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Furious Tory activists accuse Sasha Swire of ‘betraying friends’ with her tell-all political memoir

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The wife of ex-Minister Hugo Swire has been accused by furious Tory activists in his former constituency of ‘betraying’ friends with her indiscretion-heavy memoir.

Sasha Swire’s tell-all book – Diary Of An MP’s Wife: Inside And Outside Power – lifts the lid on sex and political shenanigans in the party, describing David Cameron as ‘drunken Dave’ with a filthy mouth, Boris Johnson as ‘calculating’ and Theresa May as a ‘glumbucket’.

Lady Swire, 57, sent her diaries to a publisher last year after her husband retired as East Devon MP.

Last night Maddy Chapman, a Conservative district councillor there for 12 years, said local party members were ‘absolutely disgusted’ at the way she had breached the confidence of friends.

Sasha Swire, pictured with husband Hugo, has been accused by furious Tory activists in his former constituency of 'betraying' friends with her indiscretion-heavy memoir

Sasha Swire, pictured with husband Hugo, has been accused by furious Tory activists in his former constituency of 'betraying' friends with her indiscretion-heavy memoir

Sasha Swire, pictured with husband Hugo, has been accused by furious Tory activists in his former constituency of ‘betraying’ friends with her indiscretion-heavy memoir

‘She has shown herself for what she is,’ said Mrs Chapman. ‘She has absolutely no class whatsoever.

‘This has not gone down at all well in the constituency. Everyone I speak to is less than impressed and some, including myself, are absolutely disgusted.

‘Sasha Swire has never mixed within the local community, not even within our local party.

‘I suspect a lot of people will be crossing the Swires off their Christmas card list.’

In Lady Swire’s tell-all memoir, she reveals how David and Samantha Cameron drowned their sorrows following the Brexit vote.

She tells how, in the wake of the 2016 referendum, she visited the Camerons for a weekend at their Oxfordshire home. She claims that the then-Prime Minister asked her husband to bring ‘two fat Cohibas [Cuban cigars] and plenty of booze’ and was ‘chomping on cigars’ over ‘endless bottles of wine’.

And she adds that Mrs Cameron had to muster up some Dutch courage before joining her husband for his resignation speech, feeling unable to do so ‘without drinking a large negroni’.

She also says that Mr Cameron told her former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had a two-way mirror in his bedroom.

‘I sit next to Dave at dinner,’ she writes. ‘He gives us wonderful vignettes of the Sarkozys’ fake marital displays and of being given a tour around Rome’s equivalent of No 10 by Berlusconi.

‘When they come to his bedroom he points at a Renaissance two-way mirror above the bed and with his characteristic grin says, ‘Well, they didn’t have porn channels in those days, did they?’ ‘

Of Boris Johnson, she is withering, writing: ‘It scares the s*** out of me that people don’t see [Mr Johnson] as the calculating machine he really is,’ and she describes Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds as his ‘hot young vixen’.

She has nicknames for many senior Tories. Former Prime Minister Theresa May is ‘Old Ma May’, George Osborne is ‘Boy George’ while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is ‘Raab C Brexit’.

Mr Cameron has admitted the diaries, due out next week, were ‘kind of embarrassing’.

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Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses after quitting Cabinet

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Scotland’s disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses in the month after he resigned when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed. 

The SNP MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon‘s Cabinet on February 6, the day he was supposed to present the budget after it emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him ‘cute’ and asking him out to dinner. 

Official figures now reveal he claimed £4,406.50 of taxpayers’ money in the immediate aftermath of the scandal. 

Scotland's disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses after resigning when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed (file photo)

Scotland's disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses after resigning when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed (file photo)

Scotland’s disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses after resigning when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed (file photo)

The MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet on February 6, the day he was supposed to present the budget after it emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him 'cute' and asking him out to dinner (pair pictured in 2019)

The MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet on February 6, the day he was supposed to present the budget after it emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him 'cute' and asking him out to dinner (pair pictured in 2019)

The MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon’s Cabinet on February 6, the day he was supposed to present the budget after it emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him ‘cute’ and asking him out to dinner (pair pictured in 2019)

Of the expenses, £2,122.90 was spent on accommodation in Edinburgh, £1,792.50 on his parliamentary office – £600 of which was on computer systems.

The Renfrewshire South and West MSP, who now sits as an independent, claimed for £1,990 of rent payments in February and March and a £132.90 utility bill from Scottish Power for electricity March 11 and April 9.

Rent for a parliamentary office worth £1,125, £67.50 for ‘rental charges’ £600 worth of ‘maintenance’ for a casework management system and £46.80 in newspaper subscriptions. 

A further £491.10 was splashed on hiring halls, paying for newspaper subscriptions and advertising.  

Mr Mackay claimed back £41.90 for the hiring of rooms or halls, including one the day before the scandal broke.

These are text messages allegedly exchanged between Derek Mackay and a 16-year-old boy

These are text messages allegedly exchanged between Derek Mackay and a 16-year-old boy

These are text messages allegedly exchanged between Derek Mackay and a 16-year-old boy

A further £372 was spent on newspaper advertisements along with £30.40 for waste collection to Renfrewhshire Council. 

Mr Mackay, 43, was widely tipped as a future first minister but his career was brought crashing down following the revelations in the Scottish Sun. 

The openly-gay father-of-two, who came out in 2013, was reported to have messaged the boy out of the blue. 

The top SNP allegedly asked if he boy if the messages were ‘between us’ and even texted him on Christmas Day. 

Mr Mackay’s resignation left his deputy and successor Kate Forbes to deliver the speech with just seven hours notice. 

It comes after Mr Mackay was found to have claimed £327.10 in rent in Edinburgh between July 5 and July 14.

Released via a freedom of information request, he was found to have claimed more than £1,800 in July and August.

Over the past financial year, Mr Mackay claimed £32,047.74 for his duties.

During the last financial year, £16,987,056 was paid to MSPs in expenses and allowances, including for stationery costs, staffing and general expenses. 

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US Election 2020: Trump and Biden campaign in swing state Florida

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden are both heading to Florida on Thursday, where they will hold their respective rallies just hours apart, as the candidates chase votes in the swing state essential for a win next week.

Florida, now the president’s home state, is crucial for Trump to earn a second term as it’s the 2020 battleground state with the most Electoral College votes.

Both candidates will hold their campaign events in the gulf coast city of Tampa, where they will encourage voters to turn out on November 3 in an area of Florida known for its rapid residential growth, including sprawling suburbs. 

Besides holding the rallies in Tampa, the similarities in campaigning end there.

Trump is holding his midday rally in a lot just outside Buccaneer’s Stadium, which also happens to be an early voting location in Hillsborough County.

The close proximity will surely cause a log jam for those looking to cast their early votes in-person at that specific location. Meaning, the president can seriously amp up voter turnout for him before, during and after his rally.

The Hillsborough County election supervisor has already issued a statement warning voters of traffic delays.

Although electioneering is prohibited within 150 feet of a polling station, the rally is technically on the outskirts of the no-electioneering boundary – meaning there is nothing that can be done to stop the president from holding the event despite fuming from the Biden camp.

Trump’s rally is expected to mirror his hundreds of others, with thousands of fanatic supporters gathered in close-proximity to one another. And if his previous coronavirus-era rallies are any indication, there will be no social distancing or requirements for face coverings.Biden’s campaign event, which will be held Thursday evening, will be a drive-in rally style to ensure social distancing. 

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Phoenix Wednesday

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Phoenix Wednesday

Joe Biden boards his plane for Florida in New Castle, Delaware

Joe Biden boards his plane for Florida in New Castle, Delaware

President Donald Trump (left) and Democratic nominee Joe Biden (right)  are heading to Florida on Thursday for competing rallies in Tampa as they chase voters in the crucial swing state just days before the election

Biden's was joined by his late son Beau's daughter Natalie (right) for his campaign swing through Florida on Thursday

Biden's was joined by his late son Beau's daughter Natalie (right) for his campaign swing through Florida on Thursday

Biden’s was joined by his late son Beau’s daughter Natalie (right) for his campaign swing through Florida on Thursday

Biden and his granddaughter departed rainy New Castle, Delaware for the Sunshine State

Biden and his granddaughter departed rainy New Castle, Delaware for the Sunshine State

Biden and his granddaughter departed rainy New Castle, Delaware for the Sunshine State 

Ultra Trump loyalists began arriving at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play, hours ahead of the president's rally

Ultra Trump loyalists began arriving at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play, hours ahead of the president's rally

Ultra Trump loyalists began arriving at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play, hours ahead of the president’s rally

Thousands of Trump supporters lined up to gain access to the afternoon rally

Thousands of Trump supporters lined up to gain access to the afternoon rally

Thousands of Trump supporters lined up to gain access to the afternoon rally 

A new poll in Florida released Thursday shows that in the days before the election, 51 per cent of likely voters in the swing state prefer Biden over the 47 per cent who support Trump – a 4 per cent margin in a poll with a 4.4 per cent margin of error

A new poll in Florida released Thursday shows that in the days before the election, 51 per cent of likely voters in the swing state prefer Biden over the 47 per cent who support Trump – a 4 per cent margin in a poll with a 4.4 per cent margin of error

A new poll in Florida released Thursday shows that in the days before the election, 51 per cent of likely voters in the swing state prefer Biden over the 47 per cent who support Trump – a 4 per cent margin in a poll with a 4.4 per cent margin of error

Trump won Florida in 2016 by a margin of 1.2 per cent, earning 48.6 per cent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 47.4 per cent – the state would be a major win for either candidate.

According to a new NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday, Biden has 4 per cent more support in the Sunshine State than Trump – especially field by his support among seniors and independent voters.

Of the 743 likely voters polled in Florida October 25-27, 51 per cent say they support Biden to the 47 per cent who favor Trump. Notably, the poll’s margin of error is at plus or minus 4.4. Percentage points.

Only 2 percent of Florida voters are undecided or are voting for someone other than Trump or Biden.

Florida has been deemed by Cook Political Report as a toss up, and with 29 Electoral College votes, it is the most influential ‘toss up’ state. 

The dueling rallies highlight the importance of the region, as Tampa embodies a wide variety of Floridians with urban, suburban and rural demographics as well as a spectrum of races and everything from working class to retired Americans.

If Trump is going to have an upset victory again, Florida is the state that will help him achieve that, and if Biden wants to stop the president’s chance at reelection, Florida is the one state that could do that.

More than 73 million Americans have already voted, whether absentee or early voting by mail or in-person. 

Florida is deemed a 'toss up' state, and is the 2020 swing state with the most Electoral College votes at 29

Florida is deemed a 'toss up' state, and is the 2020 swing state with the most Electoral College votes at 29

Florida is deemed a ‘toss up’ state, and is the 2020 swing state with the most Electoral College votes at 29

Trump and Biden have kicked into high gear with rigorous campaign schedules as they try to energize the millions who have not yet voted and will turn up in-person on Tuesday. 

The president is also planning to rally in South Florida this weekend while the former vice president is holding a Thursday event earlier in the day before his rally in Democrat-rich Broward County, which just north of Miami encompasses Fort Lauderdale. 

While the Election Day vote traditionally favors Republicans and early votes tend toward Democrats, the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the U.S., has injected new uncertainty about the makeup of the electorate.

The visit to Florida comes as Biden has framed his closing argument to voters on responsible management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,’ Biden said Wednesday during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. ‘I do promise this: We will start on day one doing the right things.’

Trump promises the nation is already on course to ‘vanquish the virus.’

The president spent Wednesday in Arizona, where relaxed rules on social distancing made staging big rallies easier. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks – a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day.

After his rally in Tampa Thursday evening, Trump will travel with first lady Melania to Fayetteville, North Carolina for another rally.

He has scheduled a much more ambitious campaign schedule in the days leading up to the election than the Democratic nominee – sometimes holding three rallies a day along with other campaign and presidential duties.

Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama.

The pandemic’s consequences were escalating, with deaths climbing in 39 states and an average of 805 people dying daily nationwide – up from 714 two weeks ago. The sharp rise sent shockwaves through financial markets, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to drop 900-plus points.

A new poll released Thursday shows Biden ahead of Trump by 4 percentage points in Florida

A new poll released Thursday shows Biden ahead of Trump by 4 percentage points in Florida

A new poll released Thursday shows Biden ahead of Trump by 4 percentage points in Florida

Trump, who frequently lauds rising markets, failed to mention the decline on Wednesday. But he promised that economic growth figures for the summer quarter, due Thursday, would be strong, declaring during a rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, ‘This election is a choice between a Trump super-recovery and a Biden depression.’

Trump is betting on the GOP´s vast field and data operations, and efforts known as ‘poll flushing’ – monitoring precinct lists for who has and has not yet voted – to provide a late boost of votes on Election Day. The Republican National Committee, which has more than 3,000 field staff and claims more than 2.5 million volunteers, will use that information to reach out to Trump supporters who have not voted throughout Election Day to ensure they get to the polls.

‘We will continue our historic voter outreach efforts by knocking on over 4.5 million doors and making 15 million more calls to ensure voters turn out to the polls and vote for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,’ party spokesperson Mandi Merritt said.

Nowhere may those efforts be more important than in Florida. Without the battleground state’s 29 electoral votes, Trump’s path to victory is exceptionally difficult.

Trump is banking on local news coverage of his visit to overcome a substantial advertising deficit stemming from a late cash crunch. Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida – about $23 million to about $7 million – in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG.

In both Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, and the adjacent Pinellas County, Democrats are crushing vote by mail. As of Wednesday morning, more than 53,000 Democrats had voted by mail in Hillsborough than Republicans. In Pinellas, the largest of the four counties in the state to switch from Obama to Trump in 2016, that number was just shy of 30,000 more Democrats voting by mail than Republicans.

Republicans in both counties have a slight edge in the state’s in-person early voting, which began last Saturday as Trump himself voted in Palm Beach County downstate, and the GOP will likely need a strong showing on Tuesday to overcome Democratic leads.

Because of concerns about submission deadlines, Postal Service backlogs and the potential for drawn-out legal challenges, Democrats are pressing their backers who have yet to return a ballot to head to the polls in person. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.

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US Election: Trump tweets video of fan calling SISTER Maryanne ‘sick’

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President Donald Trump tweeted out a video of a supporter calling him the ‘greatest thing since sliced bread’ – and attacking the president’s sister for ‘trying to put him down.’

The video, consisting of a recorded conversation with a heavily accented man in a car, became a viral hit with Trump supporters, approaching 4 million views late Thursday morning.

‘He’s the best president since sliced bread,’ the subject, who is identified only as Barry, tells a man asking questions from his car window.

President Donald Trump tweeted out a video of a supporter calling him the 'greatest thing since sliced bread.' The man, identified only as 'Barry,' also trashed Trump's sister

President Donald Trump tweeted out a video of a supporter calling him the 'greatest thing since sliced bread.' The man, identified only as 'Barry,' also trashed Trump's sister

President Donald Trump tweeted out a video of a supporter calling him the ‘greatest thing since sliced bread.’ The man, identified only as ‘Barry,’ also trashed Trump’s sister

‘Barry, who are you voting for,’ asks the man’s interviewer.

‘Donald J. Don Trump, the Don,’ he responds, smiling and sporting a grey beard. 

‘Everything the man say he’s going to do he do it,’ he said in a Caribbean accent.

But he doesn’t shy from attacking Trump’s sister, presumably Maryanne Trump Barry, who was caught trashing the president in secret recordings made by the president’s niece, Mary Trump.

‘Then his sister and family trying to put him down. She don’t even know what a great man this man she have in her own damn family!’ he says. ‘She’s sick, this girl. She’s getting paid to talk garbage. The man is a genius!’ he said of Trump. 

Donald Trump (L) is pictured with his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, who trashed him in comments secretly recorded by Trump's niece, Mary

Donald Trump (L) is pictured with his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, who trashed him in comments secretly recorded by Trump's niece, Mary

Donald Trump (L) is pictured with his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, who trashed him in comments secretly recorded by Trump’s niece, Mary

Mary Trump torched Trump in a tell-all book, and has sued siblings she claims broke a fiduciary duty and cheated her out of her inheritance

Mary Trump torched Trump in a tell-all book, and has sued siblings she claims broke a fiduciary duty and cheated her out of her inheritance

Mary Trump torched Trump in a tell-all book, and has sued siblings she claims broke a fiduciary duty and cheated her out of her inheritance

Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump, and Robert Trump during Opening of Donald Trump's Taj Mahal Casino - April 5, 1990 at Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. 'The change of stories, the lack of preparation, and the lying, holy s***' Maryanne Trump says in a secretly recorded conversation about her famous brother

Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump, and Robert Trump during Opening of Donald Trump's Taj Mahal Casino - April 5, 1990 at Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. 'The change of stories, the lack of preparation, and the lying, holy s***' Maryanne Trump says in a secretly recorded conversation about her famous brother

Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump, and Robert Trump during Opening of Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino – April 5, 1990 at Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. ‘The change of stories, the lack of preparation, and the lying, holy s***’ Maryanne Trump says in a secretly recorded conversation about her famous brother

Trump and his two sons both retweeted the video

Trump and his two sons both retweeted the video

Trump and his two sons both retweeted the video

Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal judge, trashes Trump in secret recordings. 

‘This goddam tweet and the lying,’ she says in one broadcast by CNN. ‘Oh my god, I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories, the lack of preparation, and the lying, holy s***’ she says. 

‘All he wants to do is appeal to his base, he has no principles None. None,’ she says in another

Trump’s niece, Mary, released the tapes, which she says she secretly recorded, this summer as she promoted her book, which eviscerated Trump and argued he had deep psychological problems related to his father. 

Trump trashed his niece after her book came out in August.

‘About the only way a person is able to write a book on me is if they agree that it will contain as much bad ‘stuff’ as possible, much of which is lies,’ he tweeted. ‘Even whether it’s … an unstable niece, who was now rightfully shunned, scorned and mocked her entire life, and never even liked by her own very kind & caring grandfather!’ 

Mary Trump is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr., died at 42 and suffered from alcoholism. She is suing Trump and two siblings claiming they cheated her family out of their rightful share of Fred Trump’s estate. Trump’s brother Robert died in August, and his estate is named in the suit. 

Her bestseller is titled: ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.’ 

In the video tweeted by the president, many of the man’s points echo what the president says, including Trump’s rally refrain that his opponents are focused on ‘covid, covid, covid.’

‘He’s blaming the president for the virus,’ he says of Democrat Joe Biden. ‘How can you blame the president nobody knew at the time. Virus, virus virus, corona ,corona like the president brought it here. I can’t believe these sick people,’ he said. 

‘I’m watching the American people,’ he says. ‘I’m going to stand back and watch because they ain’t going to take away the people’s Second Amendment. I don’t got any so I’m not worried. But I know it’s America, you can’t touch that.’

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the video Wednesday, and Eric Trump followed suit, writing: ‘Amazing!’ 

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