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  • Question Time viewers slam Emma Barnett after host asked Angela Rayner if Labour would 'nationalise sausages'

    Question Time host Emma Barnett has been criticised online for asking Labour’s Angela Rayner if the party would “nationalise sausages” if they won the general election.Representatives from all seven parties - including Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and Brexit Party's Nigel Farage - sat in the hot seat for the special episode of Under-30s Question Time on Monday.

  • Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster reveals sons' emotional response whenever their dad is away

    There are many benefits to Rod Stewart's rock-star status, but one of the tougher aspects of his job is being away from his young family. On Monday, the Maggie May singer appeared on Loose Women alongside his wife Penny Lancaster, who revealed how their two sons Alastair, 13, and Aiden, eight, cope when their dad when their dad is away from home. She said: "Of course, when Rod's away they miss him terribly and I often hear them in their rooms playing dad's music. It's their way of connecting with him." Rod added: "I miss them terribly. They are just the best, I'm so blessed."Rod Stewart's children play his music when he is away from homeThe family have a rule in place that means that Rod is only on tour when the children are on school holidays so that he can fly to them on a more regular basis. Alastair and Aiden have also gone to watch their dad perform on many occasions, with Aiden even getting up on stage with the singer to showcase his dance moves - much to the delight of the fans in the audience. During Rod's appearance on Loose Women, they also discussed the family dynamics in their household and how the star tries to treat both his sons equally. Penny said to her husband - who recently set up an under-nines football club, which his youngest son plays for: "Sometimes you will be spoiling Aiden because you've set up this football club for him. And I'll go, darling remember to buy something for Alastair too so he doesn't feel left out. But you're very generous with your love and your time for them."MORE: Peter Andre reflects on last year with wife Emily MacDonagh and his childrenRod and Penny are doting parents to sons Alastair and AidenRod - who also has six grown-up children - even considered expanding his brood further at the beginning of the year. Penny revealed during a previous appearance on Loose Women that the couple had considered adopting another child, but that their sons weren't keen on the idea. She told the panel: "We even considered adopting, but after discussing it with the little ones, they said they love our little brood the way it is, and that there may be too much of an age gap."READ: Robbie Williams and Ayda Field reveal huge secret about those fabulous celebrity Christmas treesPenny continued to say that Rod would also have been up for adopting a child. "He's got eight children altogether. We are fortunate enough to have a big house, there's a spare room. Extra love and funds that families need these days. And we thought 'why not, give another child that needs a home a home'. But it has to be a consideration of the whole family, not just Rod and I."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

  • What the winner of I'm A Celebrity gets after they're crowned

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  • I'm a Celebrity winner Jacqueline Jossa breaks silence after turning down interviews

    I'm a Celebrity winner Jacqueline Jossa turned down interview opportunities on morning television on Monday, less than a day after she was crowned Queen of the Jungle. But the former EastEnders actress has reassured her fans that she is fine and happier than ever after being reunited with husband Dan Osborne and her daughters Ella, four, and Mia, one. On Instagram Stories, the 27-year-old shared a sweet video of herself surrounded by her family at the hotel, and said: "Hi everybody! Thank you so much for voting for me, if you voted it means the absolute world. I can't believe this is actually happening. I just want to let you all know that I am fine and this has been the best experience of my life."Jacqueline Jossa has broken her silence after deciding against giving interviews following her I'm a Celeb winWith Ella on her lap, Jacqueline turned the camera around to Mia, and said: "And my babies are here!" Mia then adorably started waving to her mum as Jacqueline waved to the camera. In a second video, the doting mum filmed her daughters playing with Dan in the hotel lobby, while her parents sat and chatted to her at the table. Jacqueline has kept a low profile since leaving the jungle apart from her social media posts, and has become the first champion to turn down all live TV interviews following her win.MORE: Holly Willoughby wows in second Dancing on Ice gownThe former EastEnders actress shared a sweet video of her daughters at the hotelTraditionally the King or Queen of the jungle appears on daytime TV shows, such as Lorraine or This Morning, via video link to discuss their experiences. It was revealed on Monday morning's Lorraine show that Jacqueline wouldn't be doing this. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly confirmed that the star had declined post-jungle interviews, revealing that she would instead be chatting to runners-up Roman Kemp and Andy Whyment on the show. "We're going to be talking to… Well, not Jacqueline because she's not doing any interviews, I don't think," Lorraine confirmed. "But she was crowned Queen of the Jungle last night. But we will be talking to the runners-up, Roman and Andy."READ: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take pause on royal break for this important reasonThe star also posted a video of her husband Dan Osborne playing with their childrenJacqueline was visibly stunned as she was crowned the winner by Ant and Dec on Sunday night. She was met on the bridge by husband Dan, and spoke of her love for him during her final speech. "I love Daniel, I love my kids, I love my family," she said. The couple’s two-year marriage has certainly come under the spotlight during Jacqueline's time in the jungle. Dan has been hit with new allegations of infidelity, but has responded with a number of defiant posts on Instagram. "No matter how much they try breaking us, we are and will always remain a team," one post read.

  • Boris Johnson insults the 3.6m EU citizens who have made the UK their home

    Boris Johnson insults the 3.6m EU citizens who have made the UK their homeEU immigrants are the latest scapegoats in an election that demonises others to gloss over the Tory party’s own failure to create a prosperous and more equal society, writes Maike Bohn, co-founder of the3million

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  • 28-Year-Old Atop One of World’s Oldest Fortunes Faces Backlash

    (Bloomberg) -- Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, is the U.K.’s third-richest person and considered by some its most eligible bachelor.He’s tried to stay out of the spotlight since inheriting his title in 2016, but these days it’s almost impossible for a billionaire, especially one with a global property empire, to remain in the background.Criticism is mounting for the Duke and his Grosvenor Group Ltd. The firm faces opposition to its plans to demolish a London tower that houses some of the city’s poorest residents, attracting negative headlines as rising inequality becomes an increasingly hot topic. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in October blasted the 28-year-old as a “dodgy landlord,” part of a broad-based attack on U.K. billionaires and the “rigged system.”This leaves the Grosvenor Group in an unenviable position with this week’s election.If the Conservative Party under Boris Johnson wins the Dec. 12 vote, then Brexit will follow, potentially devaluing London property.Polls in Sunday’s U.K. newspapers all give the Conservatives a clear lead over Labour, though they differ by how much.But if Labour can form a government, the family’s fortune may face an existential threat. Corbyn is campaigning on higher taxes for the wealthy, restrictions on landlords and has also suggested public registers for the type of trusts that discreetly manage the wealth of the Grosvenor family and other dynastic clans.A Labour government “would require far more transparency of wealth, particularly with trusts,” said Richard Murphy, professor of international political economy at City University of London. The Duke “didn’t choose to be what he is, as it’s an accident of birth, but he is a personification of a form of property ownership whose time has now passed.”A spokesman for the Duke of Westminster declined to comment.The Grosvenors have faced starker challenges than a firebrand Labour government, surviving through wars and political shifts.They trace their lineage back almost 1,000 years to a relative of William the Conqueror, who invaded England from Normandy in 1066. Their initial wealth was accumulated through mines and minerals, but they owe their modern fortune to a 17th century marriage. Sir Thomas Grosvenor received 500 acres of swamp and orchard to the west of the City of London as a dowry from the parents of his 12-year-old bride.Mayfair and Belgravia are now hotspots for some of London’s most well-heeled tenants, including luxury retailers, art galleries and hedge funds.Grosvenor Group has expanded to 60 cities worldwide and managed assets totaling 12.3 billion pounds ($15.9 billion) at the end of last year. But the company’s core is still London.Hugh became the head of his family’s estate when his father Gerald died from a heart attack at 64. According to the will, the sixth Duke of Westminster left 616 million pounds after debts and liabilities, with 20,000 pounds for each of his three daughters, who may receive additional income through the Grosvenor family trusts.Gerald’s guns, fishing equipment and cars passed to Hugh, who also received his title. U.K. laws effectively limit that part of inheritance to males. That gave Hugh a personal fortune now estimated at $11.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Hugh had a very different upbringing than his father, who attended Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Gerald loved fast cars, women and champagne at breakfast, according to “The Reluctant Billionaire,” a 2018 book by Tom Quinn.The current duke was educated at Ellesmere College, a private school near the Welsh border, and graduated from the University of Newcastle six years ago with a degree in Countryside Management.Hugh then joined the Grosvenor Estate’s graduate program, working in each segment of his family’s holdings, which also includes rural estates in the U.K. and Spain. Today, as Duke, Hugh is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate. Grosvenor Group’s CEO Mark Preston has ultimate responsibility though for the fortune of Britain’s richest landlord.At the heart of it all is Grosvenor Square, a leafy public space in London bordered by embassies, celebrity-chef restaurants and hotel suites costing more than $5,000 a night. This month, silk roses dot the square, adding a festive touch to the center of Mayfair.That attention to detail hasn’t gone unnoticed by local residents.Grosvenor Estate “looks after and upgrades the public realm,” said Camilla Dell, founder of Black Brick Property Solutions, which buys real estate on behalf of the wealthy. “Pedestrian streets are widened, and they’ve been very conscious the shops are quality and different from one another.”But these improvements have helped push up prices so much that the areas are now synonymous with the international elite. One four-bedroom apartment in Grosvenor Square is on the market for 17 million pounds, and a nearby terraced house is offered at 65 million pounds.Home prices in this region are the highest in London. The same areas also have the city’s starkest income inequality, according to anti-poverty group Trust for London.The Grosvenor Estate’s philanthropic arm aims to tackle some of the harshest effects of inequality across its holdings by supporting charities that target homelessness. It also provides office space in London for non-profits, including the Childhood Trust, which focuses on poverty.But tensions are building, especially where Grosvenor Group interacts with the less affluent.A few blocks from Sloane Square, Belgravia, one of London’s exclusive areas, Grosvenor Group wants to demolish high-rise apartment blocks to build a residential complex with new shops, restaurants and double the existing affordable homes.Tenants housed by the local council in one tower set for demolition are furious at the prospect of being uprooted when the building’s lease expires in 2023. Supported by local Labour politicians, the residents have campaigned against the plans and more than 200,000 people have signed a petition supporting their cause.It was a similar story when Grosvenor Group last year proposed building about 1,300 units in Bermondsey, southeast London, aimed at workers without the means to buy a home and too much income to qualify for social housing. The area’s Labour-run council rejected the plans in February, criticizing Grosvenor Group for being “off the mark” in numbers of affordable homes.The firm has filed a fresh application to London’s governing body, which has the power to overrule local authorities and is expected to hold a public hearing on the matter by the end of the year.But even if these latest plans go through, the spotlight will remain on the Duke of Westminster and his empire.“With these huge fortunes, power has become extraordinary concentrated in the U.K. and goes virtually unchallenged,” said John Christensen, chair of Tax Justice Network, an advocacy group that pushes for financial transparency. “That has created a country of two parts with a tiny, very wealthy and powerful elite and the rest who are struggling and by and large all the tax provisions are geared to taxing those who are not elite. It’s a massive distortion.”(Updatates with polls in sixth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jack Sidders.To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Stupples in London at bstupples@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Pierre Paulden at, Steven CrabillFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.