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Ruth Langsford confronted a fellow shopper in a supermarket after they failed to social distance properly.Appearing on This Morning with her husband Eamonn Holmes, Langsford described how a man loomed over her, ignoring the government’s commands to stay two metres apart from others.
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A Whitehall reshuffle has seen Dominic Cummings’ influence diluted, after the Prince William’s private secretary was brought in and a critic of his was promoted. In a sign that Boris Johnson’s Chief Political Advisor had lost a rare power defeat Simon Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary, was brought into No 10 as the Permanent Secretary. Mr Case has been described by those who have worked with him as a master navigator, who is able to discreetly negotiate difficult issues. According to the Mail on Sunday sources claimed that Mr Cummings had been at the centre of an attempt to oust Sir Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, although this was denied by No 10 sources.
Keith Lemon is renowned for having no filter, but this wasn't the case back in 2015 when he accidentally revealed that his Celebrity Juice co-host Fearne Cotton was pregnant live on TV. The dad-of-two had got up on stage at the National Television Awards after accepting an award for the comedy show, and joked that he was alone as allegedly either Fearne or Holly Willoughby were pregnant. It turned out that Fearne actually was pregnant, but Keith had no idea. Recalling the moment during a recent appearance on Kate Thornton's podcast, White Wine Question Time, the Through the Keyhole star spoke about going to ceremonies alone and how he came up with his acceptance speeches. He said: "I did always thank them, when they didn't go though I would begin compulsive lying."Loading the player... WATCH: Keith Lemon reveals future of Celebrity Juice is uncertain The star continued: "And I remember one time when they didn't go, I said that one of them was pregnant, and I was lying. 'They're not here tonight, one of them is pregnant, one of them is always pregnant,' and then one of them was! And I had let the cat out of the bag, but I was just lying, I didn’t know." When Fearne revealed her pregnancy news shortly after Keith's speech, the star confirmed that her co-star didn't know about her news beforehand. Talking to Closer, the Happy Place star said: "Keith didn't have a clue. He just says things like that. And when he found out, he just laughed and thought it was hilarious."READ: Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes anxious over family during lockdownKeith Lemon joked that Fearne Cotton was pregnant in 2015 - and she actually was!Fearne was pregnant with daughter Honey, now four. The radio presenter is also mum to seven-year-old Rex, and shares her children with husband Jesse Wood. Holly, meanwhile, is a doting mum to children Harry, 11, Belle, eight, and five-year-old Chester, who she shares with TV producer husband Dan Baldwin. The This Morning star recently made the decision to leave Celebrity Juice after 12 years on the show, in order to spend more time with her family.MORE: Amanda Holden shares glimpe inside home bar at houes in LondonKeith has remained close to his former Celebrity Juice co-starsKeith recently admitted that the future of Celebrity Juice is now uncertain following Holly's departure. Chatting live on HELLO! magazine's Friday night Instagram show HELLO! Let's Gab, Keith told presenter Gaby Roslin that he can't confirm whether the show will be back for a new series because they are currently in "a lot of meetings" trying to decide the next phase of the show.The 47-year-old also spoke about Holly and Fearne's departures, confessing that the only reason they had left the show was because "they have grown up". "It wasn't a surprise if I'm honest," he said of Holly's decision to leave. "She's so busy, she's doing This Morning, Dancing on Ice, a new show with Bradley Walsh and she has been doing Juice for 12 years and I think what happened is Holly and Fearne grew up, and I didn't. They have to go and do what they have to do as grownups but I still have fun on a Wednesday night filming Celebrity Juice."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Welsh coal towns' death rate double England's average as MP blames conspiracy theorists for flouting lockdown
As Britain eyes an end to lockdown, one area is creating a particular headache for public health officials, scientists and politicians: Wales, and especially the old mining communities. The country has proportionally almost twice the number of cases as the rest of the UK while mortality rates in and around the Rhondda Valley have also been among the very highest in the country. Across Wales, the latest figures show 409 cases per 100,000 population compared to 262 in England, 273 in Scotland and 247 in Northern Ireland. As of Sunday, Wales had lost 1,267 people to Covid-19 out of a population of just over three million. A sixth of the dead have come from Rhondda Cynon Taf, the county borough that covers the Rhondda Valley. The latest figures show that Rhondda Cynon Taf's positive test rate is 610 cases per 100,000 of the population. In total, 1,466 people have tested positive in a population of 240,000 and 224 people have died. It has the highest mortality rate in Wales at 93.28 deaths per 100,000, and one of the highest in the UK. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the area, said: “Rhondda is the worst in the country. We are the worst, worst, worst.” Only Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, another former mining community, but with a much smaller population has more proportionally more cases - 823.7 positive tests per 100,000. While London and parts of the south east of England contemplate life out of lockdown, much of Wales remains in the grip of the virus, the all-important transmission rate thought to be only just below the magic R figure of one that arrests its exponential growth.