Mr Clegg's plan for Britain to scrap the pound and offer an amnesty for 600,000 illegal immigrants.

Head-to-head: The three leaders are desperate to convince voters ahead of polling day next week

Final showdown: Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg confront each other in the last leaders' debate

In the eye of the storm: Gillian Duffy leaving her home in Rochdale yesterday

A rattled Mr Clegg attempted to claim he did not want to join the euro immediately and defended his migration plans, claiming his offer of citizenship did not amount to an amnesty.

Mr Cameron insisted that if the Lib Dem leader had his way, British taxpayers would be facing a multi-billion-pound bill to bail out the crippled Greek economy.

He also put tackling Labour's culture of welfare dependency at the heart of his bid for power - saying one of his priorities would be rewarding hard work and forcing those who could do a job to get off benefits.

Mr Brown retreated to his traditional 'cuts versus investment' stance - promising to protect schools and hospitals and attacking Tory plans to cut £6billion in wasteful government spending. Time and again, he attacked Tory proposals to scrap inheritance tax for everyone but millionaires.

Mr Brown said he had never been as angry as he was before he nationalised the banks, when he was told by a bank boss that the only problem he was facing was cash flow.

Mr Cameron landed a heavy blow on the Prime Minister as he said he must have been talking about the disgraced former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Fred Goodwin.

Mr Brown had failed to regulate the banks and Labour had handed Sir Fred a knighthood, only to see him bring the economy to its knees.

Mr Clegg blundered badly on immigration - claiming five times that Mr Cameron's plan for an annual cap on non-EU migration would be ineffective because 80 per cent of migrants into Britain come from Europe.

In fact, the latest annual data from the Office of National Statistics show the real figure is a third.

Mr Cameron received a boost last night as the Economist magazine switched its support to his party, saying the Tories had been most clear about the need to cut back the size of the state.

Question 1: Why can't you be honest about spending cuts?Clegg: 'We've set out much greater detail than any other party - £15billion worth of savings - which are a sort of upfront down payment to deal with this huge black hole that we have in our public finances.

'Those are the kind of big decisions that you need to take, but what you can't do... is try and fool you into thinking that just efficiency savings are enough. You can't fill the black hole with just a few savings on pot plants and paper clips in Whitehall.'

He added that his party had set out detail in their manifesto on public sector pay restraint, cutting tax credits for the top 20 per cent of recipients, and scrapping the Eurofighter and biometric passport projects.

But he admitted: 'Clearly more work will need to be done.'

Brown: Labour has set out a four-year 'deficit reduction plan' starting in 2011 including 'tax rises that are fair, spending cuts that are equitable, and at the same time growth in the economy that is essential for recovery'.

'We have one principle that we are adopting and it's clear. We are not going to allow the frontline National Health Service, or schools or policing to be cut. We will find the cuts in other areas.

'Don't believe that we can fail to support the economy this year. If we fail to support the economy this year then we risk a double-dip recession and that's really the problem with the Conservative policy.'

He argued that it was crucial in an 'uncertain and dangerous world' not to remove £6billion from the economy, as he claims the Tories' curb on National Insurance rises would do.

He accused the Tories of wanting to remove the NI rise for 'ideological reasons', urging: 'Please let us not make the mistake of the 1930s, and the 1980s and the 1990s, and let us support the economy until the recovery is assured.'

Cameron: Politicians needed to be 'frank' about the fact cuts were coming and the Tories were the 'first to say' that cuts would have to be made.

'If I were your prime minister, I will do everything I can to protect the frontline services.' He insisted: 'We are not just relying on waste.'

Other plans include a public sector pay freeze and an extension of the retirement age, he said, but he insisted not enforcing Labour' 'job tax' was vital to getting the economy going again.

Mr Cameron said he was proposing to save one in every £100 and pointed to business support for his plans.

'We say roll up your sleeves now - let's save waste where we can to stop the taxes. It's the right thing to do and it will help get the economy moving.'

Question 2: What will you do about taxes?Brown: He admitted it had been 'tough in the last few years because of the recession' but argued: 'What we've tried to do when people are in difficulty is provide tax credits.

'We've brought down the basic rate of tax from 23p when we came in to 20p. At the same time we've raised the top rate of tax above £150,000 to 50p so that's there for ordinary hard-working families.'

Mr Brown said he did not believe in the Conservatives' plans to cut tax credits but 'at the same time give an inheritance tax cut to the 3,000 richest people in the country of £200,000'.

'Now that's not fairness, that's the same old Conservative party - tax cuts for the rich and cutting the child tax credits for the very poor, it's simply not fair.'

He added: 'Six million people in this country receive tax credits and the Conservatives and the Liberals have a plan to reduce tax credits for middle class families.'

The Prime Minister claimed that the Conservatives only wanted to help the 'richest estates in the country'.

Cameron: The Tory leader branded Mr Brown's attack 'very desperate stuff from someone who's in a desperate state'.

He said the taxpayer was having to pay 'more and more and more' as the Government had spent more and more and had been so careless at trying to stop wasting money.

'Obviously with the terrible situation we have with our public finances, with the mess left by Gordon and Labour, where out of every £4 the Government spends, one is borrowed - it's not possible to make great big tax giveaway promises. Even if it would be a lovely thing to do, you can't do it.

'But what we've said is let's try to stop the one tax that's going to hit the lowest paid people and that's the national insurance tax.'

The top rate of tax and extra tax on pensions could not be stopped, he said. 'But we are going to stop that one tax that would hit the lowest-paid the hardest.

'And let me just say this about tax credits - they would stay under a Conservative government. Gordon Brown has got to stop misleading families in this country like he's been misleading older people and cancer patients as well.'

On inheritance tax, he said: 'I believe if you work hard and you save money and you put aside money to try and pay down your mortgage on a family home, you shouldn't have to sell that or give it to the taxman when you die. You should be able to pass it on to your children. It's the most natural human instinct of all. The other two parties don't understand that.'

Clegg: He branded Britain's tax system 'grotesquely unfair'. 'After 13 years of Labour, who would have believed it? That you would have our tax system where multi-millionaires from the City of London pay a lower rate of tax on their capital gains ... than a cleaner does on her wages.'

'David Cameron says you can't afford tax giveaways - no you can't. What you can do is switch the tax system, make it fair, make sure those huge loopholes that only people at the top ... can get out of paying tax, close those loopholes and give the money back to people so they pay no income tax on the first £10,000 that you earn.'

Mr Brown said no-one earning under £20,000 would pay the national insurance rise.

The rise was necessary to ensure the future of the police and emergency services.

He also rounded on the Tory leader over his inheritance tax plans, arguing that he had given the 'most creative justification I've ever heard for giving tax breaks to double millionaires'.

Question 3: Is it fair for bailed-out banks to pay huge bonuses?Cameron: He said banks paying huge bonuses after they had been bailed out with taxpayers' cash was 'completely unacceptable' and needed to be 'sorted out for the future'.

The Tory leader declared that the Bank of England should be given responsibility for regulating financial institutions, rather than the Financial Services Authority.

He also promised to bring in a levy on banks unilaterally if necessary, and said he would emulate moves by President Obama to prevent retail banks engaging in the riskiest investment activities.

'(Retail banks) should not be behaving like casinos, taking wild bets,' he said.
After Mr Brown referred to ex-RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin, he said: 'It was actually this government that gave this man a knighthood for services to banking. He not only broke his own bank, he very nearly broke down the whole economy.

Clegg: He promised that the Lib Dems would 'root out' the 'outrageous' abuse by banning cash bonuses above £2,500.

And he pledged that there would be no bonuses at all for senior staff if banks were making a loss.

Trying to set himself apart, he claimed: 'The blunt truth is that both Conservative and Labour governments have been far too close to the City of London for ages.'

Brown: The Prime Minister said he had taken the decisions to rescue Northern Rock, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds TSB, protecting the deposits of millions of people.

He warned that bankers would never be allowed to 'act in such an irresponsible way again.'

'I have never been so angry as when I talked to the chairman of a bank who told me the night before his bank collapsed that all he had was a cash flow problem. I knew it was a structural failing that was absolutely fundamental and it needed to be recapitalised immediately,' he said.

He added: 'We do need a worldwide agreement to get a global financial levy that is charged in every country, so that we are not undercut by other countries and there is a race to the bottom.'

Question 4: How will you save the manufacturing sector?Clegg: Mr Clegg said he wanted to get the banks lending again, describing it as an 'outrage' that bailed-out banks were lending less.

'Unless we get the banks helping businesses, it is extremely difficult for them to expand their products, invest in their factories and actually invest in creating new jobs,' he said.

Pointing to the fact RBS had lent money to assist the Kraft takeover of Cadbury leading to job losses in Britain, Mr Clegg said: 'When you lent the money to the banks, did you think that money would be used to put people out of work in Britain? No, and it was wrong.'

He also set out plans to invest in green technologies and infrastructure.

Brown: Mr Brown said he had plans to create 400,000 jobs in low carbon industries, 500,000 in the digital industry and 100,000 in biotechnology. 'I'm optimistic about the British economy,' he added.

He reiterated the need to keep money in the economy, saying: 'We have got to face up to the fact that we have got to act now - we cannot take money out of the economy and we have got to support manufacturing, not withdraw the support.'

Cameron: Mr Cameron said the country was losing manufacturing faster than in the 1980s, setting out plans to invest in the science base and apprenticeships.

But he wanted lower taxes for businesses, saying 'we cannot ignore the basics' of 'making it easier for business to employ people'.

He said there was 'confusion between the Government and the economy' in Mr Brown's accusations, and said he wanted to cut red tape.

Mr Cameron also said government should give a quarter of its contracts to the small firms that would be the 'success stories of tomorrow', and remove National Insurance from the first 10 employees.

Question 5: Why do you ignore public concerns about immigration?

Cameron: 'Immigration in this country has been too high for too long, and that's why we have got a very clear approach to cut it and cut it quite substantially.'

Proposing a cap on non-EU migrants and 'transition controls' for new EU countries, Mr Cameron said he wanted to get back to a situation where net inward migration was in the tens of thousands not the hundreds of thousands.

He rounded on Mr Clegg, declaring: 'People do need to know that the Liberal Democrats propose an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

'Now that could mean that some 600,000 people who are here illegally would actually be allowed to stay here and be given full citizenship, access to welfare, access to council housing and could also each bring a relative into our country.

'That just doesn't make sense - that I think is a complete mistake which would make a bad situation we've had under 13 years of Labour even worse.'

Clegg: The Lib Dem leader accused the other parties of being 'misleading' as he battled to defend his policy of giving an amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants.

He insisted that Conservative and Labour governments had 'created chaos in the immigration system' and this could not be ignored.

'Now they're here, OK? It's a problem. They're here whether we like it or not. And I'm saying for those people who've been here for a decade who speak English, who want to play by the rules, who want to pay their taxes, who want to come out of the shadows, do community service to make up for what they've done wrong, it's better to get them out of the hands of criminals...'

The Lib Dem proposal 'might be controversial' but 'get real - this is a problem you created, we now need to sort it on a one-off basis', he said.

He insisted: 'I'm not advocating an amnesty - in fact the only politician who is advocating a blanket amnesty is Boris Johnson, the Conservative Mayor of London.'

Something needed to be done about the people 'living in the shadows of our economy' - the other two parties wanted to 'deny this as a problem and hope that it would go away - it won't', he said.

'I'll tell you who benefits from this layer of people who have been living here for years and years and years in the shadows of our society - it's the nasty criminal gangs who exploit them, exploit it and create crime in our communities.'

He claimed a Conservative cap on immigration was 'complete nonsense' as 80 per cent of people coming into the UK were from the EU, and these numbers could not be capped.
Tories were advocating 'false hope', he said.

Brown: He dodged the question, declaring that the 'only reason' he went into politics was because he saw what was going on in his community.

'The reason I want to be in politics is to create jobs. And when it comes to immigration, I want to see a situation where we increase the number of jobs that people trained in Britain can take as we lower the numbers of people coming into this country.'

He said that was why unskilled workers from outside Europe had been banned from coming into Britain, and the number of semi-skilled and skilled workers was being reduced.

People were being trained up so that 'in the next few years, as we move forward out of this recession, the jobs will go to people trained in Britain'.

But he said he agreed with the Tory leader on about the amnesty. 'I can't see how you set out anything other than the worst possible message if you give an amnesty to people who come here illegally.'

Question 6: How will you help families get on the housing ladder?Cameron: He said he had 'every sympathy' because all too often, people who had saved and worked hard 'had hurdles put in their way'.

Others who did not play by the rules were often rewarded and this was 'not right', he said.

He said the priority was for more houses to be built. The planning system should be changed so that councils were rewarded for building homes.

Clegg: Mr Clegg said there were too many empty properties in Britain, which could be converted into family homes.

'We have a plan ... to convert 250,000 empty homes into homes that people can live in.'

Brown: Mr Brown said Labour had offered an array of help, including stamp duty relief for first time buyers, shared equity schemes and getting building societies to lend money.

He added: 'The housebuilding industry has really not served us well in this country and when the crisis happened, the building firms didn't have enough capital, weren't able to survive and so many went under.'

He said he was determined to keep interest rates low to benefit existing and would-be homeowners, branding the Lib Dems a 'risk to interest rates'.

Question 7: Why do people not contributing to society get benefits?Brown: Mr Brown insisted he had been bringing 'compulsion' into the welfare system. 'No life on the dole, that's my policy,' he said.

He stressed the Government was insisting that young people and those on long-term benefits took jobs when they could. 'These are the measures of compulsion.'
He tried to skewer Mr Cameron on the Tories' record, saying: 'We do not want a generation of young people growing up and not working. That is what happened in the 1980s under David's party.'

Cameron: The Tory leader turned the tables on the Prime Minister by shooting back: 'I am unsure about what country Gordon Brown thinks he is Prime Minister of... he caused record unemployment.'

He said Mr Brown should not try to pretend that his economic record was 'magnificent' as he argued that Government should tell people that if they can work, they had to.

'If you are offered a job that you can do and you do not take it then you can't go on taking benefits,' he argued.

Clegg: He said the Lib Dems wanted to help older people by restoring the earnings link for pensions immediately. 'Let's get on and do that,' he added.

The Lib Dem leader said he wanted to give people 'incentives' to work rather than keep piling benefits on them.

Question 8: How will you ensure deprived children get a fair chance? Brown: The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government had set up free nursery education, SureStart centres, maternity and paternity pay and higher child tax credits.

'That is the sort of way that we can help give chances,' he said, as he went on to set out measures for personal tuition and keeping young people in school.

'This is the way that we can have a new generation of middle class jobs in this country where young people from poor backgrounds can get the opportunities that they have never had before,' he said.

'You can't escape this fact about poverty. If you cut child tax credits, if you charge for nursery education, if you cut the schools budget then you put the future of these young children at risk,' he said.

He accused both parties of forming a 'coalition of cuts' on child tax credits and Mr Cameron of wanting to press ahead with the other cuts.

Of Mr Cameron, he claimed: 'He is making the people who are the poorest bear the cost of his policies while he has still got this ridiculous policy on inheritance tax.'

Cameron: Mr Cameron said he wanted to improve discipline in schools by giving teachers and headteachers more control. 'Discipline is the absolute foundation of a good education and right now it just doesn't work,' he said.

The Tory leader also set out his 'Big Society' plans to allow parents and teachers to set up new schools, saying he wanted 'choice, diversity and excellence' in the state sector.

Mr Clegg said his party would use £2.5 billion on a 'pupil premium' to be spent on the million poorest children and improve their educations.

'We have got a plan to deliver more one-to-one tuition, smaller class sizes to help those children the most in the crucial early years.

It would help end the 'link' between poverty and performance in the classroom that was 'holding back' so many children. 'Get it right at that early age and we can really help people in later life,' he said.

He accused the Prime Minister of having 'absolutely nothing left positive to say'.
'Thirteen years. Thirteen years of economic failure; 13 years sadly of quite a lot of educational failure; 13 years where inequality has got worse and poverty has got worse and which they haven't got to grips with the problems.'

He pledged to 'get the basics right' by teaching children to read and write using synthetic phonics and setting children by ability.

'Education is about the basics, yes. It's about aspiration, saying to every child, no matter where they come from, you can go all the way according to your talent.

'That's what education should be about, and that's what it would be under our government.'People would 'see straight through' Mr Brown's 'attempt to frighten people', Mr Cameron added.

Clegg: The Lib Dem leader said he did not think people on a MP's salary should be allowed to claim child tax credit at a time when money was tight, saying it should be focused 'where it is really needed'.

He vowed to spend £2.5billion raised from efficiency savings on educating one million poorest children.

'I see for myself as a father that what happens in early years at school is most important,' he said.

source: dailymail

Full of expectations: SamCam reveals her growing baby bump on the campaign trail

By Tamara Abraham

Caring couple: The Camerons arrived at the children's hospital laden with stuffed toys for the youngsters; Right, The Tory leader's wife's five-month baby bump was clearly visible in profile

She has looked glowing throughout David Cameron's election campaign, but yesterday his wife Samantha was radiant as she showed off her growing bump.

The Tory leader's wife, who is four months pregnant, has been showing for several weeks. But yesterday, her petite baby bump was more pronounced than ever in a fitted navy dress.

In a show of solidarity, a polished SamCam joined husband David as he visited Birmingham's Children's Hospital renal unit yesterday ahead of the final TV debate in the city.

Getting muddy: Samantha Cameron in her wellies as she visits allotments in Leamington Spa yesterday

At one point, the Tory leader had to help his pregnant wife from her chair.

The Camerons, whose late son Ivan was disabled and had lengthy stays in hospital, clutched stuffed toys for the youngsters and swapped stories about with anxious parents about their experiences living on the wards.

The renal unit has just been handed more than £1.5million after a huge fundraising effort, the Kidney Kids Appeal, by people in recession-hit West Midlands.

Mrs Cameron later donned her wellies, jeans and a comfy loose-fitting shirt, which also showed her bump, to visit allotments in Leamington Spa.

During their tour, the Conservative leader gave an indication of the sort of toll taken by the election campaign when he spotted a yawn on the face of two-year-old Kian Faulkner.

'I think he's going to have a kip - that's what I feel like,' he told parents Mark and Kam.

Up you get! David Cameron helps his pregnant wife up from her chair

Show of support: Sarah Brown joined her husband Gordon as he visited a factory in the West Midlands yesterday, and Samantha Cameron joined her husband David on a visit to Birmingham Children's Hospital

Meanwhile,after Wednesday's PR disaster, Sarah Brown was firmly by Gordon's side as he visited a factory in the region.

Lending some glamour to the campaign trail, both wives had clearly made an effort, with smart belted frocks and heels the order of the day.

Mrs Cameron, who is expecting her fourth child in September, wore a dark blue dress made by a dressmaker in London's Shepherd's Bush for the occasion, with a belt from Jigsaw and Zara wedge shoes.

Dressed in a vibrant purple cowl-neck dress from Fenn Wright Manson, Mrs Brown - who was absent from Wednesday's fateful walkabout in Rochdale during which her husband labelled voter Gillian Duffy 'a bigot' - spoke out in his defence.

'People may say many things about Gordon, but they cannot say he doesn't care. He phoned me as soon as it happened and was absolutely mortified. He went to see her because he hated the fact he had hurt someone. His apology was from the heart.'

Different commitments: Nick Clegg took questions from journalists as he arrived at South Birmingham College yesterday. His wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, meanwhile, was dressed down as she did the school run

In contrast with the other party leaders' wives, Nick Clegg's wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez was not on the hustings and dressed in casual jeans and T-shirt for the school run yesterday.

The lawyer, who was born and raised in Spain, but practises in the UK, is currently off work after injuring her arm in a fall.

She has said that while she is willing to help with her husband's campaign (she was photographed with her husband on the campaign trail building a dry-stone wall in Sheffield two weeks ago) she cannot take time from her work and family life to take part.

'I will continue supporting Nick whenever I can and that has to be compatible with having the life I have,' she said in an interview with ITV's Mark Austin two weeks ago.

Brave face: Mr Brown was joined by his wife Sarah and Peter Mandelson for the visit to the Thompson friction welding factory, where he gave a speech to workers

Campaign trail: Mr Brown and his wife met voters in Wolverhampton before visiting the factory in Halesowen

She also criticised the media attention given to party leaders' wives.
'It is a bit frivolous,' she said. 'There is an element of frivolity obviously on knowing where your clothes come from ... Patronising is putting it very diplomatically.'

She added, however, that she was flattered by commentators who described her as clever and sexy.

'Clever yeah, I like to be called clever. Sexy, yes too - they can continue saying those things.'

source: dailymail

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mick Jagger grounds his wild child Georgia May ahead of her A-Levels

By Simon Cable and Richard Simpson

Thing of the past: Georgia May on a night out at Bungalow 8 in London. She has now been grounded by her Rolling Stone father Mick Jagger

For most teenagers, being banned from parties by your parents seems so unfair.
But when your father is Sir Mick Jagger, the decision must be even harder to swallow.

Georgia May, daughter of Sir Mick and Jerry Hall, has been 'grounded' by her parents who are concerned about her wild partying in the run up to her A-level exams this summer.

The 18-year-old was forced to cancel a planned appearance at a party on King's Road in Chelsea on Tuesday night, instead being told she had to remain at home studying.

Her parents believe she is not spending enough time preparing for her exams at her £10,000-a-year school in Surrey.

They were left dismayed when pictures emerged in January that appeared to show her sniffing a substance during her birthday party at a pub near the family home.

Girl about town: Georgia May Jagger with her elder sister Elizabeth at London fashion week

Later that night she was also involved in a fight with the children of fellow Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.

But after accepting an invitation to the star-studded launch of the Samsung 3D TV at Saatchi Gallery this week, she was forced by her parents to cancel with less than an hour to spare.

A source said: 'Although Georgia is adamant drugs were not taken on her birthday and that the fight was nothing to do with her, Mick and Jerry curtailed her partying from that point on.'


'It's weird... you look like Barbie': What Heidi Montag's mother said to her when she first saw her daughter's 10 surgeries

By Daily Mail Reporter

'Do I look good?' Heidi Montag breaks down in tears when her mother gives her honest opinion on her 10 plastic surgeries in the new episode of The Hills

Heidi Montag broke down in tears when her mother admitted she didn't like the reality TV star's drastic cosmetic surgery transformation.

Flying from Los Angeles to the Colorado town of Crested Butte for the first time since undergoing 10 surgeries on one day, the 23-year-old wasn't met with the positive reaction she hoped for.

Darlene's reaction to her daughter's unrecognisable features appeared in the season premiere of final series of The Hills, which screened on U.S. TV on Tuesday night

Like most parents, her mother Darlene thought her daughter looked more beautiful before and gave her honest opinion of Heidi's numerous surgeries.

The aspiring pop star underwent surgery on nearly every part of her body, including neck liposuction, buttock augmentation, mini brow lift, chin reduction, Botox in her forehead and frown area as well as fat injected into her cheeks, nasolabial folds and lips.

Accompanied by her sister Holly for moral support, a nervous Heidi asked her mother 'do I look good?'

Sitting down in her family home, Heidi states the obvious: 'You act like I have a new face or something.'

Stunned: Heidi's mother Darlene said she preferred her daughter's natural beauty

Awkward; Heidi was hoping her family would be supportive of her drastic surgeries

Horrified mother Darlene replied: 'Well, that’s pretty much what it is.

'It takes a little getting used to. It’s very weird and very awkward. I’m sorry.'

As Heidi listed all the procedures she went through, Darlene said: 'It sounds to me like you want to look like Barbie.'

To which Heidi answers: 'I do want to look like Barbie.'

Trying to reason with her surgery-crazed daughter, Darlene continued: 'Why would you want to look like Barbie? To everybody else that saw you, you were Heidi. Nobody in the world could have looked like Heidi Montag.'

Different face: Heidi as she is now (left) and before the surgeries two years ago

After Heidi asked her mother if she looks good, Darlene struggles to answer and asks her to rephrase the question.

An awkward Darlene eventually says: 'How do I go and say that of course I thought you were more beautiful before?

'I thought you were younger, I thought you were fresher-looking, I thought you were healthier.

'What’s done is done, so that’s a terrible thing for me to say but, yes, that’s how I feel. I felt that you were much more beautiful before and I hope that some of this will fade away.'

Painful: Montag struggles to eat her burger at dinner

Later the family continue to discuss Heidi's surgeries over dinner and have a humorous moment when she admits she can't chew her burger properly due to the pain.

Even though Darlene doesn't go on well with her son-in-law, Heidi's husband Spencer Pratt, it appears they have shared ground in not being happy about the star's cosmetic work.

When asked what his favourite part of his wife's body was two months ago, he opted for one of the areas untouched by the surgeon's knife - her hair.

He said: ''(My favourite part is her hair). It keeps growing so beautifully and naturally

source: dailymail

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flash Corden: James shows off his expensive sports car as he runs errands near his London home

By Georgina Littlejohn

New toy: James Corden shows off his new Jaguar XKR convertible as he runs errands near his North-West London home today

Forget about the big house and platinum credit card - the sign of success for most men is probably owning a top-of-the-range car.

And as his career goes from strength to strength, James Corden proved to be no exception today as he took his new car out for a spin.

The comedian was snapped near his home in North-West London this morning running a few errands around the Primrose Hill area.

And thanks to the glorious weather conditions in the capital today, he was not only able to take his Jaguar for a spin but he also got to put the roof down too.

Chubby Corden, 32, was snapped out and about in the sun today as he parked up on Regent's Park Road to do a bit of shopping.

As he popped into a few shops, he stopped at Shepherd Foods for a sandwich before he went home.

A short while later, he was seen lugging some boxes out of his home, which is just a few hundred yards away from the shops, although it was unsure what he was doing with them and where he was going.

Suits you, sir: James looks happy behind the wheel of his car as he gets ready to drive off home - which is only up the road

The Jaguar XKR Convertible doesn't come cheap and boasts a price tag of £79,980.

But for that price you get a lot of bells and whistles thrown in, including keyless starting, seven-inch video display, Bluetooth, satellite radio and ten-way adjustable front seats.

What is clear, though, is that the price tag of his new four-wheel toy proves that James's popularity and career have gone through the roof.

Hungry: James stops at a well-known deli chain for a sandwich

Not that it should dent James's bank balance too much, with three successful series of Gavin And Stacey under his belt, as well as several film roles and numerous appearances in a number of TV programmes, including a forthcoming appearance in Doctor Who.

Last February, he spoke of his love of expensive cars in an interview with the Mail but ironically, considering his new toy, said he wasn't sure about buying a convertible as he didn't want to look like a 'flash berk'.

He said: ‘You can’t be too careful with convertibles, because the t*** factor looms very large. I’ve wanted a convertible for ages but I’ve been wondering, “Am I going to look like a flash berk in one?"'

Clearout: James carries a load of boxes and other items out of his house

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'We're miffed': Alex Reid and Katie Price respond after Peter Andre calls lawyers over Princess's 'black eye'

Doting stepdad: Alex Reid carrying Princess into a London hotel on Monday

Alex Reid has admitted he and wife Katie Price were 'miffed' when Peter Andre contacted lawyers over a misunderstanding involving his daughter Princess.

The Australian singer was concerned when the two-year-old arrived at his house with apparent bruising on her face when she and brother Junior came for a visit on April 9.
After contacting his lawyers, who then got in touch with Price's lawyers, the cagefighter decided to call police to clear the matter up

Later reports suggested the 'bruising' was in fact smudged eye make-up, although Reid admitted it was normal minor bruising that an average toddler would have.

Writing in his Star magazine column, Reid, 34, said: 'Princess left our care in perfect, happy health, so we were extremely concerned to be told she had bruises and two black eyes.

'As anyone in their right mind would do, I immediately contacted the police.

'After examining Princess, the police sergeant told us there was no bruising on Princess that a two-year-old wouldn't have from simply being a toddler, and she definitely didn't have any black eyes.

'Despite being relaxed, me and Kate were very miffed about the experience.'

'Miffed': Reid admitted his wife Katie Price, pictured on Monday, was upset over the incident

Andre insisted he wasn't accusing Price or Reid as being responsible for anything, he just wanted to know what had happened to his daughter.

The 37-year-old told OK! magazine: 'I want to make it clear that I never accused anyone of anything and I did speak to Kate about it.

'People ask me, "Why don't you pick up the phone and talk?" But we do speak amicably now when it comes to the children. It's a situation that got unnecessarily out of hand.'

A Sussex Police spokesman at the time said: 'We have no concerns for the child's welfare, and the matter has been closed.'

Andre claimed he was surprised the police had got involved, insisting the incident was blown out of proportion.

Concern: Andre, pictured at Gatwick Airport last Thursday, contacted his lawyers after finding what he believed were bruises on Princess's face

He said: 'There was absolutely no need for (the police) to come round, and when they did they said everything was fine.

'I just made a polite inquiry about my daughter that got completely out of hand.'

Meanwhile, Andre recently insisted he wasn't ready for another relationship 11 months after his high-profile split from Price.

Even though Price quickly moved on and married Reid in February after just five and half months of dating, Andre is yet to find love.

He said: 'If you really loved them, you don't get over it just like that. These things take time.

'A survey revealed last week that it takes the average person at least 18 months to recover from a divorce. I would totally agree with this.'

source :dailymail

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Smoke grenades, eggs & tomatoes turn Ukraine parliament into battlefield

Ukraine's parliament has turned into a battlefield with politicians setting off smoke grenades and throwing tomatoes over the ratifying of extending the lease to Russia's Black Sea Fleet of Sevastopol's naval base. The same ratification process is underway in Russia's State Duma - but it is passing through a lot more quietly.

Bebo speak: Teenagers create secret language to keep parents and bosses in the dark

By Daily Mail Reporter

Teenagers on social networking site Bebo have created a secret language to stop adults knowing what they are up to (posed by model)

Teenagers on social networking site Bebo have created a secret language to stop adults knowing what they are up to, researchers say.

Youngsters are using slang words to keep parents and employers in the dark about their social activities such as partying and drinking.

Instead of writing they are drunk, teens post 'Getting MWI' - or mad with it.

Being in a relationship is known as 'taken' or 'Ownageeee', and 'Ridneck', a corruption of redneck, means to feel embarrassed.

Meanwhile, girls posting 'Legal' are indicating that they are above 16 and legally allowed to have sex.

Lisa Whittaker, a postgraduate student at the University of Stirling, who studied teens aged 16-18 in Scotland, said the slang had been created to keep their activities private, and cited the example of one young girl who was sacked after bosses found pictures of her drinking on the website.

She said: 'Young people often distort the languages they use by making the pages difficult for those unfamiliar with the distortions and colloquialisms.

'The language used on Bebo seems to go beyond abbreviations that are commonly used in text messaging, such as removing all the vowels.

'This is not just bad spelling, which would suggest literacy issues, but a deliberate attempt to creatively misspell words.

'The creation and use of their own social language may be a deliberate attempt to keep adults from understanding what is written on the page.

'By doing this they are able to communicate with their in-group and conceal the content from the out-group. This further adds to their online identity.'

She said that one reason for encoding their messages was to keep adults in the dark about their drinking or smoking.

One teen she questioned, known as Kelly, was fired when her employer found pictures of her drinking on the website.

Ms Whittaker said: 'Kelly feels very bitter about losing her job over the content of her Bebo page.

'When I ask her to tell me about it she uses the word "judge", which indicates that she feels victimised by her ex-employers.

'This issue here surrounds the fact that Kelly likes to drink at the weekends, even though she is still under the legal age.

'She posted videos of herself drunk on her Bebo page, which led her employers to sack her.

'Kelly feels her personal life is separate from her working life, which may be the case, but by posting videos online her Bebo page has given her employer an insight into behaviour which may have otherwise remained private.

'Young people give each other recognition for going to college and having a job but also engaging in social activities such as drinking and smoking.

'Others may see this as a divergence, for example, a young person is labelled a delinquent for drinking alcohol while underage.

'However, these young people are able to recognise each other for both socially desirable and undesirable behaviours.'

She went on: 'Social networking sites like Bebo provide young people with an opportunity to gain informal positive recognition from their peer group.

'The total number of friends you are connected with indicates your popularity.

'However, in terms of self-presentation and recognition this is not a straightforward process.

'For young people, a low number of friends, for example, less than 500, is a sign that you are not very popular or very well-liked.

'By contrast, having too many friends can also be detrimental to your self-image as you appear desperate.

'The number of friends you have on Bebo must be a carefully monitored.

'It seems young people are creatively developing their internet literacy to keep certain information private from unwanted and unintended audiences while simultaneously gaining recognition and boosting their self-esteem through online interactions with their peers.'

She is due to present her research at a seminar at the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data and Methods in Cardiff tomorrow.

source :dailymail

Jack Tweed cleared of raping 19-year-old as jury spends just 15 minutes reaching verdict

By Colin Fernandez

Free man: Jack Tweed is seen admiring a pretty blonde outside the William IV pub in Essex hours after being cleared of rape

Jack Tweed was cleared in less than 20 minutes yesterday of raping a teenage student at his home.

Tweed, the widower of reality TV star Jade Goody, is now set to cash in on his acquittal by selling his story to the highest bidder.

The 22-year-old punched the air as he left court after the woman's 'scurrilous' allegations were dismissed.

Toasting his freedom: Tweed looked in good spirits and later headed to a second pub to continue the celebrations

Last night a relieved Tweed was pictured celebrating with a group of friends at the William IV pub in Essex.

Dressed casually in jeans, a light blue shirt and a dark cardigan, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant looked to be in good spirits and was seen admiring a pretty blonde walking past.

He then headed to a second pub to continue the celebrations.

His jaunt came shortly after the verdict was delivered, bringing an end to the nine-day trial in which Tweed had been accused of forcing himself on the woman six months after Miss Goody died of cervical cancer.

It was claimed his friend Anthony Davis, 26, blocked any escape route by holding the door, before having sex with the student himself.

Walking free: Tweed and his friend Anthony Davis smiled and punched after they were both found not guilty of raping a teenager

But both men said the woman, then aged 19, consented to sex - and their lawyers successfully argued she 'cried rape' after her friends taunted her for having sex with two men at the same time.

Tweed, who has two convictions for assault, said in a statement read outside court by his solicitor Phil Smith: 'I'm relieved the jury have taken a matter of minutes to see through these scurrilous and completely groundless allegations.

'I would like to thank my legal team who fought to establish my innocence. I now wish to put the last eight months behind me and rebuild my life as a 22-year-old man.'

His publicity representatives are preparing to sell magazine and newspaper interview rights and deals for him to appear on reality TV shows.

Relief: He gets a hug from his mother Mary outside the courtroom

Davis, on the verge of tears as he walked free, said: 'This hasn't been a nice experience.'

A senior source at the Crown Prosecution Service said the case 'was not the strongest - it should never have been brought'.

But the mother of the complainant, who is now 20, said: 'She will be very upset by this. She's put herself through all of this and it's come to nothing. It's been hellish.'

Max Clifford, the celebrity publicist who represented Miss Goody in her final days, said: 'I am very pleased for Jack and his family, especially his mum, who I got to know very well when Jade was alive.'

Mr Clifford, who is not representing Tweed, added: 'I hope this will be a lesson for Jack. I warned him about this kind of thing even when Jade was alive. He has become a target for girls looking to make money out of him.'

The trial heard the student and three friends went to a club night promoted by Tweed at the Embassy Club in Mayfair last September.

The girl had 'a few' drinks, including rose wine, vodka lemonade, a sip of champagne, and a 'dab' of cocaine.

She and her friends were invited to Tweed's rented townhouse in the gated community of Repton Park, East London, at around 3am.

She alleged that as Davis held the door shut Tweed raped her against a window sill, and then on the bed, before Davis raped her himself. She said she was unable to move as her body was in 'complete lockdown' and 'frozen with fear'. She said her 'life had been destroyed' after the attack.

But jurors were shown a series of pictures from Facebook that showed her enjoying herself at clubs and on holiday in the six months afterwards.

Tweed said the student had kissed him in a bedroom before the attack.

'I turned round and she was standing right behind me, we looked at each other and just started kissing,' he told the court.

New girlfriend: Chanelle Hayes, who is six months pregnant to an ex-boyfriend, leaving Tweed's family home yesterday morning

'We made eye contact. I'm not sure if it was both of them or one of them but she was running her hands through my hair and down my back.'

He said he did not know Davis was in the room and only became aware of him when he walked over and began to have sex with her himself.

A 20-year-old nanny Tweed had befriended in Spain, who was also at the party, said the girl was desperate to stay at the house after the 'attack'.

The woman only reported the two men out of regret at taking part in 'a threesome', Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London was told.

One of Tweed's friends, Ashley Rubin, was initially arrested on suspicion of rape, but was released without charge after it became clear he had nothing to do with the alleged sex attack.

Tweed, of Repton Park, Woodford Green, was cleared of two counts of rape. Davis, of Chigwell, Essex, was cleared of one count of rape.

source: dailymail

Monday, April 26, 2010

Chris Evans treats his family to a day out on the open road in his multi-million pound sports cars

By Georgina Littlejohn

One day son, this will be yours: Chris Evans proudly shows off his £1million red Enzo Ferrari to son Noah

Some men are happy to trade in their sports cars for a bigger model when they start a family - albeit begrudgingly.

But not Chris Evans, whose passion for expensive sports cars shows no sign of abating as he gave his baby son a ride in his £1million Ferrari Enzo.

Last Monday, the presenter took his 15-month-old son Noah and professional golfer wife Natasha Shishmanian on a spin through the countryside in his flash motors

And while Evans, 44, strapped Noah in tightly to the two-seater Italian sports car, Natasha, 29, followed close behind in her classic white 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso which Chris bought for £650,000 for her birthday last year.

The couple, who have been married for almost three years, were joined by some friends who were driving other speedy little numbers in his collection

One was lucky enough to be given the keys to his £100,000 yellow Ferrari Maranello 550 - which Evans bought for ex-wife Billie Piper and filled it with roses - while another took to the wheel of his rare 1960s Ford GT40.

very nice: A friend checks out Natasha's classic white 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Let's just hope his friends took great care because the insurance must be sky-high - although we suspect Evans can probably afford it.

The gang sped their way round the picturesque roads of the Surrey countryside before ending up at the Windmill Bar & Eating House near Guildford.

And being in the most expensive group of cars that have probably ever parked up at the restaurant, the collection understandably drew a lot of admiring glances.

One onlooker said: 'It was incredible. Everyone in the pub went up to have a look.'

The gang's all here: Evans, Natasha and their friends get ready to leave the restaurant near Guildford

Leading the way: Chris, in front in his red Ferarri Enzo, is closely followed by his friends who were driving his white Ford GT40 and his yellow Ferrari Maranello 550

Chris, who recently landed his TV comeback to co-host BBC One's The One Show, also drew attention to his very expensive motorcade as the group stopped at a local supermarket to get some petrol.

The Radio 2 breakfast show host's Ferarri stuck out like a sore thumb as he filled up the sports car before whizzing off.

Chris is well-known for his love of cars and also owns a Rolls Royce Phantom which has a numberplate that spells FAB 1 in tribute to Thunderbirds and also one of the most expensive plates to buy.

But his biggest extravagance was buying the world's most expensive car in Italy - which he said was unplanned.

Don't get many of these round here: Local people stop and admire Evans's Ferarri Enzo as he stops at a supermarket

Evans and Natasha travelled to Maranello, the home of Ferarri, in May 2008, to 'have a couple of beers and maybe buy some Ferrari calendars'.

But he ended up at the Sotheby's Ferrari auction where he became the owner of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, originally owned by actor James Coburn.

He bought it for a the world record price of £5million, the highest price ever paid for a car at auction.

Eat my dust: Evans and his son Noah leave other motorists in their wake as they whizz away from a petrol station

source: dailymail

Diana Vickers celebrates her first No.1 single with red wine and doughnuts with friends

By Daily Mail Reporter

Excited: A clearly proud Diana Vickers celebrates reaching number one with her debut single Once with some red wine with friends at an Italian restaurant

She was knocked out of the 2008 series of The X Factor in the semi-final.

But Diana Vickers showed she didn't need the talent show Goliath behind her as she shot straight to the top of the charts with her debut single.

Her track Once knocked previous number one Usher's OMG off the top spot when the official charts were announced yesterday evening.

Deserved: Diana takes a big gulp of the wine following the success of her single

And clearly in the mood to celebrate, Vickers decided to take her friends to an Italian restaurant in London, where they enjoyed a meal and wine.

The 18-year-old singer couldn't keep the smile from her face as she chatted to friends keen to congratulate her, as well as taking calls from those who couldn't be there in person.

Vickers also held up a homemade congratulations card, drawn with black pen on a piece of paper torn from a notepad, as she sat in the restaurant.

Earlier in the day, Vickers had been photographed celebrating her success as she carried a bumper box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Harrods.

Vickers signed a record deal in March last year, but was given permission to put the recording of her album on hold so she could star in the West End production of Little Voice, for which she received rave reviews.

During her time on the X Factor, Vickers stood apart from the other candidates for her insistence on performing in bare feet and 'The Claw', the nickname for her bizarre hand movements while singing.

In a recent interview, she promised fans she would try to tone down her 'claw'.

She said: 'The claw - oh God. I don't even know why I do it, I have no idea. I literally just go free when I'm singing and I do really weird things.

Celebration: The X Factor star looks at a homemade card congratulating her one reaching the chart top spot

Worried: Diana looks slightly concerned as a friend attempts to take away her mobile phone

'I haven't even sung live for ages as me, as Diana, so there might be some new movements popping up somewhere. I don't know, we'll see.'

She caused controversy when producers gave her special permission to 'sit out' week five after contracting laryngitis, which some viewers deemed unfair to the other finalists.

Hungry: The singer had been seen toting a bag full of gooey doughnuts earlier in the day, but was later seen holding the empty box

source: dailymail