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Vote Leave Accused Of ‘Cheating’ During Brexit Campaign

Whistleblower claims Vote Leave 'cheated' during Brexit campaign.

Parkinson said he was “saddened” by the “factually incorrect and misleading” statements by Sanni and his lawyers.

He added: “At the relevant time during the referendum period, the commission advised Vote Leave that it was permissible to make a donation in the way it proposed to do to BeLeave.

“Twice since the referendum the commission has investigated this matter, and twice it has found no evidence of wrongdoing. A third investigation into the same issue is currently taking place.

“The Electoral Commission has not contacted me in relation to any of these inquiries, but I will of course be happy to assist in them if they wish me to do so.

“I firmly deny the allegations in the programme.

“I had no responsibility for digital campaigning or donations on the Vote Leave campaign, and am confident that I stayed within the law and strict spending rules at all times.”

Grimes also denies all the allegations, Channel 4 said.

A Vote Leave spokesman said it had “twice been cleared on this matter by the Electoral Commission” adding: “There are now a number of new accusations and allegations.

“While many of them seem irrelevant or trivial, some are serious and potentially damaging to the reputations of those caught up in those allegations.

“As has been the case throughout, Vote Leave is obligated to review – to the extent it can after this long elapsed period since the referendum – all such allegations, and is doing so.

“We will as appropriate share any relevant findings with the Electoral Commission, again as we have always done.”

An Electoral Commission spokeswoman said: “The commission has a number of investigations open in relation to campaigners at the EU Referendum; it does not comment on live investigations. ”


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Here’s How One Sneaker Retailer Is Drumming Up Buzz for Nike Air Max Day

Nike is celebrating one of its most iconic styles with Air Max Day on March 26 — and the athletic giant is not the only one creating hype around the iconic sneaker.
Miami-based sneaker retailer UNKNWN is generating buzz for the annual event with an art-meets-retail installation in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The pop-up installation — created in collaboration with New York Sunshine — was officially unveiled today and will be up through the 26th.

A look at the full installation.

CREDIT: Courtesy

“The UNKNWN installation in the heart of Wynwood, Miami’s art district, honors the huge role that Nike Air Max has played in the global sneaker culture,” UNKNWN founder Jaron Kanfer said in a press release. “As Miami’s leading sneaker authority we chose art as the medium to express our respect and invite the participation of the local Miami community in this global celebration.”
The pop-up features several cement encased tanks, with the Sean Wotherspoon x Air Max 97/1 sneakers suspended in water. Wotherspoon’s Air Max 97/1 design, which comes in a retro-inspired palette with corduroy on its racing stripes, won Nike’s RevolutionAir Design contest for Air Max Day 2017.

UNKNWN’s installation in Miami.

CREDIT: Courtesy

The installation comes with clues that will lead fans to an online raffle, where they

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Kremlin Denies Sergei Skripal Asked Putin To Be Pardoned And Return To Russia

The Kremlin denies that Sergei Skripal asked Vladimir Putin (pictured) to be pardoned.

The Kremlin has denied the claim that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal asked Vladimir Putin to be pardoned and to allow him to visit his home country.

Skripal, who came to Britain in 2010 as part of a spy swap, wrote to the Russian president denying he was “a traitor” and asked for “complete forgiveness”, according to comments made to the BBC by his friend Vladimir Timoshkov.

Both Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a critical condition after they were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury on March 4.

The Russian embassy based in the UK wrote on social media on Saturday that there was “no letter” from Skripal to Putin.

Kremlin spox: there was no letter from Sergei Skripal to President Putin to allow him to come back to Russia pic.twitter.com/xwXbfAUfUd

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 24, 2018

Moscow has stepped up its campaign to discredit Theresa May’s assertion that it is “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the attack.

The Russian embassy in London reiterated its suggestion that the Porton Down defence laboratory was developing its own “military-grade poisons”.

The lab, located less than 10 miles from Salisbury, is where tests were carried out to identify the Novichok substance.

Porton Down chief executive Gary Aitkenhead told the BBC: “We have got the highest levels of controls, of security around the work that we do here.

“We would not be allowed to operate if we had lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of our facility here.”

A Russian embassy spokesman said Aitkenhead’s comment “amounts to admitting that the secret facility is a place where new components of military-grade poisons are being researched and developed”.

Donald Tusk, the EU Council President, has said the 28 leaders agree it is “highly likely” the Russian state is responsible for the attack as there is “no other plausible explanation”.

EU leaders on Friday promised an “unprecedented” diplomatic response to the attack after backing May’s assertion that Moscow was responsible.

The bloc is recalling its ambassador to Russia for “consultations” on the Salisbury attack.

Russia has vehemently denied any responsibility for the incident.

Skripal, 66, was accused of working for MI6 over several years, in particular disclosing the names of several dozen Russian agents working in Europe.

He was sentenced to 13 years in a high-security prison in August 2006, before being freed in the 2010 deal which saw 10 Russian sleeper agents expelled from the United States.

According to his friend Timoshkov, who he had known since school, Skripal did not see himself as a traitor as he had sworn an oath to the Soviet Union.

“Many people shunned him. His classmates felt he had betrayed the Motherland,” he said.

“In 2012 he called me. We spoke for about half an hour. He called me from London. He denied he was a traitor… (he told me) he wrote to Vladimir Putin asking to be fully pardoned and to be allowed to visit Russia. His mother, brother and other relatives were (in Russia).”


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Shoe Designers & Brand Ambassadors Are Showing Their Support of March for Our Lives

Thousands of protestors took to the streets of Washington, D.C., and in other cities across the country, advocating for legislative change on gun control at the March for Our Lives, an event organized by teenage survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Shoe designers and brand ambassadors — including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Kanye West — were among those in attendance at the D.C. march.
Lovato, who has a deal with athleticwear brand Fabletics, took to the stage to perform her hit, “Skyscraper” for the crowd of protestors.

Demi Lovato cantando a música que marcou uma geração, eu te amo icone pic.twitter.com/sUYrKeJnfn#MarchForOurLives
— luan soberbo (@luantuita) March 24, 2018

Reebok-sponsored Grande is slated to perform later in the day.
After a suicide bomber killed 23 concert attendees and injured hundreds more at Grande’s concert in Manchester, England last year — with many young children among the victims — the singer has been a strong advocate for victims of violence.
Converse brand ambassador Miley Cyrus will also take to the stage, along with other stars including Jennifer Hudson and Common.

Meanwhile, Yeezy designer Kanye West attended the D.C. protest with his wife, Kim Kardashian. And Jennifer Lopez — a Guess ambassador who has

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Acronym’s Errolson Hugh, John Mayer Bond Over Pushing Limits

To say musician John Mayer is a fan of German technical brand Acronym would be a understatement.
Mayer, an avid collector of the brand known for its well-crafted, functional aesthetic, sat onstage with its co-chief executive officer Errolson Hugh as the two talked up Acronym’s latest collaboration with Nike, the Air VaporMax Moc 2. The panel, which took over a 1930s theater in Los Feliz Friday, is part of Nike’s weekend festivities around the Air VaporMax x Acronym’s global release that also includes a pop-up Nike Air Gallery featuring the work of local artists, along with workshops.
“I think a lot of people were expecting us to put zippers and buckles and magnetic parts,” Errolson said of design twists that have become synonymous with Acronym’s Nike collaborations. “When we did that on the previous three shoes, those were to change the behavior you had with the shoe to make it easier to put on and take off. But with this shoe, the way it works is so great that we didn’t really feel the need to. If we would have done it, then what that would have been was taking something technical and turning it into ornamentation. We really wanted to avoid

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Westminster Bullying: Party Leaders Urged By Civil Service Union To Back Inquiry Into Allegations Against MPs

The senior civil servants’ union has urged all party leaders to “put aside the politics” and publicly back an independent inquiry into bullying by MPs of Parliamentary staff.

Dave Penman, general secretary of the First Division Association, told HuffPost that a probe ordered by the House of Commons Commission last week should cover specific allegations of mistreatment as well as the wider culture in Westminster.

The Commission, which oversees management and other internal issues in Parliament, decided last Monday to launch an inquiry into reports by the BBC’s Newnsight that clerks had been bullied.

Among those accused were Speaker John Bercow, Labour MP Paul Farrelly and Tory Mark Pritchard. All strongly deny the claims.

Bercow, who stepped aside from his role as chair of the Commission this week, is alleged to have shouted at and undermined his private secretary Kate Emms. She was later signed off work with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Another clerk, Emily Commander, went public this week about her own complaint, made against Farrelly in 2012 but which was never resolved. She is currently on a “career break” from the Commons.

The new inquiry, instigated by Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, has yet to appoint an independent chair, and the non-executive members of the Commons Commission are drafting its terms of reference.

Penman has now written to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, Nigel Dodds and Ian Blackford, calling on them to show their support for the inquiry and to ensure it allows meaningful redress for those affected.

The FDA chief said the leaders “need to step up and back Parliamentary staff who say [the inquiry] must consider past and ongoing individual cases if it is to lead to real change”.

He said that the Commons’ ‘Respect’ policy for staff, an HR policy aimed at improving protections, had proved to be inadequate.

“I personally met Clerks in the House of Commons on Tuesday, and it is very clear that House staff simply have no trust or confidence in the failed Respect Policy,” he said.

“There must be redress for staff who have been unwilling or unable to raise complaints because of the failings of the current policy.”

First Division Association's general secretary Dave Penman.

Commander, currently a deputy principal clerk, is a former clerk to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

She went on Newsnight on Thursday to explain how she felt the previous and current complaints system was unfair and ought to be taken out of the hands of MPs.

“What happened was that one day I started crying in my office… I felt it wasn’t sensible for me to be there with a staff team, with their manager in tears,” she said.

“Before I made my complaint I would have trusted MPs to remedy the situation… But seeing the months that it took with no resolution at the end – no.”

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom.

Penman told HuffPost UK: “Anyone watching Newsnight in recent days could not fail to have been moved listening to Commons Clerk Emily Commander’s dignified and brave testimony about her experience.

“We would like the party leaders show the same courage that Clerks like Emily Commander have shown and are urging them to put aside the politics and back an inquiry that will make a difference.

“It is clear that when bullying and harassment cases are not dealt with fairly it has a devastating impact on the individuals involved – but it also influences whether other staff members have the confidence to raise their complaint.

“The FDA is calling for the Respect Policy to be replaced with a new independent process. Whether that new process has the full trust and confidence of staff, however, will depend on how those past cases are dealt with.

“Many bullying cases hinge upon being able to prove a pattern of behaviour – so we cannot have a situation where a new policy simply wipes the slate clean for MPs whose actions have blighted the careers of talented and dedicated public servants.”

Penman’s letter to Theresa May has been passed to HuffPost and we reproduce it here:

The letter to the party leaders.


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LeBron James Loses His Mind When Justin Timberlake Wears His Nikes on Stage

Justin Timberlake wore LeBron James’ signature sneaker for a Thursday night performance at Madison Square Garden — and LeBron got really excited.
Timberlake opted for LeBron 15s in the “Orange Box” colorway, a bold version inspired by Nike’s recognizable shoe boxes. The “Man of the Woods” singer added a pop of color to a denim-on-demin look with the bold footwear, as he performed his biggest hits to a packed crowd at the Garden.

Justin Timberlake performs in LeBron 15s at Madison Square Garden March 22.

CREDIT: Rex Shutterstock

James has 15 signature sneakers in his name with Nike and holds numerous NBA records. But seeing Timberlake onstage in his footwear was still a major highlight for the hoops champ, who is a professed fan of the former *NSYNC star’s music.
“My guy Opening up at Madison Square Garden last night in fashion! #OrangeShoeBox LeBron 15s looking out of this planet! Need to catch one of these shows that’s for sure! Always a great entertainer/showman!!,” LeBron captioned an Instagram post of Timberlake sporting the kicks on stage.

James’s excitement at Timberlake’s footwear choice may also have something to do with the entertainer’s ability to drive shoe sales. When Timberlake wore custom Air Jordan 3 “JTH” sneakers at the Super Bowl in February, the $200

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BBC Journalist Frank Gardner Criticises Heathrow Airport’s Treatment Of Disabled Passengers

A BBC journalist has criticised Heathrow Airport’s treatment of disabled people after he was kept waiting on a plane for nearly two hours while staff tried to locate his wheelchair.

Frank Gardner, who was returning to London on a flight from Ethiopia, was forced to wait on the stationary aircraft on Saturday morning when his wheelchair was taken to the terminal, rather than the plane door.

The BBC security correspondent posted updates on Twitter, saying he was “so utterly sick” of groundstaff losing his wheelchair.

“Just when is UK’s premier airport going to stop treating disabled passengers this way?”, he wrote on social media.

I am so utterly sick of @HeathrowAirport ground staff ‘losing’ my wheelchair. Over 70 mins after landing back from Ethiopia I’m still stuck on an empty plane while they try to find it Just when is UK’s premier airport going to stop treating disabled passengers this way? pic.twitter.com/f84wXCgXKB

— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 24, 2018

Gardner said it took 100 minutes for staff to locate his chair and bring it to the plane.

The journalist said: “Odd that I can travel round the Middle East and elsewhere without a hitch. Yet time and again Heathrow Airport loses my wheelchair on arrival.”

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson has apologised and said they are investigating.


— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 24, 2018

Odd that I can travel round the Middle East and elsewhere without a hitch. Yet time and again @HeathrowAirport loses my wheelchair on arrival. Now been on an empty plane 1.5 hours after landing. Believe me, I’m as bored of writing this as you are of reading it. pic.twitter.com/ZKQLFmGOIF

— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 24, 2018

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Saturday, Gardener said: “There are hundreds, possibly thousands of others who suffer the same experience and all we get is these platitudes from Heathrow Airport, calling me by my first name and saying they have created a case number for you.

“Nothing changes, it goes on and on happening and it is so frustrating for people.”

Gardener added: “If you can’t walk and your wheelchair has been taken away into the terminal, that is your legs gone, that is your mobility gone.

“It’s a basic human right, so I am pretty seething about it.”

Heathrow has said that airlines and their ground staff are responsible for transporting wheelchairs, but Gardner said he was tired of everyone saying it is “down to someone else”.

He said: “Ultimately the buck stops with the airport.”

He continued: “I don’t know what possesses somebody to think ‘yeah, you know what, he or she probably doesn’t really need it, I think I’ll take it off to the terminal’. Why?”

Finally off after 100 minutes

— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 24, 2018

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We apologise unreservedly if the service Mr Gardner received today fell short of the experience we aim to provide to our passengers. We are working with the responsible airline to investigate what went wrong in this case.”


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Bella Hadid Makes Cold-Weather Style Spring-Ready With a Pastel Puffer & Dr. Martens

According to the calendar, spring is officially here. And while the frigid New York temperatures might not feel particularly springlike, Bella Hadid is celebrating the change of season with her style.
Stepping out in New York yesterday, Hadid sported a periwinkle-colored Ienki Ienki puffer coat, adding a pastel pop to her dark jeans and sweater. The 21-year-old completed her look with a stylish pair of Dr. Martens boots, selecting a chunky-soled lace-up version in an all-black colorway.

Bella Hadid in New York March 23.

CREDIT: Splash

Although Hadid often mixes it up with her shoe style, the model is a big fan of Dr. Martens boots, frequently selecting the moderately priced brand while out and about.
Apart from the wide variety of Dr. Martens in her closet, Hadid also is a sneaker lover. The Nike ambassador and self-proclaimed sneakerhead is a big fan of Off-White designer Virgil Abloh’s collaboration with Nike. She even modeled one of the collab styles for FN last year, along with other kicks from Nike.
As one of the biggest models in the business, Hadid’s schedule shows no signs of slowing down, even now that the fall ’18 runway season has come to an end. The Dior Makeup spokeswoman returned on

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The Standard High Line Brings ‘Parkland 17’ Installation to New York for ‘March for Our Lives’

The Standard, High Line is supporting the March for Our Lives this weekend with the unveiling of Parkland 17, a commemorative exhibition and call to action curated by artist Calyann Barnett, done with the support of Dwayne Wade. The installation, which was most recently on display at Wynwood Art Walk in Miami on March 10 for a 17-hour residence, is comprised of 17 desks.
Taking place on Saturday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space in New

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Modern Headlights Are ‘Blinding Drivers’ Says RAC

Modern headlights are 'blinding drivers', according to the RAC.

Modern headlights are so bright that they are temporarily blinding drivers, with some motorists taking several seconds to fully regain their sight after being dazzled by oncoming traffic, according to the RAC.

The lights that have been installed on newer models are causing a road safety hazard for drivers, the RAC Opinion Panel survey of 2,061 motorists found.

The vehicle industry’s move from traditional halogen headlamps to the brighter, newer xenon and LED headlamps appears to provide better illumination for those that have them, but oncoming drivers are suffering as a result.

The survey reveals that 65% of motorists said they are regularly dazzled by oncoming headlights even though they are dipped.

A total of 58% of motorists think modern vehicle headlights are so bright they risk causing other motorists to have accidents.

Of those who claimed to regularly get dazzled by oncoming dipped headlights, the majority felt it takes up to five seconds before they can see clearly again.

One in 10, however, said it takes from as long as 10 seconds before their vision is back to normal. Only 16% said it takes less than a second to recover.

While it is well known that older drivers often have difficulty when driving at night due to glare from headlights, the RAC findings about the dazzling effect of some new car headlights were similar among drivers of all ages.

A total of 15% of motorists surveyed by the RAC claim they have suffered a near-miss as a result of being dazzled by modern headlights that they believe are too bright.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The intensity and brightness of some new car headlights is clearly causing difficulty for other road users.

“Headlight technology has advanced considerably in recent years, but while that may be better for the drivers of those particular vehicles, it is presenting an unwanted, new road safety risk for anyone driving towards them or even trying to pull out at a junction.

“Drivers also find it very distracting when they have to contend with being dazzled by bright lights in their rear view mirrors.

“While regulations specify that all types of dipped headlights must fall between a maximum and minimum luminosity the night-time driving experience of motorists of all ages is very different with many saying dipped beams of some modern vehicles are too bright.

“We look forward to seeing the progress of the United Nations’ vehicle lighting working group in April.”


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These Women’s Shoe Styles are Inspired by a Colorful Basket of Easter Eggs

Easter is just a hop, skip and jump away, and thoughts of colorful Easter eggs and jelly beans are dancing in my head. In order to fashionably greet the holiday, fill a basket full of shoes in fun pastels and rich brights. Choose from millenial pink, lilac, and baby blue. Or, for those who want to make a bolder statement, opt for orange, yellow and green.
Color is not the only thing to keep in mind when getting ready for the holiday. Consider your day’s activities. If heading for an elegant brunch, there are mid-heel pumps and sandals from Michael Michael Kors and Vince Camuto. If heading out for a picnic in the park, take things more casually with a sneaker from Superga or flip-flop from OluKai. And since April showers often bring May flowers, be prepared with a cozy rain boot from Ugg.
Shoes also make great Easter gifts. Not only are they calorie free, they can be enjoyed long after the Cadbury creme eggs have been eaten.
Here, are FN’s picks for a fashionable Easter.

1. OluKai Kulapa Kai

OluKai Kulapa Kai

CREDIT: Courtesy of OluKai

The classic thong is revisited in a vegan-friendly style with compresson molded EVA midsole and soft contoured footbed

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Stormzy Vehemently Denies Presence Of Class A Drugs In Instagram Video


Following his success at the ceremony last month, where he also slammed Theresa May, she wrote: “Proud is an understatement! You put everything into the album and work harder and are more passionate about what you do then anyone I know.

“You are inspiring on so many levels and everyone around you is blessed to have you, you deserve everything that comes your way.

“You are changing history and it is such a pleasure to witness you grow into the most incredible human.”


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The 6 Best Men’s Sneakers on Sale at Finish Line Right Now

If you’re looking to grab a pair of sneakers or two, and want great looks that won’t break your bank account, Finish Line has several styles for men that are on sale now. Here are six suggestions currently on the retailer’s sale section that you could own on the cheap.
Adidas Pure Boost
For $79.98, the retailer has two colorways of the popular Boost-infused shoe. The style features a single leather overlay on the heel, an atypical tongue design for easy instep, a molded heel counter and the brand’s StretchWeb outsole.

Pure Boost

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Nike Dualtone Racer
For $49.98 to $59.98, the retailer has three colorways on sale of the Nike sneaker, which bears a striking resemblance to another popular look from the Swoosh, the Flyknit Racer. The Dualtone Racer features a dual-density sole for plush cushioning and a two-tone mesh upper.

Dualtone Racer

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New Balance 574 Sport
While some of the colorways are still full price, there are more iterations on sale, ranging in price from $49.98 to $89.98. The updated take on a New Balance classic boasts the brand’s acclaimed Fresh Foam midsole.

574 Sport

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Under Armour Charged Bandit 3
The retailer has two colorways of the performance running shoe currently coming in at $49.98. The look

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Sport Relief 2018: 8 Must-See Highlights From This Year’s Telethon

Friday (23 March) night proved to be a good one for Sport Relief, as the charity raised over £38 million during their bi-annual telethon.

A whopping £38,195,278 was pledged on the night, which will now go to help a number of causes both in the UK and abroad.

While the figure was £17m down in the record-breaking total that was raised during the last telethon in 2016, it was still an evening to remember, as these stand-out moments prove…

Kylie gets everyone ‘Dancing’

Ms Minogue was the big performer of the night, kicking proceedings off in (country) style as she gave a performance of her latest Tennessee-flavoured hit ‘Dancing’.

Strictly’s first Sport Relief special

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fans were gifted an extra special treat, with the first-ever Sport Relief special of the BBC ballroom show. It featured footballing legends Alex Scott, David Ginola and Chris Kamara. Let’s just say that some were more naturally talented than others.

Michael McIntyre pranks Andy Murray

We had a little peek at this earlier in the week, as Michael McIntyre hosted a celebrity edition of his Midnight Gameshow, with tennis pro Andy Murray as his victim. He’s not always famed for his sense of humour, but luckily Andy took it all in good spirit.

Greg James raises over £1million with his Gregathlon

There was a very proud moment for Radio 1′s Greg James as he was able to hand over £1,090,522 to Sport Relief. He had climbed the UK’s three biggest mountains and cycle the distance between them during his Pedal To The Peaks challenge.

It was quite a journey for Greg, as he originally had to cancel the ‘Gregathlon’ part-way through due to the Beast From The East making conditions too dangerous. However, he returned to complete the challenge last week, raising an impressive sum as a result.

Zoe Ball gets emotional as she discovers Sport Relief cycle total

Zoe Ball‘s Sport Relief challenge was not only gruelling, but a deeply personal one too, given she did it in memory of her late boyfriend Billy Yates, who she lost to suicide last year.

The presenter became emotional as it was revealed her 350 cycle ride from Marlow to Brighton had raised £1,198,012.

Helen Skelton and Vanessa White win Celebrity Boxing

TV presenter Helen Skelton and The SaturdaysVanessa White emerged from the ring victorious after taking part in the Celebrity Boxing challenge, having taken on Love Island‘s Camilla Thurlow and S Club 7’s Hannah Spearritt respectively.

The BBC goes head-to-head with ITV

There was a battle of the channels as stars from the BBC went up against a team of ITV’s famous faces in a boat race.

Davina vs. The Body Coach

After going head to head in the #SportRelief app the winner is finally announced. But whose team stepped to victory?! 🎉 Was it @thebodycoach or @ThisisDavina? This is the moment they found out… pic.twitter.com/l0My7nSdpV

— Sport Relief (@sportrelief) March 23, 2018

As two of the biggest names in the fitness industry, Davina McCall and Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) went up against one another to find out who had racked up the most steps over the same period of time.

You can still donate to Sport Relief here.


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Stephen Parkinson Accused Of Publicly Outing Shahmir Sanni In Brexit Intimidation Row

Theresa May‘s political secretary has been accused of publicly disclosing the sexuality of a former partner who turned whistleblower to accuse Vote Leave of breaking electoral law.

Lawyers for Shahmir Sanni say a communique on behalf of Stephen Parkinson is the “first time a Downing Street official statement has been used to out someone”.

In a statement, his lawyer said: “My client is now having to come out to his mother and family tonight, and members of his family in Pakistan are being forced to take urgent protective measures to ensure their safety.”

Both men were activists for pro-Brexit groups during the run up to the EU referendum.

It is believed Sanni will suggest Vote Leave illegally co-ordinated with another group, BeLeave, to evade spending caps.

Sanni said in a statement: “It’s sad that Stephen feels he can’t tell the truth about cheating in the Referendum. I think he understands why I had to do the right thing and let people know what really happened. But I never imagined that he, with the help of Number 10, would choose to tell the world I am gay, in a last desperate attempt to scare me.

“This is something I’ve never told most of my friends or family, here or in Pakistan, some of whom are having to take measures to ensure their safety. He knew the danger it would cause, and that’s why he did it.

“My coming out should have happened at a moment of my choosing – not his or the Government’s. Some things are more important than politics and I hope that one day he agrees.”

Sunni’s whistleblower claims were first alluded to in a lengthy blog by Dominic Cummings, the former campaign director of Vote Leave, in which he spoke at length about accusations of links between Cambridge Analytica and the Brexit campaign.

One day, I will read an 8000 word blogpost by Dominic Cummings about why other people are wrong. But not today, people, not today.

— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) March 23, 2018

In it, Parkinson said via the Downing Street statement: “Shahmir became an occasional volunteer for Vote Leave and other Leave campaigns, and we began a personal relationship.

“We subsequently dated for 18 months, splitting up — I thought amicably — in September 2017. That is the capacity in which I gave Shahmir advice and encouragement, and I can understand if the lines became blurred for him, but I am clear that I did not direct the activities of any separate campaign groups.

“I had no responsibility for digital campaigning or donations during the referendum, and am confident that Vote Leave acted entirely within the law and strict spending rules at all times.”

Downing Street has been contacted for comment.


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