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Veterans in military homes to be evicted in bid to reduce size of the MoD’s married quarters estate 

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Veterans are among hundreds of families facing eviction after the Ministry of Defence ordered them to move out of former military houses.

Private firm Annington Homes owns the freehold for the affected 350 properties across 14 former barracks in England and Wales. It leases them to the MoD at a 58 per cent discount.

Residents received an eviction notice on September 9 which said their lease would be terminated by the end of March 2021. The move has been taken to reduce the size of the MoD’s married quarters estate.

Private firm Annington Homes owns the freehold for the affected 350 properties across 14 former barracks in England and Wales. Pictured: A general view of Annington's Union Buildings in Aldershot

Private firm Annington Homes owns the freehold for the affected 350 properties across 14 former barracks in England and Wales. Pictured: A general view of Annington's Union Buildings in Aldershot

Private firm Annington Homes owns the freehold for the affected 350 properties across 14 former barracks in England and Wales. Pictured: A general view of Annington’s Union Buildings in Aldershot

Keith Lawrence, 51, served as an Army corporal for 24 years before he moved into a rented military property in Lyneham, Wiltshire, with his wife Kathy three years ago.

The couple, who live on the same street as six other veterans, were one of more than 59 households in the area told to move out. Mr Lawrence, who suffers from PTSD and depression, said: ‘I spent 24 years of my life in the Army and I feel the MoD don’t care.’

Annington Homes’ boss, James Hopkins, suggested the MoD return some of its 10,000 empty properties instead.

An Annington Homes spokesman said the decision ‘is the MoD’s alone, and we were not consulted on it beforehand’. 

The evictions were raised by Labour MP Nick Smith at a hearing of the Commons Public Accounts Committee yesterday (MON).

He said it was a ‘shocking story’ that he warned ‘will affect many places across the UK’.

Tory MP Gareth Bacon added that he had been told by Annington Homes it was an MoD decision and they were ‘baffled’ as to why it was happening.

Sir Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary at the MoD, said he was not aware of the evictions.

Labour’s shadow defence secretary John Healey said evicting the families of former servicemen is a ‘new low’ for the MoD.

An Annington Homes spokesman said the decision ¿is the MoD¿s alone, and we were not consulted on it beforehand¿. Pictured: The Ministry of Defence main building

An Annington Homes spokesman said the decision ¿is the MoD¿s alone, and we were not consulted on it beforehand¿. Pictured: The Ministry of Defence main building

An Annington Homes spokesman said the decision ‘is the MoD’s alone, and we were not consulted on it beforehand’. Pictured: The Ministry of Defence main building

He said: ‘It beggars belief that defence ministers are evicting Forces families in the middle of this continuing Covid crisis, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

‘The MoD has been failing military families on housing for years, but this is a new low. The Defence Secretary must step in and stop these evictions.’

A MoD spokesman said: ‘We are committed to the wellbeing of our veterans and have recently published guidance for local authorities to improve access to social housing and allow service leavers to remain in surplus military accommodation, where available, for up to a year after they leave.

‘Civilian tenants who rent homes that are temporarily not required for service personnel sign up to two months’ notice.

‘However, in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances faced by tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic we have extended the Notice to Vacate period to 12 months.

‘This provides up to a year for the MoD to work with Annington Homes to whom the houses are being returned.’

The spokesman added that the MoD would like to transfer the homes back to the private firm with the sitting tenants.

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FIVE of Mike Pence’s aides test positive for COVID

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Vice President Mike Pence‘s chief of staff, senior political adviser and three other members of staff have tested positive for coronavirus, according to reports.

Chief of staff Marc Short’s diagnosis was first reported on Saturday night by Bloomberg – the outlet that broke the news of Hope Hicks’ infection on September 29. 

Short’s infection was then confirmed by Pence’s office – with the fact that the White House did not announce the news raising eyebrows.

On Saturday night the New York Times reported that two people briefed on the matter said that the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had sought to keep news of the outbreak from becoming public.  

Marc Short (right) tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, while Pence (left) was negative. File photo

Marc Short (right) tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, while Pence (left) was negative. File photo

Marc Short (right) tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, while Pence (left) was negative. File photo

From left: Marc Short, Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Pence adviser Marty Obst on October 7

From left: Marc Short, Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Pence adviser Marty Obst on October 7

From left: Marc Short, Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Pence adviser Marty Obst on October 7

Marty Obst, pictured in June with Mike Pence, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Marty Obst, pictured in June with Mike Pence, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Marty Obst, pictured in June with Mike Pence, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

‘Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process,’ said Devin O’Malley, Pence’s press secretary.

‘Vice President Pence and Mrs Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health.

‘While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.’  

On Saturday Pence held two campaign rallies in Florida – one in Tallahassee, and another in Jacksonville. 

Short, 50, did not travel with Pence. 

On Sunday Pence will be in Kinston, North Carolina, for a MAGA event in the evening. 

Senior political advisor Marty Obst tested positive on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported. Two sources confirmed Obst’s test to CNN.  

Obst is an outside adviser and not a government employee, and his infection has not been officially confirmed. 

Obst has worked with Pence since 2016

Obst has worked with Pence since 2016

Obst has worked with Pence since 2016

The New York Times then reported that three more people were infected, taking the total to five. 

Pence’s speechwriter Katie Miller became infected in May. 

She returned to work three weeks later.

A significant number of White House staff have fallen ill since a September 26 ‘super-spreader event’ at the Rose Garden, to announce Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Among those to subsequently test positive were the president and first lady, their 14-year-old son Barron, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany plus several members of her team, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and adviser Chris Christie.

It was unclear whether Short or Obst or the other three were suffering from any symptoms.

Short, who like his boss is an evangelical Christian, first worked in the White House as the Director of Legislative Affairs.

He left in the summer of 2018, but then returned to the administration as Pence’s chief of staff in the spring of 2019.

He is considered one of Pence’s most important aides, regularly appearing on camera to defend the vice president’s positions. 

Obst first worked for Pence in the spring of 2016, during his re-election campaign for governor of Indiana.

When, in July 2016, Trump named Pence as his running mate, Obst became his campaign manager and director of operations.  

 

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Trump says ‘I can never die after COVID’ and Biden ‘promises Obamacare with sunscreen’ on SNL

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President Trump promised every American will be ‘connected to a beautiful ventilator’ if he wins re-election and said the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by the ‘Wu Tang’ virus that was ‘flown in from China on a plane piloted by Nancy Pelosi’ in the latest cold open on Saturday Night Live.

Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, faced off against his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, who was portrayed again this week by Jim Carrey.

Biden had the debate moderator, Kristen Welker, take a shot of alcohol every time he said his favorite word, ‘malarkey.’

Welker was portrayed this week by Maya Rudolph, the longtime SNL cast member who returned to the show.

Saturday Night Live spoofed the second presidential debate as Alec Baldwin (left) returned to play President Trump while Jim Carrey (right) portrayed Joe Biden in the show's cold open on NBC

Saturday Night Live spoofed the second presidential debate as Alec Baldwin (left) returned to play President Trump while Jim Carrey (right) portrayed Joe Biden in the show's cold open on NBC

Saturday Night Live spoofed the second presidential debate as Alec Baldwin (left) returned to play President Trump while Jim Carrey (right) portrayed Joe Biden in the show’s cold open on NBC

Biden was mocked for 'Eastwooding' or making a squinting face while chastising the president

Biden was mocked for 'Eastwooding' or making a squinting face while chastising the president

Biden was mocked for ‘Eastwooding’ or making a squinting face while chastising the president

Maya Rudolph, who played moderator Kristen Welker, took a shot of alcohol by playing Biden Bingo after the former vice president said the world 'malarkey'

Maya Rudolph, who played moderator Kristen Welker, took a shot of alcohol by playing Biden Bingo after the former vice president said the world 'malarkey'

Maya Rudolph, who played moderator Kristen Welker, took a shot of alcohol by playing Biden Bingo after the former vice president said the world ‘malarkey’

As in the real-life debate, Trump was better behaved this time around.

The president complimented Welker, who is bi-racial, for her moderating skills even though he mistook her for Hoda Kotb, Mindy Kaling, Padma Lakshmi, and a waitress.

‘It’s creepier when you’re nice, but thank you,’ Welker tells Trump when he pays her a compliment.

‘No, really, you’re taking very good care of us tonight,’ the president responded.

‘Now could you just tell us the specials, please?’

Welker started the segment by commenting on how it was ‘the honor of a lifetime to be moderating the second and, praise Jesus, final presidential debate.’

She then noted that she had a mute button to shut off the microphone in case either of the candidates interrupted.

‘It was either that or tranquilizer darts and the president has a high tolerance for those after his COVID treatment,’ she said.

Welker then invited the candidates onto the stage. Trump appeared grumpy and without a mask while Biden wore his customary black face covering.

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt

Carrey then did his customary motion in which he simulates a gun-shooting motion with his hands.

‘How does this mute button work?’ a befuddled Biden asks at the start of the debate.

‘Do I haul off and just slap him in the mouth?’

When Welker says that ‘we’ll take care of that on our end,’ Biden remarks: ‘Are you sure? I think everyone would like to see me do it?’

Trump then taunts Biden, saying he thought he was ‘tough guy’ because of ‘all that money he got from China!’

Biden then hit out at Trump for his handling of the pandemic, saying the country was in the middle of a ‘third wave.’

‘Where I come from, if a girl gave you a third wave, you were practically married,’ Biden said.

Trump then mentioned several states that are experiencing COVID-19 spikes, including Florida, Arizona, and North Dakota.

‘Not a lot of people know this, but there’s another Dakota there,’ the president said.

President Trump

President Trump

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

The second and final presidential debate between Trump (left) and Biden (right) was held in Nashville on Thursday

The moderator, Welker of NBC News, was widely praised for her work during the debate

The moderator, Welker of NBC News, was widely praised for her work during the debate

The moderator, Welker of NBC News, was widely praised for her work during the debate

Trump then promised that the military will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine by ‘shooting it with a cannon into your face.’

The president also described his recovery from COVID-19, saying that the coronavirus was ‘very mean to me, but I beat it and now doctors say I can never die.’

‘And the virus said to me, “Sir, I have to leave your body now.”

‘And the virus was crying. Very sad.’

When Trump says that Americans are ‘learning to live with the virus,’ Biden replies: ‘We’re learning to die with it, man!’

SNL then plays the theme from the film The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the Western starring Clint Eastwood.

‘Looks like Mr. Biden is so mad he’s Eastwooding it a little bit,’ Welker says, poking fun at the former vice president.

The debate then escalates into craziness as Trump says the virus came to the US from China ‘on a plane piloted by Nancy Pelosi filled with Mexicans which was shot down over pedo island.’

‘That’s a bunch of malarkey!’ Biden says, invoking his favorite ‘curse word.’

‘If you’re playing Biden Bingo at home, take a shot,’ Welker says.

After Trump accuses Biden of getting rich through shady deals with China, Biden says: ‘If I’m rich, where am I spending it? I live in Delaware.

‘A night out costs $28.’

The candidates then compare health care plans, with Biden promising Bidencare, which ‘may need a bit more sunscreen than the previous’ Obamacare.

On SNL, Carrey's Biden mocked Trump for his outlandish statements during the debate

On SNL, Carrey's Biden mocked Trump for his outlandish statements during the debate

On SNL, Carrey’s Biden mocked Trump for his outlandish statements during the debate

Welker took another shot of alcohol after Biden made his famous 'malarkey' statement

Welker took another shot of alcohol after Biden made his famous 'malarkey' statement

Welker took another shot of alcohol after Biden made his famous ‘malarkey’ statement

The former vice president was also mocked for looking at his watch during the debate

The former vice president was also mocked for looking at his watch during the debate

The former vice president was also mocked for looking at his watch during the debate

When the candidates are invited to give their final pitches to voters, Trump says: ‘Well, if they didn't vote for me I guess I'd say hola. For the rest I would say, just remember how good things used to be back before the China plague’

When the candidates are invited to give their final pitches to voters, Trump says: ‘Well, if they didn't vote for me I guess I'd say hola. For the rest I would say, just remember how good things used to be back before the China plague’

When the candidates are invited to give their final pitches to voters, Trump says: ‘Well, if they didn’t vote for me I guess I’d say hola. For the rest I would say, just remember how good things used to be back before the China plague’

Trump, meanwhile, promises a plan that’s an ‘LA 10’ with ‘large naturals, high booty, bad attitude, but she cute.’

The president then hits out at Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, by inviting his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, is seen with his hands in his shirt.

It is a spoof of the embarrassing scene from the Borat sequel in which the former New York City mayor is lying down on a bed after he is interviewed by a girl who presents herself as a 15-year-old journalist.

‘It’s not what it looks like,’ McKinnon’s Giuliani says. ‘My microphone was stuck – on my balls.’

When the candidates are invited to give their final pitches to voters, Trump says: ‘Well, if they didn’t vote for me I guess I’d say hola.

‘For the rest I would say, just remember how good things used to be back before the China plague.’

Biden tells voters: ‘I don’t have a golden toilet seat. I have a soft, spongy one that hisses whenever I park my keister.’ 

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‘God was right behind our president!’ Internet goes wild for ‘MAGA nuns’ spotted at Trump rally

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Ohio on Saturday had his supporters in a frenzy, but it was three nuns wearing MAGA masks who stole the show.

Social media went wild on Saturday as images went viral of the ‘MAGA nuns’ holding up a Bible and praying while the president gave his speech in Circleville.

‘This can’t be real,’ commented Twitter user Adam Parkhomenko, who posted an image of one of the nuns holding up a Bible just before Trump took to the podium.

Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: ‘The #MAGA nuns love Trump!’

Three nuns wearing face coverings that read 'MAGA' are seen above at President Trump's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday

Three nuns wearing face coverings that read 'MAGA' are seen above at President Trump's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday

Three nuns wearing face coverings that read ‘MAGA’ are seen above at President Trump’s rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday

One of the nuns held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. At times, they could be seen praying

One of the nuns held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. At times, they could be seen praying

One of the nuns held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. At times, they could be seen praying

The nuns became internet celebrities as social media reacted to images of one of them holding up a Bible

The nuns became internet celebrities as social media reacted to images of one of them holding up a Bible

The nuns became internet celebrities as social media reacted to images of one of them holding up a Bible

Some claimed that the three were not real nuns, and that the campaign strategically positioned them behind the president in order to curry favor with Catholic voters.

‘Trump is operating in desperation mode,’ tweeted one Twitter user.

‘I’m willing to bet anything I’ve got that those “nuns” are plants, bought and paid for by the Trump campaign.

‘It’s a pathetic attempt to grab up votes for a losing cause.’

Another user tweeted: ‘Not real nuns, he found them on craigs list. Real nuns don’t look unkept.’ 

One Twitter user wondered if ‘the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.’ 

That was a reference to Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump that took place shortly after his son, Barron, was born.

Trump has denied the claim. 

'OMG there are nuns in the front row at the Trump rally right now!!! I love it!' tweeted one Twitter user

'OMG there are nuns in the front row at the Trump rally right now!!! I love it!' tweeted one Twitter user

‘OMG there are nuns in the front row at the Trump rally right now!!! I love it!’ tweeted one Twitter user

Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: 'The #MAGA nuns love Trump!'

Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: 'The #MAGA nuns love Trump!'

Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: ‘The #MAGA nuns love Trump!’

One Twitter user wondered if 'the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.' That was a reference to Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump that took place shortly after his son, Barron, was born

One Twitter user wondered if 'the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.' That was a reference to Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump that took place shortly after his son, Barron, was born

One Twitter user wondered if ‘the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.’ That was a reference to Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump that took place shortly after his son, Barron, was born

¿This can¿t be real,¿ commented Twitter user Adam Parkhomenko, who posted an image of one of the nuns holding up a Bible just before Trump took to the podium

¿This can¿t be real,¿ commented Twitter user Adam Parkhomenko, who posted an image of one of the nuns holding up a Bible just before Trump took to the podium

‘This can’t be real,’ commented Twitter user Adam Parkhomenko, who posted an image of one of the nuns holding up a Bible just before Trump took to the podium

The nuns cheered along with the rest of the crowd when the president invoked God. When talking about Hunter Biden's laptop that contained emails about his business dealings in China, Trump said that it was 'amazing the way God works.'

The nuns cheered along with the rest of the crowd when the president invoked God. When talking about Hunter Biden's laptop that contained emails about his business dealings in China, Trump said that it was 'amazing the way God works.'

The nuns cheered along with the rest of the crowd when the president invoked God. When talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop that contained emails about his business dealings in China, Trump said that it was ‘amazing the way God works.’

'Nuns with MAGA masks,' tweeted Charlie Spiering on Saturday

'Nuns with MAGA masks,' tweeted Charlie Spiering on Saturday

‘Nuns with MAGA masks,’ tweeted Charlie Spiering on Saturday

Another Twitter user joked: 'Three nuns walk into a Trump rally...'

Another Twitter user joked: 'Three nuns walk into a Trump rally...'

Another Twitter user joked: ‘Three nuns walk into a Trump rally…’

Marie Oakes tweeted on Saturday: 'Nuns for Trump at #Ohio rally!'

Marie Oakes tweeted on Saturday: 'Nuns for Trump at #Ohio rally!'

Marie Oakes tweeted on Saturday: ‘Nuns for Trump at #Ohio rally!’

Viewers took note when one of the nuns held up a Bible during the president's remarks

Viewers took note when one of the nuns held up a Bible during the president's remarks

Viewers took note when one of the nuns held up a Bible during the president’s remarks

Others floated a conspiracy theory that they were not real nuns

Others floated a conspiracy theory that they were not real nuns

Others floated a conspiracy theory that they were not real nuns

Another Twitter user speculated that the nuns were 'plants, bought and paid for by the Trump campaign'

Another Twitter user speculated that the nuns were 'plants, bought and paid for by the Trump campaign'

Another Twitter user speculated that the nuns were ‘plants, bought and paid for by the Trump campaign’

Others on Twitter said it was divine intervention. ¿Saw the nuns too...holding up God's Word,¿ tweeted Ronnie Ignacio. ¿They made sure that God was right behind our President, guiding him, protecting him.

Others on Twitter said it was divine intervention. ¿Saw the nuns too...holding up God's Word,¿ tweeted Ronnie Ignacio. ¿They made sure that God was right behind our President, guiding him, protecting him.

Others on Twitter said it was divine intervention. ‘Saw the nuns too…holding up God’s Word,’ tweeted Ronnie Ignacio. ‘They made sure that God was right behind our President, guiding him, protecting him.

Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, is a practicing Catholic. According to the latest polls, he is leading the president in key battleground states with large Catholic populations, like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Others on Twitter said it was divine intervention.

‘Saw the nuns too…holding up God’s Word,’ tweeted Ronnie Ignacio.

‘They made sure that God was right behind our President, guiding him, protecting him.

‘Btw, I have the same exact Bible, it’s a scripture study bible.

‘Excellent for bible study.’

Karen Boushelle tweeted: ‘Gotta love the nuns with the MAGA masks behind Trump.’

The nuns cheered along with the rest of the crowd when the president invoked God.

When talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop that contained emails about his business dealings in China, Trump said that it was ‘amazing the way God works.’ 

The president also got applause when he said: ‘We will live by the timeless words of our national motto: In God we trust.’ 

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