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'I felt violated. I was treated like a criminal': Prime Minister's condolence cards rifled through. Fingertip searches for shallow graves... in her own words, the outrageous treatment of Leon Brittan's widow - and all on the say-so of a lying paedophile

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Diana Brittan had a busy day planned for Thursday, March 5, 2015. First she would answer some of the hundreds of condolence cards she had received following the death just six weeks earlier of her husband Leon, Lord Brittan of Spennithorne. Political heavyweights had sent heartfelt sympathy cards paying tribute to her husband's character and achievements – in the early 1980s he was the youngest home secretary since Churchill and became an eminent EU commissioner. The well-wishers included the then prime minister David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and William Hague, to name but a few. Lady Brittan was then due to have lunch with former Tory MPs Norman Fowler now the Lord and the late Lord Temple-Morris, before going to the cinema that evening with two girlfriends. So, a diary packed with things to ease the pain of a devastating bereavement. Speaking out: Lady Brittan is seeking justice over the treatment of her husband, the former Home Secretary She and her husb

Boris Johnson refuses to rule out trade war with EU as row over ban on British shellfish grows

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Boris Johnson last night refused to rule out a trade war with Brussels if it didn’t back down in the escalating row over British shellfish. The European Commission faced a pincer movement as politicians on both sides of the Channel criticised its ban on fresh UK exports. Brussels has told British fishermen they are barred indefinitely from selling live mussels, oysters, clams and cockles to EU member states. The shellfish can be transported to the Continent only if they have been treated in purification plants. Boris Johnson last night refused to rule out a trade war with Brussels if it didn’t back down in the escalating row over British shellfish Environment Secretary George Eustice yesterday denounced the ‘indefensible’ ban, which he said was affecting restaurants on the continent as well as British fishermen, who are already suffering from the closure of the UK hospitality trade. He said the commission changed its position last week, and that prior to that ‘they had been clear that

Hancock does a Dishi Rishi! Health Secretary rolls up sleeves for stern PR shots before making Commons statement on brutal border curbs

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Matt Hancock today rolled up his sleeves to pose for a series of stern photographs ahead of announcing the latest suite of border curbs introduced to help Britain battle the Covid-19 crisis. The Health Secretary took a leaf out of Rishi Sunak's book as he was seen striking several poses inside the Department of Health base, including leaning on the back of his chair and folding his arms and staring intensely ahead.  In other images, he's pictured resting against a window with his arms crossed and appearing perplexed during a phone call - the London skyline seen in the floor-to-ceiling window beside him. He then walks across the room rolling up his sleeves as he works to finesse his Commons statement, with the Health Secretary later seen leaving the building in a 'Protect the NHS' mask with a red document folder tucked under his arm. The images, captured by freelance photographer Simon Dawson and reminiscent of those taken ahead of the Chancellor's Winter Economy Pla

Press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden will restart tradition and invite Trump back to White House for his presidential portrait unveiling - despite Donald not affording same courtesy to Obama

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that she didn't think President Joe Biden would break tradition like former President Donald Trump - and snub his predecessor out of a portrait ceremony.    'I have no portrait revealings or portrait plans or portrait events to preview for you, but I have not been given any indication that we would break with tradition in that regard,' Psaki said, answering a reporter's question about the ceremony that - before Trump - had been a fixture of a president's first term for decades.   In May, NBC News reported that Trump decided against inviting former President Barack Obama to the White House for a portrait unveiling ceremony, citing people familiar with the matter.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that she had 'not been given any indication that we would break with tradition' as far as President Joe Biden hosting President Donald Trump to the White House for an official portrait unveiling

Shocking moment van knocks e-scooter rider off his bike as he drives it along a main road in the dark

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Dashcam footage captured the heart-stopping moment a van knocked an e-scooter rider to the ground as he drove along a main road at night. Mark Dibley witnessed the incident while driving along the A33 near Chineham, Hampshire, in the dark. The white van can be seen colliding with the electric scooter before the rider is sent plummeting to the ground. In the clip, recorded on February 4, rain can be seen falling on to the windscreen as a procession of traffic makes its way down the carriageway - which is not illuminated by street lights.  The white van up ahead appears to suddenly clip the e-scooter as it travels along the verge and the male rider falls to the ground.  The van continues on its journey but Mark pulls in to check on the scooter user who has clambered to his feet to get out of the way of oncoming cars.  He clutches his elbow and looks around in disbelief with his e-scooter, which appears to have a headlight on it, lying on the grass verge.  Dashcam footage captured the h

Artist loses over $10,000 as homeowner refuses to give her a refund after she was blocked from staying at a Palm Beach mansion because of Sydney's Covid lockdown - and even stings her $350 for CLEANING fees

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An artist said she was left $10,834.30 out of pocket after holiday house operators told her to cancel her booking because of the Northern Beaches Covid outbreak, but then refused to return the cost which included a  $350 cleaning fee.   Jessie Breakwell booked a week in a Palm Beach guesthouse in Sydney, and said she was promised a 50 per cent refund if she cancelled the Stayz booking. The guesthouse owners then failed to refund the money and refused to answer calls or emails, the Melbourne painter has claimed. An artist said she lost $10K after holiday house operators told her to cancel her booking because of the Northern Beaches Covid outbreak, but then refused to return the cost and even charged $300 for a cleaning fee  Jessie Breakwell booked a week in a Palm Beach guesthouse in Sydney , and said she was promised a 50 per cent refund if she cancelled the booking on Stayz  The artist said after it was announced the Northern Beaches would go into lockdown, she was promised a 50 per

Horror as mother finds a SEWING NEEDLE in a Kmart pram toy she bought for her baby to play with

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A horrified mother has urged parents to check their purchases for hidden dangers  after she discovered a sewing needle in a Kmart pram toy. A Cairns mother has urged parents to inspect their children's toys for hidden dangers after she found a sewing needle lodged inside a pram hanger she bought from Kmart The Cairns woman bought an Anko brand toy pram hanger from the retail giant for her baby to play with.  But once she had already taken it home, she found a sharp needle lodged within a cloth bird. 'Found this needle in toy pram hanger,'  she wrote on Facebook, alongside a photo of the needle. 'Bub was playing with it and I felt something hard in the bird. 'Thought I hadn't cut the plastic off properly so I gave it a little wiggle around and poked out this needle. 'Looks like a manufacturer's error with the machine as the needle is broken at the top, but just wanted to put a post up in case. 'Please, please check yours if you've got one.' T

Gang war breaks out at Mexican restaurant leaving one dead and three injured, including a cop, after mobsters try to kidnap a rival member sparking a deadly shootout

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At least one person was killed and another three were injured after two rival gangs opened fire on each at a high end Mexican restaurant Monday. The gang war reportedly broke out after one drugs gang attempted to kidnap a rival member at Los Oates restaurant, in the Jalisco municipality of Zapopan, according to Jalisco State Attorney General Gerardo Solis. The gangs involved had not yet been identified. A mobster was killed in the ensuing shootout between the gangs, and police who responded to the scene, while two male waiters and an off-duty police officer were wounded. Surveillance footage from the restaurant captured the moment after the kidnapping attempt, when a group of gunmen entered and opened fired at a table of rival gang members, all wearing bulletproof vests. A gunman aims his gun at an individual inside a restaurant in Zapopan, Mexico, during a kidnapping attempt Monday afternoon that resulted in a shootout between two rival criminal groups and cops. Two waiters and an o