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ANDREW PIERCE: Eyewitness to a bout of Boris Johnson baloney 

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Among the most affecting passages in investigative journalist Tom Bower’s new biography of Boris Johnson was the story of how Boris’s one-time mistress, Petronella Wyatt, miscarried their baby in November 2004.

The future Prime Minister, we read, sat with Wyatt in the hospital and grieved with her.

Yet what will, perhaps, have raised a few eyebrows is the fact that the couple ever reached this very unfortunate position.

Earlier that year, Boris had been unceremoniously sacked from the Shadow Cabinet after lying to then leader Michael Howard about whether or not he was having an affair with Wyatt, then his deputy editor at the Spectator magazine.

Looking back, it feels strangely characteristic of ‘Teflon Bojo’ that he could lose his job after lying to his party leader (not to mention his wife), and then carry on seeing his mistress — and get her pregnant again — before resuming his political career and rising to the top regardless

Looking back, it feels strangely characteristic of ‘Teflon Bojo’ that he could lose his job after lying to his party leader (not to mention his wife), and then carry on seeing his mistress — and get her pregnant again — before resuming his political career and rising to the top regardless 

One memorable Saturday night that year, I was attending a swish black-tie dinner at the Tate Modern gallery on London’s South Bank when we learned that the Mail on Sunday was planning to publish a report the next day that Petronella had had an abortion as a result of her affair with Boris. (Her mother Verushka was the named source.)

I watched as Howard’s press secretary, Guy Black, sacked Boris over the phone for having falsely — but memorably — sworn blind that claims of the affair with Petronella were ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’.

Looking back, it feels strangely characteristic of ‘Teflon Bojo’ that he could lose his job after lying to his party leader (not to mention his wife), and then carry on seeing his mistress — and get her pregnant again — before resuming his political career and rising to the top regardless.

PS: Bower also reveals that in 2016, when he was Foreign Secretary, Boris tried to reheat the affair with Petronella. She sensibly rebuffed him.

Trapped by his Trump hair-do

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Pity poor Donald and Trump — two unwanted five-year-old guinea pigs at a Hampshire pet rescue whose names have stopped them being rehomed. 

The Furlock Holmes Animal Centre says: ‘Forgetting the very bad choice in names (I’m sure they won’t mind you changing them), these two are a lovely, kind pair of brothers who really do deserve a family of their own. Trump does have long hair, but this is easily managed with regular grooming and, if you are local to us, this is something we can help with.’

Let’s hope the pets’ regime isn’t as complicated as the real Trump’s, who reportedly spent $70,000 on his trademark coiffure when he presented The Apprentice on TV. And let’s hope they don’t insist on a solid gold cage.

Overheard in a Commons bar. A despairing Tory MP remarked: ‘Boris says that lots of people will now need to train for new jobs. Any chance he can lead the way?’ Ouch. 

The Tory faithful may not be gathering for their annual conference, but Covid-19 can’t stop the party making as much cash as possible from the virtual shindig. 

Commercial exhibitors are being asked to stump up between £6,000 and £25,500 for an online ‘stall’, depending on whether a Cabinet minister Zooms in. To paraphrase the L’Oreal advert — are they worth it? 

Never one to miss a chance to poke fun at the political classes, comedian Rory Bremner took to Twitter to mock Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis:

Doctor: ‘Melania, you will have to self-isolate with the President for ten days.’

Melania: ‘Are you positive, Doctor?’

Doctor: ‘Are you?’

Melania: ‘Not any more.’

Keir’s locals revolting

The first stirrings of a hard-Left Islingtonian revolt against Labour leader Keir Starmer

The first stirrings of a hard-Left Islingtonian revolt against Labour leader Keir Starmer

The first stirrings of a hard-Left Islingtonian revolt against Labour leader Keir Starmer. 

The Camden New Journal has published a letter from ten members of his Holborn & St Pancras constituency party, criticising him for sacking three frontbenchers for voting against the Overseas Operations Bill, designed to protect military personnel and veterans from ‘vexatious claims and endless investigations’. 

The activists say the legislation will obstruct the investigation of war crimes. 

‘We expect the leader of our party — and our MP — to stand up for socialism, peace and justice,’ they bellow. 

Starmer still has a fight on his hands to unify the party. 

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Donald Trump mocks Joe Biden’s drive-in events as ‘tiny’ compared to his rallies

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President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a ‘worn out politician’ as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states on Saturday.

He mocked his Democratic rival for holding drive-in rallies instead of traditional ones during the coronavirus pandemic.  

‘People in cars – I don’t get it. I’ve never seen so few cars,’ Trump said. ‘And the cars weren’t in a circle. They were too close together. They weren’t socially distanced.’ 

‘It was a tiny little crowd. You head a couple of horns – honk, honk,’ he added. 

The Biden campaign has been intentionally holding smaller rallies during the coronavirus pandemic and many of them have people stay in their cars. Biden held a drive-in event in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. 

: ‘I wish I could go car to car to meet you all. I don’t like the idea of all this distance, but it’s necessary,’ Biden told his supporters. ‘What we don’t want to do is become super-spreaders.’ 

President Trump repeated his attacks on Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden, during his event. He claimed Hunter Biden made millions from contacts in Russia, the Ukraine and China because his father was vice president.

‘The son had no job, no nothing. Unfortunately was forced out of the military, and all of a sudden he’s making millions of dollars,’ Trump said.

‘His father is in charge of three,’ Trump said referring to Russia, China and Ukraine.

The crowd roared in response ‘lock him up.’  

President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a 'worn out politician' as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states

President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a ‘worn out politician’ as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states

President Donald Trump talked to the Lumbee Indian tribe in North Carolina

President Donald Trump talked to the Lumbee Indian tribe in North Carolina

Trump supporters on the Robeson County Fairgrounds

Trump supporters on the Robeson County Fairgrounds

President Trump held an event with a few thousand people in North Carolina

President Trump held an event with a few thousand people in North Carolina

 The president also attacked Biden for saying he wouldn’t end fracking. One of Trump’s campaign arguments against Biden is his claim the Democrat would end the practice that involves injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc. so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. 

‘He’s either crazy or the worst liar,’ Trump said of Biden’s claims he said he wouldn’t end the practice, which is  used in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Trump was courting the Lumbee Indian Tribe during his event. There were several ‘Lumbees for Trump’ signs in the crowd.   Trump said he would sign the Lumbee Recognition Act once he was re-elected.

‘This isn’t a traditional rally. These are short, concentrated remarks that will generally focus on his vision for Native American communities and the forgotten men and women of North Carolina,’ a senior administration official said.

The Lumbee Tribe, which is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation. 

 ‘On November 3 we will make sure the forgotten men and women are never forgotten again,’ President Trump said. 

‘I’m fighting for every American of every background race, color, and tribe,’ he said to cheers. 

He claimed the Obama administration abandoned Native Americans.

‘Under this administration, you will never be abandoned I will always stand proudly with our incredible Native American community,’ he said. 

He also said Native Americans were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Indian country has been hit very hard by the China plague,’ he said. 

Trump’s first of three campaign rallies on Saturday was billed as ‘Fighting for the Forgotten Men and Women.’

it took place on the Robeson County Fairgrounds on a hot and sunny day. A drum beat played in the background as the president spoke.

‘I love the sound of the drum,’ Trump said. 

The president threatened to cut his rally time down because of the heat and joked the sun might make his hair ‘even more blonde.’

‘You mind if I keep this one about one-third because I’m going to be one hell of a burned person,’ the president said. ‘Anyone got some sun protection for your  president?’ 

President Trump and Biden are essentially tied in this critical battleground state. Biden leads by 1.5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average of North Carolina. 

‘I’ve been back here so many times it might as well be my new home state,’ he told the crowd on Saturday.  

Trump won the state by 3 points in 2016 and is focused on keeping it in his corner. In addition to his multiple campaign visits, Ivanka Trump campaigned in North Carolina earlier this week. 

President Trump mocked the size of the drive-in rallies Joe Biden is holding

President Trump mocked the size of the drive-in rallies Joe Biden is holding

Biden supporters at a drive-in rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday

Biden supporters at a drive-in rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday

A Biden Harris sign at Biden's Saturday car rally

A Biden Harris sign at Biden’s Saturday car rally

The president was in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Wednesday for a campaign rally where there was little social distancing and mask wearing. At least 23,000 people packed the Gastonia Municipal Airport and state health officials told local media they were concerned the campaign trips could led to a spike in COVID cases. 

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the state. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported on Friday a record high of 2,716 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,400 the day before. 

Trump claimed there wasn’t a vaccine ready because of ‘politics’ and said Biden would delay any vaccine effort.

‘Now we’re bringing her back if Joe Biden and his Democratic socialists gain power. They will delay the vaccine which is happening and we got it coming really soon. In fact, if it weren’t for politics i wouldn’t be surprised it would have been here before,’ he said.

President Trump is on a Saturday campaign spree after casting his ballot in person in Florida Saturday morning. Early voting has started in his home state, which the president needs to win if he wants a second term in the White House. 

‘I voted for a guy named Trump,’ he told reporters afterward. 

With less than two weeks to go both Trump and Biden are on the campaign trail with their running mates and surrogates spread out across the country to rally voters ahead of November 3.  

Trump has sounded confident he will win a second term.

‘Take a look at all how returns coming in. We’re supposed to be behind until the wave, right,’ he told reporters on Air Force One on Friday evening. ‘We’re not way behind. We’re way ahead. We’re way ahead of where we were four years ago. And the wave is going to be much bigger than it was and there’s more enthusiasm now than we ever had four years ago. Four years ago it was amazing.’ 

The president voted for himself at the Palm Beach County Main Library Saturday morning telling reporters it was a ‘very secure vote’ and warning that when you send in your ballot by mail ‘you cannot have security like this’. 

President Trump arrived in North Carolina on Saturday as part of three-state campaign swing

President Trump arrived in North Carolina on Saturday as part of three-state campaign swing

President Donald Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, cast his ballot in person on Saturday near his Florida home

President Donald Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, cast his ballot in person on Saturday near his Florida home

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said there was no one else in the ballot station room voting at the same time as the president and confirmed he cast a paper ballot. 

Several supporters had gathered on the stretch of road just outside Trump’s Palm Beach estate and right around the library cheering ‘four more years’ and waving Trump 2020 signs ahead of his appearance.     

After his North Carolina stop, the president has two more rallies – in Ohio and Wisconsin – as continues to court voters with 10 days until Election Day. 

Biden spent Saturday at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania – another critical battleground state. Running mate Kamala Harris was in Ohio and former President Barack Obama campaigned for him in Florida.  

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Operation GGO: Campaign to free Ghislaine Maxwell from jail is launched

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The family of Ghislaine Maxwell has launched a campaign to get her out of jail, claiming she’s lost considerable weight and her human rights were violated. 

Operation GGO, a campaign to ‘get Ghislaine out’ from her Brooklyn prison cell, comes after she previously sought release this summer on a $5million bail related to sex trafficking charges. 

She maintained her innocence, but the Manhattan judge deemed her a flight risk considering she had evaded capture for nearly a year.  

Brian Basham, a family friend and a PR professional, has set out to free Maxwell from the ‘cruel’ and ‘vindictive’ treatment she’s allegedly received at the hands of U.S. authorities.

Basham alleged that the heiress has lost 25lbs since she was placed in custody because guards won’t accommodate her vegan diet, The Telegraph reports.

The former socialite is on remand for child sex trafficking charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein and may be in jail a year before her trial next summer. Pictured, the pair together in 2005

The former socialite is on remand for child sex trafficking charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein and may be in jail a year before her trial next summer. Pictured, the pair together in 2005

When Maxwell complained, Basham told The Telegraph, prison officials simply removed her scales to stop her from recording her weight.

‘She has lost 25lbs in jail but when she complained they took away her weighing machine so she could not weigh herself,’ he told the newspaper.

Basham also alleged that prison officials forced Maxwell to wear clothes made from paper and banned her from wearing bras over fears she’s a suicide risk. 

The concerns echoed those of Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell last year while awaiting trial. 

Epstein, a New York financier whose reputation was marred with allegations of child molestation, was indicted on sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking charges.

He was repeatedly accused of the vile act throughout his adult life and pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida in 2008.

He was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail in New York City when he committed suicide by hanging inside his jail cell in August 2019.

Epstein’s death rocked the country and was shocking blow for a number of his victims who had come forward.

Maxwell, who was accused of being his ‘madam,’ soon fled and managed to avoid authorities for months before she was detained in New Hampshire. She was charged with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.

Basham told The Telegraph that prison guards have stopped talking to Maxwell, who spends her days isolated in a 9ft by 7ft cell.  

Her loneliness, according to Basham, is exacerbated by the fact that letter from family have not reached her.

‘She is unable to talk to her sisters and their letters are being vindictively not given to her,’ he told the publication.

Basham has offered to help the Maxwell’s pro bono to secure her bail ahead of her trial in July 2021. 

He told The Telegraph that he volunteered to spearhead the campaign because ‘because I thought that the dog and pony show put on by the Department of Justice and the FBI had attempted to whip what I think of as a lynch mob into further frenzy.’

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Rhodes to HELL: ‘Fights break out’ as ‘thousands’ of tourists are crushed together at Greek airport

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Huge crowds of tourists were crushed together at Rhodes airport today as passengers described scenes of ‘chaos’ as they tried to leave the Greek island.

Reports on social media suggested fights broke out as angry travellers complained of a lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues, where social distancing was impossible to achieve. 

Witnesses said the crowds were stuck in sweltering heat with no windows or air conditioning for several hours, where tensions are said to have quickly boiled over. 

One flier claimed the disruption was sparked after five different flights were announced for departure at the same time. 

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed together at Rhodes airport today as passengers described scenes of 'chaos' as they tried to leave the Greek island

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed together at Rhodes airport today as passengers described scenes of ‘chaos’ as they tried to leave the Greek island

Reports on social media suggested fights broke out as angry travellers complained of a lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues, where social distancing was impossible to achieve

Reports on social media suggested fights broke out as angry travellers complained of a lack of staff on hand to limit huge queues, where social distancing was impossible to achieve

One flier claimed the disruption was sparked after five different flights were announced for departure at the same time

One flier claimed the disruption was sparked after five different flights were announced for departure at the same time

Lauren Rammell, from British girl group Four of Diamonds, appeared to have been caught up in the disruption as she tweeted: ‘I actually have no words for the scenes at Rhodes airport this evening…’

One passenger wrote: ‘Absolute chaos at #Rhodes airport. Fights and arguments breaking out. No one knows where they are going or what they are supposed to do. No staff, no control.’

Another said: ‘Chaos at Rhodes airport, 5 flights leaving in the same 30 minutes & everyone is told to go to gate at same time creating bottle neck in awful heat, no staff or announcements to let ppl know what they were to do or where to go, all flights delayed to terrible service!’

A third added: ‘Huge queues from start to finish. No social distancing. No control from staff. The airport is too small for the extra flights put on by @TUIUK and @jet2tweets. It’s unsafe and can’t continue.’

A fourth wrote: ‘Right now 10 flights crammed into 1 room for 3 hours, no windows, no air con, kids crying. Is this what it has come too? @MattHancock @BorisJohnson you have some explain to do?’ 

Another added: ‘If someone isn’t injured in the thousands queueing then it will be a miracle.’

Others said: ‘Whoever the hell designed rhodes airport deserves to get fired from any job. I’ve spent near enough 30 mins in the line for passport control and at this rate everyone in the airport is going to miss their flights.’

Images of huge queues with no social distancing quickly circulated on social media today

Images of huge queues with no social distancing quickly circulated on social media today

The vast majority of passengers wore face coverings but were unable to keep a safe distance between each other

The vast majority of passengers wore face coverings but were unable to keep a safe distance between each other

While many Greek islands have been on the Government's quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers have been able to travel to and from Rhodes without needing to quarantine

While many Greek islands have been on the Government’s quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers have been able to travel to and from Rhodes without needing to quarantine

Holiday firms even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots such as Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

Holiday firms even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots such as Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

While many Greek islands have been on the Government’s quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers have been able to travel to and from Rhodes without needing to quarantine.

Holiday firms even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots such as Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK. 

Travel companies TUI and Jet2 have been approached for comment on what caused the mayhem to unfold. 

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