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    Lisa Armstrong may be off camera in her job as head of hair and makeup at Strictly Come Dancing, but that doesn't mean she can't look fabulous while working her magic on the stars. The celebrity MUA was spotted rocking a pair of waxed black skinny jeans as she left the Strictly studios in London on Tuesday, completing her getup with a cosy oversized woollen jumper and a plain black tee.Lisa, 42, had two bags to hand, a slinky black clutch and a Louis Vuitton tote, which perfectly matched her Louis Vuitton phone cover. Très chic! She added height to her look with a pair of white hi-top trainers that featured a sparkly red sequinned back - the perfect homage to Strictly.Lisa Armstrong looked casual chic on the way to StrictlyAnt McPartlin's ex-wife has worked on the BBC One dance show for over a decade. During her time on Strictly, the chief makeup and hair designer has picked up various awards for her work, including the prestigious CRAFT BAFTA for her team and the RTS Award, recognising Lisa's high achievement in the television community. Her TV credits include Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor and This Morning, on which she gives makeup tutorials.MORE: Charles Spencer shares stunning portrait of wife Karen at royal weddingHer sparkly trainers were the perfect homage to StrictlyIt's clear that Lisa is a big hit with the Strictly pro dancers, often featuring on their Instagram accounts when they're in the makeup chair. Earlier this month, as rehearsals were kicking off, Aljaz Skorjanec shared a video of himself in the glam chair - and judging by Lisa's comments, she's on a mission to seriously up the show's glitz and shimmer.MORE: Rachel Riley shows off baby bump in snakeskin print dressLisa is overheard saying she's going to "get some shimmer on his face" and also "stick some flowers and pearls and beads" above his eyes. Aljaz confirms the lavish plans for his face, telling the camera: "We're back. Flowers and pearls and beads on my face!"Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal nanny PICTURED for first time

    It was always known that Prince Harry and Meghan had hired someone to help look after their three-month-old son Archie, but the nanny in question was only spotted for the first time last week. Photos obtained by the Sun show the royal staffer boarding Harry and Meghan's private jet in Nice at the end of the Sussexes' holiday in France.Her identity is yet to be revealed, but she is said to be the third nanny hired since Archie's birth in May. The first nanny was reportedly let go, while the second only worked nights. This third nanny helps out with the newborn, but does not live at the Sussex family home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage. She is expected to join the royals on their upcoming tour of Africa this autumn.Baby Archie spotted at the polo earlier this summerThe new hiring comes shortly after Harry and Meghan also employed a housekeeper for Frogmore Cottage and a new private secretary, Fiona Mcilwham. The high-flying diplomat, who describes herself as a "wannabe supermum" on Twitter, is set to take over Samantha Cohen, who was acting as a private secretary on a temporary basis.MORE: Royals and their beloved nannies - see the adorable photosThe Mail on Sunday reports that Fiona won over palace officials and the couple themselves, who had hoped to hire a joint private secretary from within the royal household roster. But Fiona, 45, has quite the résumé, becoming one of the youngest ambassadors for Britain when she was posted to Albania aged 35. She also previously worked as Director for Western Balkans and Enlargement at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.Meghan sweetly kisses her newborn sonHarry and Meghan's decision to hire a royal nanny should come as no surprise. Nannies have been an integral part of the royal family's home life for decades. When Prince George was eight months old, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to take on the Norland-trained Spaniard, Maria Turrion Borrallo. Maria also helps look after Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.MORE: Lisa Armstrong looks super stylish in waxed jeans as she heads to StrictlyWhen Princes William and Harry were growing up, they had several nannies look after them through the years, including their beloved Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who attended Harry and Meghan's royal wedding in 2018. Royal watchers have also speculated that Tiggy may be one of Archie's godmothers after she was spotted attending the baby's private christening in July.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

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    ‘The similarities are close, as people in both camps agree. One Labour frontbencher told me ‘Our 2017 manifesto was basically the programme Miliband would loved to have presented.’’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PAIn that moment you could feel British politics lurching out of its rut. Labour was about to pick its next leader - and instead of choosing the favourite, the old Tony Blair tribute act, voters were throwing a giant spanner in the works. They wanted the slightly gawky leftwing underdog. They wanted a transformed party, a bigger politics. They wanted Ed Miliband.So much has changed this decade that it seems absurd to consider how at its start, in 2010, a 40-year-old father of two and whiz on a Rubik’s Cube was considered the biggest threat to the British establishment. Did that really happen? Yes, confirm the archives. He was Red Ed, a “Marxoid creep” (the Daily Mail, of course), the man with the sneaky plan to turn the country into some socialist banana republic. One editor congratulated Miliband on his speech, before leaning in: “I’m sorry about all the terrible things we're going to write”How laughably tinny such jibes sound today. Seen in the rearview mirror of a country hurtling towards a cliff-edge, undeterred by Whitehall warnings of shortages in medicine, fuel and food, the Miliband era looks enviable. You could quarrel and quibble with the man, of course; you could pick holes all day long. But knowing what was to come, how the next couple of episodes were to play out, would you still have gone for the chillaxing blunderer who landed us in a historic mess then grabbed the thick end of a million quid from some poor sap of a publisher to stick his trotters up in a £25,000 shed and yawn out a memoir?To put it in the argot of those times, which would you prefer: chaos with Ed Miliband or stability and strong government with David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson? If ideologically you dress to the right, which do you really consider poses a greater threat to the economy: a modest tax on bankers’ bonuses or month upon month of delays and disruption at our ports? Who do you reckon really looks less of a leader: the one who critics dubbed Wallace, or the lying blond clown who styles himself as a latterday Winston Churchill?I am no nostalgic, and consider counterfactual history the academic discipline of snake-oil salesmen in tweed jackets. But the Miliband period offers serious lessons for today, as we stand on the verge of the kind of tumult few of us have seen in our lifetimes. Our problems at the end of this decade are far larger than they ever were at its start - yet there are echoes. Then as now, we were in rarely visited political territory with a coalition government using a global banking crisis to make historic spending cuts. Just like now, the Tories were hastily trying to paint their Labour opponents as dangerous radicals posing a threat to the British way of life. And this autumn, just as in 2010, the media and civil-society institutions will play a crucial role as arbiters of what is politically permissible. In other words, the treatment dished out to the previous Labour leader was but a dry run for that likely to be doled out to Jeremy Corbyn in the next few weeks.For his half-decade in charge, Miliband was treated in a way that should embarrass, if not shame, some in politics, the press and business. Disappointed that Labour had chosen “the wrong brother”, some of his own shadow cabinet immediately began whispering poison into the ears of journalists. Having never given him much of a chance, they then threatened a coup. The Tories would greet almost any of his policies by calling him a communist. A cap on energy bills? That, retorted George Osborne, was basically Venezuela. Until, that is, he saw how well the idea was polling.“I would sit with business leaders who would tell me that a 50p tax on higher incomes was a radical economic risk, that an energy price cap was radical socialism,” recalls Torsten Bell, then head of policy to Miliband and now head of the well-respected economics thinktank the Resolution Foundation. “And I would say: no, it really isn’t. You need to look up the meaning of economic risk.”When the political class realised the country largely sympathised with Miliband’s ideas they began attacking his physiology. “He doesn’t look like a prime minister,” his own backbenchers would murmur to journalists. Never mind that he’d already amassed more cabinet experience than Blair and Cameron put together when they started in No 10; a real leader had to have rolled off the public-school conveyor belt.The same tabloids that today are rightly attentive to Labour’s issues with antisemitism spent years splashing on photos of a Jewish man struggling to swallow a bacon sandwich - the subtext of which was never hard to read. The Mail famously conducted hatchet jobs on his dead dad, who’d fled the Holocaust. Even the posh papers would tut over this “north London intellectual”, this rootless cosmopolitan, before just a couple of years later clutching their pearls over May’s line about “citizens of nowhere”. No opportunity was passed up to heap ordure on the man, however unfair. My colleague Rafael Behr records how a political editor went up to the Labour leader and congratulated him on a great speech, before leaning in: “I’m sorry about all the terrible things we are now going to write about you.” In this way, a responsible, thoughtful and decent man was drummed out of frontline politics.None of this is to excuse the mistakes of the Miliband project: the immigration mugs and the gigantic slabs of limestone and in particular the failure to argue against austerity. But the bottom line is this: Miliband came not to bury capitalism, but to save it. He offered Britain a smidgen of basic social democracy, the smallest taste of redistribution: curbing zero-hours contracts and the vast power imbalance between bosses and workers; the privatisation of natural monopolies and the rotting away of the public realm. By dismissing that argument, the establishment in effect sent out one unified message to voters mired in a slump: that post-crash Britain was unreformed and unreformable. That argument was to be used against the elites with deadly effect in the EU referendum of 2016.The similarities between Corbyn and Miliband are close, as people in both camps agree. One Labour frontbencher told me recently, “Our 2017 manifesto was basically the programme Miliband would have loved to have presented” - and when I ran that by a senior adviser to the previous Labour leader, they agreed. For all the hard-left epithets flung at today’s opposition, it offers the kind of European social democracy that Angela Merkel would recognise.I hear about Corbyn the same kind of criticism I heard about Miliband: he’s a weak leader, he’s too radical, he’s too north London. The difference this time around is that the stakes are even higher. Britain is heading fast down the road to economic disaster and far-right extremist politics. One wonders about those who wail at the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and Johnson staying in No 10 yet who also screw up their face at the notion of any compromise with Corbyn’s Labour. Some I remember also treated Miliband with disdain, while a few spent the Blair years urging leftwingers not to let the ideologically perfect be the enemy of the good.All I’d say is: don’t make the same mistake again. Don’t look at a Labour leader who inevitably comes with his own letdowns and flaws, and choose plummy-vowelled, confident-voiced chaos instead.• Aditya Chakrabortty is a Guardian columnist

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