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Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis cops charged in George Floyd’s death, posts bail

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Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, was freed shortly before 4:10pm from the Hennepin County Jail

Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, was freed shortly before 4:10pm from the Hennepin County Jail

Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, was freed shortly before 4:10pm from the Hennepin County Jail

One of the four fired Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd posted bail and was released from custody Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, was freed shortly before 4:10pm from the Hennepin County Jail, a spokesperson from the Sheriff’s Office told the Star Tribune. 

Lane is one of three charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection to the death of Floyd, 46, who died on Memorial Day.  

His attorney, Earl Gray, said the embattled rookie cop accepted bail with conditions and is currently back living with his wife, though declined to specify where citing safety reasons. 

Lane had been locked up for the past week. His next court appearance is slated for June 29 where Gray says he plans to file a motion to dismiss all charges.

‘Now we can watch what happens next from outside,’ Gray told the Tribune. ‘We will bring a motion to dismiss and hopefully it will be granted.’

According to charging documents, Lane (seen far right) - who initially took Floyd into custody - held down the father-of-five's legs, while Keung held his back and Chauvin kneeled down on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds

According to charging documents, Lane (seen far right) - who initially took Floyd into custody - held down the father-of-five's legs, while Keung held his back and Chauvin kneeled down on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds

According to charging documents, Lane (seen far right) – who initially took Floyd into custody – held down the father-of-five’s legs, while Keung held his back and Chauvin kneeled down on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds

Lane’s co-defendants, Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng remain in jail as of Wednesday evening. 

According to charging documents, Lane – who initially took Floyd into custody – held down the father-of-five’s legs, while Keung held his back and Chauvin kneeled down on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds.  

Gray has previous stated that the case against his client is ‘weak’.  He says that Lane asked Chauvin if Floyd should be rolled over onto his side amid the 46-year-old’s cries of ‘I can’t breathe’.

The attorney also protests that Lane attempted to resuscitate Floyd in the ambulance moments before he was pronounced dead.

‘[Lane was] pounding on this guy trying to revive him. Where is the willful intent?’ Gray asked.  

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with his bail set at $1.25 million.

Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, meanwhile, who face the same charges as Lane, are still being detained in lieu of $750,000 cash bonds as of 6:31pm.  

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TALK OF THE TOWN: The Crown actress Emma Corrin captures the charitable spirit of Princess Diana

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She will star as Princess Diana in the next series of TV series The Crown and Emma Corrin is embracing the charitable spirit of the late princess – at least in the hair and fashion sense. 

The actress, 24, paired an Oxfam T-shirt with a pair of trendy high-waisted trousers while out at a London farmer’s market.

Emma – who stars in the show with co-star Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles – also clipped her hair off her face, which has been freshly styled for her new role by Sam McKnight – who was the Princess of Wales’s hairdresser for seven years before her death.

She will star as Princess Diana in the next series of TV series The Crown and Emma Corrin is embracing the charitable spirit of the late princess – at least in the hair and fashion sense

She will star as Princess Diana in the next series of TV series The Crown and Emma Corrin is embracing the charitable spirit of the late princess – at least in the hair and fashion sense

She will star as Princess Diana in the next series of TV series The Crown and Emma Corrin is embracing the charitable spirit of the late princess – at least in the hair and fashion sense

Emma – who stars in the show with co-star Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles (pictured together) – also clipped her hair off her face, which has been freshly styled for her new role by Sam McKnight

Emma – who stars in the show with co-star Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles (pictured together) – also clipped her hair off her face, which has been freshly styled for her new role by Sam McKnight

Emma – who stars in the show with co-star Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles (pictured together) – also clipped her hair off her face, which has been freshly styled for her new role by Sam McKnight

Speaking to Vogue magazine, Sam admitted ‘it felt weird’ cutting Emma’s hair to emulate his late client.

‘But then it was one of my first jobs after lockdown so I thought, “You know what? You’re thinking about this too much”,’ he added.

Who needs social media trolls when your own mother sends you nasty comments? 

Chart-topper Lewis Capaldi says: ‘She reads negative comments on Twitter and sends them to me. People saying I look like Meat Loaf. 

‘I’m like, “Mum, stop doing it – you built up my self-esteem over years, and now you’re systematically destroying it!”‘

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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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Hard-Left tells Sir Keir Starmer to stick to Jeremy Corbyn’s policies

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s bid to reaffirm his control over his party was met yesterday with claims from the hard-Left that he could betray Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy.

MPs loyal to the former leader warned Sir Keir not to abandon Mr Corbyn’s ‘overwhelmingly popular’ Left-wing agenda.

But Labour Party officials hit back by condemning Mr Corbyn for holding high-profile events at this week’s ‘virtual’ party conference.

The conference – relegated to an online virtual rally owing to Covid-19 – begins today with the party unveiling the slogan ‘A New Leadership’.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's bid to reaffirm his control over his party was met yesterday with claims from the hard-Left that he could betray Jeremy Corbyn's legacy

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's bid to reaffirm his control over his party was met yesterday with claims from the hard-Left that he could betray Jeremy Corbyn's legacy

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s bid to reaffirm his control over his party was met yesterday with claims from the hard-Left that he could betray Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy

The phrase replaces ‘Under New Management’ which Sir Keir, who replaced Mr Corbyn in May, has been using during the summer. 

But at an online rally for the Socialist Campaign Group on Monday, party figures loyal to the Left-wing agenda charted by the former leader will warn Sir Keir not to ‘lurch to the Right’ by burying Mr Corbyn’s policy platform.

Former Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Jon Trickett is set to use the event to launch a thinly veiled rebuke of the new leader for failing to set out a vision that will take Labour back to power. 

In an article to coincide with the rally, he will warn: ‘We can’t cross our fingers and expect to win the next Election by default.’

He will acknowledge Sir Keir’s success in holding Boris Johnson to account over the Covid crisis but will add: ‘It’s not enough to chip away at Boris’s blundering and the Tories’ incompetence. We have to make people feel they’re voting for something – not just against something.

MPs loyal to the former leader warned Sir Keir not to abandon Mr Corbyn's 'overwhelmingly popular' Left-wing agenda. (Above, Corbyn last December)

MPs loyal to the former leader warned Sir Keir not to abandon Mr Corbyn's 'overwhelmingly popular' Left-wing agenda. (Above, Corbyn last December)

MPs loyal to the former leader warned Sir Keir not to abandon Mr Corbyn’s ‘overwhelmingly popular’ Left-wing agenda. (Above, Corbyn last December)

‘It would be folly to ditch all the policy platform built up over the last five years. Build on it, yes! But don’t jettison the core principles.’

Insisting Mr Corbyn’s policies were popular with both the party membership and the electorate, Mr Trickett writes: ‘The last thing we need in the age of Covid, when even the Tories see the sense of massive state intervention, is for Labour to lurch to the Right.’ 

Sources loyal to Sir Keir hit back last night by pointing out that only this weekend a YouGov poll showed Labour had now drawn level with the Tories on 40 per cent each.

One said: ‘It’s pretty ridiculous for the hard-Left to start whingeing about Keir, given how much progress he’s made in restoring the party’s reputation since our disastrous Election result under Corbyn.’

Separately, Labour officials also protested at Mr Corbyn’s decision to take part in virtual pre-conference meetings yesterday, saying he should be keeping a low profile.

One said: ‘At the same time Labour women’s conference hears from black female MPs and members, Jeremy Corbyn is hosting a rival event that matters most to him – his ego.’

But last night, allies of the former leader insisted he had every right to take part in conference meetings and branded the criticisms ‘absurd’. 

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