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Kate Garraway reveals she’s started journal to document husband Derek Draper’s progress

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Kate Garraway revealed she’s started a journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper, as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. 

Returning to host Good Morning Britain for the first time this morning since her husband, 52, fell critically ill with coronavirus, Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, who was left intensive care after 47 days with the virus. 

The writer was admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London during the final week of March, after suffering from coronavirus-like symptoms and was rushed into ICU after his health deteriorated.

He revealed how the hospital staff, who ‘saved his life several times’, began writing ‘incredible and moving’ letters to him while he spent seven weeks in an induced coma.  

Kate Garraway revealed she's started journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper's as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019

Kate Garraway revealed she's started journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper's as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019

Kate Garraway revealed she’s started journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper’s as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019 

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (pictured) who has left intensive care after 47 days as she returned to Good Morning Britain today

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (pictured) who has left intensive care after 47 days as she returned to Good Morning Britain today

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (pictured) who has left intensive care after 47 days as she returned to Good Morning Britain today 

He told the hospital's staff who 'saved his life several times' began writing letters to him while he spent seven-weeks in an induced coma in an 'incredible and moving' journal

He told the hospital's staff who 'saved his life several times' began writing letters to him while he spent seven-weeks in an induced coma in an 'incredible and moving' journal

He told the hospital’s staff who ‘saved his life several times’ began writing letters to him while he spent seven-weeks in an induced coma in an ‘incredible and moving’ journal

This prompted Kate to reveal that she too has started writing down the progress of her husband and is finding it ‘really helpful’ to help hospital staff ‘get to know’ her husband while he’s in a state of unconsciousness. 

Michael, who has penned several children’s books including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, said of the hospital staff: ‘Just massive and incredible, they saved my life several times. 

‘More than that, this is an incredible little book. The nurses who looked after me, when I was in intensive care, they wrote letters to me when they were on duty. So there are pages and accounts of how they saw me and it’s so moving and it’s incredible.’ 

Later Kate told: ‘The journal is something I’ve just started with Derek. In the early stages the team were so focused on medical life and death. There wasn’t a second, they were so overstretched to do anything like that.’

Michael, who served as Children's Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

Michael, who served as Children's Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

Michael, who served as Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

She said that keeping a written record as a relative is ‘really helpful’ because teams change and staff change, but they can come back and ‘look at things from the day before’. 

She explained: ‘It helps them to know the patient that’s in a state of unconsciousness at any level, it’s a wonderful idea and it’s wonderful you’ve got that.’ 

Michael, who served as Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March, tweeting about ‘freezing cold sweats and deep muscle exhaustion’.

He was later taken into intensive care at the end of March. His family warned at the time that he was ‘very poorly’.

But he showed signs of recovery in June, when he began to walk again.

Speaking of his battle, he said: ‘I’m feeling good, COVID has a long tail depending on how severe the infection was and whether you were in intensive care, which I was. 

Love: Kate's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

Love: Kate's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

Kate Garraway’s husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

‘You know better than me Kate, it is not an illness you just leave behind and I hope it [my recovery] gives you some hope too.’  

This morning saw Kate return to host the show for the first time after taking time off while her husband was admitted to hospital with coronavirus in March and was put into a coma by doctors.  

After being welcomed back by her colleagues, including co-host Ben Shephard, the presenter said: ‘Don’t be too nice because I’ll get emotional, just go back to being rude’. 

Ben said: ‘It’s lovely having you back, back to work in a long time.’

Kate replied: ‘We’ll have some fun this morning, we’ve had a lot of emotion.’

Playful: Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria's wardrobe

Playful: Kate admitted that just the fact he had been in touch meant so much, while she playfully quipped she should have asked for his wife Victoria's wardrobe

Co-host Ben Shephard said at the start of the programme he had a ‘big smile’ on his face because of Kate Garraway’s return

Well-wishers poured out their support online for the ‘strong’ and ‘positive’ presenter as she returned to their screens this morning. 

Later on in the show presenter Lorraine Kelly also spoke of her joy at having her back, saying: ‘Kate I know you don’t want a big fuss but it is a joy to have you back.’ 

Last Wednesday Kate returned to the show update fans on her husband’s condition while he remains in a ‘minimum state of consciousness’ in intensive care after coronavirus caused ‘extraordinary damage’ on his body.    

She’s said that despite her husband’s ill health she remains hopeful that he will recover, as he has already defied expectations with his incredible progress. 

She added: ‘He’s been very very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is, “It’s great he’s here. There’s flickers of hope”. His lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get.’

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Controversial ‘self-identity’ gender plan set to be axed after government U-turn on policy  

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Plans to allow people to ‘self-identify’ as a different gender will be formally dropped this week after they sparked controversy.

Ministers have decided to scrap proposals to permit gender on birth certificates being changed without a medical diagnosis.

Instead, it is believed the cost of changing gender as it currently stands will be made cheaper. 

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is 'sufficient' to support people's right to change their sex.

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is ‘sufficient’ to support people’s right to change their sex.

The proposals to alter the 2004 Gender Recognition Act were sent out for consultation in 2018. 

Liz Truss, the equalities minister, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the policy.

But a Government source told the Sunday Times: ‘We think that the current legislation, which supports people’s rights to change their sex, is sufficient.’

At the moment, those wishing to change sex have to pay £140 and apply to a panel for a gender recognition certificate.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a 'transvestite serial killer'. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a 'TERF', a derisive acronym for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist'.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a ‘transvestite serial killer’. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a ‘TERF’, a derisive acronym for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’.

They have to supply two reports stating they have suffered from gender dysphoria, which normally come from their GP and another doctor or psychologist. 

Tory MPs claimed Boris Johnson developed cold feet about scrapping the reforms after being influenced by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Trans rights activists have said failing to liberalise the law would be a ‘Section 28 moment’, referring to a 1988 ban on councils and schools ‘promoting homosexuality’. 

It comes after author JK Rowling was accused of transphobia after tweeting her opinions about the importance of biological sex. 

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ANDREW PIERCE: How Tory jail cuts hacked off David Cameron’s top aide

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Few Tory luminaries, it appears, had more harrowing personal experiences of the coalition government’s austerity measures than David Cameron‘s former Downing Street communications director Andy Coulson.

The ex-News of the World editor, who was jailed for 18 months in 2014 for presiding over an epidemic of phone hacking at his newspaper a decade earlier, has discussed the experience in an interview with the Crisis What Crisis? podcast, which he usually presents.

He described his grim journey in a prison van from the Old Bailey to the Category A Belmarsh jail in South-East London: ‘The building is out of central casting: enormous American-style prison walls, massive gates, you’re in no doubt you’re going to prison.’ 

Coulson, 52, who now runs a crisis management firm, added that he spent most of the time in his cell. ‘You would be allowed out for an hour and then do another 23 hours.’

Andy Coulson, the ex-News of the World editor, has discussed the experience in an interview with the Crisis What Crisis? podcast

Andy Coulson, the ex-News of the World editor, has discussed the experience in an interview with the Crisis What Crisis? podcast

But the most poignant recollection came when Coulson asked why he was not in an open prison, the normal category for someone convicted of his type of crime. A warder replied: ‘Tory cuts, Andy.’

 Bojo as PM is ‘stranger than fiction’

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One-time New Labour cheerleader Robert Harris — author of best-selling thrillers such as Fatherland and Enigma — also wrote a thinly disguised attack on Tony Blair entitled The Ghost, which was turned into a film starring Pierce Brosnan.

Asked by the New Statesman if he would subject Boris Johnson to the same literary treatment, Harris said: ‘It’s a cliche but when the politicians have become such extraordinary figures, fiction withers and dies in the face of them . . . 

‘If I tried to write a novel in which Donald Trump became president, and carried on the way he has, or where Johnson would be PM, everyone would say, ‘No. This doesn’t obey plausible rules.’ ‘

 KINNOCK kicks the loony left

That hammer of the Left Lord Kinnock can’t believe the Militant tendency returned to hijack Labour under Jeremy Corbyn in the form of Momentum. ‘I thought I’d killed them off,’ says the former Labour leader. ‘They did go away for 30 years and came back not one bloody millisecond wiser.’ Which aspect of the Trot revival does he have most contempt for? ‘The superficiality and use of slogans in place of real policies. The manifesto was packed with promises . . . People still believe in the spirit of Christmas but not in the Tooth Fairy.’ For once he’s right. 

 Impressionist Rory Bremner has the measure of Downing Street. ‘Like storms,

Government U-turns are now so frequent we’re going to have to give them names,’ he says. Should the first one be Boris?

When Sir Keir Starmer closes Labour’s virtual three-day party conference tomorrow, organisers may reflect on their wisdom in choosing Babl Cloud to handle the tech. Its boss is Brexiteer Jonathan Grant, who once retweeted this by the Bruges Group: ‘The cold hard truth is that it’s Boris’s Brexit or not at all.’ A bit embarrassing for Starmer, who once pledged to put Brexit to a second referendum.

 Veteran singer-songwriter Van Morrison has released three absurd anti-lockdown protest songs. They bring to mind broadcaster Mark Ellen’s telling observation about the irascible singer: ‘There are two types of people in this world. Those who love Van Morrison. And those who’ve met Van Morrison.’

 If ‘frivolous’ demands for Covid tests really are responsible for the capacity shortfall, as one minister has suggested, the Government only has itself to blame. Its adverts are running with the message: ‘At the first sign of a cough, stay at home and get tested.’

 Former Chancellor Ken Clarke, 80, was showered with compliments when he took his seat in the House of Lords last week, but Tory MP Damian Green points out: ‘The great thing about all these (justified) Twitter tributes to Ken is that you absolutely know he won’t see any of them.’ Clarke famously never looks at social media.

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Former head of the Supreme Court Baroness Hale says Parliament ‘surrendered’ its powers

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The supreme court’s first female president has said Parliament ‘surrendered’ its powers over to the Government amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Baroness Brenda Hale, who served as president at the UK’s highest court from 2017- 2020, criticised the draconian measures and ‘sweeping’ powers being enforced on the British public without the scrutiny of Parliament. 

Her comments come as the Government seeks to extend the emergency coronavirus powers for a further six months in an effort to control a second devastating wave of coronavirus.

Baroness Brenda Hale, who served as president at the UK's highest court from 2017- 2020, criticised 'sweeping' powers being enforced on the public without the scrutiny of Parliament

Baroness Brenda Hale, who served as president at the UK’s highest court from 2017- 2020, criticised ‘sweeping’ powers being enforced on the public without the scrutiny of Parliament

In an essay seen by The Guardian, the baroness wrote: ‘It is not surprising the police were as confused as the public as to what was law and what was not.’

Referencing the Prime Minister’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings, the former judge went on to describe how there was confusion among Government ministers themselves as to what the rules were. 

She continued: ‘A certain government adviser obviously did know what the regulations were and what they said.’

Baroness Hale also explained that Parliament ‘did surrender control to the government at a crucial time’ and urged ministers to now restore a ‘properly functioning constitution’.

She added: ‘My plea is that we get back to a properly functioning constitution as soon as we possibly can.’ 

The baroness’ calls come as senior Tories plan a parliamentary lock to prevent Boris Johnson having the final say on new lockdown measures after restrictions on the public’s freedom, such as the Rule of Six, were introduced without a debate in the Commons. 

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, is planning to table an amendment that would force ministers to put any new measures to a vote first. 

This week it was revealed that Tories plan a parliamentary lock to prevent Boris Johnson having the final say on new lockdown measures

This week it was revealed that Tories plan a parliamentary lock to prevent Boris Johnson having the final say on new lockdown measures

Sir Graham Brady (pictured) is looking to force a vote by MPs on emergency coronavirus measures

Sir Graham Brady (pictured) is looking to force a vote by MPs on emergency coronavirus measures

The move comes as Boris Johnson announced that anyone in England who refuses to obey an order to self-isolate could face a fine of up to £10,000.

The Altrincham and Sale West MP told The Sunday Telegraph that he would take the opportunity to seek to amend the legislation when the Government comes to renew the emergency powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The move is likely to attract significant support from Conservative MPs unhappy at the extensive powers taken by ministers with little or no parliamentary scrutiny.

Sir Graham told the Telegraph: ‘In March, Parliament gave the Government sweeping emergency powers at a time when Parliament was about to go into recess and there was realistic concern that NHS care capacity might be overwhelmed by Covid-19.

‘We now know that the NHS coped well with the challenge of the virus and Parliament has been sitting largely since April. 

‘There is now no justification for ministers ruling by emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes.’ 

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