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Labour shadow minister Dan Carden under pressure over claims he sang anti-Semitic version of song

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A Labour shadow minister faced mounting pressure last night over claims he sang an anti-Semitic version of the Beatles song Hey Jude on a raucous coach trip.

Dan Carden allegedly sang each verse with the words ‘Hey Jews’ on a chartered bus full of Labour MPs and journalists last year.

He denied the allegations following initial claims on Saturday – but now a second witness has handed over WhatsApp messages that appeared to corroborate the claims. Messages passed to The Sunday Times claimed Mr Carden had drunkenly sung ‘nasty’, ‘anti-Semitic and homophobic’ songs.

The second witness, who asked to be anonymous, supported the claims with mobile phone messages chronicling the bus journey.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour shadow minister Dan Carden in the House of Commons

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour shadow minister Dan Carden in the House of Commons

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour shadow minister Dan Carden in the House of Commons

Development spokesman Mr Carden, 33, is said to have sung the offensive lyrics while on a private bus to London from the Cheltenham races in March last year.

In response to initial claims about the incident, he said: ‘I have been categorical in my denial about allegations relating to a coach trip some 20 months ago. This was a coach full of journalists and MPs. If anyone genuinely believed any anti-Semitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral responsibility to report it immediately.’

He added: ‘I stand by my record as an anti-racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.’ The messages also allege the Labour frontbencher, who is seeking to be re-elected as the MP for Liverpool Walton, and two others sang ‘we hate the gays’. Former Labour whip Conor McGinn, 35, is said to have repeatedly described a male Labour colleague who had slumped on to him on the coach while sleeping as a ‘poof’.

The claims emerged as a string of Labour’s election candidates were caught up in controversy. After a dismal week, Jeremy Corbyn campaigned at the weekend for an election hopeful accused of comparing celebrating the death of Tony Blair to that of Adolf Hitler.

Headline from Saturday’s Daily Mail

Headline from Saturday’s Daily Mail

Headline from Saturday’s Daily Mail

The comments by Jane Aitchison, the candidate for Pudsey, West Yorkshire, came as she tried to defend another Labour hopeful, Zarah Sultana – who posted online that she would ‘celebrate’ the deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s PM. She has apologised for the 2015 message.

In a further blow for Labour, a Jewish former gulag prisoner yesterday said Mr Corbyn’s stance on Israel and Zionists was reminiscent of the anti-Semitic rhetoric adopted by Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Natan Sharansky, 71, who went on to become Israel’s deputy prime minister, said he was concerned that anti-Semitism has moved from the ‘extremes’ of Britain to ‘the mainstream’.

Mr Sharansky, who was sent to a Soviet labour camp after being denied permission to leave for Israel, told The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Corbyn’s ‘extreme anti-Zionism’ was ‘almost impossible to differ sometimes from anti-Semitism’. He said he hears ‘all the time’ from British Jews preparing to move due to concerns about a future Corbyn-led government.

The Labour leader vowed to investigate the claims about Mr Carden, which were published on the Buzzfeed news website.

He said the allegations were ‘totally unacceptable’ if true.

Hopeful said Israeli army were ‘pirates’

Labour candidate for North West Cambridgeshire Ed Murphy

Labour candidate for North West Cambridgeshire Ed Murphy

Labour candidate for North West Cambridgeshire Ed Murphy

Israel was likened to a terrorist state by the Labour candidate for North West Cambridgeshire.

Ed Murphy also shared images of a flag where the Star of David was replaced by a skull and crossbones.

In one tweet in July 2014 he claimed that the Israeli armed forces were backed by the Conservatives on Peterborough Council. He posted: ‘Israel a terrorist state? And Israeli military (secretly backed by the Cons on Pboro Council) are international pirates.’

The tweet, which he deleted last week after other election candidates became embroiled in similar social media scandals, was accompanied by the image of the Israeli flag turned into a symbol of piracy.

The Labour candidate, who is hoping to unseat former Conservative Party vice-chairman Shailesh Vara, shared the image on Twitter twice more in 2015 with the hashtag #MilitaryStatePirates.

Mr Murphy, a long-serving councillor who lives in Peterborough, posted on Facebook last week: ‘I’m a well-known and popular politician with a winning reputation.’

 Moscow apologist spread poison spy propaganda 

A Labour candidate helped spread conspiracy theories about the Salisbury spy poisonings that sought to absolve Moscow from blame.

Pamela Fitzpatrick used Twitter to share a link to a blog complaining about the ‘campaign of vilification’ against Russia.

In her tweet, she wrote: ‘Can we have some answers Theresa May?’ The post claimed the Government’s attempt to blame the Kremlin for the poisoning of ex-intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was part of a ‘shoddy and deceptive’ anti-Russia campaign. 

It warned that ‘foolish’ people had been taken in by the UK’s ‘nonsensical allegations’. 

Backing: Pamela Fitzpatrick with John McDonnell. Miss Fitzpatrick used Twitter to share a link to a blog complaining about the ‘campaign of vilification’ against Russia

Backing: Pamela Fitzpatrick with John McDonnell. Miss Fitzpatrick used Twitter to share a link to a blog complaining about the ‘campaign of vilification’ against Russia

Backing: Pamela Fitzpatrick with John McDonnell. Miss Fitzpatrick used Twitter to share a link to a blog complaining about the ‘campaign of vilification’ against Russia

Miss Fitzpatrick, who is standing in Harrow East, north-west London, apologised last night. She said she shared the blog ‘without properly reading it’ and was now ‘mortified’. 

‘It doesn’t represent my views then or now,’ she said. Miss Fitzpatrick, a councillor in Harrow, has also re-tweeted posts defending Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis. 

She was selected as the parliamentary candidate after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told local activists she was their ‘best hope’.

Antisemitic? We can’t keep saying sorry

Labour MP Keir Morrison who said the party should stop saying sorry over anti-Semitism

Labour MP Keir Morrison who said the party should stop saying sorry over anti-Semitism

Labour MP Keir Morrison who said the party should stop saying sorry over anti-Semitism

A union-backed candidate supported a Labour MP who said the party should stop saying sorry over anti-Semitism.

Keir Morrison, pictured, retweeted messages in support of Chris Williamson, who was suspended after claiming Labour had been ‘too apologetic’ in its response to anti-Semitism. Mr Williamson has now been barred from standing for the party in the election.

The posts described the scandal as a ‘media myth’ and urged Labour’s National Executive Committee to reinstate Mr Williamson.

Mr Morrison, a local councillor who is backed by the Unite union, has now deleted all of the tweets he posted before October 18. When asked why by one of his followers, he replied: ‘Nothing to hide here, there are a number of reasons, too many to list here’. Mr Morrison replaced moderate Sally Gimson in Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, after she was stripped of the candidacy by a committee in London last week. He allegedly once wore a T-shirt suggesting he would celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death.

Vile post of Theresa and film hitman

Theresa May has a gun held to her head in this disturbing doctored image shared by a Labour candidate. 

The former PM winces as she is threatened to stop saying the words ‘strong and stable’. 

It echoes a scene in the movie Pulp Fiction in which hitman Samuel L Jackson points a handgun at a victim who keeps repeating ‘what?’ 

A fake image of Pulp Fiction’s Samuel L Jackson holding a gun to Mrs May’s head. The former PM winces as she is threatened to stop saying the words ‘strong and stable’

A fake image of Pulp Fiction’s Samuel L Jackson holding a gun to Mrs May’s head. The former PM winces as she is threatened to stop saying the words ‘strong and stable’

A fake image of Pulp Fiction’s Samuel L Jackson holding a gun to Mrs May’s head. The former PM winces as she is threatened to stop saying the words ‘strong and stable’

Kate Osborne, a candidate for the safe seat of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, appeared to post the ‘deeply concerning’ image on Facebook

Kate Osborne, a candidate for the safe seat of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, appeared to post the ‘deeply concerning’ image on Facebook

Kate Osborne, a candidate for the safe seat of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, appeared to post the ‘deeply concerning’ image on Facebook

Kate Osborne, a candidate for the safe seat of Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, appeared to post the ‘deeply concerning’ image on Facebook during the 2017 general election campaign.

Labour education spokesman Angela Rayner, who has faced abuse and death threats during her political career, described the post as ‘totally unacceptable’. 

Miss Osborne, a member of trade union Unite’s executive council, apologised unreservedly for the shared post.

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Asher Keddie reveals how she fell for her husband before suspecting he was hiding a dark secret

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Australian actress Asher Keddie fell instantly in love with husband Vincent Fantauzzo after passing each other by chance in a Melbourne street, but she soon realised he was hiding something from her when their relationship blossomed.  

Fantauzzo was a celebrated artist who rubbed shoulders with prime ministers and world-famous celebrities, painting the likes of the late Health Ledger and Lionel Rose.

But unknown to even his closest family, he had been diagnosed with a condition which made some of the most basic life skills a challenge.

Australian actress Asher Keddie has revealed how she fell in love with her famous artist husband Vincent Fantauzzo, but knew he was hiding a secret. (Pictured: the couple at the Fantauzzo Hotel launch in May)

Australian actress Asher Keddie has revealed how she fell in love with her famous artist husband Vincent Fantauzzo, but knew he was hiding a secret. (Pictured: the couple at the Fantauzzo Hotel launch in May)

Australian actress Asher Keddie has revealed how she fell in love with her famous artist husband Vincent Fantauzzo, but knew he was hiding a secret. (Pictured: the couple at the Fantauzzo Hotel launch in May)

Fantauzzo is a four-time Archibald People's Choice prize winning artist who's friendship circle includes ex-Prime Ministers and A-list Australian celebrities including Matt Moran and the late Heath ledger

Fantauzzo is a four-time Archibald People's Choice prize winning artist who's friendship circle includes ex-Prime Ministers and A-list Australian celebrities including Matt Moran and the late Heath ledger

Fantauzzo is a four-time Archibald People’s Choice prize winning artist who’s friendship circle includes ex-Prime Ministers and A-list Australian celebrities including Matt Moran and the late Heath ledger

Fantauzzo dropped out of school at the age of 13 without reading a single book and once carried a gun as he ‘hustled’ his way through life.

‘I spent my life hiding and hustling, feeling ashamed, not being good enough, not being smart enough and pretending to be someone I wasn’t,’ he told the ABC’s Australian Story. 

Fantauzzo saw Keddie on television and asked his friend, celebrated chef Matt Moran, if he knew that ‘hot’ girl because he wanted to paint her.

A few phone calls later, Keddie agreed.   

But Fantauzzo was late to their sitting and she had no time to waste due to her television commitments, so she hit the road.

Fantauzzo (pictured with model Jessica Hart) at his 30 Portraits 30 Days exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York in 2010

Fantauzzo (pictured with model Jessica Hart) at his 30 Portraits 30 Days exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York in 2010

Fantauzzo (pictured with model Jessica Hart) at his 30 Portraits 30 Days exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York in 2010

But the pair just happened to bump into each other in the street as Keddie was leaving.

‘I was walking towards him and I absolutely felt connected on a level I’d never felt connected to anybody in my life,’ Keddie said.

The pair married in 2014, becoming one of Australia’s most glamorous celebrity couples and had a son, Valentino, who is now four years old.

Keddie, however, knew something was not right with her talented husband, who suffered persistent memory issues, but he still didn’t let on.

‘He was trying to manage it himself and falling short. I started really demanding the truth, I suppose… I pushed pretty hard, which was uncomfortable for him and uncomfortable for me,’ Keddie said. 

Fantauzzo with his famous portrait of Heath Ledger. The portrait was painted in the weeks before Ledger's death to highlight the depth of Ledger's mental struggle

Fantauzzo with his famous portrait of Heath Ledger. The portrait was painted in the weeks before Ledger's death to highlight the depth of Ledger's mental struggle

Fantauzzo with his famous portrait of Heath Ledger. The portrait was painted in the weeks before Ledger’s death to highlight the depth of Ledger’s mental struggle

Fantauzzo finally revealed to the love of his life that he had been diagnosed with severe dyslexia in his 20s. 

‘Once I understood that memory is a genuine issue for him, I just started to let it go myself and my frustration started to dissipate,’ Keddie said, adding that in ways, her husband turns the condition into his strength. 

‘He has an extraordinary way of thinking and delivering in life. I’m kind of envious of it in a way. I look at him and I think, ”God, you just think about things in a way that my brain doesn’t”,’ she said.   

Celebrity chef Matt Moran poses with Fantauzzo and his portrait of Moran, which won the Packers Award in 2011

Celebrity chef Matt Moran poses with Fantauzzo and his portrait of Moran, which won the Packers Award in 2011

Celebrity chef Matt Moran poses with Fantauzzo and his portrait of Moran, which won the Packers Award in 2011

Fantauzzo grew up in various housing commission homes in Broadmeadows and Glenroy in North Melbourne with his four siblings and single parent mother after his father left when he was a boy. 

He was drawn to art from an early age, sketching cartoons as a boy before making caricatures of his teachers at school and developing his style and confidence in his artistic approach.

Fantauzzo’s famous works include striking portraits of Julia Gillard, Baz Luhrmann and Heath Ledger, with his work highlighting the depth of Ledger’s mental struggle was revealed one month after his death in 2008.

The artist has a hotel in Brisbane named after him, which is filled with his paintings. 

Fantauzzo, a four-time Archibald People’s Choice prize winning artist, likes to spend time with his subjects before painting them, adding a personal relationship to his creative idea before putting his brush on the canvas. 

Keddie believes that these personal encounters give life to Fantauzzo’s paintings by letting his subjects feel warm and comfortable with him to produce his imagery.

‘He is very vulnerable, a lot of his life has been spent hiding,’ Keddie says. ‘Yet he seeks the truth in his art and in his relationships.’ 

Keddie (pictured with Fantauzzo) suspected that her husband was hiding something from her

Keddie (pictured with Fantauzzo) suspected that her husband was hiding something from her

Keddie (pictured with Fantauzzo) suspected that her husband was hiding something from her

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Loose Women viewers back Jane Moore after she insists Brits should be proud to wear poppies

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Loose Women viewers have praised Jane Moore for insisting people should be encouraged to wear a poppy,  as a sign of ‘respect’ for veterans who fought for our ‘right to choose’. 

The panelist, 57, from Oxford, shared her view amid a discussion about whether you should be made to wear a poppy on Remembrance Sunday. 

The discussion came about after pub landlord Sean Donnelly, of the Three Lions pub in Bristol, told his staff that they couldn’t serve anyone on Sunday unless they were wearing a Royal British Legion poppy. 

Viewers were quick to agree with Jane claiming that wearing the symbol is showing your support for veterans, and insisting that the poppy doesn’t ‘glorify war’. 

Jane Moore, (pictured) 57,from Oxford,  appeared on Loose Women today where she said people should be encouraged to wear the poppy

Jane Moore, (pictured) 57,from Oxford,  appeared on Loose Women today where she said people should be encouraged to wear the poppy

Jane Moore, (pictured) 57,from Oxford,  appeared on Loose Women today where she said people should be encouraged to wear the poppy 

Queen Elizabeth II was pictured yesterday attending the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph

Queen Elizabeth II was pictured yesterday attending the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph

Queen Elizabeth II was pictured yesterday attending the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph 

Jane said: ‘I wouldn’t say forced, I would say encouraged. 

‘I think that pub landlord is great actually, because you have freedom of choice to not go into his pub if you don’t want to wear a poppy. 

‘But the reason you have that freedom of choice,  is that hundreds and thousands of young men – who didn’t have freedom of choice – fought for you to have that freedom of choice. 

 ‘So for me wearing a poppy is about respect, it’s not about glorifying war and it’s respect for people who fought in many many wars.’ 

Viewers were quick to agree with Jane, claiming that wearing the symbol is showing your support for veterans, and insisting that the poppy doesn't 'glorify war'

Viewers were quick to agree with Jane, claiming that wearing the symbol is showing your support for veterans, and insisting that the poppy doesn't 'glorify war'

Viewers were quick to agree with Jane, claiming that wearing the symbol is showing your support for veterans, and insisting that the poppy doesn’t ‘glorify war’

One viewer agreed: ‘Wearing it should always be a choice, because if it’s mandatory it loses its meaning. 

‘I disagree that it somehow ‘glorifies’ war, I really can’t understand how anyone could interpret it that way.’ 

Another shared their personal experience, commenting: ‘Daughter went to France in June as part of a project for history.

‘A group of 15-year-old’s fell silent when they entered the field as they didn’t really realise just how emotional It was going to be.

Pub landlord Sean Donnelly, of the Three Lions pub in Bristol, told his staff they can’t serve anyone on Sunday unless they are wearing a Royal British Legion poppy

Pub landlord Sean Donnelly, of the Three Lions pub in Bristol, told his staff they can’t serve anyone on Sunday unless they are wearing a Royal British Legion poppy

Pub landlord Sean Donnelly, of the Three Lions pub in Bristol, told his staff they can’t serve anyone on Sunday unless they are wearing a Royal British Legion poppy

‘They all respected the history of it, but found deeper respect after that day!’ 

Another simply commented: ‘Well said.’ 

One more commented: ‘I wear my poppy in respect for those who fought for me to have this choice. Respect is earned and they earned it.’ 

Jane continued to insist that school children should be educated more about the first and second World Wars. 

She said:’I also think it’s not about having to know the ins and outs of every battle and every war ship it’s just having a sense of the sacrifice – and children they learn. 

Fellow panelist Denise Welch, 61, (pictured left) agreed with Jane that veterans continue to need help from the British Legion

Fellow panelist Denise Welch, 61, (pictured left) agreed with Jane that veterans continue to need help from the British Legion

Fellow panelist Denise Welch, 61, (pictured left) agreed with Jane that veterans continue to need help from the British Legion 

Jane continued to insist that school children should be educated more about the first and second World Wars

Jane continued to insist that school children should be educated more about the first and second World Wars

Jane continued to insist that school children should be educated more about the first and second World Wars

‘You can do that with the first and second World Wars – go and see the cemeteries go and see the sacrifice with your own eyes. 

‘They have trenches at the Somme, the kids can see, bring it alive and let them understand the privileged lives they have not everybody has enjoyed. 

‘There are 40,000 soldiers still alive who have been medically discharged and they need help for life.’ 

However not everyone agreed with the poppy, with one viewer claiming the sight of the flower brings back memories of 'atrocities caused by the British army'

However not everyone agreed with the poppy, with one viewer claiming the sight of the flower brings back memories of 'atrocities caused by the British army'

However not everyone agreed with the poppy, with one viewer claiming the sight of the flower brings back memories of ‘atrocities caused by the British army’

However not everyone agreed with the poppy, with one viewer claiming the sight of the flower brings back memories of ‘atrocities caused by the British army’. 

They wrote: ‘Unfortunately when I see a poppy being worn by someone on television. All I think about is the atrocities caused by the British army in northern Ireland over many years

‘I don’t think enough of the British public fully know about the damage they did to a lot of people’s lives.’ 

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Wall at medieval Lewes Castle ‘collapses’ onto nearby buildings

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Police, paramedics and fire crews have been called to historic Lewes Castle in East Sussex where a section of the castle wall has collapsed onto nearby buildings. 

It is believed that one of the outer walls of the Sussex castle, which was built in the 11th century, collapsed after being loosened by the recent extreme weather. 

It is not yet known whether anyone was beneath the castle walls when the collapse took place and a large-scale search operation has been launched. 

A wall at Lewes Castle in East Sussex has fallen down today and rescue crews are searching for anyone who might be caught beneath the rubble

A wall at Lewes Castle in East Sussex has fallen down today and rescue crews are searching for anyone who might be caught beneath the rubble

A wall at Lewes Castle in East Sussex has fallen down today and rescue crews are searching for anyone who might be caught beneath the rubble

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said in a statement: ‘We are currently attending an incident at Lewes Castle, following reports of a wall collapse in the Old Coach House.

‘Lewes firefighters were initially mobilised at 12.22 today  and called further assistance from Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance, HART, Building Control, the Red Cross and specialist teams, including both Kent and West Sussex Urban Search & Rescue.

‘Residents are being asked to avoid the area, as there are expected to be a high number of emergency appliances involved in this multi-agency search and rescue operation.

‘Firefighters are working alongside other emergency services to check the area to ensure that no-one needs rescuing. Further updates will follow.’

Lewes Castle, built in 1068 by William de Warenne, the Ist Earl of Surrey, is a popular tourist attraction. 

The Norman castle occupies a commanding position on a man-made mount  overlooking the River Ouse. It was constructed of flint blocks and local limestone.

 

 

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