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Peloton issues a recall on pedals for 27,000 bikes because they’re breaking off and injuring riders

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Peloton have recalled pedals from 27,000 bikes after 120 customers complained the parts were breaking off and 16 people suffered lacerations.  

In one of five cases that required medical care, a client required stitches in the lower leg after the PR70P clip-in pedals dropped off the bike sold between July 2013 and May 2016.

In a message on its website Thursday, the brand told customers to stop using the first generation pedals immediately due to risk of axle breaks.

Users can identify the affected pedals by looking out for the Peloton logo and the word ‘PELOTON’ molded into the pedal body.

An orange Peloton symbol and white lettering spelling ‘PELOTON’ are printed on the top of the cleat binding.

Peloton have recalled pedals from 27,000 bikes after 120 customers complained the parts were unexpectedly falling off during use

Peloton have recalled pedals from 27,000 bikes after 120 customers complained the parts were unexpectedly falling off during use

Peloton have recalled pedals from 27,000 bikes after 120 customers complained the parts were unexpectedly falling off during use

The affected PR70P clip-in pedals dropped off the bike sold between July 2013 and May 2016

The affected PR70P clip-in pedals dropped off the bike sold between July 2013 and May 2016

 The affected PR70P clip-in pedals dropped off the bike sold between July 2013 and May 2016

Peloton recommends that pedals are replaced annually and the affected pedals are outside of the one-year warranty. 

However, customers were directly to a form to complete for free replacement pedals. 

Once delivered, clients will be given step-by-step video instructions on how to self-install. 

A Support Team member can help those who need addition support putting the exercise equipment together with the require 15mm wrench but it costs $100 for a technician to attach them.

Other pedals are not a part of the recall.

It’s unclear how long those still using the old pedals will have to wait for the new set to arrive. Business Insider reports that there was already a backlog on deliveries before the recall due to Peloton’s rise in popularity in the pandemic.

As well as the $2,000 cost for the bike, customers pay $39 per month for streamed classes.

Sixteen laceration injuries were reported and in one of five cases that required medical care, a client required stitches in the lower leg

Sixteen laceration injuries were reported and in one of five cases that required medical care, a client required stitches in the lower leg

Sixteen laceration injuries were reported and in one of five cases that required medical care, a client required stitches in the lower leg

The recall came on the same day the makers of rival NordicTrack sued Peloton, claiming the new Bike+ steals features such as a swiveling touchscreen – for which it currently has a patent pending – and the resistance automatically changing during classes which it has already patented.

Icon Health and Fitness states in the lawsuit that the features were ‘developed and used by Icon well before Peloton.’ Icon makes iFit and FreeMotion brands which have equipment such as treadmills and bikes.

‘As the fitness industry’s leading innovator, Icon is unfortunately accustomed to having companies copy its technology,’ the Utah-based company said in the lawsuit. ‘Some companies, like Peloton, have built (at least in part) entire businesses on the back of Icon’s patented technology.’

The two companies settled a previous lawsuit in 2017.

Then this May, Peloton sued Icon claiming it ‘attempted to free ride off Peloton’s innovative technology’ when it introduced streaming classes.

The recall came on the same day the makers of rival NordicTrack sued Peloton, claiming the new Bike+ steals features such as a swiveling touchscreen and the resistance automatically changing during classes

The recall came on the same day the makers of rival NordicTrack sued Peloton, claiming the new Bike+ steals features such as a swiveling touchscreen and the resistance automatically changing during classes

The recall came on the same day the makers of rival NordicTrack sued Peloton, claiming the new Bike+ steals features such as a swiveling touchscreen and the resistance automatically changing during classes

Peloton went public in 2019 and this year stocks have boosted 360% and the company if valued at $40billion.

Icon is valued around $7billion.

Peloton said the new lawsuit is ‘nothing more than a continuation of the litigation that Peloton filed against Icon earlier this year, and is a retaliatory filing intended to deflect attention away from Icon blatant infringement of Peloton’s leaderboard technology and other deceptive practices.’

‘We will vigorously defend this case in court,’ Steven Feldman, Peloton’s outside litigation counsel, said.

In February rival brand Flywheel settled a lawsuit over two Peloton patents. It stopped all virtual classes as a result and has since filed for bankruptcy.

The brand was also reported to be pulling in SoulCycle customers in February due to backlash over the chairman of the umbrella company that owns it supporting a Donald Trump fundraiser.

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Meet Maria Bakalova, Borat’s Bulgarian daughter who tricked Giuliani

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The actress who honey-trapped Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the new Borat movie has been revealed to be a glamorous BLM-supporting 24-year-old from Bulgaria who was plucked from obscurity for the role.  

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed into the presidential campaign after it was revealed last night she duped Donald Trump‘s lieutenant Giuliani by pretending to be a conservative reporter.

Following an interview on coronavirus, Bakalova led the 76-year-old statesman into a hotel room, where he reclined on a bed and appeared to put his hands down his pants, before he was interrupted by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character.

‘She’s 15. She’s too old for you,’ Borat screams in the scene filmed in July, waving Giuliani off his ‘daughter’ Tutar. 

Giuliani later pointed out, ‘I was fully clothed at all times,’ and told a reporter he was merely tucking in his shirt, not doing anything untoward. 

‘I lean back and I tuck my shirt in and at that point they have this picture that they take, which looks doctored by in any event,’ the former mayor of New York told WABC radio Wednesday.

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honeytrapped Donald Trump’s senior lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie

Maria Bakalova posing in a swimming pool as sunlight washes over her

Maria Bakalova posing in a swimming pool as sunlight washes over her

Maria Bakalova posing in a swimming pool as sunlight washes over her

Rudy Giuliani leans back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off and seemingly puts his hands down his pants

Rudy Giuliani leans back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off and seemingly puts his hands down his pants

Rudy Giuliani leans back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off and seemingly puts his hands down his pants 

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' which will be released on Amazon Prime Friday

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' which will be released on Amazon Prime Friday

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ which will be released on Amazon Prime Friday 

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter 

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for ‘Black Out Tuesday,’ which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

The actress has been launched to the forefront of the battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, with Giuliani already center stage since he revealed emails which appear to show Hunter Biden profited from his father’s office.

Giuliani accused Hollywood of deliberately leaking details of his appearance in the Borat movie to stifle coverage of the Hunter Biden story. 

‘They’ll do anything, they’ll attack me over anything possible,’ Giuliani said. ‘And now the idiot Borat is going after me with a totally sensationalized false account of a ridiculous movie, I guess, he has done.’ 

Giuliani called it a ‘hit job’ and said that ‘everybody in Hollywood hates me.’ 

‘It’s not an accident that it happens when I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden, who is one of the biggest crooks in the last 30 years and since I have the courage to say that I’m the target,’ the president’s personal lawyer said. 

Little-known Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many A-list titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter which feature among the raft of luxurious poolside selfies she has taken in LA. 

She made a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show alongside Cohen on Tuesday night.

Both actors in character, Bakalova demanded that Kimmel take his trousers off and marry her.

‘I am already married!’ Kimmel insisted, to which Borat asked: ‘How many wives do you have?’ 

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The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with ‘Rudy!!’ Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump 

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image 

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen 

Bakalova has starred in feature-length Bulgarian films, earning two awards for her performance in Transgression in 2018, playing the lover of an ageing rocker, and also as the leading lady in 2020 comedy, Last Call.

She has also appeared in several TV shows, with a credit in an episode of the Italian hit mafia series Gamorrah three years ago.

Born in Burgas in 1996, she studied at the Bulgarian National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress. 

She attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019.

Giuliani, giving his account of his boudoir meeting with Bakalova, said he believed it was a ‘legitimate’ interview – the topic was the coronavirus – at the Mark Hotel in New York City in July.

‘I did the interview with the young woman who was new to interviewing and I was being kind to her,’ he said. ‘At one point she explained to me some problems I had, I actually prayed with her.’  

When he got up to leave he said he had his jacket on. 

‘I was fully clothed at all times and I had to take off the electronic equipment and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt got a little out, came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on,’ he told WABC. 

‘She says something about, “Do I want a massage?” I realize now that this is a set-up and I call my security guy Brian who’s right outside,’ Giuliani recalled. ‘And then all of the sudden crazy Sacha Baron Cohen runs in with a cape on and he’s yelling and screaming all sorts of stupid stuff.’ 

Like father, like daughter: Tutar (Bakalova) strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar (Bakalova) strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar (Bakalova) strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

The ex-New York City mayor also argued that in calling the police he proved he was an innocent party.   

‘If I was doing anything wrong, I would not call the police and if he was doing anything right, he wouldn’t have been running away,’ Giuliani said. 

The film is a sequel to the 2006 film ‘Borat.’ 

The pictures of Giuliani in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter, apparently originating screengrabs from review copies of the movie.

Websites Showbiz411.com and Newsweek both featured the image as they reviewed the new movie, with Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 calling the Borat sequel ‘goofy fun, gut laughs, and a lot of silliness.’

Among the most prominent sites to feature it was The Drudge Report, the conservative news and aggregation website that has increasingly become more critical of Trump.  

‘Mocking hims as ‘Rudy!!,’ the decision by Matt Drudge to use the picture was likely to endear him to the president, who has tweeted repeatedly to his supporters that they should avoid Drudge, calling it ‘a CONFUSED mess.’    

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He said he realized that something was amiss when Borat’s ‘daughter’ asked if he’d like a massage. 

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What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president’s attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop this month

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

Sacha Baron Cohen pranked President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ which will be released on Amazon Prime on Friday 

Other critics tweeting the image included Zac Petankas, a Democratic strategist who was a senior adviser to both Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, the party’s former Senate majority leader, and Seth Abramson, the author of a highly-critical book about Trump called ‘Proof of Corruption’ which features Giuliani on the cover photo.

BORAT CRASHED THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE

The first hint that there would be cameos of President Donald Trump’s allies in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ came when the trailer revealed in was Sasha Baron Cohen who had dressed up like Trump and crashed the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. 

He told The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd what the stunt entailed: ‘Obviously, I’m wearing a fat suit,’ Cohen explained. He had to get through metal detectors to get into CPAC to see Vice President Mike Pence speak. 

Security was there to ‘check everyone’s bodies going through. Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump’s face. This fat suit is huge. It’s a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump’s because we had estimated that was the most realistic,’ he said. 

When he set the alarms off, he lied and said he had a defibrillator, Cohen told Dowd. 

‘Then I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security,’ Cohen said. 

As Pence spoke, Cohen is seen carrying his ‘daughter’ over his shoulder and yelling, ‘Michael Pennis I’ve brought the girl for you!’  

He was then escorted out.  

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And the image was also being made into memes, one of them poking fun at Zoom masturbator Jeffrey Toobin. It showed the CNN analyst thinking ‘thank you Rudy.’ 

Giuliani described the situation in July, but neglected to mention he may have been caught in a compromising position.  

‘This guys comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say a pink transgender outfit,’ President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told Page Six at The New York Post. ‘It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had a beard, bare legs, and wasn’t waht I would call distractingly attractive.’ 

Giuliani didn’t recognize the man as Cohen right away. 

He also called the cops. 

‘This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away,’ the ex- New York City mayor said. 

The July 7 incident occurred at the Mark Hotel in New York City.     

‘I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,’ Giuliani said in July. 

On a radio show the same month, Giuliani told WABC that Cohen was trying to capture him in ‘compromising’ position, though he didn’t recall that the tactic had worked. ‘I don’t think so, I’m trying to remember,’ when asked if there was anything he should be ‘regretful’ about.   

Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen noted at the time that Cohen interrupted ‘an interview for a documentary on @realdonaldtrump’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.’ 

‘Un-fooled and placid, Mayor Giuliani notified security to call the police,’ Allen tweeted. ‘It was then, upon hearing the word police, Cohen turned from a screaming banshee into a fleeing hyena.’ 

‘I hear he was last seen running down the street in his bathroom,’ she added. ‘Better luck next time, Sacha!’ 

Allen has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on Giuliani’s cameo in the new Borat film.  

The film arrives just as Giuliani finds himself in the middle of the Hunter Biden laptop saga. 

Giuliani said he got contents from the ‘laptop from hell,’ as Trump has been calling it, from a computer repair shop owner who gave it to his lawyer. 

He then shared some of its contents to reporters at The New York Post, which has been criticized for running the story before the correspondence between Hunter Biden and others was authenticated. 

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was ‘un-fooled and placid’ when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing ‘Borat’s daughter’ 

It contains personal photos of Hunter Biden, as well as emails that purport to show that Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings stretched to include his father.  

The Post reported that emails from 2015 showed Joe Biden held a meeting with a top official from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served on the board. 

The Biden campaign has denied this meeting happened. 

Biden, himself, said Giuliani is peddling ‘garbage.’ 

‘It’s a last ditch effort to smear me and my family. There is no basis to this,’ the Democratic nominee said in an interview with WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate. 

The president’s impeachment revolved around a scheme to pressure Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. He held up military aid that had been appropriated by Congress. 

Trump and his allies have alleged that the then-vice president pushed to have a Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was looking into Burisma, of which there is no evidence.  

Trump has used the discovery of the laptop to call the former vice president a ‘criminal,’ which he’s said gleefully during everyone one of his recent rallies. 

He’ll likely attack Biden that way Thursday night during their final meeting on the debate stage. 

The president demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to look into the matter.   

‘We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act. And he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody,’ Trump said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Tuesday.

‘This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,’ Trump said.  

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Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump’s critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in 

On Monday, Giuliani raised the stakes by sharing files from the laptop with the New Castle County police, according to Delaware Online

The Delaware Attorney General handed the files over to the FBI, the site reported. 

The FBI hasn’t confirmed or denied there’s an investigation, which is standard policy. 

Mat Marshall, a spokesman for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings told Delaware Online that what Giuliani’s team ‘showed up with was evidence that they say was involved in a crime.’ 

The former New York City mayor went on Newsmax Tuesday night trying to push the crimes were sexual in nature. 

Giuliani reiterated that point again directly after he addressed the Borat footage Wednesday on WABC radio.  

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ will be released on Amazon Prime Friday. 

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National Trust ‘facing questions over its purpose’ as regulator warns an inquiry could be looming

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The charity regulator has warned the National Trust it could face an investigation over its ‘purpose’, amid claims it has strayed too far from its remit of preserving historical buildings and treasures.

The Trust sparked a woke row earlier this year after tweeting details about artefacts and buildings’ links to slavery – as dozens vowed to cancel their membership because of ‘virtue signalling’.

Twitter users blasted the UK-based charity for ‘lecturing’, ’emotional blackmail’ and ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ as some claimed the set of tweets ruined any enjoyment they once had for visiting its country estates. 

Winston Churchill’s former home, Chartwell, in Kent, was among the Trust’s properties listed in its mea culpa over previous links to colonialism and slavery – a move which Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden described as disappointing. 

Winston Churchill's former home, Chartwell, in Kent, was among the Trust's properties listed in its mea culpa over previous links to colonialism and slavery

Winston Churchill's former home, Chartwell, in Kent, was among the Trust's properties listed in its mea culpa over previous links to colonialism and slavery

Winston Churchill’s former home, Chartwell, in Kent, was among the Trust’s properties listed in its mea culpa over previous links to colonialism and slavery

Now, the Charity Commission is looking at whether the Trust has breached its charitable objects, with chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) telling the Telegraph it was right to be facing questions, claiming it was 'important' it didn't 'lose sight' of what its 5.6 million members expected

Now, the Charity Commission is looking at whether the Trust has breached its charitable objects, with chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) telling the Telegraph it was right to be facing questions, claiming it was 'important' it didn't 'lose sight' of what its 5.6 million members expected

Now, the Charity Commission is looking at whether the Trust has breached its charitable objects, with chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) telling the Telegraph it was right to be facing questions, claiming it was ‘important’ it didn’t ‘lose sight’ of what its 5.6 million members expected

National Trust will keep the majority of ‘distressing’ artefacts linked to slavery

The National Trust has decided to keep displays in its country houses linked to slavery on show to ‘encourage debate’. 

The announcement comes as the heritage conservation charity said its in the process of issuing a report, which has taken over a year to compile, which reveals that almost a third of stately homes are linked to slavery, the Times reports.  

On the 21 September the Trust plans to make the report public on its website, highlighting the sometimes brutal origins or wealth of some of the country’s stately homes and castles.  

Many of the homes’ original owners built the properties with the proceeds from sugar plantations in the West Indies and elsewhere in the empire. 

The Times reported that the trust has surveyed almost 300 homes for the report. 

‘Some of this is difficult stuff,’ Tarnya Cooper, who has been involved in linking the properties’ pasts, told the Times. 

‘Some of the objects are really distressing because they come from a time when slavery was very much a part of this country and we’re such a different society now.’ 

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Back in 2017, volunteers accused the charity of trampling on their rights by making them wear gay pride badges to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

And more recently, bosses have come under fire after announcing they are to axe nearly 1,300 jobs as they battle the impact of Covid. 

Now, the Charity Commission is looking at whether the Trust has breached its charitable objects, with chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston telling the Telegraph it was right to be facing questions, claiming it was ‘important’ it didn’t ‘lose sight’ of what its 5.6 million members expected.

Complaints from members of the public over its controversial review into links between the properties and slavery sparked an approach from regulators and a formal probe could follow in the coming weeks.

Lady Stowell said: ‘The National Trust has a very sort of clear, simple purpose, which is about preserving some of our great historic places and places of great beauty and national treasure.

‘What people expect of the National Trust is that they focus on that purpose, they don’t lose sight of that. And when they do things which somehow seem to some of their supporters, some of the people that they’re relying on… they shouldn’t be surprised if that leads to questions and criticisms.’

Officials from the commission were first in touch with the charity a fortnight ago after complaints were first made.

While a statutory inquiry is not likely, the body does have various powers to take action against the Trust, including ordering it not to commission other similar reports or providing an official warning.

A spokesman for the charity told the Telegraph it always answers commission questions with ‘full transparency’ and said it was not aware of any formal action being taken.

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Harsher sentences for animal abusers moved a step closer yesterday as MPs backed a change in the law.

The Animal Welfare Bill, which would raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold from six months in prison to five years, passed its second Commons reading.

Tory MP Chris Loder, who introduced the Bill, said he was inspired to do so after a mistreated springer spaniel he found abandoned by a road became his family pet.

Discussing the four-year-old dog called Poppy, Mr Loder said: ‘She had clearly been mistreated – her pads were red raw, there were cuts to her leg, she had nasty growths and she needed three teeth removed.’ 

The Animal Welfare Bill, which would raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold from six months in prison to five years, passed its second Commons reading. (Above, Tory MP Chris Loder, who introduced the Bill)

The Animal Welfare Bill, which would raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold from six months in prison to five years, passed its second Commons reading. (Above, Tory MP Chris Loder, who introduced the Bill)

The Animal Welfare Bill, which would raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold from six months in prison to five years, passed its second Commons reading. (Above, Tory MP Chris Loder, who introduced the Bill)

He added: ‘A mere six months discourages no one. So we must establish… a much tougher maximum penalty.’ 

Environment minister Victoria Prentis was among those to support the Bill, describing it as ‘absolutely necessary’.

She told MPs: ‘This Bill has the full support of the Government and we will do all we can to support its swift passage without amendment through the Commons and the Lords as soon as we possibly can.’

Labour also backed the legislation, with shadow environment minister Daniel Zeichner pressing for no further delays.

He said: ‘There is a correlation between animal cruelty and domestic violence.

‘I’m told women in domestic violence shelters are 11 times more likely to report that a partner had hurt or killed a pet.’

Environment minister Victoria Prentis (pictured) was among those to support the Bill, describing it as 'absolutely necessary'

Environment minister Victoria Prentis (pictured) was among those to support the Bill, describing it as 'absolutely necessary'

Environment minister Victoria Prentis (pictured) was among those to support the Bill, describing it as ‘absolutely necessary’

Conservative Sarah Atherton (Wrexham) also gave a warning about the increasing number of dog and cat adoptions during the pandemic.

Ms Atherton told MPs: ‘Preparing for today I spoke to vets in my constituency of Wrexham. 

‘They tell me they are currently concerned about what is termed as “Covid pups” – and I take the opportunity to highlight, on their behalf, a dog is for life, not just for a lockdown.

‘My local vets have raised concerns about dogs purchased since March. 

‘These pets have not had the opportunity to be raised and socialised in the wider community but in a solitary household.

‘Let’s hope we don’t see an increase in abuse and abandonment of pets due to possible behavioural problems or the cost of looking after pets as Covid restrictions continue.’

Responding to the debate, Ms Prentis added: ‘On live animal exports, we have a manifesto commitment to end long journeys to slaughter and fattening.

‘We will be launching a public consultation, I am very, very pleased to say, later this year.’

The Bill will undergo further scrutiny at a later date. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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