EMMERDALE fans were appalled by Mandy Dingle's wedding dress plans that she shared on last night's show. The beauty salon owner - played by Lisa Riley in the ITV soap - clashed heads with Lydia Dingle when she tried to share her ideas on what she wants to wear for her big day. Visit our Emmerdale page for the latest gossip Find all Emmerdale spoilers here Mandy was scrolling through her phone looking at possible dresses and wanted to show Lydia what she had found. However the pair haven't seen eye to eye since Lydia made it clear that she thinks she's making a big mistake tying the knot with Paul Ashdale. "Lyds, please come look at this," she shouted from the sofa whilst the cleaner washed the dishes. Lydia replied: "I think I'll pass if it's all the same..." She added: "I'm not being funny, the last time you said that it were a video of a snake eating a goat." But Mandy reassured her it was nothing that bad. The former barmaid explained: "This … [Read more...] about Emmerdale viewers appalled by Mandy Dingle’s daring wedding dress plans
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He captivated readers around the world with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, his tale of a doomed love affair set in wartime Greece . But it seems that best-selling author Louis de Bernieres no longer melts hearts north of the England-Scotland border. For I can disclose that he has just been unceremoniously sacked as Patron of the British Banjo Mandolin and Guitar Federation because of, he believes, his views about how to resolve the question of Scottish independence. 'I have actually been 'cancelled',' he says. 'I had a letter published in the Times about how the rest of the UK ought to have a say in whether we wanted independence from the Scots. Best-selling author Louis de Bernieres has just been unceremoniously sacked as Patron of the British Banjo Mandolin and Guitar Federation 'Some Scottish snowflakes protested to the BMG [the Federation] and I was fired.' The Federation, whose aim is 'to promote the performance and education of banjo, mandolin and guitar', … [Read more...] about SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Captain Corelli’s Mandonlin author gets sacked as patron of banjo society!
A 1% pay rise for NHS workers is "the most" the government can afford due to the economic cost of the COVID crisis, a health minister has told Sky News. The government is facing a furious backlash - led by the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - after calling for health care staff in England to be restricted to a pay rise of 1%. Live COVID updates from the UK and across the world But Nadine Dorries said it "would be wrong to say a single person in the government does not appreciate the effort" of NHS staff, as she defended the decision not to recommend a larger pay increase. "Of course, we recognise the sacrifice and the commitment and the vocation of nurses and all health workers over the past year," the minister said. Advertisement "We've all been touched by, or personally experienced, help by NHS workers. "But I think it is important to note that the priority of the government has been about protecting people's livelihoods, about … [Read more...] about COVID-19: 1% pay rise for NHS staff ‘the most’ the government can afford, says minister Nadine Dorries
Beijing has declared that only "patriots" should rule Hong Kong - and unveiled plans to change the city's electoral system to ensure just that. Candidates for election to the Legislative Council - Hong Kong 's parliament - will be vetted, according to the proposed changes. And elections scheduled for 2020, already postponed for a year, will be pushed back to 2022. "The rioting and turbulence that occurred in the Hong Kong society reveals that the existing electoral system in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has clear loopholes and deficiencies," said Wang Chen, vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, according to state media. The NPC, China 's annual parliament, is meeting in Beijing this week. The changes to Hong Kong's electoral system are only a proposal but will almost certainly be approved given the rubber stamp nature of the NPC. "Loopholes" is one of Beijing's favourite terms for describing aspects of … [Read more...] about Beijing declares only ‘patriots’ should rule Hong Kong as elections delayed again
Philip Jansen, the chief executive of BT Group, gave boardroom colleagues an ultimatum over his own future that led to the departure this week of the company's chairman, Jan du Plessis. Sky News has learnt that Mr Jansen told fellow directors of the telecoms giant over a period of several months that he had become frustrated with the speed at which BT was taking key strategic decisions. The BT chief, who joined in 2019, indicated that he was prepared to resign unless Mr du Plessis was replaced by a chairman who could accelerate the pace of change at the former state monopoly, according to several people close to the company. Mr du Plessis, one of the most experienced chairmen in corporate Britain, said on Monday that he would leave once a successor was identified. He has chaired companies including SAB Miller, the brewer, and British American Tobacco, and held non-executive directorships at Marks & Spencer and Lloyds Banking Group. Advertisement Mr … [Read more...] about BT chief Jansen gave board ultimatum over chairman’s future