Boris Johnson is accused of breaking the ministerial code by flying in to campaign in by-election on taxpayer funded private plane

Last night, Labour sought an investigation into whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code by flying into a by-election to the campaign.

In April, the Prime Minister flew to Hartlepool on a taxpayer-funded official private plane.

After it was revealed that the Conservatives had spent ‘zero’ on transportation, Deputy Leader Angela Rayner demanded an investigation.

Ministers are prohibited from using government resources for party political reasons, according to the rules.

However, when Mr. Johnson went to the North-East for a Government visit to Middlesbrough, the Conservatives denied violating the code.

He was then driven to Hartlepool in an official vehicle, which is permitted for security reasons, according to a spokesperson.

On April 1, five days after the Hartlepool election campaign began, Mr. Johnson travelled to Teesside.

He rode in a motorcade to a B&Q in Middlesbrough to urge a minimum wage increase, then met Tory candidate Jill Mortimer to go door-knocking, leafleting, and talking to voters at a nearby company and a housing estate.

Miss Rayner demanded a probe in a letter to Lord Geidt, the Government’s ethical adviser.

‘Once again, the Prime Minister acts as though the rules do not apply to him,’ she added. ‘Taxpayer funds should not be utilized to support the Conservative Party’s electoral campaigns.’

‘The Prime Minister has certainly broken the Ministerial Code, and he can’t say he wasn’t aware of what was going on this time.’

‘The Prime Minister’s disrespect for the laws controlling election costs and the norms that are supposed to protect standards in our public life demonstrates that he is only ever interested in benefitting himself rather than acting in the best interests of the British people.’

 

 

 

Symptomatic COVID -19 patients are FOUR TIMES as likely to spread the virus to close contacts as those without symptoms, study finds

According to a new study, 19 people who develop symptoms are four times more likely to spread the virus than those who are asymptomatic.

COVID-19 transmission data in the Zhejiang province in China was investigated by researchers from the University of Georgia in Atlanta and the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Hangzhou, China.

They discovered that the virus is most likely to spread from one person to another in the two days leading up to and three days following the onset of symptoms.

The data help scientists learn more about which patients are most capable of spreading the virus and how rapidly they do so.

From January 8 to July 30, 2020, the researchers collected data from 730 patients in the Zhejiang region for the study, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Using existing contact tracking data, researchers were able to locate 8,852 close contacts of those individuals throughout their contagious period.

Close contacts who engaged with a COVID-19 patient within two days of the onset of their symptoms or within three days of the onset of their symptoms were more likely to contract the virus.

The probability of transmission increased by about 30%, meaning that patients are more contagious during that period.

 

‘Our studies indicate that COVID-19 transmission is most likely if contacts are exposed immediately before and after the index patient develops symptoms,’ the scientists said.

Those who had the virus but didn’t display any symptoms were less likely to spread it.

Researchers discovered that people with modest COVID-19 symptoms were four times more likely than those who were asymptomatic to spread the virus.

Emotional moment Australian foreign minister breaks down as she reveals the first Afghan refugee to head Down Under – as tiny children are seen boarding a flight bound for freedom

In Parliament, Foreign Minister Marise Payne fought back tears as she disclosed that a small Afghan kid was the first to be rescued by Australia from Kabul’s mayhem.

Her voice broke as she told how he skipped down the ramp’ off the military plane that had rescued him and whisked him away from Kabul to the safety of Dubai.

The normally poised minister had to pause in the middle of her address to collect herself as she tried to manage her emotions while recounting the dreadful situation in Afghanistan.

After the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force commenced a campaign to remove ex-pats and Afghan allies from the nation last week.

Ms. Payne, on the other hand, was overtaken with emotion when she described the rescue mission in the Senate on Monday, holding back tears and being unable to speak.

‘I’m informed the first passenger off the first Australian plane from Kabul was a small Afghani boy, and he skipped down the ramp as it was dropped,’ she told senators.

However, as Ms. Payne spoke more, her emotions became more powerful, to the point where she had to pause in the middle of a sentence to collect herself before continuing.

‘I understand the despair and dread that is all around you right now,’ she added before stopping as she struggled to find the words.

‘I know that for so many courageous and proud people in Afghanistan right now, it is difficult beyond our imaginations.’

As she struggled to finish her remarks, Ms. Payne had to swallow hard to keep the tears at bay.

Roy Keane …. as you’ve never seen him before ! No-nonsense pundit shows his cuddly side as he dresses up as Chase from Paw Patrol and jokes he’s ‘available for party hire’ but doesn’t like parties or kids’

In a recent Instagram picture, Roy Keane dressed as Chase from PAW Patrol to show off his cuddly side.

The former Manchester United captain posed for a photo with two of his young relatives, who are believed to be his grandsons while wearing the costume’s head.

‘Available for party hire,’ Keane said in the caption. I dislike parties and children, but the pool must be heated.’

‘The 50-year-old has a reputation for his no-nonsense style of punditry, but since joining Instagram in February, he has displayed a softer and more humorous side.

Keane has previously published photos of his grandchildren on Instagram, with his grandson even mimicking his trademark scowl.

Other photographs from his playing days have been posted, including one of him being strangled while playing for Nottingham Forest.

‘Don’t forget to show some love today,’ the caption stated.

Another photo showed him riding his bike, but the former midfielder stated that he would not be wearing lycra anytime soon.

‘I’ll wear the helmet, but if you see me wearing lycra, run me over,’ he wrote.

Keane has 1.5 million Instagram followers, but he doesn’t follow anyone.

While Keane has exhibited a lighter side with colleague Sky Sports commentator Micah Richards, he went back to his no-nonsense ways on Sunday with Graeme Souness.

The pundit slammed Manchester United midfielder Fred for deflecting Che Adams’ shot into his own net during the team’s 2-2 draw with Southampton.

‘Fred, you’ve got to be ready to nail him, and all he does is dangle a leg,’ Keane added. He got lucky with the deflection, but he’s got to do better than that.’

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer for its Covid-19 vaccine and it could encourage hesitant Americans to get the shot

On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Pfizer-coronavirus BioNTech’s vaccine full approval for those aged 16 and up.

In December 2020, the two-dose vaccine was the first to get emergency use authorization from federal regulators, and it will now be the first to be licensed.

The FDA’s full approval could encourage more Americans to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine, as it would alleviate their concerns about the vaccine’s safety.

It could potentially lead to more vaccine mandates, as employers feel more comfortable mandating workers to get a full-authorization vaccine.

The vaccine will be offered for 12-to-15-year-old and as third doses for immunocompromised adults under emergency usage only, according to Pfizer.

Before  Monday, Pfizer’s vaccine had only been approved for emergency use, making it relatively experimental despite research indicating that it is safe and effective.

The FDA only required two months of follow-up before authorizing the injection for people 16 and older last year, compared to six months for full approval.

It is also planned that the designation be temporary.

Companies and schools may feel more at ease demanding employees and pupils to obtain it now that it has received complete approval.

In an interview last month, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said, “If vaccinations are completely authorized, that would remove that argument [for not getting vaccinated] off the table.”

‘I believe that if completely licensed, the movement of [vaccine] requirements will accelerate and result in a large number of immunizations.’

Katie Price’attacked’ and rushed to hospital with an eye injury as man arrested after fight at home

Katie Price was transported to the hospital with an eye injury in the early hours of Monday morning following an alleged attack.

After the incident at a home in Essex, police were contacted, and paramedics were dispatched.

According to the source, a man was arrested and is being kept in custody on suspicion of assault.

‘We were contacted by friends in the ambulance service to reports of an incident in The Meadows, Little Canfield, soon after 1.30am this morning, Monday 23 August,’ Essex police reported .

‘When we came, we discovered a woman with a facial injury that required hospital attention.

‘A short while later, a man was arrested on suspicion of assault.’ He is still being held in detention.’

‘Our inquiries are ongoing at the scene today,’ Essex police said in a statement.

‘Katie is totally upset,’ a source close to the 43-year-old told the publication.

Katie’s reps have been approached by one source for comment.

Katie’s most recent social media post was on Sunday, when she shared a photo of herself and her boyfriend Carl Woods standing with her two youngest children, Jett and Bunny.

With a heart, the image was captioned: ‘Family time.’

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