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Thousands of Daily Mail readers send letters to Brexit Party candidates urging them to stand down

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Brexit Party candidates have been deluged with thousands of emails from Daily Mail readers urging them to stand down.

Nigel Farage is due to launch his party’s election campaign at an event in Hartlepool this morning, despite mounting pressure to pull out of the race and prevent a split in the Leave vote.

Boris Johnson last night offered his rival an olive branch by using a video on social media to rule out an extension of the Brexit transition period beyond the end of next year.

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Boris Johnson last night offered his rival an olive branch by using a video on social media to rule out an extension of the Brexit transition period beyond the end of next year

Boris Johnson last night offered his rival an olive branch by using a video on social media to rule out an extension of the Brexit transition period beyond the end of next year

Nigel Farage (pictured, in Newport, South Wales last week) is due to launch his party's election campaign at an event in Hartlepool on Monday morning, despite mounting pressure to pull out of the race and prevent a split in the Leave vote

Nigel Farage (pictured, in Newport, South Wales last week) is due to launch his party's election campaign at an event in Hartlepool on Monday morning, despite mounting pressure to pull out of the race and prevent a split in the Leave vote

Nigel Farage (right, in Newport, South Wales last week) is due to launch his party’s election campaign at an event in Hartlepool on Monday morning, despite mounting pressure to pull out of the race and prevent a split in the Leave vote. Boris Johnson last night (left) offered his rival an olive branch by using a video on social media to rule out an extension of the Brexit transition period beyond the end of next year

He also stressed that he would pursue a ‘straightforward free trade deal’ with the EU that was ‘not based on any kind of political alignment’.

Mr Farage has said he will field candidates in more than 600 seats unless the Prime Minister agrees to pursue a No Deal Brexit.

But senior Eurosceptics – including some of his own candidates – have warned the tactic risks denying Mr Johnson a Commons majority and putting the future of Brexit in peril.

What leader claims – and the reality

Nigel Farage made a series of claims yesterday to defend his decision to fight 600 seats. Political Editor JASON GROVES examines the reality.

CLAIM 1: I have made no secret of my serious criticisms of Boris’s new EU treaty. The problem is – it’s not Brexit.

REALITY: It IS Brexit. The deal involves leaving the single market and customs union. It would end free movement, the annual budget contribution and, over time, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

CLAIM 2: The Conservatives can’t get Brexit done.

REALITY: The PM has an ‘oven ready’ deal. It now needs the approval of Parliament and Brexit will happen. However, Mr Farage’s party could deny Boris a Commons majority.

CLAIM 3: During the extendable transition period, we will still be subject to all EU laws.

REALITY: Boris has ruled out extending the transition period, which ends in December 2020.

CLAIM 4: They tell us, you’re splitting the Brexit vote… Cameron’s Tories only won a majority in 2015 because [Ukip] took Labour votes from people who will never vote Tory.

REALITY: The Brexit Party DOES damage the Tories more than Labour. Data suggests Labour has lost 6 per cent of its support to Farage – but he may cost the Tories up to 10 per cent.

On Saturday the Daily Mail made a front-page appeal to Mr Farage to put country before party and stand aside. 

The email addresses of 50 candidates were published for concerned readers to make their views known.

A Brexit Party source acknowledged it had led to ‘thousands’ of emails, with individual candidates receiving ‘dozens’ each.

Readers’ comments have included: ‘If Boris fails, there is no Brexit’, and ‘Time to move on Nigel, your work is done and the country thanks you.’

As pressure mounted, Mr Farage pulled out of an interview with Sky News’ flagship Sophy Ridge show.

His former donor Arron Banks said yesterday that the Brexit Party leader had become ‘boxed in’ and urged him to reconsider.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Banks warned if Mr Johnson fails to win a majority next month ‘we can say goodbye to Brexit altogether’.

He added: ‘It is time for Nigel to be realistic. If he ploughs ahead and refuses to stand down his party’s candidates he will help Jeremy Corbyn form the next government.’

Former Labour minister Gisela Stuart, who chaired the Vote Leave campaign, urged pro-Leave voters to back Mr Johnson if they wanted to guarantee Brexit happens.

She said: ‘What voters will end up with, by thinking they can keep Corbyn out by voting for the Brexit Party rather than Conservatives, is a hung parliament, two more referenda and possibly us not leaving at all.’

Eurosceptic Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who has held peace talks with Mr Farage, said the outlook did not look good, with the Brexit Party warning him it will contest his North West Leicestershire seat.

Mr Bridgen said: ‘If they are standing against me, they are standing everywhere. It won’t affect my result but it is going to cost us some seats across the country, which could make the difference in a close election.

‘Nigel has won – we are on the brink of leaving the EU. The danger for him is that instead of being the hero of Brexit, he could end up as the villain of Brexit who stops it happening at all.’

Eurosceptic Tory MP Andrew Bridgen (pictured), who has held peace talks with Mr Farage, said the outlook did not look good, with the Brexit Party warning him it will contest his North West Leicestershire seat

Eurosceptic Tory MP Andrew Bridgen (pictured), who has held peace talks with Mr Farage, said the outlook did not look good, with the Brexit Party warning him it will contest his North West Leicestershire seat

Eurosceptic Tory MP Andrew Bridgen (pictured), who has held peace talks with Mr Farage, said the outlook did not look good, with the Brexit Party warning him it will contest his North West Leicestershire seat

In recent days Mr Farage has backed away from his insistence that the Prime Minister must drop his deal entirely.

Instead he is seeking a guarantee that the transition not be extended beyond the end of next year, and that changes are made to the ‘political declaration’ accompanying the deal to guarantee a hard Brexit.

Mr Banks yesterday confirmed that ‘behind the scenes a compromise has been proposed’ and Mr Johnson ruled out the option of extending the transition in his ‘olive branch’ social media post.

But Mr Farage indicated he was sticking to his guns yesterday. Writing in the Sunday Express, he said: ‘If Boris stands by his EU Treaty, then the Brexit Party will stand against the Conservatives and Corbyn’s Labour in every seat around the country.’  

The Daily Mail publish a letter you can type out (or photograph it with your phone and attach the image to the email). Or use your own words...as long as you’re civil!

The Daily Mail publish a letter you can type out (or photograph it with your phone and attach the image to the email). Or use your own words...as long as you’re civil!

The Daily Mail publish a letter you can type out (or photograph it with your phone and attach the image to the email). Or use your own words…as long as you’re civil!

Make your voice heard by sending an email to your local Brexit Party candidate — or any of those below if your area isn’t listed. The nominations close in less than a week — so don’t delay

BARNSLEY CENTRAL VICTORIA FELTON victoria.felton@thebrexitparty.org

BASSETLAW DEBBIE SOLOMAN debbie.soloman@thebrexitparty.org

BOLTON NORTH EAST TREVOR JONES trevor.jones@thebrexitparty.org

BOURNEMOUTH EAST PATRICK DUFFY patrick.duffy@thebrexitparty.org

BOURNEMOUTH WEST ROBIN ADAMSON robin.adamson@thebrexitparty.org

BRACKNELL DAVID WINSPER david.winsper@thebrexitparty.org

BRENTFORD AND ISLEWORTH LUCY O’SULLIVAN lucy.osullivan@thebrexitparty.org

BRIDGWATER AND WEST SOMERSET ALEXANDER WAUGH alexander.waugh@thebrexitparty.org

BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN DR GRAHAM CUSHWAY graham.cushway@thebrexitparty.org

BROMLEY AND CHISLEHURST OLIVER MATHER oliver.mather@thebrexitparty.org

BURY NORTH ALAN MCCARTHY alan.mccarthy@thebrexitparty.org

BURY SOUTH ANDREA LIVESEY andrea.livesey@thebrexitparty.org

CALDER VALLEY PHILIP JAMES philip.james@thebrexitparty.org

CANTERBURY OWEN PREW owen.prew@thebrexitparty.org

CARDIFF NORTH CHRISTOPHER BUTLER christopher.butler@thebrexitparty.org

CARDIFF WEST PETER HOPKINS peter.hopkins@thebrexitparty.org

COVENTRY NORTH EAST IDDRISU SUFYAN iddrisu.sufyan@thebrexitparty.org

DERBY SOUTH TIM PROSSER tim.prosser@thebrexitparty.org

DURHAM NORTH PETER TELFORD peter.telford@thebrexitparty.org

ERITH AND THAMESMEAD THOMAS BRIGHT thomas.bright@thebrexitparty.org

FELTHAM AND HESTON MARTYN NELSON martyn.nelson@thebrexitparty.org

HALIFAX SARAH WOOD sarah.wood@thebrexitparty.org

HARTLEPOOL RICHARD TICE richard.tice@europarl.europa.eu

HEYWOOD AND MIDDLETON COLIN LAMBERT colin.lambert@thebrexitparty.org

HOVE ANDREW WOOD andrew.wood@thebrexitparty.org

HULL EAST MARTEN HALL marten.hall@thebrexitparty.org

HYNDBURN GREGORY BUTT gregory.butt@thebrexitparty.org

ISLWYN JAMES WELLS james.wells@thebrexitparty.org

JARROW RICHARD MONAGHAN richard.monaghan@thebrexitparty.org

LANCASTER AND FLEETWOOD LEANNE MURRAY leanne.murray@thebrexitparty.org

LEEDS EAST SARAH WASS sara.wass@thebrexitparty.org

LEIGH JAMES MELLY james.melly@thebrexitparty.org

NOTTINGHAM NORTH JULIAN CARTER julian.carter@thebrexitparty.org

OLDHAM EAST AND SADDLEWORTH PAUL BRIERLEY paul.brierley@thebrexitparty.org

SEFTON CENTRAL PAUL LOMAS paul.lomas@thebrexitparty.org

SOUTHAMPTON TEST PHILIP EDWARD CROOK philip.crook@thebrexitparty.org

SOUTH SHIELDS GLENN MICHAEL THOMPSON glenn.thompson@thebrexitparty.org

ST HELENS NORTH DANIEL OXLEY daniel.oxley@thebrexitparty.org

STOCKTON NORTH MARTIN WALKER martin.walker@thebrexitparty.org

SUNDERLAND CENTRAL VIRAL PARIKH viral.parikh@thebrexitparty.org

SWANSEA EAST TONY WILLICOMBE anthony.willicombe@thebrexitparty.org

TORFAEN DAVID GWYN THOMAS david.thomas@thebrexitparty.org

TYNESIDE NORTH ANDREW HUSBAND andyjh9@hotmail.com

WALSALL SOUTH GARY HUGHES gary.hughes@thebrexitparty.org

WANSBECK EDEN WEBLEY eden.webley@thebrexitparty.org

WARRINGTON NORTH ELIZABETH BABADE elizabeth.babade@thebrexitparty.org

WASHINGTON AND SUNDERLAND WEST HOWARD BROWN howard.brown@thebrexitparty.org

WIGAN WILLIAM MALLOY william.malloy@thebrexitparty.org

WIRRAL SOUTH MARTIN WARING martin.waring@thebrexitparty.org

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Instagram ‘playboy’ Dan Bilzerian says he’s running for president in 2024

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Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian says he would vote for Kanye West over Hillary Clinton in an election for president, though he joked that he might also jump into the race.

When asked to comment about West’s declared intention to run in five years, the former professional poker player told TMZ: ‘Better than Hillary.’

He then added with a laugh: ‘I think he’s going to be running against me. We’ll see.’

When asked if he was serious about mounting a campaign for 2024, he replied: ‘Yeah, I think that’ll be enough time to get my s*** done.’

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called 'King of Instagram,' says he may run for president in 2024

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called 'King of Instagram,' says he may run for president in 2024

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called ‘King of Instagram,’ says he may run for president in 2024

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian says he's ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian says he's ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian says he’s ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian was later asked if he thinks President Trump would endorse him over Kanye.

‘Probably Kanye,’ he said with a laugh. ‘We’ll see.’

If Bilzerian does run against West, that would make two celebrity supporters of Trump going head to head.

Bilzerian is known by the nickname ‘the king of Instagram,’ where he has more than 29 million followers.

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

His Instagram account is chock full of photos and videos showing Bilzerian surrounded by scantily clad women in exotic locations.

Bilzerian has also been known to weigh in on politics. 

In 2015, after Trump announced his candidacy for president, Bilzerian tweeted a photo of himself with the former reality television star.

‘In an age of p***ified political correctness, you have to respect the people who remain unfiltered,’ Bilzerian tweeted about Trump.

A few weeks before Trump shocked the world and defeated Clinton in the elections, Bilzerian gave an interview to Larry King explaining why he supported The Donald.

‘I don’t agree with everything the guy does or says [but] one thing I do like is the fact that he’s kind of raw and unfiltered,’ he said.

Bilzerian said he preferred Trump over Clinton because ‘even if I don’t agree with their opinion, [I would rather] they give it to me straight.’

West, of course, has been an outspoken supporter of Trump.

He famously met the president in the Oval Office for a photo op.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, has also used her ties to the Trump administration to lobby for criminal justice reform. 

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Incredible images show a kangaroo stuck inside a car’s grille after being hit

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A hero tradesman has freed a kangaroo found stuck in the grille of a moving car.  

The man spotted the trapped kangaroo outside Domain shopping centre in Townsville, Queensland on Sunday. 

He flagged down the driver of the car to tell them they had a kangaroo stuck inside their vehicle’s grille. 

He then put on a pair of gloves, grabbed his cordless drill and saw from his truck and set about rescuing the marsupial.

A kangaroo (pictured) was found trapped inside the grille of a travelling car after being hit overnight

A kangaroo (pictured) was found trapped inside the grille of a travelling car after being hit overnight

A kangaroo (pictured) was found trapped inside the grille of a travelling car after being hit overnight

‘I stopped in the middle of the intersection so he couldn’t drive off, I said hey bud! You got a roo in the grill of the car,’ the tradesman posted on Facebook.

‘Unbelievable he said he hit it last night and thought it was dead. 

‘No mate it’s bloody alive, park around the corner so I can get it out.’  

The kangaroo, described as ‘pretty scared’, was released into a nearby bush. 

The tradesman was praised for saving the kangaroo online, while others expressed their sympathy for the animal.

‘Awesome job. I bet the poor roo was glad to see you. How scary for him. Pat yourself on the back & have a beer,’ one wrote. 

‘You are a hero roo wrangler, unreal!’ another wrote. 

One added: ‘So disturbing! Who leaves a dead roo in their grill? 100 questions come to mind …’  

The tail of the kangaroo (pictured) is seen hanging out of the grille of car after getting stuck inside the narrow space overnight

The tail of the kangaroo (pictured) is seen hanging out of the grille of car after getting stuck inside the narrow space overnight

The tail of the kangaroo (pictured) is seen hanging out of the grille of car after getting stuck inside the narrow space overnight 

A spokesman from RSPCA Queensland told Daily Mail Australia said ‘it’s amazing the kangaroo was still alive after being hit overnight’. 

‘It’s very possible the driver who hit the kangaroo at night thought it was dead which is why he didn’t check the grill in the morning,’ the spokesman said. 

‘But it’s weird because you would’ve thought he had noticed it and removed it. 

‘It would be hard for someone to be charged and fined over this incident considering it happened overnight and the driver thought it was dead.’   

A tradesman took to Facebook and posted about his experience (pictured) of rescuing a trapped kangaroo in the grille of a travelling car

A tradesman took to Facebook and posted about his experience (pictured) of rescuing a trapped kangaroo in the grille of a travelling car

A tradesman took to Facebook and posted about his experience (pictured) of rescuing a trapped kangaroo in the grille of a travelling car 

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Charity founder, 38, learns to walk again after being paralysed by a white-tailed spider bite

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A woman who was left paralysed and on life support after being bitten by a white-tailed spider hiding in her Ugg boot has defied the odds by learning to walk again. 

Naomi Lambert, then-27, was putting on her Uggs in the bedroom of her parents’ home in Adelaide, South Australia, when she was bitten by the venomous spider.

The bite started a chain of events that would see the charity founder develop cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, and rapidly lose function of her body leaving her completely paralysed – but conscious – on life support.

After weeks in ICU, doctors diagnosed her with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves.

Ms Lambert told Daily Mail Australia of how she spent nine months in rehab in 2009 learning to walk, hold a pen and live independently again.

Naomi Lambert was putting on UGG boots in her bedroom when she was bitten by a white-tailed spider, an incident which triggered a chain of events that left her paralysed and confined to a wheelchair for nine months (pictured with her aunt during recovery in 2009)

Naomi Lambert was putting on UGG boots in her bedroom when she was bitten by a white-tailed spider, an incident which triggered a chain of events that left her paralysed and confined to a wheelchair for nine months (pictured with her aunt during recovery in 2009)

Naomi Lambert was putting on UGG boots in her bedroom when she was bitten by a white-tailed spider, an incident which triggered a chain of events that left her paralysed and confined to a wheelchair for nine months (pictured with her aunt during recovery in 2009)

Bites from white-tail spiders (pictured) can be moderately painful and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, but usually resolve after a few weeks

Bites from white-tail spiders (pictured) can be moderately painful and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, but usually resolve after a few weeks

Bites from white-tail spiders (pictured) can be moderately painful and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, but usually resolve after a few weeks

‘It wasn’t really that painful – I wasn’t screaming my head off or anything, it just felt a like a bee sting,’ she said.

Bites from a white-tailed spider can be moderately painful and cause temporary itching and inflammation, but usually resolve after a few weeks. 

But after being bitten, Ms Lambert developed a bacterial infection called cellulitis in her foot and she was admitted to hospital for treatment.

An abscess quickly developed and she underwent surgery to remove the growth.

It was during recovery that things took a more sinister turn.

‘I started to get very weak, but the doctors assumed it was just muscle deterioration because I’d been in hospital for a few weeks,’ she said.

‘Then one day I stood up and literally dropped backwards. Things spiralled pretty quickly from there.

‘I tried to pick up a band aid it felt like I was lifting kilos.’

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common and sometimes painful bacterial skin infection. 

It first appears as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch and redness can spread quickly.

It most commonly affects the skin of the lower legs, although infection can occur anywhere on the body or face.

If cellulitis remains untreated, it can become life-threatening.

After weeks of tests, Ms Lambert was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. She spent nine months in rehab learning to walk again (seen with her mother during recovery)

After weeks of tests, Ms Lambert was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. She spent nine months in rehab learning to walk again (seen with her mother during recovery)

After weeks of tests, Ms Lambert was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. She spent nine months in rehab learning to walk again (seen with her mother during recovery)

Unable to support herself, Ms Lambert found it increasingly difficult to breathe and she developed a chesty cough.  

‘My mum was lying with me reading one evening, and my breathing got so bad there was about 40 seconds between each breath,’ she said.

Her mother alerted staff and she was placed on life support within minutes.

‘I was conscious but couldn’t communicate. I was fully paralysed, it was like being trapped inside my own body,’ she said.

‘I was having panic attacks, but couldn’t tell anyone or do anything about it.’

After weeks on a ventilator, Ms Lambert was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare and severe immune deficiency triggered by the cellulitis infection from the spider bite.

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? 

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare disorder which involves the body’s immune system attacking the nerves.

The first symptoms are weakness and tingling in the fingers and toes. These sensations spread quickly, eventually paralysing the whole body.

Most people with Guillain-Barré syndrome have experienced a severe viral or bacterial illness beforehand, usually one to three weeks earlier.

GBS affects between two and eight people in every 100,000.

It is most common between the ages of 30 and 50.

Source: Better Health Victoria

I was conscious but couldn’t communicate – it was like being trapped inside my own body.
– Naomi Lambert 

Confined to a wheelchair, Ms Lambert spent nine months in a physical rehabilitation facility learning to walk, hold a pen and live independently again.

She received weekly injections to treat her condition for seven years, finally finishing in 2015.

‘I was so young when it happened, so I regained most of the body’s usual function really well,’ she said.

‘I’m reasonably well now and I don’t need any further treatment, but my immune system isn’t the best and I tend to catch anything that’s going around.

Ms Lambert (pictured in 2019) regained almost full function of her body and went on to found The Cool To Be Kind Project, a global charity which encourages random acts of kindness

Ms Lambert (pictured in 2019) regained almost full function of her body and went on to found The Cool To Be Kind Project, a global charity which encourages random acts of kindness

Ms Lambert (pictured in 2019) regained almost full function of her body and went on to found The Cool To Be Kind Project, a global charity which encourages random acts of kindness

‘I can’t jump and the reflexes in my legs are a bit sluggish, but I can live with these things.’

Ms Lambert is the founder of The Cool To Be Kind Project, a global charity which encourages random acts of kindness and positivity.

The movement has received recognition from The Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington, who recently tweeted about Ms Lambert’s story.

Everything you need to know about white-tailed spiders 

White-tailed spiders are dark, reddish grey in colour with a cylindrical, cigar-shaped body.

Their defining feature is a white spot at their tip.

White-tailed spiders are found across southern Australia, in southeast Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and southern Western Australia.

They adapt to both bush and urban environments, and usually hide under tree bark and rocks and within tight spaces inside homes – particularly between pieces of fabric.

A 2003 study found 95 percent of white-tailed spider bites occurred indoors.

Two-thirds of bite victims found the spiders nestled in bedclothes, towels and clothing.

White-tailed spider bites result in symptoms similar to those of a bee sting: an immediate burning sensation in the local area, followed by mild swelling and an itchy red mark. 

Source: Australian Geographic

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