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Jeremy Corbyn’s close aides will accept no-deal Brexit and 'don’t give a toss' about Labour members' views, says Margaret Beckett
Jeremy Corbyn’s close aides will accept a no-deal Brexit and “don’t give a toss” about Labour members’ support for a fresh referendum, a party heavyweight says.In a stinging attack, Margaret Beckett condemned “the leader's office” for the paralysis in the shadow cabinet, which again failed to agree a shift to fully back a Final Say public vote.Labour MPs are furious about what one called the “muddle and confusion”, which they blame for putting the UK at greater risk of a Boris Johnson government crashing out of the EU in October.But Dame Margaret, a former foreign secretary and temporary Labour leader, argued the “stumbling block” was not Mr Corbyn himself, but “the leader's office”.Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Dame Margaret said: “I'm beginning to think that some of them do actually want Britain to leave the EU no matter what.“They don't give a toss about what the British people now want or what Labour members think is in the country's interests.“They just are determined to make sure we don't do anything to impede Britain leaving, if necessary with no deal.”Asked who she meant, Dame Margaret added: “I think there are people very close to him, with great influence with him, who are and have been from the beginning passionately opposed [to EU membership].“He wants to keep the party together as much as possible and present a united front on the issue.”Some have referred to “the four Ms” in Mr Corbyn’s team, all known opponents of a fresh Brexit referendum and some of whom have a long antipathy to the EU.They are Seamus Milne, his director of communications, Karie Murphy, his chief of staff, Andrew Murray, his political adviser, and Len McCluskey, the head of the powerful Unite trade union.At Tuesday’s shadow cabinet, Mr Corbyn refused to budge on his stance that “any deal” to be “put to a public vote", which could mean a general election or second referendum. Frontbench supporters of another referendum are desperate for Mr Corbyn to start campaigning for it - and to guarantee Labour would back Remain if it took place.They were alarmed, last week, when the leader said any referendum ballot paper should contain “real choices for both Leave and Remain voters”.He also floated the option of copying Harold Wilson’s approach, during the 1975 referendum, when the then-leader took no active position, allowing both wings of his party to fight it out.
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Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez is nothing but proud of his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson, who is days away from giving birth to their first child. In an inspirational Instagram post about weight-gain during pregnancy, 34-year-old Gemma praised all expectant mothers as she urged them to love themselves for growing a tiny human. In response to the message, the professional dancer revealed just how much he loved his partner. "And I couldn't be more proud of you and fancy you more in every way," he gushed in the caption.Gemma had shared a before-and-after snap of her body, detailing the changes she has experienced throughout her first pregnancy. Admitting she has gained 15kg, the radio star wrote: "Softer arms, puffier face, bigger ass and thighs, bigger belly, uterus, placenta, water retention, huge rise in oestrogen meaning more cellulite and let's be honest, my boobs are like the Mitchell brothers." The Mitchell brothers was in reference to EastEnders. "All of the above means my body is working to grow my baby and I couldn't be more proud of it," she added.GALLERY: Inside Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez's homeThe former Strictly contestant admitted that she struggled with the changes, but has since learnt to love herself more. "Admittedly, it is hard at first especially if like me, you were/are a gym bunny," she explained. "However, if you change your way of thinking and realise firstly that pregnancy is a beautiful privilege denied to many woman so be grateful you have this opportunity, things do start to become easier. Secondly, from the minute you are carrying your baby (for me anyway) EVERYTHING became about my baby. Not my appearance."I wanted / still want them to be as strong and as healthy as possible. So if that means for the time being me as the 'carrier' gains weight then so what?! I can lose it in time. Yes I've continued my training but to nowhere near the extent I was and I’ve most certainly ate more than usual too."The couple are expecting their baby any day nowAlthough Gemma still has good and bad days. "On the odd day I've felt fed up at not being able to run or lift heavy or have a good sweat on after training I've reminded myself that it’s temporary and that my baby is growing well and that fed up feeling disappears in seconds," she shared. "If you really want to do all that stuff again after a baby, you will. You won’t find time as you’ll be exhausted, YOU have to MAKE TIME."MORE: The One Show's Alex Jones stuns in rare makeup-free selfie with baby Kit"Small steps make a big difference," she continued, before concluding: "Me being pregnant is the reason I look so different to how I 'normally look'. Me being a mum WONT be the reason I don’t get back to it and feeling as good again. Don’t let it be yours either! Woman are incredibly strong, the last nine months I've learnt that even more so. We got this. So to the ladies currently struggling with the changes soldier on. It'll all be worth it when little man or little lady arrives knowing their mum is a total warrior woman."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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On Wednesday, the Countess of Wessex headed to the Royal Norfolk County Show and looked as glamorous as ever, rocking a classic white shirt, ruby red blazer, high heel espadrilles by Penelope Chilvers and a stunning blue Erdem skirt which was embossed with bright red flowers. How blooming gorgeous! We love the print - it's the ideal design you could sport at a summer wedding, or a gathering of some sort, and really suited the royal's colouring. With her trademark blonde hair tied back, minimal makeup and pearl jewellery, the mother-of-two looked glowing.Sophie rocked a fancy floral skirt at the Royal Norfolk County ShowWe are still reeling over the Countess' wardrobe during Ascot last week. A regular at the famous race course, Sophie never disappoints with her attire and she sported a variety of looks all week.£495, ErdemOur favourite though - was the outfit she wore on Ladies Day. The royal is known for pushing boundaries with fashion, and didn't disappoint in her fashion-forward navy jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead. The £1,500 ensemble featured flared trousers with front pleats, was cinched in at the waist and had a bold buckled belt. Sophie accessorised with a studded clutch, heels and a co-ordinating hat. She was joined by many other members of the royal family, including the Queen, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Autumn Phillips.Last week Sophie dazzled Ascot with her Emilia Wickstead jumpsuitLast week wasn't the first time Sophie wore a jumpsuit to Royal Ascot. In 2018, after the annual event released its newly approved dress code - which now includes allowing for women to wear jumpsuits - Sophie became the first royal to experiment with wearing one. Opting for Emilia Wickstead again - her wide legged jumpsuit featured flowing culotte trousers, short sleeves and pleats.MORE: The Countess of Wessex's white Ascot dress steals the show in the Royal BoxUnlike the navy ensemble she wore on Thursday, this looked far more like a dress. Royal Ascot's Style Guide confirmed that jumpsuits had been "welcomed and acceptable" for the event last year. The guide stated: "Ascot continues to recognise key trends in the ever-evolving world of fashion."READ: The Countess of Wessex wears sheer white dress in LebanonThis article contains affiliate links, which means HELLO! may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. More information.