DAN HODGES sees contempt for Labour's leader challenging loyalties

Jeremy Corbyn? He’ll have us all wearing grey and eating cabbage soup, says DAN HODGES as he visits the old mining town where contempt for Labour’s leader is challenging deep-rooted loyalties

Samantha despises the Conservative Party. ‘I hate the Tories,’ the local tea-shop worker tells me. 

‘I’ve always voted Labour and my family has always voted Labour.’ 

So how will she be voting next Thursday, I ask. ‘I’ll be voting Tory,’ she replies.

This is Wrexham, one of the pillars of Labour’s vaunted Northern Red Wall. A Labour seat for the past 84 years, it was held by Ian Lucas in 2017 by 1,800 votes. But he’s stepping down at this Election. And the wall is starting to crack.

The woman charged with turning heads of potential Boris supporters in Wrexham is Sarah Atherton (pictured on the campaign trail), a busy, plain-speaking nurse

I’m standing by a row of terraced houses on Vernon Street, outside the offices of Labour candidate Mary Wimbury, a local social care worker. She’s out canvassing.

‘I’m really sorry,’ says her agent, ‘but it’s the last week, and we’re putting all our efforts into meeting the voters.’

Across the road, at the Rhosddu Laundrette, I see why. Joan (she asked me to use a pseudonym) points to a faded picture of a group of women queuing for their morning washing. 

‘That’s what my mum looked like,’ she tells me. 

‘She’d always go out with her hair tied, and she’d have a dress like that for best.’

What will Joan be doing next week, I ask. ‘It’s hard,’ she admits. ‘I don’t like Jeremy Corbyn, and I really like Boris.

‘But this is a working-class area. The thought of me voting Tory would make my parents and grandparents turn.’

The woman charged with turning the heads of Joan and other potential Boris supporters is Sarah Atherton, a busy, plain-speaking nurse. 

We first meet in the Miners’ Welfare Institute, an incredible Grade II-listed Edwardian Baroque building built with miners’ subscriptions in the former pit village of Llay.

Mary Wimbury (pictured), who is also a local social care worker, is the Labour candidate up for election in the area

Atherton begins by telling me a story from when she started her nursing training. ‘I was treating this man who had blue marks all up his arms. I said, “What happened?” and he told me he’d been at Gresford [a local mining disaster in 1934 in which 266 men died]. It was coal dust embedded in his skin.’

She motions round the room. ‘Did you ever think you’d meet a Tory candidate in a miner’s social?’

I ask her what issues are arising on those Labour doorsteps. 

‘They’re saying they can’t vote for Mr Corbyn. They’re voting Conservative, even if it’s just for this time. They cannot vote for Mr Corbyn. 

‘And that’s not necessarily Brexit. Marx was mentioned this morning. Someone said, “He’ll have us all wearing grey and eating cabbage soup,” which gave me a good laugh.’ I note the very formal reference, ‘Mr Corbyn’.

Is that an edict from Tory HQ? ‘No. It’s what we call him at home.’

The Prime Minister will need to win the seat in Wrexham in order to gain the majority in Parliament and deliver his Brexit deal

After Atherton leaves, I get talking to Rod, a former jet-washer who became a van driver after picking up an industrial injury.

He voted for Ian Lucas, who helped his family get upstairs heating – ‘blimey, getting out of that bath in winter…’ But he won’t be voting for Mary Wimbury.

‘When I had my injury, it was actually good for me that I had to work to get back on my feet. With modern Labour, I think they want to hand everything to you.’

Walking into the town centre, I see Wrexham has been transformed into a Christmas tableau, replete with performers in historic Victorian garb. But the festive cheer seems forced.

As you work your way up Queen Street, the tinsel-draped stalls can no longer hide the rows of empty shop fronts and a cluster of To Let signs. 

If the surrounding villages were decimated by the closure of the mines, it seems central Wrexham is slowly being eaten away by the inexorable, internet-fuelled decline of the high street. 

A situation that should be ripe for exploitation by a party that hasn’t been in power for a decade. But in the General Election of 2019, political gravity no longer asserts itself.

I’d started forming the impression Labour’s Red Wall could be crumbling. Then I walk into The Turf pub, just next door to the iconic Racecourse football ground. And the wall completely collapses.

Richey, a painter and decorator, is sitting at the bar in his paint-spattered work clothes, surrounded by pictures of past glories. 

He went to his first Wrexham game at the age of nine, when his dad carried him through the crowds, and placed him on a milk-crate so he could get a decent view. He’s shared his team’s trials and tribulations – mostly tribulations – ever since.

‘Let’s pull the skin off the onion,’ he tells me. ‘If we don’t leave the EU, people round here are going to rise up [Wrexham voted 60-40 to leave in the referendum]. Boris will get Brexit done, and Corbyn won’t.’

Across from him is Mark, a security guard. He’s monogrammed with tattoos on his arms, knuckles and even his ear lobe. 

He’s always voted Labour, and waited patiently to shake Tony Blair’s hand when he visited Wrexham in the late 1990s.

‘My dad was a miner. Phew… the thought of his son voting Tory… Labour’s ingrained in people here. But that’s what I’m doing. And everyone else is too.’ Why? ‘Corbyn,’ comes the reply.

Contempt for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) in Wrexham has resulted in a challenge on the area’s deep-rooted loyalties

Over the past month I’ve travelled across the country, and picked up things that could give Mary Wimbury and her fellow Labour candidates cause for hope. In Bolsover, I noted disillusionment among a significant number of Brexiteers. 

In Canterbury, it was the strength of support for Labour among students. In St Ives, the anaemic nature of Jo Swinson’s campaign. But north, south, east or west, one theme has dominated my conversations with the voters to the exclusion of all others. Or one man. Jeremy Corbyn.

This is not the Brexit Election, it’s the Jeremy Corbyn Election. A few weeks ago I noted Boris had yet to ‘seal the deal’. But Jeremy Corbyn is sealing the deal. He’s sealing it for the Conservative Party. 

Tory strategists have spent months grappling with the dilemma of whether to frame Labour’s leader as a dangerous extremist, or dithering incompetent. They needn’t have bothered.

In the eyes of the majority of those I’ve spoken to, he’s both. I’ve never witnessed such antipathy towards an opposition politician. The IRA. The antisemitism. National security. His Brexit vacillation. The Queen. The settled narrative before this campaign was none of these ‘stuck’ in 2017. Well, they have in 2019.

In turn, Corbyn has stuck – like a limpet mine – to his party. And with four days to go, we are nearing the point of detonation.

I finally manage to catch up with Mary Wimbury in a Costa, just off the dark and increasingly deserted high street.

She’s a bundle of adrenaline and is trying to remain upbeat. ‘I think it’s going to the wire,’ she says. ‘There are still a lot of undecideds, and people are understandably fed up with politics over the way it’s been over the past few years.’

A committed Remainer, she believes in the party’s second referendum stance, but is admirably clear about how she would vote. ‘I would still back Remain,’ she says, ‘and when I talk to people, most of them understand that. Most recognise we need a way out of this.’

BUT there’s no way out from the issue crippling her campaign. ‘It’s certainly raised, let’s put it like that,’ she acknowledges with a smile.

‘My answer is, “Here in Wrexham, it’s my name on the ballot paper.” I’m promising to be a strong local MP, standing up to whoever I need to. I’ll stand up for whatever I believe in Westminster, whether that’s to Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn, and for my traditional Labour values.’

With that, she disappears into the night, trying to locate a few more voters to shore up Labour’s crumbling Northern Red Wall. But time has almost run out. For her, for her leader and for her party. 

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AOC criticized for tweet slamming Amazon’s NYC plans

Amazon is coming to New York after all, and AOC — who helped scuttle a deal to bring the company to Queens — couldn’t help but take a victory lap that quickly irked her critics.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families.”

Some folks had no patience for the Queens congresswoman’s boast, noting the Internet retailer’s new office space would bring significantly fewer jobs than the headquarters Amazon had planned to build in Long Island City.

“I bet a lot of shopkeepers and store owners in LIC would have loved those customers in the neighborhood instead of in manhattan [sic]. Plus, what they are taking in Manhattan is much smaller in scope than HQ2,” responded real estate entrepreneur Jason Haber.

Others were more blunt.

“You went from 25,000 Amazon jobs in your district to just 1,500 being offered OUTSIDE your district. You’re an idiot if you think this is a success for your constituents,” Caleb Hull, a director at the GOP-leaning political consulting firm Targeted Victory, said in a tweet of his own.

AOC shot back by noting Amazon’s original promise of 25,000 came with no guarantees.

“That 25k number was an unsubstantiated #, not a year 1 hiring figure [sic]. Nor was it a promise backed w/ consequences if it wasn’t met,” she said in response to a critic from the conservative Daily Caller website. “1,500 jobs off the bat is huge, & a much better deal than paying billions for a fairy tale that would’ve displaced many.”

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Russia responsible for downing US Drone over Libya: report

An American drone seemingly lost over Libya in November was actually shot down by Russia, the US military said.

Russian forces may not have realized the unarmed drone belonged to the United States when they took it down, the military told Reuters.

“They certainly know who it belongs to now and they are refusing to return it. They say they don’t know where it is but I am not buying it,” General Stephen Townsend, who leads the US Army’s African Command, told the wire service.

Russian mercenaries operating in the country may have been responsible, Libya’s Government of National Accord said.

Russia officially denies using mercenaries in any foreign country, insisting any of their citizens engaged in civil conflict abroad were acting as volunteers. Libya’s government says the mercenaries are there to support Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the country’s civil war.

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Some Brilliant Ideas For The Plot Of A Potential ‘A Christmas Prince 4’

Netflix is going all out for the holidays with a third Christmas Prince film featuring a royal baby, ancient documents, and even a curse. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby takes the story of Aldovian power couple Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and now-King Richard (Ben Lamb) from fairytale marriage to fantastical whodunit. One mystery that remains to be solved, though, is the future of the series. So will there be A Christmas Prince 4? It’s likely the series will remain the gift that keeps on giving to Netflix subscribers.

News of the third movie was confirmed in March, so following that logic, fans should expect to wait a few more months for official word on the future of their favorite fictional royal couple. But given the series’ popularity and the fact that Netflix seems to be giving Hallmark a run for their money with Christmas-centric original films and programming, the chances of yet another sequel featuring the royal baby of Aldovia seem pretty good.

So far, Amber and Richard’s adventures have mirrored their IRL royal couple counterparts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding came out just a few months after Meghan and Harry tied the knot, and now that royal baby Prince Archie has arrived, it’s Amber and Richard’s turn to welcome an heir to the throne. So what could possibly be next for the Aldovians should the Christmas Prince franchise get another sequel? Here are some ideas.

New York Adventures

The Dutchess and Prince are spending this year’s holidays away from the royal family with the Queen’s blessing, hanging with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland instead. Could a potential Christmas Prince 4 follow in the footsteps of Home Alone 2, with the royals lost in New York? There’s plenty that could go delightfully wrong if Amber and Richard head back to the Big Apple to visit Amber’s dad, including a reverse fish-out-of-water scenario, with the royals trying and failing to remain undercover.

Crossover/Time Travel Potential

A Christmas Prince got an acorn-shaped nod in Netflix’s other royalty-related Christmas film The Knight Before Christmas, confirming the two films exist in the same universe. That universe includes a time-traveling 14th century prince. Perhaps A Christmas Prince 4 could take a trip back into Aldovian history, or even visit some of the royal greats of yore elsewhere. Given that Royal Baby has sacred documents and ancient curses, time travel seems like a next logical step for the series. Who knows, Christmas Prince 4 could even have the Royal Family meet Charles Dickens for some Christmas Carol inspiration.

Royal Relations

If Aldovia’s royalty mirrors England’s, that might be bad news for the kingdom, as Prince Charles has eyes on trimming down the royal family. If Harry and Meghan might be excluded from the crown, what of the Aldovian heirs? Perhaps the royal family could learn the true meaning of Christmas with a scare that they might revert to commoner status.

While it’s too early to truly say what a possible Christmas Prince 4 could offer, one thing’s for sure — it wouldn’t feel like Christmas anymore without a visit to Aldovia.

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Baby tragedy, death danger for Whitney and 8 more EastEnders spoilers

Secrets are bubbling to the surface in the run up to a dramatic EastEnders Christmas and, now that Lisa Fowler (Lucy Benjamin) knows the truth about Sharon Mitchell’s (Letitia Dean) pregnancy by Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters), it’s only a matter of time before the shocking truth comes out. However, when tragedy strikes for Louise (Tilly Keeper) and her baby, everything is thrown into chaos.

Elsewhere, Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith) and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) are horrified to learn the true identity of menacing Leo King (Tom Wells) but, as he whisks Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) away and plans to carry out his revenge, are they too late to save her?

10 EastEnders spoilers

  • Lisa warns Sharon that she is going to tell Louise the truth.
  • Mick is dismayed as Linda continues to hit the bottle.
  • Leo plans a romantic hotel stay for Whitney but Callum is suspicious.
  • Martin is stunned to realise that Ben has gone legit.
  • Louise fears the worst when her baby stops breathing.
  • Leo’s mum Michaela turns up and tries to stop him doing something stupid.
  • Jay has some making up to do when he puts his foot in it with Lola.
  • Stuart gets a surprise when Rainie returns.
  • Martin joins forces with Tubbs again and makes a dangerous decision.
  • Callum and Tiffany race to the rescue of Whitney – is it too late?

Monday 9th December

Lisa is reeling from the bombshell that Keanu is the father of Sharon’s baby and sets out to reveal the truth to Louise. Meanwhile, Karen and the family meet the baby as Louise and Keanu name her – but tragedy strikes when she stops breathing.

Leo surprises Whitney with a hotel stay for her birthday and she is excited but he is forced to cover when his mum Michaela arrives in Walford wanting to know what he is up to. She is forced to give him some home truths about his dad Tony buthe refuses to listen.

Mick takes Linda out for the day to celebrate Ollie getting Learner Of The Term but he is dismayed when she hits the bottle as soon as they arrive home. Martin is annoyed to learn that Ben has gone legit and, after lashing out at Kush, he decides to reach out to Tubbs to go into business again.

Jay puts his foot in it when Lola says she wants to enter Lexi into a beauty pageant while Ian is getting on Ruby’s nerves with his never ending demands.

Tuesday 10th December

Martin and Tubbs enjoy their earnings but when Tubbs brings up another means of getting cash, Martin is unsure. However, after he splashes out on a car for Bex and sees her delight, Martin has a change of heart.

Callum’s fears about Leo continue to grow and he reaches out to Tiffany, who contacts Bianca and discovers that he is Tony’s son. They soon realise that Whitney is in serious danger but Leo cuts off a call from Tiffany.

Louise is relieved when the baby’s condition stabilisies but Lisa is left in a dilemma. After upsetting Ruby, Ian finds himself in a tricky situation while Lola finds a way that Jay can make things up to her.

Thursday 12th December

Whitney is in serious danger as sinister Leo plans his revenge but as his true colours start to show and he puts his plans into action, Tiffany and Callum race to the hotel to try and stop him. Can Whitney be saved?

Ruby decides to teach Ian a lesson, Stuart is offered a job at Coker’s and Jay tries to make it up to Lola.

Friday 13th December

Stuart plans a party for Rainie’s arrival but Callum is less than impressed by his brother’s new job – and Jay has regrets too when Stuart suggests a Christmas promotion. Rainie arrives home and apologises to Kathy before reuniting with Stuart – and presenting him with a surprise.

Ruby plans to sabotage Ian’s event but it backfires while a shocking discovery leaves one resident on the Square plotting revenge.

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Spoilers: Suicide trauma for Aaron in Emmerdale

Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) has had to cope with a lot of stress in Emmerdale over the past couple of months, and with more heartache on the horizon in the coming episodes, it becomes apparent that he’s not in a good place — something which leaves Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele), Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) and Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) incredibly worried.

Aaron’s world was turned upside down earlier this year, when husband Robert (Ryan Hawley) took matters into his own hands and attacked Victoria’s rapist Lee. Matters were later made worse when Lee died in hospital, as Robert was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

After visiting his hubby, Aaron was heartbroken when he discovered that Rob had cut all contact with him, and also applied for a divorce.

With a few weeks having passed since he last spoke to Robert, Aaron is hopeful once more when he learns that Victoria has received a letter from her brother. However, he’s later upset to discover that he hasn’t received one, and thus he’s devastated once more.

It’s incredibly clear that Aaron’s not in a good place, and when he later disappears, Liv, Chas and Victoria grow concerned.

Meanwhile, Aaron pulls up in the woods, and proceeds to break down, as he struggles with everything that’s happened.

Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Sam (James Hooton) set off in search of their relative, and they later find Robert’s vehicle abandoned in the woods, and start to look around — hoping to locate Aaron.

It’s incredibly apparent that Aaron is struggling to cope, and his family are worried as a result.

Will they be able to find him and offer their support before it’s too late?

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Four nominees for Turner Prize will SHARE the award for first time ever – The Sun

ALL four artists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize will share the award — the first time no single winner has been announced.

Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani were all awarded the prestigious title and will share the £40,000 prize money.

The news was revealed live on TV at the event at Dreamland Margate amusement park in Kent.

It came after the artists wrote a joint letter to the jury asking that the prize be used as a collective statement of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity” at a time of “political crisis”.

Jurors praised their commitment to the collective power of art, and said the decision was “unanimous”. Jury chairman Alex Farquharson said they had challenged convention and resisted polarised world views.

"it is very much in the spirit of these artists' work to challenge convention, to resist polarised world views, and to champion other voices.

"The jury all felt that this made the collective a worthy winner of the Turner Prize."

The artists' work has been on display at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate since September 28.

Established in 1984, the prize is named after painter JMW Turner and is awarded to an artist born or based in the UK for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past twelve months.


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Kate Middleton departs for Buckingham Palace to help to the Queen

Donald and Melania Trump arrive at Buckingham Palace where they will be welcomed by the Queen and Kate Middleton at spectacular reception for Nato summit

  • Donald and Melania Trump arrived at Clarence House to take tea with Charles and Camilla this evening
  • They will then go to Buckingham Palace where they will be welcomed by the Queen and Kate Middleton
  • The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted leaving Kensington Palace as she departed for the function  

Donald and Melania Trump have arrived at Buckingham Palace for a glittering Nato reception hosted by The Queen and attended by The Duchess of Cambridge. 

The US President and First Lady earlier this evening had tea with Prince Charles and Camilla at Clarence House before arriving at Buckingham Palace amid heavy security. 

The First Lady wore a yellow £4,700 Valentino coat to keep the British cold teamed with fuchsia heel, while the president opted for a dark blue suit, white shirt and blue tie.  

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted departing for the function this evening while the US president enjoys afternoon tea with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.  

This is while Camilla cut an elegant figure in a red dress and black blazer with Prince Charles wearing a navy pin stripe suit. 

Other world leaders at Buckingham Palace tonight include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to play a key part in tonight’s event, as her husband, Prince William today joined a British navy crack team protecting oil tankers against hostile Iranian forces. 

Tonight the Queen also wowed in a green dress and accessorised with a emerald green shawl, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. She seemed in good spirits following rumours from cruel social media trolls who had speculated her death.

The Queen smiles as she greets Melania and her husband, with Prince Charles and Camilla on her left side and an official on her right


All smiles! The First Lady beams as she is greeted at Buckingham Palace while her husband stands by his side and grins (left). They walk hand in hand as they arrive (right) 

First lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend Tea at Clarence House

Duchess of Cambridge seen Leaving Kensington Palace as see makes her way to Buckingham Palace this evening




How do you do? The President and the First Lady arrive (left) as Melania exchanges greetings with Prince Charles (centre) and Camilla (right)

FLOTUS and POTUS (left)  seem to be having a grand old time as they laugh and joke with the Prince of Wales (right)

Britain’s Prince Charles, second right, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch as Queen Elizabeth is introduced to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a reception at Buckingham Palace

Leaders of Nato alliance countries, and its secretary general, join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales for a group picture during a reception in Buckingham Palace, London, as they gathered to mark 70 years of the alliance

The Queen beams a radiant smile (centre) after cruel trolls speculated over her death on social media earlier this week 

Trump and Charles look deep in conversation this evening as they prepare to attend the reception at Buckingham Palace


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives with his wife Emine (left) and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte greet each other (right)

The U.S. President Donald Trump’s Cadillac limousine, also known as ‘The Beast’ arrives with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady of the United States Melania Trump

Police on motorbikes are seen gathering outside of Buckingham Palace as The Beast arrives carrying the President and his wife 

Police gather outside Buckingham Palace this evening as the Mall is lit up with lights as the US President travels to Buckingham Palace

Prince William misses Nato summit reception to support troops on high alert in the Middle East

By Rebecca English

The Duke of Cambridge today joined a British navy crack team protecting oil tankers against hostile Iranian forces.

The royal, who was in Oman in the latest leg of his Middle East tour, sped through the Strait of Hormuz in a show of support to troops on high alert after a series of high profile squirmishes along the controversial international trade passage.

Donning a pair of sunglasses, he spent 20 minutes aboard a navy speedboat in convoy with British and Omani navy operatives racing through the channel, where Iran can be seen across the water.

Details of his visit had been kept secret until the last possible minute due to security reasons.

At the Ras Musandam Naval Base William was told of the British navy’s role in helping their counterparts in Oman to monitor the waters responsible for the passage of more than 40% of the world’s crude oil cargo.

The Gulf region has become a flashpoint with Iranian forces threatening western vessels travelling through the narrow Strait, which is just 21 miles wide at its narrowest point.

After being greeted by a guard of honour at Khasab Airport in Oman, William travelled by helicopter to the navy base to board the Al Rasikh Corvettes ship – one of three responsible for patrolling the area catering for more than 100 cargo ships a day.

Earlier this year Britain was forced to take drastic measures to protect its vessels from harassment by Tehran as UK-Iran relations were in danger of boiling over.

Authorities in Gibraltar seized the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 in July after suspecting it was transporting oil to Syria illegally.

In retaliation the British registered Stena Impero was detained on July 19 by the Gulf state’s revolutionary guards, who dramatically boarded the ship and seized the tanker.

While the Iranian ship was released after tense negotiations within days on August 15, the Stena Impero was not allowed to leave Iran’s waters until September 27.

At the time, Iran said that the ship had collided with a fishing vessel and not responded to rescue calls, which the crew denied. 

British officials have campaigned for a cooling of relations in the region leading to an unofficial ‘peace treaty’ to allow global trade to continue.

Trump’s visit to the palace comes after Jeremy Corbyn vowed to confront him tonight after the US president took a wrecking ball to his claims the US want to seize the NHS.

The Labour leader said he will warn the president ‘public services are not for sale’ at a NATO reception being hosted by the Queen later.

The threat comes despite Mr Trump moving to kill the veteran left-winger’s main election attack line by flatly dismissing the idea he wants a post-Brexit trade deal to open the health service to American companies and push up drugs prices.

Speaking as he ran the gauntlet of a NATO summit in London, Mr Trump insisted the US ‘wouldn’t touch the NHS if you gave it to us on a silver platter’. 

This evening, world leaders started to arrive at Buckingham Palace, where they will be hosted by the Queen to mark 70 years of the Nato alliance. 

Despite initially saying he had ‘no thoughts’ on the UK ballot, Mr Trump also lavished praise on Boris Johnson for doing a ‘great job’ and made clear he had always supported Brexit.

The dramatic spat came as Mr Corbyn tries to ‘weaponise’ the President’s arrival as he desperately works to claw back the Tories’ poll advantage. A poll today found the Conservatives are 12 points ahead, enough for a comfortable majority.

Yesterday Labour released an extraordinary video blaming Britain’s close relationship with the US for the London Bridge terror attacks – despite pleas to avoid politicising the atrocity. 

Today the veteran left-winger has written to Mr Trump urging him to guarantee that the NHS will not form part of a trade deal.

In series of interviews, Mr Corbyn said he was planning to challenge the president over the health service at a Buckingham Palace reception this evening. 

He said he would tell Mr Trump: ”Welcome to this country. I hope you’ll understand how precious our national health service is, and in any future trade relationship with the USA, none of our public services are on the table, none of our public services are for sale and investor state protection is not acceptable to our government when we’ve won this election.’  

However, Mr Corbyn dodged when pressed over allegations leaked documents on US-UK trade discussion had been circulated by Russia. He claims the details showed the NHS was ‘on the table’ – although the Tories have ridiculed the idea. 

This is while Prime Minister Boris Johnson today hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for talks in Downing Street amid growing tensions within the Western alliance over the conflict in Syria.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at a reception for NATO leaders hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to confront Donald Trump

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) talks to guests during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London, as Nato leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance

Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen arrives at a reception for NATO leaders this evening at Buckingham Palace 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) greets the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel (left) with a firm handshake 

The Princess Royal talks to guests during a reception this evening and laughs during the talks as the guests wait to officially begin the evening 

Jeremy Corbyn vowed to confront Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace tonight over the NHS and its role in a post Brexit US-UK trade deal. It follows an awkward joint press conference by the US President and Emmanuel Macron this afternoon. The pair are feuding over the future of NATO after Macron called the alliance ‘brain dead’ 

Mr Corbyn said he would tell Mr Trump: ”Welcome to this country. I hope you’ll understand how precious our national health service is, and in any future trade relationship with the USA, none of our public services are on the table, none of our public services are for sale and investor state protection is not acceptable to our government when we’ve won this election.’

On the campaign trail: Boris Johnson was todya on the campaign trail in Salisbury – where Sergei Skripal was poisoned by the GRU – as he hammered Jeremy Corbyn as a ‘security risk’ 

Jeremy Corbyn appeared on This Morning today where he finally apologised for his party’s anti-Semitism crisis after being savaged by Phillip Schofield on the issue 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2nd L) during the Quartet Syria Summit in London

Anti-Trump protesters in Trafalgar Square, London, for a ‘Hands off our NHS’ protest against the US President who is visiting this week

The US President took questions from reporters before a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

At first he refused to be drawn on the election, saying he was ‘staying out’ and ‘didn’t want to complicate it’. 

Tories have 12-point poll lead as election looms

Mr Corbyn is desperately trying to claw back the Tories’ election advantage, with a poll today showing they are 12 points ahead of Labour

Boris Johnson and the Tories hold a 12 point poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party with the general election now just nine days away.

A new survey conducted by Kantar between November 28 and December 2 puts the Conservative Party on 44 per cent overall, a one per cent increase on the company’s last poll on November 26. 

But while the Tories have edged forward, Labour has stalled with the party recording a rating of 32 per cent – the same as the last poll.  

Mr Johnson has forged a warm allliance with Mr Trump, but Tories are nervous that an outburst at the two-day summit could disrupt the election campaign. 

The PM is set to duck a bilateral meeting with the president, although the pair are likely to hold talks ‘in the margins’. 

Despite his initial reluctance, Mr Trump soon expanded on his views, saying he ‘thinks Boris will do a good job’.

‘I think Boris is very capable and I think he’ll do a good job,’ he said. 

He denied rumours that the NHS could be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks and said he has ‘nothing to do with it’ and has ‘never even thought about it’. 

‘No, not at all. I have nothing to do with it, never even thought about it,’ he said.

Mr Trump then praised the US healthcare system before adding: ‘In this country they have to work that out for themselves … 

‘I don’t even know where that rumour started, we have absolutely nothing to do with it.

‘And we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver-platter, we want nothing to do with it.’

Mr Trump delivered a thinly-veiled swipe at Mr Corbyn, saying he ‘knew nothing about’ the Labour leader. Pushed on whether he could work with him in No10, he replied: ‘I can work with anybody, I’m a very easy person to work with.’    

Mr Trump also blasted French President Emanuel Macron for suggesting NATO was at risk of suffering ‘brain death.’ 

The jibe prompted a brutal response from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said Mr Macron was the one in danger of ‘brain death’.

Donald Trump’s best quotes from his press conference on Day One of visit to London 

On the General Election: ‘I don’t want to complicate it. I have won a lot of elections for a lot of people, but this is a different country.

Asked why he is staying out of the election, He said: ‘Because I don’t want to complicate it.’

He added: ‘I’ll stay out of the election. You know that I was a fan of Brexit. I called it the day before.

Mr Trump added: ‘I think Boris is very capable and I think he’ll do a good job.’

On the NHS being on the table in a post-Brexit trade deal: ‘No, not at all. I have nothing to do with it, never even thought about it.

‘I don’t even know where that rumour started, we have absolutely nothing to do with it.

‘And we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver-platter, we want nothing to do with it.’

On working with Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I can work with anybody. 

‘I’m a very easy person to work with.

‘I know nothing about the gentleman, Jeremy Corbyn, nothing about him.’ 

On Harry Dunn: ‘You’re talking about the woman who had the accident with the young man on the motorcycle?

‘I had his parents up and they’re lovely people.

‘I spoke to the woman who has diplomatic immunity who works for the government and we’re trying to work something out.’ 

On Brexit: ‘I’ll stay out of the election. You know that I was a fan of Brexit. I called it the day before.’

On the US impeachment inquiry: The impeachment hoax is going nowhere, we have great support.

‘In the whole history of the Republican Party we have never had such great support.’

On Prince Andrew: ‘I don’t know prince Andrew but it’s a tough story.’ 

On Emmanuel Macron’s ‘brain dead’ NATO jibe: ‘You just can’t go around making statements like that against NATO. It’s very disrespectful.’

On his controversial deal with Turkey: ‘We left their border. We’ve been on their border long enough. They’re doing just fine on their border. We kept the oil. I kept the oil.’ 

Mr Trump said today it had been a ‘very nasty’ statement. 

‘You just can’t go around making statements like that against NATO. It’s very disrespectful,’ he said. 

Mr Trump and Mr Macron met on the sidelines of the summit today and the increasingly tense relatrionship was clear for all to see. 

The subject of Islamic State fighters from France, Germany and the UK who are detained in the Middle East was raised and Mr Trump asked Mr Macron: ‘Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you.’

The French president was visibly displeased by the remark.

Told on the BBC’s Jeremy Vine show that Mr Trump had ruled out seeking control of the NHS for US firms, Mr Corbyn said: ‘I’m pleased that he said that. But if that is the case why have the talks gone on for the last two years? Why have they been kept secret?’

He added that there were still ‘very legitimate grounds for concern’.

On This Morning, Mr Corbyn was asked about questions arising over whether Russian disinformation was behind Labour’s 451-page unredacted report on trade talks. 

Repeatedly dodging the issue of whether Moscow might have been involved, he said: ‘If the document is not accurate, then why is it, it’s been out there all this time, no minister has claimed it’s inaccurate. 

‘No Government has, and in reality the minutes are there of meetings which involved Liam Fox in the early stages and officials later on.’ 

Answering questions as he met veterans in Salisbury today, Mr Johnson ridiculed the Labour attack, saying he could ‘categorically rule out’ that ‘any part of the NHS will be on the table in any trade negotiations’, adding this included pharmaceuticals. 

He said: ‘This is pure Loch Ness Monster, Bermuda Triangle stuff.’ 

Mr Johnson said the NATO alliance is in ‘good health’ before he was pressed for his message to Mr Trump. 

The PM said: ‘My message to the president, to all presidents – President Trump, President Macron, President Erdogan, Chancellor Merkel, all our friends – is look, this is a great alliance, it has had fantastic success for 70 years, it has delivered peace and prosperity.’ He urged them to ‘tackle the threats’ as one, noting: ‘Safety in numbers.’ 

Later today, Trump and First Lady Melania will attend a fundraiser in Park Lane and meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

This afternoon he will have tea with Prince Charles and Camilla before a reception for NATO leaders with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and another at Downing Street.

Ahead of this morning’s meeting, Mr Johnson appealed for unity among the leaders of the 29 member states – also including Germany’s Angela Merkel, Frances Emmanuel Macron and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – amid differences over Syria. 

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will formally greet NATO leaders at this evening’s reception, which marks 70 years of the alliance.


The Queen welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Buckingham Palace, left, as a gaggle of anti-Donald Trump protesters gathered outside, right

Charles and the Monarch will then join the politicians for a group photograph.

The royals will be out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

Trump blasts Macron over NATO ‘brain death’ jibe

President Donald Trump needled French President Emmanuel Macron over a heated dispute about accepting captured ISIS fighters – offering to ‘give them to you’ – after kicking off meetings in London with an attack his ‘nasty’ comments about NATO.

Seated alongside Macron on his first day of meetings here, Trump took a dig at Macron for France and other European nations being reluctant to accept nationals from their own countries who joined the fight alongside ISIS terrorists.

Trump turned to his counterpart and asked: ‘Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I could give them to you.’

The moment came hours after Trump had blasted Macron for previous comments that NATO was suffering ‘brain death’ – although the two leaders appeared to patch things up afterward.

Prince William is away in the Middle East, while Prince Harry and wife Meghan are on a six-week break from royal engagements over the festive period.

Prince Andrew, who stepped down from public duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his association with convicted padeophile Jeffrey Epstein, is also not attending.   

The President’s arrival yesterday came at the end of a day that saw complaints both main UK political parties have exploited the deadly London Bridge attack. 

In an extraordinary campaign video yesterday, Mr Corbyn effectively blamed the Special Relationship for the London Bridge terror attack.

The footage showed images including flowers next to the road sign in the capital, with a soundtrack of Mr Corbyn condemning Western aggression for fuelling terrorism and emotional music.

Mr Corbyn tweeted the video along with a message that Mr Johnson should ‘stop clinging on to Donald Trump’s coat-tails’.

The Labour leader has a long record of opposing US influence throughout 30 years as a relatively obscure Labour backbencher. 

He has previously insisted the NATO military alliance should have been scrapped decades ago, dismissed Britain’s ‘global role’, and said nuclear weapons should be unilaterally given up.

Last week MailOnline highlighted a 2014 article by Mr Corbyn’s closest aide, Seumas Milne, branding NATO a ‘colonial expeditionary force’ and calling for US bases in the UK to be closed and personnel sent home.

Last night the Labour leader wrote to Mr Trump demanding that he guarantees the US will not try to push NHS medicine prices up through a post-Brexit trade deal.

But Mr Corbyn is facing questions over leaked trade documents which experts said had hallmarks of a Russian fake news campaign.

Schedule for Trump’s NATO visit 

4.55pm Trump and First Lady depart Winfield House for Clarence House 

5:10pm Trump and First Lady arrive at Clarence House 

5:15pm Couple have tea with Prince Charles and Camilla  

5:50pm Couple depart Clarence House for Buckingham Palace 

6:00pm Trump and First Lady attend NATO leaders’ Reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen 

7:35pm Trump departs Palace for 10 Downing Street 

7:40pm Trump and Melania arrive at Downing Street

7:45pm Couple attend NATO leaders’ reception hosted by PM Boris Johnson 

9:05pm Couple depart Downing Street for Winfield House  

9.30pm Couple return to Winfield House 

He published the 451 pages of unredacted, classified files last week to back up his claims of a Tory plot to sell off the NHS. The documents were dismissed as not showing what he said they did.

And experts yesterday claimed the leak resembled a disinformation campaign uncovered this year which originated in Russia.

Researchers at Oxford and Cardiff universities, the Atlantic Council think-tank and social media analytics firm Graphika said the manner in which the files were first leaked online mirrored a campaign called Secondary Infektion.

Secondary Infektion, uncovered by the Atlantic Council in June, used fabricated or altered documents to spread fake news across at least 30 online platforms. It stemmed from a network of social media accounts which Facebook said ‘originated in Russia’.

Experts warned the similarities with the campaign and the manner in which the NHS documents were published could signal foreign interference in Britain’s election.

Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at Graphika, said: ‘It’s on the same set of websites [as Secondary Infektion], it’s using the same types of accounts and making the same language errors. It’s either the Russian operation or someone trying hard to look like it.’

A Labour spokesman said: ‘Neither the UK nor the US government have denied their authenticity. Given what they reveal, it’s not surprising that there are attempts to muddy the waters to cover up what has been exposed.’

Mr Corbyn (pictured supporting a strike at University of London today) is going all out to ‘weaponise’ the President’s arrival, and released a video yesterday blaming Britain’s close relationship with the US for the London Bridge terror attacks

 US President Donald Trump was probed on the UK election at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Secretary General Stoltenberg (left) but refused to give anything away and said he ‘didn’t want to complicate it’

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau met Prince Charles at Clarence House today as the NATO summit kicked off

US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania stepped off the plane in London last night

Mr Trump’s arrival in London prompted a pro-NHS demonstration in Trafalgar Square as the US President was told to ‘keep your hands off’ the health service

Writing to Trump, Mr Corbyn said: ‘As you will know, the potential impact of any future UK-US trade agreement on our National Health Service and other vital public services is of profound concern to the British public.

‘A critical issue in this context is the cost of drugs to our NHS. The cost of patented drugs in the US is approximately 2.5 times higher than in the UK, and the price of the top 20 medicines is 4.8 times higher than in the UK.

‘Any increase in the NHS drugs bill would be an unacceptable outcome of US-UK trade negotiations.

‘Yet you have given a number of clear and worrying indications that this is exactly what you hope to achieve.’

He told Trump it would ‘go a long way to reassuring the British public’ if he rowed back from the NHS-related negotiation aims seen in the leaked civil service paper on the UK-US talks. 

Mr Corbyn sent a letter with similar demands to the Prime Minister on Monday, the eve of the NATO summit.

Trump has previously claimed it would be ‘so bad’ for Britain if Mr Corbyn was to become Prime Minister.

Jeremy Corbyn REFUSES to say if terrorists should get full life prison terms and is forced to deny that he wants to ABOLISH MI5 

Jeremy Corbyn today refused to say whether he believed ‘life should mean life’ for terrorists convicted of the most serious offences. 

He was also forced to deny that he and his allies want to abolish the UK’s intelligence services. 

He made the remarks during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning programme as he was grilled by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 

It came after Boris Johnson suggested Mr Corbyn would be a security risk if he becomes PM. 

Mr Johnson said the UK’s closest allies were ‘very anxious’ about Mr Corbyn being elected to Number 10 and accused him of being ‘naive’ to the terror risk Britain faces in the wake of the London Bridge attack. 

Mr Corbyn is desperately trying to kick start Labour’s general election campaign amid signs that the party is stalling in the polls and still remains a long way behind the Tories. 

But the Labour leader’s appearance on TV this morning was dominated by questions about his approach to justice and national security. 

Mr Corbyn was asked by Mr Schofield ‘should life be life’ for terrorists convicted of the most serious offences. 

The Labour leader refused to be drawn as he replied: ‘Prison sentences should be decided by courts and the management of the prison sentence should be also decided by a combination of the prison service. 

‘But the point I am making very strongly is that our prison service is woefully underfunded and the rehabilitation and the programmes to stop people being radicalised have often been insufficient in prison and I think the lesson from this horrible tragedy is that we have to improve that.’

His latest remarks come after he said yesterday that convicted terrorists should only be released from prison after completing a ‘significant proportion’ of their jail sentences. 

The US leader told Nigel Farage’s LBC radio programme in October: ‘Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places.’

Meanwhile yesterday Boris Johnson defended launching a crackdown on the treatment of convicted terrorists after the rampage by 28-year-old Usman Khan, who was out of prison on licence.

Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed during a prisoner rehabilitation event on Friday.

Khan was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the attack, which injured three others, after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.

The event was organised held by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.

Speaking to reporters in Southampton yesterday, the PM rejected the idea that his action was a knee-jerk response.

‘Look at my 2012 manifesto on crime … I’ve campaigned for a long time for longer sentences for serious and violent offenders,’ he said.

Mr Johnson said it was ‘probably clear from the outset’ that Khan was ‘too tough to crack’ when it came to rehabilitation.

‘What I’m saying is our job is to keep the public safe and that’s what we want to do,’ he added.

Meanwhile demonstrations are planned at Buckingham Palace today to coincide with the reception for Mr Trump and other world leaders in the grand State Rooms.

Among the protesters will be NHS nurses, doctors and workers campaigning over potential risks to the NHS from a future US-UK trade deal. 

Nick Dearden, from Global Justice Now, said: ‘Tuesday’s demonstration will be led by nurses and doctors – to symbolise the millions of people who will stand up for our health service against a US president who simply represents the biggest, greediest corporate interests in the world.’

Stand Up To Trump, Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) will be among the groups taking part.

Lindsey German, from Stop the War Coalition, said: ‘We need an alternative to war, militarism and racism – an anti-war government and a mass demonstration against Trump and Nato.’

CND general secretary Kate Hudson described Nato as ‘a hugely dangerous and destructive nuclear-armed alliance with the capacity to destroy all forms of life many times over’.

She added: ‘This is no time to celebrate and welcome it to London.’

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan arrives at Downing Street for talks with Boris Johnson


Emmanuel Macron also visited Boris Johnson in Number 10 along with Angela Merkel, right

Nicola Sturgeon is pictured campaigning in Perth today 

Mr Trump said Boris Johnson (pictured right today meeting war veteran James Gammer in Salisbury, site of the Russian Novichok outrage) was doing a ‘good job’

Heavily armed British police are also deeply involved in the security operation surrounding the US President 

Heavy security: A Secret Service vehicle leaves Winfield House in London where Donald Trump is staying

Jeremy Corbyn FINALLY says sorry for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but insists he has ‘dealt with it’ as he is savaged by Philip Schofield in bad-tempered This Morning interview 

Jeremy Corbyn finally said sorry for the anti-Semitism crisis that has engulfed the Labour Party – but insisted he has ‘dealt with it’.

The opposition leader apologised in a bad-tempered exchange live on This Morning after being pressed by host Philip Schofield. 

Mr Corbyn has steadfastly refused in recent days to apologise directly in media interviews in recent days as the issue has reared its head in the election campaign – although he has had sorry previously.

But appearing on ITV’s magazine show with Schofield and co-host Holly Willoughby, he was pressed to say sorry, with Schofield asking: ‘Why can’t you say sorry?’

Mr Corbyn finally relented saying: ‘Obviously I am very sorry for everything that has happened. 

‘But I would like to make it clear that we are dealing with it – I have dealt with it.’

Appearing on ITV’s magazine show with Philip Schofield and co-host Holly Willoughby, he was pressed to say sorry, with Schofield asking: ‘Why can’t you say sorry?’

 Mr Corbyn finally relented, telling them: ‘Obviously I am very sorry for everything that has happened’

 He added: ‘Other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism.

‘Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, and the Conservatives and by us because of it. We just do not accept it in any form whatsoever.’

Mr Corbyn was embroiled in a row with the Chief Rabbi last week, saying he was  ‘wrong’ to accuse Labour of failing to tackle anti-Semitism – as the party leader refused four times to apologise to British Jews.

In a bruising prime time pre-election interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil, Mr Corbyn said he wanted to have ‘a discussion’ with Ephraim Mirvis after he accused the left-winger of  allowing the ‘poison’ of anti-Semitism to take root in Labour.

The Labour leader was challenged over Mr Mirvis’s allegation that Labour’s claims it is doing everything to tackle anti-Jewish racism was a ‘mendacious fiction’.

‘No, he’s not right. Because he would have to produce the evidence to say that’s mendacious,’ Mr Corbyn replied.

He insisted he has ‘developed a much stronger process’ and had sanctioned and removed members who have been anti-Semitic.

But he floundered when Mr Neil detailed specific cases of anti-Semitism by Labour members who faced little or no sanction.

 

 

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A Teen Went Viral For Posting A TikTok Immediately After Getting Into A Scary Car Crash. She Said It Helped Her "Cope."

A 16-year-old from Pittsburgh has gone viral for deciding to film and post a TikTok immediately following a car accident she had two weeks ago.

Katie Cornetti recounted the terrifying moment to BuzzFeed News this week, adding that the TikTok was a way for her and her friends to “cope” with the shock of the situation.

The frivolity of the TikTok, and then ones she posted days after, continuing to joke about the accident, seemed OK only because Cornetti and her two friends in the car with her sustained no serious injuries, she said.

“We saw [the window] shatter and we look at each other, and were like, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’ Once we figured out we were all OK, we started laughing,” she said. “We’re best friends and this is how we coped together.”

On the day of the accident, Cornetti’s friend Marissa was driving, and Cornetti was riding in the passenger seat. They made a turn on a winding road “and the car rolled over,” she said. Apparently, one of Marissa’s car tires was not mounted properly.

Other than a bruise to her lip from her phone hitting her face as the car rolled over, she and her friends came out of it unscathed. All three passengers had their seatbelts on.

“While we were sitting there … waiting for the police to come, for some reason in my mind I was like, I should make a TikTok, why not, I have nothing better to do,” said Cornetti. “I picked the first song and made a random TikTok.”

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“That was the first thing that came to mind…to do that,” she added. “It really was scary…But we decided let’s do this to get our minds off of it, and honestly it helped a lot.”

The TikTok has now been liked by hundreds of thousands of users. It’s been shared widely enough on the platform that Cornetti said one of her friends from Ohio texted her saying she came across it on the app. People seem to be liking and sharing it out of pure shock and bafflement by both the accident and the decision to post about it humorously on social media.

But after popular YouTuber Zane Hijazi screen-recorded and shared it on Twitter, the video really went viral.

Cornetti said she was in school — and coincidentally wearing Hijazi’s merchandise at the time — when she discovered the YouTuber had tweeted about it.

“I was freaking out,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to blow up as much as it did.”

However, the reactions on Twitter were more harsh. People criticized the teens, saying there is apparently no limit to what people will do to chase clout these days.

“Social media is toxic,” one person wrote.

Cornetti told BuzzFeed News she has not been reading a majority of the comments and backlash.

“The comments are not really bothering me ’cause who does make a TikTok after a car crash?” she asked. “We are perfectly fine, we got really lucky.”

She also pointed out that a lot of her peers have commented that they “would have done the same thing … ’cause that’s how we cope with things.”

There are many of those comments online as well. “Commitment,” responded one person.

“There was not much we could do to make anything better, so that’s what we decided to do,” she said. “Literally the week before I got into a small car accident I was freaking out and crying — that was not the best way to cope with anything.”

She added: “[Social media] is distracting…in ways, it’s bad distracting, but it helped us get out of the real world for a second and helped us calm down. I would never have said that before this.”

Cornetti said her parents are not upset with her TikTok. “No one’s really mad; we all have it as a joke,” she said.


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Britain braces for 65mph gusts and more flooding this week

Britain braces for 65mph gusts and more flooding this week after fifth WETTEST autumn on record… but mercury is set to rise to welcome 13C by Friday

  • Flooding risk remains for England with the Environment Agency imposing 22 alerts and three warnings
  • Met Office has warned Scotland could see 65mph wind gusts and up to 4in (100mm) of rain on Thursday
  • England had fifth wettest autumn on record, with some areas seeing rain unprecedented in modern times
  • Temperatures fell as low as -2.2C (28F) last night in Dorset but could rise as high as 13C (55F) by Friday

Parts of Britain face a continuing risk of frost and sub-zero temperatures over the next few days before the mercury rises to 13C (55F) by Friday.

A flooding risk remains for England with the Environment Agency imposing 22 alerts and three warnings, while the Met Office has warned Scotland could see 65mph wind gusts and up to 4in (100mm) of rain on Thursday.

It comes after the Met Office revealed England had its fifth wettest autumn on record in 2019, with some areas experiencing a volume of rain unprecedented in modern times after an average of nearly 14in (350mm) fell. 

A surfer rides a wave off the coast at Tynemouth on the North East coast amid choppy conditions this morning

Temperatures fell as low as -2.2C (28F) last night in Dorset – although this was far above the previous two overnight lows of -7.3C (18.9F) in Cumbria on Sunday night, and -10.3C (13.5F) in the Highlands on Saturday night.  

The Met Office said Wednesday to Friday are set to be fine and dry in the south, with further fog and frost likely at night but northern England is set to be cloudier, with rain arriving on Thursday in the north west.

More dry and bright weather is likely on Saturday but into next week, ‘more changeable’ conditions are forecast with ‘spells of more organised cloud, rain and stronger winds followed by brighter, showery and colder interludes’.

Met Office meteorologist Oli Claydon told MailOnline today: ‘The general theme is that we’re moving away from settled conditions over the last few days into a more unsettled period into the weekend. 

The sunrise through Durdle Door in Dorset today as the sun beams through the famous rock arch on the Jurassic coastline

Daybreak on a cold morning on Preston Sands in Dorset today after temperatures fell below -2C in the county overnight

‘We’ve got a weather warning for North East Scotland, there could be more prolonged rain there, and quite blustery up there with 55 to 65mph gusts by the end of the week.’

A flooding risk remains for England with the Environment Agency imposing 22 alerts (orange) and three warnings (red)

He added that the high pressure which had brought settled conditions in recent days was starting to fall away, and that there was a chance of fog in the South East overnight tonight – especially in southern Essex. 

Looking ahead to the weekend, Mr Claydon said: ‘Saturday looks the better of the two days. Mostly dry and bright conditions are around before some windier conditions move back on Sunday with rain for the northern half of the UK.’

He added that temperatures could fall to -3C (27F) in rural areas tonight, but get up to 13C (55F) on Friday across England as far north as Newcastle, while highs on Saturday are expected to be slightly lower with 12C (54F) forecast in Plymouth and 10C (50F) in London. 

Households in part of Scotland could be without gas for five days as engineers work to restore supplies to thousands of homes following a failure in the network.

Gas network company SGN said it was working to restore supplies to around 8,000 properties after the problem started on Sunday in the Falkirk area, but said it could be up to a week before supplies are restored to everyone. 

England has fifth wettest autumn on record as  some areas endure rain unprecedented in modern times

England had its fifth wettest autumn on record in 2019, with some areas experiencing a volume of rain unprecedented in modern times.

An average total of 348.4mm rain fell on England over the months of September, October and November, according to provisional figures from the Met Office.

Only four autumns have seen a higher average, including the autumn of 2000, which remains the wettest on record (437.5mm).

 

New records were set this year in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Sheffield was a particularly wet location, seeing an average total rainfall of 474.8mm – enough to smash its previous autumn record of 425.2mm, set in 2000.

The location with the highest total throughout the season was Holne on the southern edge of Dartmoor in Devon, with 899.0mm.

Not everywhere in the UK had a wet autumn, however.

 

There was a marked difference in rainfall between England and Scotland.

While it was the fifth wettest autumn for England, Scotland had only 81% of its seasonal average – and north Scotland managed only 69%.

It was the 10th wettest autumn on record for Wales, and the 35th wettest for Northern Ireland.

For the UK as a whole, it was the 23rd wettest autumn on record.

The Met Office’s rainfall data goes back as far as 1910.

 

Separate figures for last month show that South Yorkshire had its wettest November on record, with 257% of its average rainfall (185.0mm).

Nottinghamshire (136.0mm) had its third wettest November and Lincolnshire (116.0mm) its fourth.

By contrast, Ross and Cromarty was the driest location, with just 32% average rainfall for the month (64.1mm).

England had 132% of its average rainfall for November, while the UK as a whole had 97%.

The Met Office uses the period 1981-2010 as a baseline for calculating averages.

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