Cruel ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname for Carrie ‘used for months’

It’s not Princess Nut Nuts, it’s Princess Nut Nut: Cummings allies’ nasty nickname for Carrie Symonds ‘has been used for MONTHS’

  • Dominic Cummings dramatically left No10 on Friday night after power struggle 
  • Claims Carrie Symonds was being referred to with cruel ‘Princess Nut Nut’ tag 
  • Boris Johnson is launching a charm offensive to reassure mutinous Tory MPs 

Allies of Dominic Cummings have been using a cruel ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname for months, it was claimed today.

The slur went viral over recent days as the extraordinary power struggle between the PM’s fiancee and the Vote Leave cabal emerged in public.

But in fact it is said to have been circulating since the early days of Boris Johnson‘s premiership, with tensions evident from the outset.

There has long been frustration that Ms Symonds was running a shadow PR operation, while she is said to have been incensed at the aggressive behaviour of Mr Cummings and his cadre.  

Ms Symonds, herself a former government special adviser and Conservative Party head of media, emerged triumphant on Friday night in the struggle for control with Mr Cummings.

Allies of Dominic Cummings are said to have been using a cruel 'Princess Nut Nut' nickname for Carrie Symonds (pictured with the PM last year)

Allies of Dominic Cummings are said to have been using a cruel ‘Princess Nut Nut’ nickname for Carrie Symonds (pictured with the PM last year)

Concerns have long been raised over the 'laddish' culture in Downing Street under Mr Cummings (pictured)

Concerns have long been raised over the ‘laddish’ culture in Downing Street under Mr Cummings (pictured)

Ms Symonds' adversaries are said to have used the 'Princess Nut Nut' name so much that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages

Ms Symonds’ adversaries are said to have used the ‘Princess Nut Nut’ name so much that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages 

The former Vote Leave chief dramatically carried his belongings out the front door of No10 in a cardboard box, following a final meeting in which Mr Johnson is said to have rebuked the two aides for describing Ms Symonds as ‘Princess Nut Nut’ – although this has been denied by No 10.

Other tags for Ms Symonds previously circulating among the Brexit clique include ‘Cersei’, a reference to the scheming Game of Thrones character. 

A source told the Mail on Sunday that the nickname had been wrongly reported as ‘Princess Nut Nuts’. 

‘It’s Princess Nut Nut,’ they said, before revealing that Ms Symonds’ adversaries used the phrase so often during the general election that they started using an emoji of a princess followed by two peanuts instead of words in text messages.

Ms Symonds was reportedly labelled a ‘princess’ for what her foes claimed was regal behaviour while the ‘nut’ is believed to be a poor-taste joke about her being ‘crazy’. 

Concerns have long been raised over the ‘laddish’ culture in Downing Street under Mr Cummings. 

Aides use nicknames for each other such as ‘Caino’, ‘Sonic’ and ‘Roxstar’. 

Sources told the MoS that staff hope the shake-up at the top of No10 will usher in a more respectful environment. 

Mr Cummings carried his belongings out of No10's famous front door in a cardboard box on Friday night

Mr Cummings carried his belongings out of No10’s famous front door in a cardboard box on Friday night

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Vegans have TWICE as much sex as meat-eaters and are more adventurous in the bedroom, survey reveals

Living life on the veg! Vegans have TWICE as much sex as meat-eaters and are more adventurous in the bedroom, survey reveals

  • Dating website IllicitEncounters found vegans have more sex than meat-eaters
  • Two thirds of vegans asked said they are prepared to experiment in the bedroom
  • Famous vegans include Pamela Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix and Thandie Newton

Vegans have twice as much sex as meat-eaters and are more willing to experiment in the bedroom, according to a new survey.

Dating website IllicitEncounters.com found over half of the vegans asked claimed they have sex four times a week, while only half of meat-eaters reported having sex twice in the same time period.

The research found two thirds of vegans were prepared to experiment in the bedroom, while over half of the meat-eaters surveyed admitted they were less adventurous between the sheets, reports the Mirror

Famous vegan celebrities include include Pamela Anderson, Ellie Goulding, Sir Paul McCartney, Joaquin Phoenix and Thandie Newton. 

Dating website IllicitEncounters.com found over half of the vegans asked said they have sex four times a week. Pictured, Ellie Goulding who transitioned from vegetarianism to veganism in 2018

Dating website IllicitEncounters.com found over half of the vegans asked said they have sex four times a week. Pictured, Ellie Goulding who transitioned from vegetarianism to veganism in 2018 

The survey also suggested that vegans have a better time in the bedroom. Pictured, PETA advocate and committed vegan Pamela Anderson

The survey also suggested that vegans have a better time in the bedroom. Pictured, PETA advocate and committed vegan Pamela Anderson 

The survey also suggested that vegans have a better time in the bedroom with 84 per cent saying they’re satisfied with their sex life compared with a measly 59 per cent of those with a meat-based diet. 

Meanwhile 35 per cent of those on a meat-based diet describe themselves as ‘givers’, compared to 58 per cent of vegans.     

Spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said: ‘Vegans are masters of seduction it would appear. Our statistics don’t lie and vegans eat foods known for their aphrodisiac qualities such as ginseng and aniseed.’

Last year a medical experiment suggested that men who have a vegan diet may be better lovers, and that just one meat-free meal could improve their performance in the bedroom.

Last year a medical experiment suggested that men who have a vegan diet may be better lovers. Pictured, Joaquin Phoenix who has been vegan since 1977

Famous vegan celebrities also include Thandie Newton who revealed she had become vegan in 2018

Last year a medical experiment suggested that men who have a vegan diet may be better lovers. Pictured left: Joaquin Phoenix who has been vegan since 1977, and right, Thandie Newton, who became vegan in 2018

Netflix documentary The Game Changer includes an experiment led by US urologist Dr Aaron Spitz, which measured the virility of three male athletes after different meals.

The men were given burritos containing grass-fed beef, organic chicken or organic pork on one night, then a plant-based replacement burrito containing soy and pea protein the following night.

The programme stopped short of seeing how well men performed with their partners, but instead looked at their activity as they slept.

After a meat-free meal, the men’s night-time sexual arousal lasted three to four times longer through the night. 

Fury as SNP says fresh Scottish independence vote must happen NEXT YEAR

Fury as ‘disrespectful’ SNP says fresh Scottish independence vote must happen NEXT YEAR – but Gordon Brown demands they focus on recovery from coronavirus

  • SNP Westminster leader demanded fresh independence referendum next year 
  • Ian Blackford insisted victory at May Holyrood elections would be a mandate 
  • Gordon Brown insisted Nicola Sturgeon should be focused on coronavirus crisis 

The SNP faced fury today after demanding a fresh independence referendum happens next year – despite the country still being wracked by coroanvirus.

The nationalists’ Westminster leader Ian Blackford said a second vote on splitting the UK ‘must’ happen in 2021 – insisting it had already been delayed from this year.

He insisted that Nicola Sturgeon will have grounds to hold a referendum ‘quickly’ if the SNP wins Holyrood elections in May.

But critics branded the push ‘disrespectful’, with former PM Gordon Brown insisting they must instead focus on ‘healing’ after the pandemic.

Alarm has been growing in Westminster at the surge in support for independence, with one recent poll putting it at 58 per cent.

Ms Sturgeon’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and Brexit tensions have been credited with the shift.

Ian Blackford

Nicola Sturgeon

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford (left) said a second vote on splitting the UK ‘must’ happen in 2021 – insisting Nicola Sturgeon (right) had already delayed it from this year

Critics branded the push 'disrespectful', with former PM Gordon Brown (pictured on the BBC's Andrew Marr show today) insisting they must instead focus on 'healing' after the pandemic.

Critics branded the push ‘disrespectful’, with former PM Gordon Brown (pictured on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today) insisting they must instead focus on ‘healing’ after the pandemic.

But the inability of unionists to mobilise and get across their messages about the benefits of keeping the centuries-old alliance has also been identified as a problem.

In an interview with the Sunday National newspaper, Mr Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said: ‘We need to demonstrably show that the people of Scotland are determined that they will have their say and in the first case, we have to win this election for the people of Scotland.

‘To be able to be respectful to those who are not currently with us that we’re appealing to join us; about that denial of democracy that is currently taking place and to affirm that it is the sovereign right of the people of Scotland to determine their own future; and come what may, we will prevail.’

Mr Blackford added: ‘That referendum will take place and we need to plan that that referendum must take place in 2021.’

He said the coronavirus crisis had led to plans for another referendum being delayed, saying: ‘Covid has come along and the Scottish Government in particular, has had to take its responsibilities of stewarding the country through this crisis.

‘So we’ve had to, from a tactical point of view, put off holding a referendum in 2020 and I apologise that that was the case.’

The party’s Westminster leader said the SNP would have a platform to hold indyref2 ‘quickly’ when the crisis is over and they secured a ‘victory at Holyrood’.

But former Labour premier Mr Brown told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that a referendum should not be held as the country ‘heals’ from coronavirus.

An Ipsos Mori poll last momth suggested that support for Scottish independence had hit 58 per cent - the highest on record

An Ipsos Mori poll last momth suggested that support for Scottish independence had hit 58 per cent – the highest on record

Mr Brown said: ‘I think most Scottish people will make up their mind that in the middle of a virus when you’ve got to heal the virus, you’ve got to heal the recession and you’ve got to look at the whole future of Britain – and the SNP have got to come clean about what it now means for independence, now you’ve got economic changes taking place – I don’t think this is the right time at all.’

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said Mr Blackford’s comments were ‘deeply disrespectful’.

He said: ‘Ian Blackford’s commitment to a referendum a few months from now is not just irresponsible but delusional and shows how out of touch the SNP are.

‘The Scottish Conservatives are focusing on fighting the pandemic and rebuilding the economy. That is what people want and expect.’

He added: ‘The fact he feels the need to apologise for not staging a referendum this year as thousands of lives in Scotland have been lost and families continue to mourn is deeply disrespectful but also telling about the SNP’s obsession with independence over everything else.’

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Man, 23, banned from keeping pets for verbally abusing his Rottweiler

Man, 23, is banned from keeping pets for verbally abusing his Rottweiler after he was recorded calling her ‘dirty little mutt’ and telling her to ‘get in f****** bed’

  • Joshua Ponsford of St George, Bristol, pleaded guilty to animal welfare offence 
  • He screams at pet Lulu during a recording and dog can be heard whimpering 
  • Given six-week curfew and 20 rehabilitation days at Bristol Magistrates Court

A man has been banned from keeping pets after being prosecuted for verbally abusing his dog after he was recorded calling her a ‘dirty little mutt’.

Joshua Ponsford, 23, pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence after being prosecuted by the RSPCA.

The animal charity took Ponsford to court after hearing a recording of him verbally berating his dog, a Rottweiler named Lulu.

Ponsford was banned from keeping animals for five years at Bristol Magistrates Court on November 4. 

Joshua Ponsford, 23, has been banned from keeping pets for five years after being prosecuted for verbally abusing his dog, a Rottweiler named Lulu (pictured)

Joshua Ponsford, 23, has been banned from keeping pets for five years after being prosecuted for verbally abusing his dog, a Rottweiler named Lulu (pictured)

In the recordings, the dog owner, from St George, Bristol, can be heard shouting and screaming at his pet.

During one recording, which was 59 seconds long, Ponsford can be heard saying: ‘Get in your f**king bed now, go in your bed now, now, now you f**king stay there. You dirty little mutt.’

The recording also contains thuds and yelps before Ponsford can be heard yelling ‘you and your f*cking ball dog. I’ve had enough of all your hiding toys’ and ‘shut it’. 

A second recording, which is 57 seconds long, also included examples of Ponsford’s treatment towards Lulu.

His voice can be heard saying: ‘Going to walk to the shop again and get myself some bits. Don’t even think of robbing’ before a dog is heard yelping, whimpering and barking. 

The third recording of 17 seconds contains the sound of Lulu screaming before Ponsford is heard saying ‘I’ll f*cking ave you’ followed by the sound of Lulu whimpering.

As the recording continues, Ponsford shouts ‘move’ before the sound of repeated thuds and Lulu yelping followed by Ponsford saying ‘go back into the room dog’. 

Alongside the five-year animal ownership disqualification, which cannot be appealed for three years, Ponsford was given a six-week curfew.

He must also complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirements days and was asked to pay £200 costs plus a £90 victim surcharge.  

Lulu was signed over into the care of the RSPCA and is currently at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre where she is still undergoing rehabilitation.

Lulu (pictured) was signed over into the care of the RSPCA after she can be heard whimpering and yelping in the recordings

Lulu (pictured) was signed over into the care of the RSPCA after she can be heard whimpering and yelping in the recordings 

Staff say she is a lovely dog who has bonded well with her carers but still needs time to adjust to new situations before being found a loving new home.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, said: ‘Throughout these recordings the male, who can be heard, is clearly angry and can be heard yelling at the dog.’

Ponsford denied he had physically harmed his dog, but admitted his behaviour was inappropriate and that it caused Lulu distress over a period of time.

Veterinary Surgeon David Martin said: ‘It is my expert opinion that undoubtedly Lulu suffered as a result of mental fear and terror as a result of the verbal abuse from Mr Ponsford as demonstrated on the audio recordings.

‘It is well known and understood by the public that dogs respond to the tone and volume of the voice and that dogs are susceptible and will suffer from fear and distress if verbally abused particularly if this is recurrent or long lasting.

‘Training and discipline of dogs is nowadays recognised as needing to be reward based so that positive achievements are rewarded and that negative behaviour is ignored and not reacted to.

‘Physical and verbal abuse is no longer acceptable as part of dog training as it has been shown to be both ineffective and to cause the dog long term distress.’ 

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Public libraries in the Netherlands remove children’s books depicting ‘Black Pete’

Public libraries in the Netherlands remove children’s books depicting St Nicholas’ blacked up sidekick ‘Black Pete’ which could spell end of nationwide ‘racist’ festive parades

  • Parades held in early December feature people dressed up with black faces 
  • For the last ten years there have been widespread protests against the tradition 
  • Libraries said that the books will be removed for being ‘contrary to good morals’
  • Support for the character has fallen from 89 per cent in 2013 to 55 per cent 

Public libraries in the Netherlands have removed children’s books depicting St Nicholas’ blacked up sidekick ‘Black Pete’. 

Parades held in early December have seen people dress up with curly wigs, bright lipstick and the black face paint to depict the character who is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain.

But for the last ten years there have been widespread protests against the tradition and the latest move from public libraries could spell the end for the ‘racist’ parades.  

The need to socially distance due to the coronavirus pandemic means that the annual parades will not be possible this year but the debate over the portrayal of Zwarte Piet has not quietened. 

Public libraries in the Netherlands have removed children's books depicting St Nicholas' blacked up sidekick 'Black Pete'. The character is seen at a parade in Scheveningen in the Netherlands last year

Public libraries in the Netherlands have removed children’s books depicting St Nicholas’ blacked up sidekick ‘Black Pete’. The character is seen at a parade in Scheveningen in the Netherlands last year

Opponents say such depictions promote racist stereotypes, while supporters defend the helper of Sinterklaas, the white-bearded, red-robed Dutch version of St. Nicholas, as a traditional children’s character. 

Images of the character first appeared in print in 1850 but now libraries have said that the books will be removed for being ‘contrary to good morals’.

The director at the Association of Public Libraries – Anton Kok – told the Het Algemeen Dagblad newspaper: ‘Everywhere there is a growing awareness that Zwarte Piet gives a stereotypical image of a certain part of the population and the libraries are moving along with this.

Parades held in early December have seen people dress up with curly wigs, bright lipstick and the black face paint to depict the character who is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain (pictured is a parade last year)

Parades held in early December have seen people dress up with curly wigs, bright lipstick and the black face paint to depict the character who is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain (pictured is a parade last year) 

‘Numerous books have been taken down over time for being ‘contrary to morals’. I am thinking, for example, of the children’s books in which the population of the Dutch East Indies was dismissed as patjakkers (low-life rascals). 

‘Zwarte Piet is also contrary to good morals as far as I am concerned. It is more that libraries are linking up with the spirit of the times. White children don’t care about another Pete and black children find it strange and nasty, and that is what matters. 

‘Some people also like fascism. And yes, that sounds crude, but I mean that a tribe cannot determine our policy. We see that libraries are taking on that responsibility en masse.’ 

Saint Nicholas is seen on a float with his assistants called 'Zwarte Piet' (Black Pete) at a traditional parade in Scheveningen, Netherlands last year

Saint Nicholas is seen on a float with his assistants called ‘Zwarte Piet’ (Black Pete) at a traditional parade in Scheveningen, Netherlands last year

Opponents gathered at several parade across the country last year and they said that such depictions promoted racial stereotypes

Opponents gathered at several parade across the country last year and they said that such depictions promoted racial stereotypes

He added that Kok said the Dutch Association of Public Libraries could not order all its members to remove the offending books but that librarians were making the right decisions without need for guidance. 

The shift in public opinion in recent times has been underpinned by a change in direction from the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte – who has in the past dressed up as Zwarte Piet himself. 

WHO IS BLACK PETE? 

The character first appeared in an 1850 book by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman. 

Traditionally, Zwarte Piet is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain.

Those portraying Zwarte Piet typically put on blackface make-up and colourful Renaissance attire, in addition to curly wigs, red lipstick, and earrings. 

In recent years, the character has become the subject of controversy, especially in the Netherlands.

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, Rutte said this summer: ‘When I met people who said, ‘I feel incredibly discriminated against because the Piet is black,’ I thought: that is the last thing you want at the Sinterklaas party.’

He had up until then defended the practice, saying that it is a simple representation of a figure that ‘is black’.

A survey conducted by one Dutch current affairs programme last week revealed that support for the traditional depiction of the character has fallen from 89 per cent in 2013 to 55 per cent. 

It comes as the Belgian publisher Clavis – the largest supplier of Dutch language children’s books – has said it will no longer support authors who include portrayals of the character in their books.

The company destroyed 7,000 books containing such images at the end of last month.  

There has also been international pressure for change and in 2015, a United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination urged the Dutch government to ‘actively promote the elimination’ of the racial stereotyping implied with the character. 

Google also said last month that it would not allow adverts to be shown on web pages or videos featuring a ‘black face’ Zwarte Piet. 

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‘Our couch was the front line’: German advert urges people to ‘be a hero and stay at home’

‘Our couch was the front line’: Tongue-in-cheek German advert urges people to ‘be a hero and stay at home’ with elderly man recalling his ‘service’ to the nation in ‘winter of 2020’

  • Short video was posted by the government to promote its ‘stay home’ message
  • Film shows elderly man in the future reminiscing on the pandemic of 2020 
  • Cuts to scene of the ‘hero’ as a 22-year-old man lying on his sofa watching telly 
  • Critics say it is offensive to those whose lives have been ruined by lockdown

A tongue-in-cheek German advert urging people to ‘be a hero and stay at home’ has been released showing an elderly man recalling his ‘service’ in the ‘winter of 2020.’ 

The short clip produced by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival of the second coronavirus wave while he was a student ‘when the whole country’s eyes were on us.’ 

Dramatic violin strings play over a cinematographic montage of the narrator as a 22-year-old lazing around his sofa and saluting the delivery man bringing his pizza.

The old man says: ‘Our couch was the front line and our patience was our weapon.’

Critics say the advert diminishes the catastrophic impacts of lockdown measures which many people will never be able to look back on with a ‘smile,’ as the narrator does.

The short clip posted by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival of the second coronavirus wave while he was a student 'when the whole country's eyes were on us'

The short clip posted by the government begins with an elderly man recalling the arrival of the second coronavirus wave while he was a student ‘when the whole country’s eyes were on us’

The clip cuts to the narrator as a 22-year-old during the 'Corona Winter of 2020'

The clip cuts to the narrator as a 22-year-old during the ‘Corona Winter of 2020’

The man says we 'gathered our courage' to do 'nothing, absolutely nothing'

The man says we ‘gathered our courage’ to do ‘nothing, absolutely nothing’

The narrator as a young man during his 'service' to the nation in 2020

The narrator as a young man during his ‘service’ to the nation in 2020

Others have argued that it is a deeply sarcastic portrayal of the ‘hero’ which takes a pointed dig at those who are unable to adhere to the government guidance.  

‘I had just turned 22 and was studying engineering,’ the elderly man says as if being interviewed decades from now, ‘when the second wave hit.’

‘At that age you want to party, study, meet new people or go out drinking with friends. But fate had other plans for us.’

The setting switches to the scene of the narrator as a young man lying on his sofa, can of beer in one hand, TV remote in the other.

‘Suddenly the fate of this country lay in our hands,’ he says. ‘So we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing. We did nothing.’

‘Days and nights we stayed on our backsides at home and fought against the spread of the coronavirus,’ the narrator continues. ‘Our couch was the front line and our patience was our weapon.’

The commercial ends with a government message that ‘you too can become a hero by staying at home.’

Germany imposed fresh restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the start of November, shutting restaurants, bars and gyms, and setting limits on the number of people who can meet in public and private settings.

The police fired water cannon during an anti-lockdown rally in Frankfurt yesterday and eventually broke up the gathering as rules like wearing masks and socially distancing were not observed. 

In comments pointed at Germany's younger demographic, the elderly man speaks of the sacrifices that had to be made during lockdown

In comments pointed at Germany’s younger demographic, the elderly man speaks of the sacrifices that had to be made during lockdown

He says he 'smiles' when he looks back on that winter

He says he ‘smiles’ when he looks back on that winter

It comes as Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned the country to brace for five months of severe measures to reduce the infection rate.  

‘We’re not out of the woods yet’, he said on Sunday referring to infection numbers. ‘We cannot afford a yo-yo shutdown with the economy constantly opening and closing.’ 

Data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed that the number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 16,947 to 790,503. 

Weekend figures tend to be lower as not all data is reported by local authorities.

Altmaier said Germany should be wary of relaxing restrictions too quickly.

‘If we don’t want days with 50,000 new infections, as was the case in France a few weeks ago, we must see through this and not constantly speculate about which measures can be relaxed again,’ he told Bild am Sonntag.

‘All countries that lifted their restrictions too early have so far paid a high price in terms of human lives lost.’   

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Bus passenger is fined £1,700 after refusing to wear face mask on London bus for two days in a row

Bus passenger is fined £1,700 after refusing to wear face mask on London bus for two days in a row

  • Frederick Adomako-Frimpong, 49, was caught without a face mask twice
  • He was caught at Stratford bus station and provided ‘no reasonable excuse’ 
  • He was among dozens of people fined for not wearing a mask on public transport

A bus passenger has been fined more than £1,700 after refusing to wear a face mask on a London bus for two days in a row.

Passenger Frederick Adomako-Frimpong, 49, from Stratford, east London, was slapped with a £1,710 fine for refusing to wear a face covering on two occasions. 

A court heard he had provided ‘no reasonable excuse’ for not having a suitable covering at Stratford bus station on July 15 and he was stopped again by Transport for London (TfL) staff the following day for the same reason.

Passenger Frederick Adomako-Frimpong, 49, was caught without a face covering at Stratford bus station on July 15

Passenger Frederick Adomako-Frimpong, 49, was caught without a face covering at Stratford bus station on July 15

He was among dozens of people fined at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Friday for failing to wear a mask on public transport in July.  

Mr Adomako-Frimpong  was given a combined fine of £1,710 for the offences after not paying his fixed penalty notice of £100 within 28 days.

Another passenger Sarian Kamara, 30, from Westminster, was ordered to pay £194 for not having a face covering on a bus on July 15.

The pregnant mother-of-three said  she had dropped her face covering while running to catch the bus.  

Although she was handed a covering by a fellow bus passenger but was told by a member of staff that she would be fined anyway.

Kamara claimed she was ‘exempt’ from the mask rules due to her pregnancy.

A number of defendants said they had either forgotten about the rules or had left their face covering at home

A number of defendants said they had either forgotten about the rules or had left their face covering at home

Another defendant, Akam Rostami, 20, from Liverpool, was also fined but told the court via an interpreter that he could not speak English and did not know what the rules on masks were.

The court heard that another offender had sworn at police officers when asked why they had no face covering another one said they refused because wearing a mask would ‘make no difference’ and a number of defendants said they had either forgotten about the rules or had left their face covering at home.

Tim Caig, representing TfL, said: ‘No one enjoys wearing mask but most people see the logic of it’.

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Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher in numbers after Brit wins his seventh world championship in F1

Lewis Hamilton has incredible 94 wins compared to Michael Schumacher’s 91, has 29 more poles, and a victory ratio 5% higher… the record-breaking numbers as the Brit equals the legendary driver’s seven world titles

Lewis Hamilton has emulated Formula One icon Michael Schumacher by winning his seventh world championship.

Hamilton achieved the record-breaking feat by clinching the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, winning by a huge 31 seconds after battling through the field from sixth place.

The Brit could hardly control his emotion after crossing the line on Sunday as he soaked up his historic achievement.

Here, we run the rule over the sport’s two most successful drivers in Formula One history…

An emotional Lewis Hamilton celebrates after landing his seventh world championship

An emotional Lewis Hamilton celebrates after landing his seventh world championship

Michael Schumacher

Titles: 7

Starts: 306

Wins: 91

Poles: 68

Podiums: 155

Fastest laps: 77

Win ratio: 30 per cent

The Brit equalled legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles

The Brit equalled legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles 

Schumacher won seven championships, two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and then an unprecedented five on the spin for Ferrari at the turn of the century.

A controversial driver, he collided with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve at the 1994 and 1997 championship deciders, before he was adjudged to have deliberately parked his Ferrari at Monaco in 2006 to prevent Fernando Alonso from setting a lap in qualifying.

Little is known of Schumacher’s current medical health following a skiing crash on holiday with his family in the French Alps in 2013.

Schumacher claimed an unprecedented five world titles on the spin during his time at Ferrari

Schumacher claimed an unprecedented five world titles on the spin during his time at Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton

Titles: 7

Starts: 264

Wins: 94

Poles: 97

Podiums: 163

Fastest laps: 53

Win ratio: 35 per cent

Hamilton is once again on top of the world after his famous victory in Istanbul on Sunday

Hamilton is once again on top of the world after his famous victory in Istanbul on Sunday

Hamilton was the youngest world champion when he won his first title in 2008 – a record since broken by Sebastian Vettel – and 12 years later he is firmly among the elite.

His tally of victories, pole positions and podiums is the most ever and he is set to gun for a record-breaking eighth championship next season.

It seemed as if Schumacher’s record of seven world titles would stand for an eternity when he clinched his last crown in Belgium 16 years ago… but there is no stopping Hamilton right now!

Hamilton's Mercedes team celebrate after his record-equalling triumph at Turkish Grand Prix

Hamilton’s Mercedes team celebrate after his record-equalling triumph at Turkish Grand Prix

Police officers stop evangelical church from holding baptism service attended by 30 worshippers

Police officers stop evangelical church from holding baptism service attended by 30 worshippers for breaching lockdown restrictions

  • Worshippers gathered at The Angel Church in Clerkenwell, London, on Sunday 
  • Lead pastor Regan King, 28, said he wanted to hold baptism for ‘greater good’ 
  • Two police vans and police car parked outside church’s Mount Zion Hall building 

Police officers have stopped an evangelical church from holding a baptism service in breach of the national coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

About 30 worshippers had gathered at The Angel Church in Clerkenwell, London, on Sunday before the Metropolitan Police halted the service.

Lead pastor Regan King, 28, said he wanted to hold the baptism in defiance of the restrictions because he ‘served a greater good’.

Police officers have stopped an evangelical church from holding a baptism service in breach of the national coronavirus lockdown restrictions (pictured, police cars outside the church)

Police officers have stopped an evangelical church from holding a baptism service in breach of the national coronavirus lockdown restrictions (pictured, police cars outside the church)

About 30 worshippers had gathered at The Angel Church in Clerkenwell, London, on Sunday before the Metropolitan Police halted the service (pictured, officers entering the church)

About 30 worshippers had gathered at The Angel Church in Clerkenwell, London, on Sunday before the Metropolitan Police halted the service (pictured, officers entering the church)

Two police vans and a police car were parked outside the church’s Mount Zion Hall building, while around four officers stood at the entrance to stop people from entering.

Mr King said: ‘We were told not to have a baptism and police began to block people from entering the church, so we decided to make other arrangements.

‘There were 20 people here initially and it built up to about 30.’

Asked why he had decided to breach the restrictions, Mr King said: ‘Because I believe we serve a greater good. We have a greater good than whatever this is.’

ead pastor Regan King, 28, said he wanted to hold the baptism in defiance of the restrictions because he 'served a greater good' (pictured)

ead pastor Regan King, 28, said he wanted to hold the baptism in defiance of the restrictions because he ‘served a greater good’ (pictured)

Referring to the police presence, he said: ‘This is not something I ever wanted. This is an essential service that we provide. 

‘It’s about loving our neighbour, and you can talk with a number of people here who are extremely vulnerable, homeless or on the verge of being very isolated.’

Police allowed 15 people to remain inside the church, while another 15 took part in a socially distanced outdoor service nearby.

A 22-year-old man who took part in the outdoor service, but did not want to be named, said: ‘While the restrictions allow people to go to the supermarket to get food, I think there needs to be consideration for spiritual food as well.’

Police allowed 15 people to remain inside the church, while another 15 took part in a socially distanced outdoor service nearby (pictured, socially distanced service)

Police allowed 15 people to remain inside the church, while another 15 took part in a socially distanced outdoor service nearby (pictured, socially distanced service) 

Two police vans and a police car were parked outside the church's Mount Zion Hall building, while around four officers stood at the entrance to stop people from entering (pictured)

Two police vans and a police car were parked outside the church’s Mount Zion Hall building, while around four officers stood at the entrance to stop people from entering (pictured)

He said that during the outdoor service, worshippers prayed for the ‘police, press and the people who wanted to shut down the meeting’.

A Met spokesman said officers spoke with the pastor following reports he intended to hold a ‘baptism and an in-person service’.

The spokesman said: ‘Officers explained that due to Covid-19, restrictions are in place preventing gatherings and that financial penalties can be applied if they are breached.

‘After a discussion, the pastor agreed to hold a brief socially distanced outdoor gathering in the church courtyard.’

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Ministers will overhaul controversial planning system changes after Tory revolt

Ministers will overhaul controversial planning system changes after Tory revolt over use of algorithm to decide where to build thousands of new homes

  • Theresa May said the algorithm ‘flies in the face’ of Conservative levelling-up 
  • She said more homes need to be built but called for a new planning system 
  • System is now being ‘rebalanced’ to prioritise home construction in urban areas

A Conservative rebellion has reportedly led to a controversial ‘ill-conceived’ overhaul of planning system changes.  

The proposed housing algorithm would have led to big increases in building in rural areas but had been described as ‘ill-conceived’ by Theresa May, who warned it ‘flies in the face’ of the Conservatives‘ levelling-up agenda.

Last month, Mrs May said she agreed more homes need to be built but called on the Government to ‘think again’ as its proposed ‘algorithm does not guarantee this happening’. 

The system is now being ‘rebalanced’ to prioritise construction of homes in urban areas, The Sunday Telegraph reports. 

The proposed housing algorithm would have led to big increases in building in rural areas but had been described as 'ill-conceived' by Theresa May, who warned it 'flies in the face' of the Conservatives' levelling-up agenda

The proposed housing algorithm would have led to big increases in building in rural areas but had been described as ‘ill-conceived’ by Theresa May, who warned it ‘flies in the face’ of the Conservatives’ levelling-up agenda

Mrs May told the Commons in October: ‘We need to build more homes, the Government is absolutely right about that.

‘We need to level up across the country, the Government is right about that too.

‘But the problem with these proposals, the problem with this algorithm on housing numbers, is that it doesn’t guarantee a single extra home being built and, far from levelling up, it forces more investment into London and the South.

‘This is a mechanistic approach and it is ill-conceived.’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick plans to relocate part of his ministry to the West Midlands in an attempt to move Government focus from England's south

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick plans to relocate part of his ministry to the West Midlands in an attempt to move Government focus from England’s south

She was supported at the time by party colleague Bob Seely, whose backbench motion requesting the algorithm not be introduced until a debate and ‘meaningful’ vote took place in the Commons was supported by MPs.

An overhaul of the system would be the latest large shift in official policy this year following U-turns over a controversial exams algorithm, free school meals, visa charges for NHS staff, reopening of schools, remote voting by MPs, Huawei’s involvement in 5G and quarantine measures for travellers.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph has also reported Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick plans to relocate part of his ministry to the West Midlands in an attempt to move Government focus from England’s south. 

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