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Lex Greensill to be questioned over firm’s collapse and lobbying


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Scandal-hit financier Lex Greensill will be questioned by MPs over the collapse of his firm and the lobbying controversy centred on former prime minister David Cameron.

MPs on the cross-party Treasury Committee will quiz the boss on Tuesday afternoon on the demise of Greensill Capital, which jeopardised 5,000 steelmaking jobs in the UK.

The committee’s inquiry is also investigating how Mr Cameron lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak over access to Government-backed coronavirus loans for Greensill.

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Mr Cameron will appear before the Commons committee on Thursday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Ahead of his appearance, the MPs are expected to publish correspondence received from the subjects of the inquiry after they were issued with a series of questions.

Mr Cameron, who was employed as an adviser to Greensill after leaving Government, will appear before the Commons committee on Thursday.

A series of investigations is under way into the role the Conservative played in securing Whitehall access for Mr Greensill.

Among the demands, committee chairman Mel Stride requested a full timeline of contacts that Treasury officials and ministers had with Mr Cameron and other Greensill representatives

The senior Tory MP also asked Mr Cameron to share the full texts he sent the Chancellor, which the Treasury has declined to publish.






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Findings from fresh Ballymurphy shootings inquests to be published


Findings will be published later following fresh inquests into the fatal shooting of 10 people in disputed circumstances involving the Army in west Belfast 50 years ago.

A mother of eight and a Catholic priest were among those who died in August 1971 in events which have become known locally as the Ballymurphy Massacre.

It came during a turbulent period following the controversial introduction of internment without trial in Northern Ireland at the start of the Troubles.

Violence erupted on August 9 when soldiers moved into republican strongholds to arrest IRA suspects.

Original inquests into the Ballymurphy deaths in 1972 returned open verdicts and the bereaved families subsequently pursued a long campaign for fresh probes to be held.

New inquests began in 2018, with the final oral evidence heard last March.

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(Top row L to R) Joseph Corr, Daniel Teggart, Eddie Doherty, Father Hugh Mullan, Frank Quinn, Paddy McCarthy, (Bottom row, L to R) Joan Connolly, John McKerr, Noel Philips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy were shot dead in Ballymurphy in 1971 (Ballymurphy Massacre Committee/PA)

Eye-witnesses, forensic experts, former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and more than 60 former soldiers – including former head of the Army General Sir Mike Jackson – gave evidence at Belfast Coroner’s Court.

The families of those killed contend they were innocent, unarmed civilians shot by soldiers without justification.

Relatives took part in a church service on Monday ahead of the findings and described their feeling that Tuesday will be a hard and anxious day.

Briege Voyle said the pain of losing her mother, Joan Connolly, was made even harder when misinformation was circulated that she had been a gunwoman.

Ms Voyle told the PA news agency that she is praying Ms Connolly’s name will finally be cleared on the official record five decades later.

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Briege Voyle with a picture of her mother, Joan Connolly (Niall Carson/PA)

Father Hugh Mullan was shot after he had crawled to waste ground where a man had been shot to administer the Last Rites.

His brother, Patsy, described him as simply wanting to help people.

“My brother was not involved in anything other than going out to help somebody,” he said.

“He was a priest and anointed a man; as he left him to go and try and get an ambulance he was shot.”

The findings are due on a day that an intention by the UK Government to ban future prosecutions of British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland is expected to be outlined in the Queen’s Speech.

It has been reported that the move will also apply to former paramilitaries.

Troubles victims and politicians across Ireland voiced anger at the expected move last week when it was reported in the Daily Telegraph and the Times.





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How events unfolded in Ballymurphy in August 1971


A mother of eight and a Catholic priest were among ten people fatally wounded in disputed shootings involving the army in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast between August 9-11 1971.

The scenes came at a chaotic time across Northern Ireland following the controversial decision to implement internment without trial in response to the start of the Troubles.

Findings following fresh inquests into the 10 deaths will be delivered by Coroner Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan on Tuesday.

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A mural on a wall in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast where shooting of 10 civilians took place in 1971 (Liam McBurney/PA)

This is how events unfolded.

August 9

Soldiers were dispatched in the early hours to arrest scores of people regarded as IRA suspects as internment without trial came into effect.

They were met with disorder across Northern Ireland.

That evening, at Springfield Park in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast, parish priest Father Hugh Mullan, 38, died after being caught in gunfire as he went to the aid of a wounded man.

Frank Quinn, 19, was also fatally wounded as he tried to help Fr Mullan.

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Handout photo of Eddie Doherty (Family/PA)

At the same time, outside an army barracks at the Henry Taggart Hall on Divismore Park, Noel Philips, 19, Joseph Murphy, 41, Joan Connolly, 44, and Daniel Teggart, 44, were fatally wounded by gunfire.

August 10

Eddie Doherty, 31, died after being shot on the Whiterock Road as he came across an encounter between soldiers and protesters who had erected a barricade across the road.

August 11

Joseph Corr, 43, and John Laverty, 20, were shot in the Whiterock Road area in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Corr died 16 days later from his injuries.

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Undated family handout photo of Joseph Corr

Former soldier John McKerr, 49, was shot later that morning on Westrock Drive close to Corpus Christi Church as he took a break from maintenance work.

He died of his injuries on August 20.

An 11th person, Paddy McCarthy, 44, was shot in the hand at a community centre.

He later died of a heart attack.

His death was not included in the fresh inquests.





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US expands use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to include adolescents



US regulators have expanded the use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to children as young as 12, offering a way to protect the nation’s adolescents before they head back to school in autumn.

Shots could begin as soon as Thursday after a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations for using the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds, with an announcement expected on Wednesday.

Most Covid-19 vaccines worldwide have been authorised for adults.

Pfizer’s vaccine is being used in multiple countries for teens as young as 16, with Canada recently becoming the first to expand use to 12 and up.

Parents, school administrators and public health officials elsewhere have eagerly awaited approval for the shot to be made available to more kids.

“This is a watershed moment in our ability to fight back the Covid-19 pandemic,” Pfizer senior vice president doctor Bill Gruber, told The Associated Press.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 US volunteers ages 12 to 15.

The agency noted there were no cases of Covid-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared with 16 among kids given dummy shots.

More intriguing, researchers found the kids developed higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies than earlier studies measured in young adults.

The younger teens received the same vaccine dosage as adults and had the same side effects, mostly sore arms and flu-like fever, chills or aches that signal a revved-up immune system, especially after the second dose.

Pfizer’s testing in adolescents “met our rigorous standards”, FDA vaccine chief doctor Peter Marks said.

“Having a vaccine authorised for a younger population is a critical step in continuing to lessen the immense public health burden caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently requested similar authorisation in the European Union, with other countries to follow.

The latest news is welcome for US families struggling to decide what activities are safe to resume when the youngest family members remain unvaccinated.





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ITV The Chase: Bradley Walsh’s net worth, marriage and kids and brief football career


Bradley Walsh is known for presenting the popular ITV quiz show The Chase and also for his roles as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street, Graham O’Brien in Doctor Who and DS Ronnie Brooks in Law and Order.

The 60-year-old will also play Pop Larkin in the forthcoming remake of the classic TV series The Darling Buds of May.

With so many hit TV shows under his belt, Bradley has no doubt earned a small fortune over the years – but exactly how much is his net worth?

Let’s rewind the clock before Bradley ever had a glittering career in showbiz.


Bradley Walsh started his working life as an apprentice at Rolls-Royce’s aircraft engine factory where he grew up in Watford at just 16-years-old.

As a huge fan of football Bradley also started a youth career in the sport at Wormley Rovers.

Within two years he became a professional player for Brentford before making Southern Football League appearances in the 1978 season.

Bradley’s football career looked very promising as he also played for Tring Two, Borehamwood, and Chalfont St. Peter.

But sadly an ankle fracture meant he ended his footy dream at the ripe age of 22, but he was still destined for a life in the spotlight.

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Taking a turn into the entertainment industry, Bradley took on a variety of jobs which included working as a blue coat at Pontins.

ITV spotted his talents and offered Bradley his first TV gig hosting a new game show called Midas Touch before presenting Wheel of Fortune in 1997.

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Bradley Walsh has hosted The Chase since 2009

Having taken on a new role in The Chase in 2009, the presenter still hosts the game show today, which is as popular as ever, and he fronts spin-off Beat the Chasers.

Other appearances include Odd One In, Come on Down! The Game Show Story and Keep It In the Family.

Bradley has taken his acting skills to the stage as he often appears in theatre shows, particularly pantomimes.

As a singer, he released two albums, Chasing Dreams and When You’re Smiling, and both albums reached the top 15 in the UK Albums Chart.

Bradley launched his debut album in 2016, which sold more than 111,000 copies which will have added to his fortune.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bradley is now worth an eye-watering £5.8million.

But according to The Sun, he earned a whopping £9.2 million between 2016 and 2018 – meaning his actual net worth could be significantly higher.

Bradley Walsh and wife Donna Derby

While Bradley isn’t really one to flash the cash, he does live in a converted barn home with his wife Donna Derby in Epping, Essex, which is said to be worth a cool £2.5 million.

Donna, his wife of 24 years, found fame long before meeting Bradley after appearing in a pop video in the 1980s.

She became famous for dancing in Robert Palmer’s 1988 hit record Simply Irresistible.

The couple first met in 1992 and were married five years later.

Donna is a choreographer and former dancer, having choreographed routines on Miss World, which is presented by her son, Barney Walsh.

After 24 years of marriage, Donna and Bradley are still very much in love.

Bradley and his son, Barney, have also become a father and son double act as they appear together in the travel series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.

***The Chase airs on ITV weekdays from 5pm





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Italian restaurant has half-naked men doing burlesque while you enjoy bottomless prosecco and pizza


With lockdown easing and summer on the horizon many people are eagerly looking for their next fun night out to enjoy their new found freedoms.

Fortunately for Londoners, the city has a wealth of exciting and unique activities on offer to keep them entertained.

After many months locked away to stop the spread of the virus, we will soon be able to once again enjoy the many incredible places the capital has to offer.

Bottomless brunches have soared in popularity over the last few years and as more and more venues now offer bottomless options, there seems to be no signs of the craze slowing down.

Bunga Bunga is a unique night out experience

One incredible Italian restaurant in Covent Garden offers a bottomless brunch experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list this summer.

Bunga Bunga offers an experience like no other, with unlimited prosecco and pizza on the menu, along with incredible immersive live entertainment.

Guests can enjoy unlimited pizza and prosecco while they watch the acts

Not only can you enjoy 90 minutes of free-flowing pink prosecco and an hour of all you can eat pizza, but the unique entertainment offers an incredible night out.

Guests are treated to a sensational show including aerial performances, circus acts, singing performances and even burlesque dancers.

While you feast on tasty pizza you can also feast your eyes on ‘the hunkiest men in boylesque’.

Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden reopens from Friday May 21 for brunches, dinners, pizza-making classes, live shows and more.

Bottomless brunch packages, which include a live show, an hour of bottomless pizza and 90 minutes of bottomless prosecco start from £39 per person.

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Horse rider branded ‘Chewbacca’ for hairy broken leg she couldn’t shave is now accidental feminist hero 


A West London horse rider branded ‘Chewbacca’ for a hairy broken leg she couldn’t shave, is now an accidental feminist hero.

Millie Mclay, 23, was out for a Christmas horse ride in Richmond Park on December 23, 2020, when out of the blue the horse she was riding galloped out of control and went out onto the main road.

Millie pulled the horse left to avoid colliding with any people and cars but the wet, icy conditions meant her horse fell, with its entire weight landing on her left leg, which it then leant on to get up.

She had ridden since she was four and had been managing Petersham Farm stables just outside of Richmond before the accident.

Millie said: “It was terrifying. My first reaction was to stand up. But the pain was just excruciating. My Tibia came through my leg and fibula snapped.”

While in recovery, Millie posted a video to her then just eight TikTok followers, featuring the metal frame on her leg which is screwed into the bone.

“When I posted the TikTok about my leg, I thought the shock factor of that video would be the metal frame,” she told My London.

“But instead everyone was talking about my hairy leg. Men were saying they didn’t know women could have so much body hair, which I didn’t expect. My follower count started going up by 10k a day”

Her doctors said she should avoid shaving her leg as the risk of infection increases, risking amputation.

Millie now has 375k TikTok followers and one of her videos talking about her leg has nearly 58 million views.

Many of her followers praised Millie for raising awareness of the double standards when it comes to body hair and the unrealistic expectation placed on women to adhere to specific beauty standards.

However others were branding Millie “Chewbacca” and a “werewolf” due to the hair on her leg. But she said these comments don’t get to her.

“I didn’t post this to normalise body hair or make a stand.

“For me, body hair is normal and natural anyway – so this was so accidental. Men were telling me it was unhygienic and disgusting but failed to realise that they have body hair and they are fine.

“There was a moment before I posted the video where I felt I needed to shave my leg but then I thought, who am I doing this for?

“It really is only a bit of hair and there are definitely more important things to worry about.

“I haven’t been upset about the negative comments. I know I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m just trying to recover from my injury.”

Millie added that since posting the photos, she has received hundreds of messages from other women, who send her photos of their hairy legs or arms, thanking her for normalising it.

“One woman commented “Finally, I saw a person with that much hair on their legs! Literally I thought it was only me. You are such a strong woman.”

Millie is thankfully through the worst of her recovery. She spent weeks bed bound and unable to even get up and go to the toilet herself.

She says the weeks following her accident were some of the scariest of her life, as the UK was plunged into a Covid emergency and she contracted the disease while in hospital.

She thanked her Dad who became her “personal nurse”, helping her to clean her leg twice a day.

“It was so eye-opening being in hospital during that scary time. Especially seeing young people suffering with Covid,” she said.

Millie is booked to have surgery on May 11 and she remains hopeful for the future and getting back to horse riding and continuing to post fitness content on her Instagram.

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“I have enjoyed showing people you can have such a positive experience out of something so negative,” she said.

“When I was told I might have my leg amputated, I was absolutely terrified so I made it my goal to get my personal training qualification and use the time to improve, such as learning Spanish. And I want to share my physio journey with all my new followers.”

She said she is undecided about whether she will shave once her frame is off, as she struggles with razor bumps and ingrown hairs.





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ITV The Real ‘Des’: Everything you need to know about London’s evil serial killer Dennis Nilsen


Dennis Nilsen is one of the most infamous serial killers in British History.

Known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, he killed his victims at his North London home during the 70s and 80s, many of whom were vulnerable boys and homeless.

He would then mutilate and dissect their corpses before flushing body parts down the toilet or burning them in bonfires.

The killing spree ended when the foul odour of the rotting corpses in Nilsen’s home began to ring alarm bells among his neighbours, and the body parts blocked local plumbing.

Here’s everything you need to know about Dennis Nilsen.

Dennis Nilsen while being driven to jail after he had been sentenced to life imprisonment

Who was Dennis Nilsen?

Dennis Nilsen was originally from Aberdeenshire and became known as the notorious Muswell Hill Murderer.

Nilsen, who was a civil servant, killed at least 15 men between 1978 and 1983. He would meet and befriend the victims before offering food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat.

He would then mutilate and dissect their corpses before flushing them down the toilet, burying them or burning them in bonfires during the evil killings.

His first victim was 14-year-old Stephen Holmes, who he killed on December 30, 1978 after meeting him in the Cricklewood Arms pub, reports The Mirror.

He buried the teenager under the floorboards at 195 Melrose Avenue, where the body remained for eight months before he burned the corpse in the garden.

How was Dennis Nilsen caught?

Nilsen was undetected for five years.

His evil regime was rumbled after the foul smell of rotting corpses at his home address sparked curiosity amongst his neighbours.

Horrifyingly, a plumber discovered human body parts and bones were causing a drain blockage at his London flat.

Everyone was shocked when they learned what Civil Servant Dennis Nilson had done

In a bid to go unnoticed, Nilsen claimed to other residents that someone had been flushing Kentucky Fried Chicken down the toilet which was causing the plumbing problems.

When DCI Peter Jay was called to 23 Cranley Gardens on February 9, 1983, to investigate fragments of flesh and bone clogging the drains, the police realised they had a serial killer on their hands.

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A murder investigation was launched with a successful outcome.

The Scotsman, who initially admitted to killing 15, was convicted of six murders and two attempted murders in 1983 at The Old Bailey and was jailed for life in November 1983.

When and where did Dennis Nilsen die?

Nilsen was serving his life sentence at maximum security HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire.

He was 35 years into his life sentence when he died while in excruciating pain on November 23, 2018 at the age of 72.

Doctor Justin Cooke confirmed the medical cause of death was natural causes following a ruptured abdominal aorta aneurysm.

Nilsen's house 195 Melrose Avenue where his upstairs neighbour went missing
Nilsen’s house 195 Melrose Avenue where his upstairs neighbour went missing

He also stated deep vein thrombosis as an underlying factor.

At the time of Nilsen’s inquest, Coroner Professor Paul Marks said: “The only logical cause of death to conclude the inquest into Dennis Andrew Nilsen’s death as natural causes.”

On Monday night (May 10) ITV is airing the documentary: The Real ‘Des’ The Dennis Nilsen Story, which will feature exclusive interviews from those involved in his murder case.

***The Real ‘Des’ airs on ITV at 10:45pm





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EastEnders releases terrifying ‘Ballum’ wedding day trailer – watch it here


The dark past of some Albert Square residents is set to catch-up with them in the first look at EastEnders’ fiery episodes as Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway are finally ready to get married.

But will the lovers actually get to tie the knot?

In Monday’s episode (May 10), Ben got the jitters after discovering his husband-to-be had worked undercover to put his dad Phil in prison, which didn’t go to plan.

As Callum waited patiently at the altar, Ben explained to a confused Phil that his copper fiancé had been betraying the family for months.

Stuart Highway then bumps into an annoyed Phil and accidentally drops his own brother into very hot water after confessing the truth.

There’s not a dry eye in the register office as Ben and Callum are finally ready to marry each other – but will it be a happily ever after now Phil knows the truth?

Meanwhile, Lexi gave her dad Ben the pep talk he needed about love and just as Callum is starting to lose hope, Ben arrived at the register office dressed in his overalls with Lexi in tow.

But elsewhere, a raging Phil smashes a photo of Callum, there is murder in his eyes.

In the new 30 second clip released by the BBC tonight, several of the soap’s most explosive storylines come to a halt.

The trailer opens with Phil aggressively referring to Callum as “a grass” to former lover Kat Slater as they stand in the Mitchell’s kitchen.

Ben and Callum can then be seen very happy at their wedding as Stuart worryingly looks around the room in fear of Phil.

Watch the trailer below

Across the square, Whitney Dean is fuming she never got to attend Kush Kazemi’s funeral as she starts to blame others for his death before Callum is seen frantically walking through Walford before bumping into an angry Phil.

As Phil, Callum, Ben, and Kat are locked in a confrontation in the middle of the road, Whitney comes speeding around the corner and heads into the path of the family feud before the clip ends.

Does anyone get killed?

Will Ben and Callum actually say “I do”?

We’ll have to sit and watch the drama unfold this week!

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Ex-Primark worker ‘haunted’ by customers’ grim changing room habit she can’t get out of her head



An ex-Primark worker has revealed some horrifying truths about working for the popular clothing store.

Taking to social media, Georgia Ponton shared a disgusting story about what some Primark customers would do in the changing rooms, reports Birmingham Live.

Fans of the clothing retailer look away now, because the ex-worker revealed that some customers would swap their old bras for the new ones in the changing rooms, leaving their unwanted underwear behind.

Georgia explained: “I worked at Primark and there are some stories that still haunt me to this day and this is one of them.

“I worked in the bra section and one day I had to take out the bras that were in the fitting room and put them back on the shelves.

“I did my usual, I grabbed a chunk of bras from the fitting room and started putting them out, and as I was walking around I smelt something really, really bad.”

Georgia continued: “It smelt like stale cigarettes and I was getting worried in case someone complained and complained I wasn’t doing my job properly, so I started trying to find what was making this smell.

“I’m still trying to put the bras back really quickly because I didn’t want anyone to complain about the smell until I reached one of the bras in my hand that I had never seen before.”

“Then it clicked,” she said.

“I realised, this was the source of the smell.”

“Someone had gone into the fitting rooms and switched their own bra out for one of Primark’s and the fitting room people did not notice. Here was this bra that wasn’t ours in my hand.”

Georgia joked: “So please always wash your clothes because you don’t know whether they’re from Primark or not. I threw the bra away by the way.”





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