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Marian Robinson, the mother of Michelle Obama has died at 86

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Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama‘s mother has died at the age of 86. 

Mrs Obama paid tribute to her mother in a statement on X on Friday evening.

‘My mom Marian Robinson was my rock, always there for whatever I needed. She was the same steady backstop for our entire family, and we are heartbroken to share she passed away today.’

The family also made a statement on Friday evening.

‘In our sadness, we are lifted up by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest of ours trying to live up to her example,’ the Obama family stated.

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Michelle Obama paid tribute to her mother Marian Robinson who has died at the age of 86

Michelle Obama paid tribute to her mother Marian Robinson who has died at the age of 86

Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama ‘s mother has died at the age of 86. The pair are pictured in 2012 

In 2018, Michelle Obama shared a never-before-seen photo with her mother in celebration of her  memoir Becoming

In 2018, Michelle Obama shared a never-before-seen photo with her mother in celebration of her  memoir Becoming

In a  throwback photo Michelle Obama has shared one with her mother Marian and her brother Craig in honor of Mother's Day

In a  throwback photo Michelle Obama has shared one with her mother Marian and her brother Craig in honor of Mother’s Day

Michelle Obama, left, is seen together with her parents Fraser and Marian Robinson

Michelle Obama, left, is seen together with her parents Fraser and Marian Robinson

'In our sadness, we are lifted up by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest of ours trying to live up to her example', the family said in a statement

‘In our sadness, we are lifted up by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest of ours trying to live up to her example’, the family said in a statement 





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So what does Melania’s absence from court (and deafening silence) say about her marriage with Donald Trump… especially as he was supported during the trial by three of his five children?

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Donald Trump‘s hush-money trial was at its heart about his relationship with women – but the woman who mattered most was conspicuously absent throughout.

Melania Trump didn’t appear once during the six-week proceedings: a disappearing act said to have irked her husband, who was pointedly supported in court by three of his five children: Don Jr, Eric and Tiffany. (Though not by Ivanka, once a key member of his White House administration, nor Barron, his teenage son with Melania.)

Pundits are clear that, politically, it would have helped Trump immensely had Melania, 54, been seen to stand by her man.

Yet what wife could have faced sitting in court to hear sordid testimony that her husband had slept with a porn star at a charity golf tournament while she was back at home nursing their new-born son?

Prosecution witnesses insisted that Trump had tried to buy the pneumatic Stormy Daniels‘s silence for $130,000 in 2016 not because he was worried Melania would find out about his grisly assignation ten years earlier — but because he feared that news of it might hurt his election prospects.

Daniels, meanwhile, testified that the man 32 years her senior had seemed breezily unbothered about keeping their fling secret.

Melania Trump didn't appear once during the six-week proceedings: a disappearing act said to have irked her husband, who was pointedly supported in court by three of his five children: Don Jr, Eric and Tiffany

Melania Trump didn’t appear once during the six-week proceedings: a disappearing act said to have irked her husband, who was pointedly supported in court by three of his five children: Don Jr, Eric and Tiffany

The last time the couple were photographed together on May 17 at their son Barron Trump's high school graduation

The last time the couple were photographed together on May 17 at their son Barron Trump’s high school graduation

Yet what wife could have faced sitting in court to hear sordid testimony that her husband had slept with a porn star at a charity golf tournament while she was back at home nursing their new-born son?

Yet what wife could have faced sitting in court to hear sordid testimony that her husband had slept with a porn star at a charity golf tournament while she was back at home nursing their new-born son?

Some have assumed that the lurid courtroom circus contained nothing Melania hadn’t known before. But one wonders whether she had previously heard the claim – made by Trump’s former ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen – that Trump ‘wasn’t thinking’ about Melania in choosing to hush up the Daniels liaison because: ‘This was all about the campaign.’

Cohen further testified that when he had asked Trump if news of the affair might lead to Melania divorcing him, Trump casually replied: ‘Don’t worry … How long do you think I’ll be on the market for?’

As Trump rages about the ‘rigged’ trial, plots his inevitable appeal and calculates how the conviction will affect his election prospects in November, some have asked whether the sheer tawdriness of the proceedings could have a lasting impact on the ex-First Lady and the marriage.

In April, a source told the New York Times that Melania had accepted Trump’s argument that the case against him was a ‘disgrace’: a cynical attempt to damage his election prospects.

Yet if The Donald had consequently hoped for a public statement of support from his wife, none came. Indeed, according to insiders, Melania has privately referred to the Daniels case as ‘his problem’.

Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s former press secretary and chief of staff, said this week that she knew Melania’s absence from his trial ‘absolutely bothers him’, adding: ‘If Mrs Trump wasn’t at some event [when Trump was President] and it was really noted, he would definitely bring it up with her.’

Another ex-adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, claims that behind her self-possessed facade, Melania has come to terms with her husband’s character.

‘She knows exactly who she married,’ Wolkoff wrote this week. ‘She’s a ruthless survivor.

‘A little courtroom drama won’t make her regret a thing.

‘As soon as this criminal case is over, she will be happy, relieved, back home with Barron in her bathrobe with a smile on her face.’ Melania and Barron, 18, reportedly sat out most of the trial at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Sources say, however, that they were in New York when the verdict was announced on Thursday – although Melania didn’t accompany her husband to an election fundraising dinner at a private home in the city that night.

Most well-informed observers believe the Trumps’ marriage will survive this latest turmoil.

The former First Lady was said to have been deeply angered and humiliated when reports of the Daniels affair first emerged in 2018.

In April, a source told the New York Times that Melania had accepted Trump's argument that the case against him was a 'disgrace': a cynical attempt to damage his election prospects

In April, a source told the New York Times that Melania had accepted Trump’s argument that the case against him was a ‘disgrace’: a cynical attempt to damage his election prospects 

Yet if The Donald had consequently hoped for a public statement of support from his wife, none came. Indeed, according to insiders, Melania has privately referred to the Daniels case as 'his problem'

Yet if The Donald had consequently hoped for a public statement of support from his wife, none came. Indeed, according to insiders, Melania has privately referred to the Daniels case as ‘his problem’ 

Trump's son Eric and daughter-in-law Lara Trump returning to the courtroom from a break in the hush money trial on May 14

Trump’s son Eric and daughter-in-law Lara Trump returning to the courtroom from a break in the hush money trial on May 14

Only two months before Trump met the porn star in 2006, Melania had overcome her natural media shyness to gush to Oprah Winfrey about her husband’s ‘amazing’ paternal instincts. (Biographers counter that Trump had made it clear to Melania that, if she had his child, he wouldn’t be actively involved in its upbringing, and he wasn’t even in the delivery room when Barron was born.)

When news of the dalliance broke, Melania did not join her husband, then president, on an official trip to Davos, Switzerland, heading to Mar-a-Lago without him. When she returned to Washington a few days later, she took a separate car to his first State of the Union address, appearing on the arm of a male military aide.

Sources have long maintained that their marriage is ‘transactional’. Melania, a Slovenian-born model, gained a fabulously rich, famous and influential husband, but was forced to come to terms with the stories about his womanising behaviour.

She is fiercely protective of Barron, the only child of their 19-year union, and was said to have been particularly concerned that his name was kept out of the hush-money trial.

Given that the young man has been brought up largely by his mother – with considerable help from her parents, Viktor and the late Amalija – it’s no surprise that he did not attend the trial, either.

Since Trump left office in 2021, Melania has largely faded from public sight, mostly living at Mar-a-Lago and making headlines only for occasional charity announcements and efforts to monetise her ‘brand’. In December 2021, for example, she announced that she would be releasing digital art – ‘NFTs’ or non-fungible tokens – with a portion of the proceeds funding scholarships for children in foster care. The auction received far less than anticipated.

Melania has further been spotted at her husband’s side at two key political events this year, both in Florida. She joined him at the state primary in March, although she missed his ‘Super Tuesday’ party at Mar-a-Lago a few weeks earlier.

After, she was reported to be ‘all smiles’ at a dinner that raised $50 million for her husband’s campaign, held by a Republican billionaire in Palm Beach in April, a source claimed that she was ‘ready to be First Lady again and clearly enjoyed the evening’.

Donald Trump, far left, watches watches as jury foreperson #1 delivers guilty verdicts with judge Juan Merchan listening on the bench in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday

Donald Trump, far left, watches watches as jury foreperson #1 delivers guilty verdicts with judge Juan Merchan listening on the bench in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday

Donald Trump, pictured in a courtroom sketch, reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, at Manhattan state court in New York City on May 30, 2024

Donald Trump, pictured in a courtroom sketch, reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, at Manhattan state court in New York City on May 30, 2024

The Trumps arriving to vote in Florida on March 19. When asked if she would be joining Trump on the campaign trail she responded 'stay tuned'

The Trumps arriving to vote in Florida on March 19. When asked if she would be joining Trump on the campaign trail she responded ‘stay tuned’

Trump and Melania departing the White House to board Marine One a last time in January 2021

Trump and Melania departing the White House to board Marine One a last time in January 2021

Might these have been more evidence for their ‘transactional’ relationship? After all, last September it was claimed that Mrs Trump ‘quietly’ renegotiated her prenuptial agreement with her 77-year-old spouse.

A source emphasised this didn’t mean that she was preparing to leave him, but reflected the fact that his legal troubles and second White House run had forced her to take steps to ensure she and Barron were cared for financially. ‘Melania is most concerned about maintaining and increasing a substantial trust for their son,’ said the insider.

Barron has just finished high school and is heading to university – although his father recently revealed he hadn’t made up his mind about where to go.

Insiders say that, no matter what happens next, Trump knows he needs to keep his wife sweet as he tries to keep millions of American voters – especially women – on side.

As Melania’s former aide Stephanie Grisham points out: ‘At the end of the day, she can make or break his candidacy.’



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It’s a nailbiting moment for Queen Camilla at the derby… but the Royals’ horse Treasure fails to romp home the winner as King Charles eases back into the limelight with a day at the races

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Pursed lips, bitten gloves and a very nervous wince… clearly the King and Queen struggled to rein in their feelings during a day at the races.

The couple were on the edge of their seats as they watched their horse Treasure race in the Oaks at Epsom’s Ladies Day yesterday.

With tempting odds of 18/1, there were hopes Treasure would echo the success of other horses bred by the late Queen Elizabeth II. Two of her horses were ridden to victory in the prestigious Oaks – Carrozza in 1957 and Dunfermline in 1977.

Treasure is a daughter of stallion Masterscraftsman and Shimmering Light, which was placed for the late monarch in two races in 2017. 

However there was to be no royal win this year, with Treasure finishing 11th out of 12 runners.

The couple were on the edge of their seats as they watched their horse Treasure race in the Oaks at Epsom's Ladies Day yesterday

The couple were on the edge of their seats as they watched their horse Treasure race in the Oaks at Epsom’s Ladies Day yesterday

Queen Camilla was pictured looking tense as she watched Treasure race today

Queen Camilla was pictured looking tense as she watched Treasure race today 

Camilla watched on as the race unfolded, with Treasure originally starting off strong

Camilla watched on as the race unfolded, with Treasure originally starting off strong 

The prize money for the race totalled to £541,035 for the top six positions out of the 12 runners – with £311,905 going to the winner. 

Trainer Ralph Beckett, who met the King and Queen before the race, said: ‘I think they enjoyed themselves and hopefully there will be other days for [Treasure].’

He added they ‘decided to have a go at the Oaks as the ground should be in her favour’, adding that he had been ‘very pleased with her progress’. 

The handler also described the King and Queen as ‘such enthusiastic owners and it is great to be training such a nice filly for them who is running in a Classic’.

A rendition of the national anthem was sang – as Charles and Camilla watched on – before the race began. 

The King’s horse Treasure started off solidly, settling in third position and standing out from the all brown pack in grey. 

However, the pack was strong and after a struggle to keep up Treasure finished eleventh. 

However, the pack was strong and after a struggle to keep up Treasure finished eleventh

However, the pack was strong and after a struggle to keep up Treasure finished eleventh

Trainer Ralph Beckett described the King and Queen as 'such enthusiastic owners and it is great to be training such a nice filly for them who is running in a Classic'

Trainer Ralph Beckett described the King and Queen as ‘such enthusiastic owners and it is great to be training such a nice filly for them who is running in a Classic’

Charles and Camilla enjoyed a memorable first Flat season last year, with Desert Hero winning at Royal Ascot before finishing third in the St Leger.

Treasure won on her racecourse debut at Nottingham in October last year before finishing fourth behind stablemate You Got To Me in the Lingfield Oaks Trial on her reappearance three weeks ago.

Earlier in the day, the King and Queen presented the trophy to Luxembourg ridden by Ryan Moore, the winner of the Holland Cooper Coronation Cup after watching the race from the stands. 

They then made their way to the Royal Box where Camilla wrapped up against the cold in a £630 coat from Camilla And Marc and a ribboned hat designed by Philip Treacy.

The King, who is also expected to attend Trooping the Colour this month, returned to public duties in April after being diagnosed with cancer in February.



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Leading Tory mayor says Starmer hasn’t learned past lessons when the North ‘was taken for granted’ as he pleads ‘do not let Labour leave the region to rot’

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Labour would leave the North to ‘rot’, the Mayor of Teesside warns today.

As the Conservatives announced hundreds of millions of pounds in levelling-up cash for towns across the country, Ben Houchen said Sir Keir Starmer ‘hasn’t learned the lesson’ of the past when ‘for years, the North East was taken for granted and left to rot by the Labour Party’.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner will today brand the Government’s levelling-up agenda a ‘phoney gimmick’ as she pledges to ‘power up every corner of Britain’.

But writing in the Mail today, Lord Houchen says a ‘committed approach to devolution, introduced by Boris (Johnson) and continued by Rishi (Sunak), has been instrumental in turbocharging local growth’ in areas that had been neglected by Labour for decades.

Lord Houchen, the only Tory mayor to hold on to power in last month’s local elections, writes: ‘Levelling up isn’t just about the cash, though this has been a critical part of this Government’s commitment to our area. It is also about the influence we now have over government policy which for years, Westminster has had a monopoly.

Ben Houchen said Sir Keir Starmer 'hasn't learned the lesson' of the past when 'for years, the North East was taken for granted and left to rot by the Labour Party'

Ben Houchen said Sir Keir Starmer ‘hasn’t learned the lesson’ of the past when ‘for years, the North East was taken for granted and left to rot by the Labour Party’

‘But Labour hasn’t learnt its lesson. They still operate on a centralised model where everything is to be dictated from their head office.’

His comments come as ministers unveil a new package of funding to help regenerate communities across the country.

Michael Gove today publishes a list of 30 towns which will each receive £20 million for local projects if the Conservatives win the next election. The list is likely to provoke controversy as 70 per cent of the towns listed in England and Wales are in constituencies held by the Conservatives at the last election.

The list includes communities in a string of constituencies where the Tories are desperate to hold on, such as Redditch, Corby, Bognor Regis and Ilkeston, which was the first place visited by Mr Sunak after calling the snap election.

It also includes the north Derbyshire town of Dronfield, in the constituency of levelling up minister Lee Rowley, and Newtown, in the Welsh constituency of Mr Sunak’s close parliamentary aide Craig Williams.

Unlike most previous rounds of levelling-up funding, the successful towns have been decided without having to submit bids setting out how they would use the cash.

Sources said the towns had been chosen on the basis of factors such as life expectancy and workforce productivity. But the preponderance of Tory winners is likely to fuel accusations of US-style pork barrel politics.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner will today brand the Government's levelling-up agenda a 'phoney gimmick' as she pledges to 'power up every corner of Britain'

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner will today brand the Government’s levelling-up agenda a ‘phoney gimmick’ as she pledges to ‘power up every corner of Britain’

Ms Rayner last night accused ministers of ‘yet another reckless unfunded spending commitment, sure to be broken as quickly as it was made’. But Tory sources said the £600 million cost could be funded from the proceeds of a crackdown on tax avoidance.

The Prime Minister said the cash injection would ‘transform’ communities which are the ‘beating heart of our country… reviving their high streets, growing their local economies and making people feel proud of the place they call home’.

Mr Sunak said Labour’s record in government ‘shows they don’t care about towns – neglecting their needs, allowing them to decline and focusing instead on cities’.

Labour has said that the funding ring-fenced by the Tories to pay for the investment into towns is the same funding that is being used for their pensions announcement and National Service plan.

Ms Rayner added: ‘Everywhere you look, communities up and down the country are feeling the impact of 14 years of Tory decline: boarded-up shops, soaring bills and a widening wage gap with London.

‘Labour will turn the page on the Conservatives’ chaos by boosting growth in every corner of the country, putting more money in people’s pockets, and giving them control over what matters.’



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Robert De Niro stripped of prestigious award for his anti-Trump rant outside court

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Robert De Niro will no longer be honored at the National Association of Broadcasters award ceremony following his anti-Trump rant outside the former president’s criminal trial.

The Oscar-winning actor, 80, was set to be handed the group’s Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Award next week.

But the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has rescinded the award after De Niro hit out at Donald Trump in a press conference in support of Joe Biden outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. 

‘I owe this city a lot. And that’s why it’s so weird that Donald Trump is just across the street because he doesn’t belong in my city,’ he told reporters. 

The NAB which describes itself as ‘proudly bipartisan’ said De Niro would no longer be attending their event. 

Robert De Niro will no longer be honored at the National Association of Broadcasters award ceremony following his anti-Trump rant outside the former president's criminal trial

Robert De Niro will no longer be honored at the National Association of Broadcasters award ceremony following his anti-Trump rant outside the former president’s criminal trial

The Oscar-winning actor, 80, was set to be handed the group's Leadership Foundation's Service to America Award next week

The Oscar-winning actor, 80, was set to be handed the group’s Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Award next week

‘This event is proudly bipartisan, uniting those from across the political spectrum to celebrate the impactful work of local broadcasters and our partners,’ an NAB spokesman told The Hill.

‘While we strongly support the right of every American to exercise free speech and participate in civic engagement, it is clear that Mr. De Niro’s recent high-profile activities will create a distraction from the philanthropic work that we were hoping to recognize.

‘To maintain the focus on service of the award winners, Mr. De Niro will no longer be attending the event.’ 

It comes days after De Niro said he joined the Biden campaign because it was the only way to ‘preserve our freedoms’.

‘I don’t mean to scare you. No, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you,’ he told reporters. 

‘If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted.’

The actor cast himself as the true New Yorker and mocked Trump’s history of sometimes-unsuccessful business ventures and self-promotion, saying Trump was looking to ‘destroy’ the city.

‘We New Yorkers used to tolerate him when he was just another crappy real estate hustler masquerading as a big shot,’ De Niro said. 

‘I love this city. I don’t want to destroy it. Donald Trump wants to destroy not only the city but the country, and, eventually, he could destroy the world.’

He said if Trump gets reelected he will never relinquish power.

‘I can tell you right now. He will never leave. He will never leave. You know that. He will never leave,’ De Niro said.

But the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has rescinded the award

But the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has rescinded the award

It comes after De Niro hit out at Donald Trump in a press conference in support of Joe Biden outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday

It comes after De Niro hit out at Donald Trump in a press conference in support of Joe Biden outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump gave a review of Robert De Niro's performance outside of his hush money case overnight Wednesday on his Truth Social website

Former President Donald Trump gave a review of Robert De Niro’s performance outside of his hush money case overnight Wednesday on his Truth Social website

Last week, the Biden campaign released a new ad that was narrated by De Niro sharply criticizing Trump’s presidency and plans if he’s reelected.

Trump labeled De Niro a ‘wacko’ following his rant outside Manhattan Criminal Court and posted a deepfake video that manipulates the actor’s own voice to call himself ‘washed up.’

The former president posted the video from his Truth Social account where the actor calls himself a ‘scared little man’ and a ‘sicko’ with ‘lots of skeletons in my closet.’

It also insults his stature, calls Trump a ‘real man,’ and includes crude references to gay sex.

‘I don’t know why they made this podium so high. I told them I’m coming straight from the bathhouse and didn’t have my platform shoes with me,’ the actor says in a manipulated voice that resembles his own in the video blasted out by Trump to his followers.

‘I’m speaking to you today because I’m a scared little man, a washed up actor with lots of skeletons in my closet. People like me need Joe Biden and power not because he’s any good, but because he enjoys the same sick perversions,’ it says.

The manipulated ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Godfather Part II’ actor then says he only gets to ‘pretend to be tough and powerful on a movie set.’

‘If Donald Trump was in front of me right now I’d punch myself right in the face, get down on my hands and knees …’ the deepfake version of De Niro says, with a crude reference in the video posted by the former president.

DailyMail.com has contacted the NAB for comment.  



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BEN HOUCHEN: Levelling up has given power to the locals… it’s a Conservative success story!

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What people in Teesside, Darlington, and Hartlepool want is exactly the same as what people want in any other part of the country.

They want good jobs to support their families. They want opportunities to realise their potential. They want politicians to get the basics right and deliver tangible progress.

They don’t want to move to Newcastle, Leeds, or London to do this. And there is no reason why they should.

For years, the North East was taken for granted and left to rot by the Labour Party. People were consigned to having to move out to move on.

This Government’s Levelling Up agenda has changed that – now people I represent can stay local and go far.

Ben Houchen said Sir Keir Starmer ‘hasn’t learned the lesson’ of the past when ‘for years, the North East was taken for granted and left to rot by the Labour Party’

Thanks to the money and powers that have come with this Levelling Up agenda, billions of pounds of private sector investment has now been leveraged into Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. It has helped us back the innovators, job creators and entrepreneurs.

It has seen us increase the employment rate by 5.4 per cent. It has allowed us to save our airport which was being run into the ground and prepared for sale under Labour. And it has given us the firepower to regenerate the rusting Redcar steelworks, creating thousands of new, good-quality, local jobs in the industries of the future for the next generation of Teessiders.

Thanks to the money and powers that have come with this Levelling Up agenda, billions of pounds of private sector investment has now been leveraged into Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool

Thanks to the money and powers that have come with this Levelling Up agenda, billions of pounds of private sector investment has now been leveraged into Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool

It has seen us increase the employment rate by 5.4 per cent. It has allowed us to save our airport which was being run into the ground and prepared for sale under Labour

It has seen us increase the employment rate by 5.4 per cent. It has allowed us to save our airport which was being run into the ground and prepared for sale under Labour

But Levelling Up isn’t just about the cash, though this has been a critical part of this Government’s commitment to our area.

It is also about the influence we now have over government policy which, for years, Westminster has had a monopoly.

Ben Houchen wrote in the Mail today that he believes 'Labour hasn¿t learnt its lesson'

Ben Houchen wrote in the Mail today that he believes ‘Labour hasn’t learnt its lesson’

We have brought hundreds of civil servants from the Treasury to Darlington so decisions about how our country is run can be made from the North East for the first time.

This is how we truly level up our country and make people’s voices heard. What we have seen over the past seven years is not the patronising handouts we saw on rare occasions under Labour. This committed approach to devolution, introduced by Boris and continued by Rishi, has been instrumental in turbo-charging local growth, because local businesses and local politicians know how to spend their money for the benefit of their local areas.

But Labour hasn’t learnt its lesson. They still operate on a centralised model where everything is to be dictated from their head office. Just look at the campaign they ran against me in May – it barely mentioned a local issue! Under Labour’s proposals, local people and their concerns would be ignored, and people in areas like Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool would lose control over planning, development, and Government spending.

The Conservatives’ model of development only works because we are fully committed to devolution with money and political power working hand in glove. We Mayors have been empowered to spend how we know best.

This means, in Teesside, we have been able to attract the right jobs and businesses, as well as billions more in private investment.

It has been the way forward for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. It has delivered us electoral success because it has allowed me to deliver real progress to the people I am so lucky to represent.



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Police arrest 12 men after stabbing in Woolwich as three others are rushed to hospital

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Three men have been taken to hospital and twelve more arrested after a fight broke out in Woolwich.

The brawl happened on Thomas Street at around 6.25pm today, when officers arrived on the scene they discovered the injured men with stab wounds.

They were all taken to hospital for treatment, but their conditions are currently unknown.

As a result, a Section 60 has now been put in place in the SE18 area until 9.37am tomorrow.

This means police can stop and search anyone within the area without needing to have reasonable grounds.

Three men have been taken to hospital and twelve more arrested after a fight broke out in Woolwich

Three men have been taken to hospital and twelve more arrested after a fight broke out in Woolwich

The brawl happened on Thomas Street at around 6.25pm today, when officers arrived on the scene they discovered the injured men with stab wounds

The brawl happened on Thomas Street at around 6.25pm today, when officers arrived on the scene they discovered the injured men with stab wounds

As a result, a Section 60 has now been put in place in the SE18 area until 9.37am tomorrow

As a result, a Section 60 has now been put in place in the SE18 area until 9.37am tomorrow

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at around 1825hrs on Friday, 31 May, to a fight in Thomas Street, Woolwich.

‘Officers attended the location and found three males suffering stab injuries.

‘All have been taken to hospital; officers await an assessment of their conditions.

‘Additional officers have been deployed to the area and a total of 12 people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Enquiries continue.

‘A Section 60 is in place until 0937hrs on 1 June covering the SE18 postcode area.

‘Any witnesses or anyone with footage that may assist police should call 101 and quote ref 5815/31may.

‘To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers.’





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If race-baiting Biden was terrified of losing black votes before… now we share a common enemy with Trump: the crooked US justice system! ADAM COLEMAN’s defiant warning

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Joe Biden‘s political operatives may be popping champagne in the White House over Donald Trump‘s guilty verdict.

But they should be deeply concerned.

Trump’s historic conviction will only make it harder for Team Biden to win over black voters, who are already abandoning the Democratic ticket in droves.

And without the overwhelming support of the black America – Biden’s campaign is toast.

Ask any voter – regardless of race – exactly what Trump has been found guilty of and you’re likely to receive a blank stare in response.

That’s because no one – let alone a former president –has ever been prosecuted for this supposed offense.

And, more than most, black Americans know when something doesn’t smells legally rotten.

The vile legacy of slavery, the cruelty of Jim Crow, the horrors of the Tuskegee experiments and the gross unfairness of the 1994 federal crime bill which triggered a mass incarceration crisis, have all imbued black culture with a deep skepticism of the big state.

It’s not lost on black folk – more highly incarcerated in America than any other race – that the US legal system appears to have it out for Donald Trump, too.

Trump's historic conviction will only make it harder for Team Biden to win over black voters, who are already abandoning the Democratic ticket in droves.

Trump’s historic conviction will only make it harder for Team Biden to win over black voters, who are already abandoning the Democratic ticket in droves.

It's not lost on black folk – more highly incarcerated in America than any other race – that the US legal system appears to have it out for Donald Trump, too.

It’s not lost on black folk – more highly incarcerated in America than any other race – that the US legal system appears to have it out for Donald Trump, too.

Meanwhile, Biden wants black people to believe that he’s their white savior fighting against supposed systematic bias when his justice system – in fact – seems to be part of the problem.

A New York Times/Sienna poll in May found that 23 percent of blacks in the six battleground states key to winning the presidency now say they they are leaning towards Trump.

Only 9 percent of black voters backed Trump in the 2020 election.

Perhaps equally as surprising was the scene in the Bronx earlier this month when Trump showed up to campaign in the deep-blue district and was greeted by hundreds of supporters.

His message then, as it has always been: If you love me, I love you. All Americans can board the ‘Trump Train’.

Contrast that with Biden’s increasingly desperate outreach to the black community, which consists of little more than race-baiting and fearmongering.

‘[Trump] is the same guy who wanted to tear gas you as you peacefully protested George Floyd’s murder,’ he told a crowd at a boarding school for black students as young as 6-years-old this week.

He delivered a similar screed – perhaps, more age-appropriate but just as craven – to graduates at Morehouse College earlier this month:

‘It’s natural to wonder if the democracy you hear about actually works for you. What is democracy if black men are being killed in the street? What is democracy if a trail of broken promises still leave black communities behind?’ 

'[Trump] is the same guy who wanted to tear gas you as you peacefully protested George Floyd's murder,' he told a crowd at a boarding school for black students as young as 6-years-old this week. (Above) Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Girard College on May 29, 2024 in Philadelphia

‘[Trump] is the same guy who wanted to tear gas you as you peacefully protested George Floyd’s murder,’ he told a crowd at a boarding school for black students as young as 6-years-old this week. (Above) Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Girard College on May 29, 2024 in Philadelphia

'It's natural to wonder if the democracy you hear about actually works for you. What is democracy if black men are being killed in the street? What is democracy if a trail of broken promises still leave black communities behind?' (Above) Biden at the Morehouse College commencement Sunday, May 19, 2024

‘It’s natural to wonder if the democracy you hear about actually works for you. What is democracy if black men are being killed in the street? What is democracy if a trail of broken promises still leave black communities behind?’ (Above) Biden at the Morehouse College commencement Sunday, May 19, 2024

Indeed, Mr. President.

But who exactly is responsible for this illusory ‘democracy’ that you describe?

Donald Trump hasn’t spent his life in politics. You have – and your record is spotty.

Black Americans also won’t soon forget that Joe Biden has lied repeatedly about his role in the civil rights movement.

‘When I marched in the civil rights movement… I marched with tens of thousands of others to change attitudes,’ Biden said during his 1987 presidential campaign.

Months later he retracted those claims as he dropped out of the race and admitted to plagiarizing the political speeches of others and embellishing his resume.

‘I was not an activist. I worked at an all-black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, Delaware,’ Biden confessed. ‘I was not out marching. I was not down in Selma, I was not anywhere else.’

Throughout his decades-long career in the Senate, Biden was friends with men who fought against desegregation like Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond and former-Klansman Senator Robert Byrd.

Kamala Harris called him out for it on the 2020 Democratic primary debate stage.

‘You also worked with [former segregationist senators] to oppose busing,’ Harris spat at Biden, referencing his opposition to federally mandated busing of minority students to high-performing schools.

Today, Harris stands at Biden’s as his Vice President, joining him in calling Trump the bigot.

That’s all to say nothing of then-senator Biden’s sponsorship of the infamous 1994 federal croime bill which is still largely responsible the mass incarceration crisis among black men in America.

As a former Democrat, I was blind to this reality for decades.

But what made me finally wake up to the real Joe Biden was the moment he was confronted by Charlamagne tha God during the 2020 presidential campaign.

Black Americans also won't soon forget that Joe Biden has lied repeatedly about his role in the civil rights movement.

Black Americans also won’t soon forget that Joe Biden has lied repeatedly about his role in the civil rights movement.

'You also worked with [former segregationist senators] to oppose busing,' Harris spat at Biden (above), referencing his opposition to federally mandated busing of minority students to high-performing schools.

‘You also worked with [former segregationist senators] to oppose busing,’ Harris spat at Biden (above), referencing his opposition to federally mandated busing of minority students to high-performing schools.

What made me finally wake up to the real Joe Biden was the moment he was confronted by Charlamagne tha God during the 2020 presidential campaign.

What made me finally wake up to the real Joe Biden was the moment he was confronted by Charlamagne tha God during the 2020 presidential campaign.

‘I tell you what,’ he told Charlamagne, ‘if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black!’

Biden was later forced to walk back that statement, saying ‘I was much too cavalier.’ But his flippant remark is forever etched into my memory.

The truth is that Biden has a long record of using race as a wedge to divide and manipulate Americans.

As they say, when someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Well, to my mind, Biden has shown himself to be a condescending racist who pretends to be a friend to black Americans only when it’s time to vote.

None of this is to say that Trump is flawless. I don’t agree with all his policy positions. And I may not support him come November.

But I know one thing for certain – I won’t be pulling the lever for Biden.

I guess that means I ain’t black.

Right, Joe?



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Rodeo star’s wife sends desperate message to fans as son clings to life after tractor trailer accident

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The stricken wife of rodeo star Spencer Wright has sent a desperate message to fans after their son Levi almost drowned in a toy tractor accident. 

Levi, 3, has spent over a week clinging to life after medics feared he was left brain dead when he drove his toy tractor into a fast-moving river in Utah

In an update on Thursday, his mother Kallie took to Facebook to dispel theories from fans about her son’s recovery, as she said: ‘This has consumed us, please for one second don’t think we haven’t fully done our homework, it has been nonstop!’ 

The family previously said they were taking the recovery ‘one step at a time’, with Levi undergoing a number of MRI’s and scans since the tragic accident. 

Kallie Wright has taken to Facebook 'to get things off my chest', and told fans 'please for one second don't think we haven't fully done our homework' over his recovery

Kallie Wright has taken to Facebook ‘to get things off my chest’, and told fans ‘please for one second don’t think we haven’t fully done our homework’ over his recovery 

Levi snuck away from his family in the toy tractor (pictured), and his mother reportedly dove into the river to save him after he disappeared under the currents

Levi snuck away from his family in the toy tractor (pictured), and his mother reportedly dove into the river to save him after he disappeared under the currents 

The tragic accident unfolded on May 21 when Kallie was outside watching Levi playing on his tractor trailer. She momentarily went back into her home to check on her nine-month-old.

When she returned moments later, Levi was nowhere to be found, and she frantically dove into the raging Beaver County river to search for her son in the torrent.

Kallie called first responders and they found Levi in the creek around a mile downstream. He was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The Wright couple braced themselves for the worst, saying they planned to ‘stop care and hold him close until his last breath on earth’ after doctors said he was unlikely to survive.

But two days later a miracle occurred as Levi awoke from his coma Thursday night. 

In her Facebook update, Kallie said she felt the need to tell fans about Levi’s recovery, mainly to ‘get things off my chest.’ 

Spencer Wright's son, Levi, has been in a critical condition for more than a week after driving his tractor into Beaver River close to their home in the south-west Utah town of Milford

Spencer Wright’s son, Levi, has been in a critical condition for more than a week after driving his tractor into Beaver River close to their home in the south-west Utah town of Milford

Kallie shared an update on her son's recovery and told fans to stop chiming in with 'nonstop' advice on his recovery

Kallie shared an update on her son’s recovery and told fans to stop chiming in with ‘nonstop’ advice on his recovery 

‘I’m going to address one thing that has been brought up continually and that is the Hyberbaric Chamber therapy for brain injuries,’ she wrote. 

‘1. Hyberbaric chamber therapy is not an option if a child is on a vent like Levi. He has to be medically stable enough first to even have that option. He is not medically stable enough to leave this place.

‘2. If he can’t breathe on his own (manage his airways) a trach would be required which is a device that goes through a man made hole in the throat with a tube leading to the lungs. Now think about that! 

‘On top of that he will require an NG tube (a feeding tube through his nose) and long term potentially a gtube which requires surgery and another man-made hole through his side.

‘3. Spencer and I have spent the last week, exploring these and other therapies and what we are finding & feeling is for our situation those therapies can’t bring Levi to where he would be happy should they even become an option. 

‘HIS happiness comes before ours, period.’

The mother concluded that while many people have chimed in with their thoughts on what they should do, ‘ please for one second don’t think we haven’t fully done our homework, it has been nonstop!’

In another update the day prior, she said doctors attempted to ‘wean sedation but (Levi) did not handle it well.’  

The family previously said they were fearing the worst as Levi was left almost brain dead by the tragic accident

The family previously said they were fearing the worst as Levi was left almost brain dead by the tragic accident

Rodeo star Spencer Wright's wife has said they are feeling hopeful about their three-year-old son's recovery from a brain injury after he plunged into a fast-moving river

Rodeo star Spencer Wright’s wife has said they are feeling hopeful about their three-year-old son’s recovery from a brain injury after he plunged into a fast-moving river 

Photos on social media show Kallie cradling her son as they both lay in his hospital bed with his father standing nearby.

Kallie has shared a number of updates on her son’s recovery, and on Sunday she wrote: ‘This is an experience, I pray deep in my soul you never have to know the way I am beginning to.

‘This is a roller coaster that you go on unwillingly & blindfolded, you do not know what’s coming next. You just get to wait & ride it out. We are taking it day by day.’

She shared the type of brain injury her son may sustain, and the unknowns that are ahead. 

‘The term ‘Brain Injury’ is very broad, there are ranges and different severities. No two brain injuries are alike, even if the accident is similar. No two brains recover or don’t recover the same.

‘There is a lot Medical Professionals don’t know, but what they do tell you is based off legitimate medical literature and history.’

Spencer has also spoken out to encourage fans to donate money for a boy of the same age who is being treated for sepsis caused by meningitis in the room next door to Levi.

Three-year-old Taysen Baum has suffered blood clots, strokes and a brain injury triggered by the infection. His parents, like Levi’s, are praying for a miracle their boy will survive.



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Drink up Dems… a hell of a hangover’s coming! MAUREEN CALLAHAN rages at Trump’s guilty verdict travesty – and reveals why feckless, gloating liberals have just crowned our next president

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Trump lost. So has America.

Not that you would know it from most of yesterday’s news coverage, so-called reporters and journalists practically levitating over 34 guilty verdicts in a trial that was nothing but a political hit job.

You can dislike Donald Trump, as I and so many others do, and still find yourself outraged.

This case — which the feds declined to prosecute — was falsely, flimsily predicated on ‘election interference’.

Want to talk election interference? How about keeping the GOP nominee for president off the campaign trail for nearly two months? Or scheduling his sentencing just four days before the Republican convention?

To all the progressives who are gloating and cheering — well, live it up now, because you’ve probably just handed Trump another four years.

To all the progressives who are gloating and cheering - well, live it up now, because you've probably just handed Trump another four years.

To all the progressives who are gloating and cheering – well, live it up now, because you’ve probably just handed Trump another four years.

America is diminished by this. We are becoming smaller and pettier with no reversal in sight.

This is a loss beyond legality. It’s hard to take pride in a nation that not only abides this but revels in it.

Not for nothing did Trump’s website crash yesterday. Working people, struggling in this economy that Biden insists is gangbusters, are donating in outrage. Trump’s campaign raised a mind-blowing $34.8 million within hours of the verdict.

His polling went up by six points according to a snap survey by DailyMail.com.

How’s that for a Pyrrhic victory?

These are the people who turned out by the thousands for Trump, in the Bronx last week, who now see in him what they know all too well: Profiling and targeting by a crooked criminal justice system.

Now Donald Trump is the unlikely hero of the downtrodden, while Joe Biden begs and bullies the black community for their vote.

The part of the electorate that otherwise would have sat this one out — who wants to get out of bed to choose between two old men, flawed candidates no one really wants? — will look at this persecution of Trump, the weaponization of our judicial system, and cast a vote not for Trump but against what has been done to him.

Here’s what Trump said after the verdict, no longer the swaggering showman but downcast, defeated, frustrated — and calm.

This was a new Trump, one we haven’t seen before: Composed. Tonally on-target. Meeting the moment.

‘This was a disgrace,’ he said. ‘This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt… The real verdict is going to be November 5, by the people’.

Truer words.

Not for nothing did Trump's website crash yesterday. Working people, struggling in this economy that Biden insists is gangbusters, are donating in outrage. Trump's campaign raised a mind-blowing $34.8 million within six hours of the verdict.

Not for nothing did Trump’s website crash yesterday. Working people, struggling in this economy that Biden insists is gangbusters, are donating in outrage. Trump’s campaign raised a mind-blowing $34.8 million within six hours of the verdict.

Apparently not one juror could look Trump in the face as the 'guilty' verdicts were read out, instead looking away or at the floor. They knew what they had done.

Apparently not one juror could look Trump in the face as the ‘guilty’ verdicts were read out, instead looking away or at the floor. They knew what they had done.

Apparently not one juror could look Trump in the face as the ‘guilty’ verdicts were read out, instead looking away or at the floor.

They knew what they had done.

But these jurors, many well-educated, simply could not bear returning to their families, jobs and polite society in deep-blue New York City without convicting Donald J. Trump. 

‘Everybody knows what happened here,’ Trump said. ‘We didn’t do a thing wrong. I’m a very innocent man. And it’s okay. I’m fighting for our country, I’m fighting for our Constitution… We’ll keep fighting. We’ll fight till the end, and we’ll win’.

But the mainstream media was raring and ready to go, presenting this verdict as a fait accompli, the end of Trump — as if it won’t be overturned on appeal, as if his conviction won’t be vacated.

The whole trial was a farce, a sideshow, and utterly unbefitting of the world’s last great superpower.

The charges were brought by Alvin Bragg, a feckless district attorney responsible for soft-on-crime policies that are destroying this once-great metropolis.

A two-time convicted felon set a fellow subway rider on fire last week — his second attack this year, the first chasing three men with a lit object at a Chelsea subway station.

Yet this guy was roaming the streets rather than behind bars.

Turns out DA Bragg can get a conviction when he really sets his mind to it.

And here was the liberal media celebrating him as a hero!

The sanctimonious Lawrence O’Donnell, on MSNBC, compared this lazy sloth of a DA to David against Goliath, a humble man who grew up in Harlem’s ‘Strivers’ Row’.

Bragg took his victory lap with a presser, Biden functionaries smirking in the background, outrageously claiming that this verdict was the result of ‘following the facts and the law, and doing so without fear or favor’.

Please! This entire trial was brought with ‘favor’ — to Biden and the Dems, against Trump and MAGA.

Bragg took his victory lap with a presser, Biden functionaries smirking in the background, outrageously claiming that this verdict was the result of 'following the facts and the law, and doing so without fear or favor'. Please!

Bragg took his victory lap with a presser, Biden functionaries smirking in the background, outrageously claiming that this verdict was the result of ‘following the facts and the law, and doing so without fear or favor’. Please!

Not politically motivated?

Explain Biden sending one of his own comms guys down to the courthouse with Robert De Niro on Wednesday, the actor injecting himself into the face-painting, boob-flashing crowd with a speech no one asked for, calling Trump a ‘loser’ and a ‘clown’.

The lack of self-awareness is truly astounding.

After the verdict, The New Yorker magazine immediately unveiled its next cover, Trump with tiny hands getting cuffed.

Rachel Maddow had her all-star panel ready to go, everyone brimming with elation, self-satisfaction, congratulating each other for offering totally objective coverage before welcoming the prosecution’s star witness, Michael Cohen.

For theater of the absurd, this was unbeatable. Maddow treated this cheap suit, with his inelegant speaking voice and crude thought processes, as if he were a top mind, a potentate — his ‘saga Shakespearean’, she told us.

This is the same woman who spent an hour of airtime rending her garments, and attempting to self-soothe, after the Mueller Report found no evidence of ‘Russian interference’ in the 2016 election.

Cohen is a convicted felon, an admitted liar and a thief who stole $30,000 from Trump while in his employ, and whose bitterness at not following Trump to the White House has been his animating force ever since.

But sure: let’s treat him like the Rosetta Stone.

Same for Stormy Daniels, the prosecution’s second most important witness, whose story conveniently changed on the stand.

No longer the spitfire porn-star she. No, Stormy was now some kind of a victim who ‘blacked out’ during what she called her mediocre, unprotected sex with Trump, accessorizing her tale of woe with unnecessarily prurient details like the alleged involvement of ‘spanking’.

Christmas morning for much of the media, otherwise clutching its proverbial pearls at the notion of suppressed stories.

Let’s talk about suppressed stories. Ashley Biden, in a legal filing weeks ago, admits that her diary is real — a diary containing the entries ‘Was I molested. I think so’ as well as ‘Showers w/ my dad (probably not appropriate).’

Aside from this publication, there has been a complete media blackout on Ashley’s diary.

‘Without fear or favor’? It’s all such self-serving garbage.

Stormy Daniels's story conveniently changed on the stand. No longer the spitfire porn-star she. No, Stormy was now some kind of a victim who 'blacked out' during what she called her mediocre, unprotected sex with Trump.

Stormy Daniels’s story conveniently changed on the stand. No longer the spitfire porn-star she. No, Stormy was now some kind of a victim who ‘blacked out’ during what she called her mediocre, unprotected sex with Trump.

Hunter Biden’s trial, we’ve been told, is a political hatchet job too.

And Joe’s family, taking millions from China and other countries — what makes Biden think a President Trump won’t turn around and weaponize his DOJ against him?

A dangerous precedent has been set. If Biden were truly presidential, he’d have insisted that his justice department drop the case.

Instead, he took to Twitter immediately after the verdict and began panhandling.

‘I hate to ask…,’ he began. I’m sorry — when has a Biden ever hated to ask for money?

Biden is sorely mistaken if he thinks Trump’s conviction helps him win.

A devastating story in Politico this week reports that Democrats are in ‘full-blown freakout’ over Biden’s chances.

‘Donors ask me on an hourly basis about what I think,’ one Dem adviser said, adding that it’s ‘so much easier to show them [data] so, while they read it, I can pour a drink.’

Get ready to drown those sorrows, Dems.

When the first presidential debate takes place on June 27, the first question for Donald Trump will surely be: ‘As a now-convicted felon, how can you possibly hold the office of President of the United States?’

Liberal America still doesn’t get it. They have learned nothing from 2016. This verdict, and much of the media’s obvious glee and biased coverage, just got Trump re-elected.

And they’ll say they never saw it coming.



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