Trump ‘Barred From Greenwich’ After Council Votes To Block President’s Visit Over Far-Right Tweet

Patrick Grafton-Green
The Royal Borough of Greenwich said Donald Trump 'is not welcome'   © Reuters The Royal Borough of Greenwich said Donald Trump ‘is not welcome’


The Royal Borough of Greenwich has “barred” Donald Trump after councillors called for his visit to the UK to be abandoned.

Earlier this week, America’s ambassador in London signalled that Mr Trump is due to visit early next year – sparking fresh calls for mass demonstrations against the president.

And at a meeting on Tuesday night, the Labour council added its voice to the protests by calling on the Government to abandon the plans.

Greenwich Council said it adopted a motion calling for a state visit to be abandoned, while also declaring that “should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough”.

Greenwich Council has added its voice to those protesting Donald Trump's UK visit© Getty Greenwich Council has added its voice to those protesting Donald Trump’s UK visit

The council expressed “alarm at the decision of President Trump to retweet Islamophobic Propaganda” and “sadness at the President’s bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities”.

It comes after Mr Trump sparked a global backlash last month after retweeting a string of unverified anti-Islamic videos posted by far-right group Britain First’s deputy leader.

He also blasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to the London Bridge terror attack earlier this year, branding it “pathetic”.

Just hours after the attack, he tweeted: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”


Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the council said: “On a daily basis we work hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception.

“We are one of 32 London boroughs, all different, all individual but all home to people from across the world.

“This diversity strengthens our borough. It enriches our lives on a daily basis. And it reminds us all that we have so much more in common than divides us.

“As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down.”

Cllr Chris Kirby, who presented the motion said: “President Trump has regularly expressed abhorrent and aggressive views and in doing so has enabled the spread of division and hatred.“

We have worked incredibly hard in this borough to build strong community ties across all faiths and backgrounds – President Trump’s views, attitude and policies are totally incompatible with that work.”

He went on to say that: “As a council we hold responsibility for more than 270,000 residents. We took the view that we could not stand by and watch the level of public debate be poisoned by the rhetoric that the President and others like him have continued to use.

“We have stood up and made our position clear: there is no place for aggressive, bigoted and hateful rhetoric in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.”   (Evening Standard)

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BREXIT: Finally, ‘Sufficient Progress’ Is Made As Juncker And May Do Deal |RN

By Press Association Reporters

The European Commission has announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks.The announcement came after Theresa May and David Davis made an early-hours journey to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

The announcement came after Theresa May and David Davis made an early-hours journey to Brussels The announcement came after Theresa May and David Davis made an early-hours journey to Brussels


It followed talks which continued into the early hours between the Prime Minister and Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, whose party scuppered a deal at the eleventh hour on Monday.

Mrs Foster said that “substantial changes” to the text rejected on Monday would mean there was “no red line down the Irish Sea” in the form of a customs barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Mr Juncker said that the decision on whether to move forward to talks on trade and the transition to a post-Brexit relationship was in the hands of the leaders of the 27 other EU nations, meeting in Brussels at a European Council summit on Thursday, but said he was “confident” they would do so.

The Commission president said: “I will always be sad about this development, but now we must start looking to the future, a future in which the UK will remain a close friend and ally.”

Mrs May said that intensive talks over the past few days had delivered “a hard-won agreement in all our interests”.

The Prime Minister said that the agreement would guarantee the rights of three million EU citizens in the UK “enshrined in UK law and enforced by British courts”.

She said that it included a financial settlement which was “fair to the British taxpayer” and a guarantee that there will be “no hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic, preserving the “constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom”.

She said that the agreement between the UK and the Commission, being published in a joint report, would offer “welcome certainty” to businesses.

Under the terms of the negotiations being carried out under Article 50 of the EU treaties, the European Council must agree that sufficient progress has been made on the divorce issues of citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the UK’s financial settlement before talks can move on to the issues of trade and transition.

The publication of the joint report makes it all but certain that EU27 leaders will approve this step on Thursday, marking a significant step forward in the process leading towards UK withdrawal in March 2019.

It eases pressure on Mrs May, who was facing the prospect of businesses activating contingency plans to move staff and activities out of the UK if no progress had been made by the end of the year.

Mr Juncker cautioned: “The joint report is not the withdrawal agreement. That agreement needs to be drafted by the negotiators on the basis we have agreed yesterday and today and then approved by the Council and ratified by the UK Parliament and European Parliament.”

He said that he and Mrs May had discussed the need for a transition period following the formal date of Brexit, and shared “a joint vision of a deep and close partnership”.

“It is crucial for us all that we continue working closely together on issues such as trade, research, security and others,” he said.

“We will take things one step at a time, starting with next week’s European Council, but today I am hopeful that we are all moving towards the second phase of these challenging negotiations and we can do this jointly on the basis of renewed trust, determination and with the perspective of a renewed friendship.”

Mrs May said that the negotiation process “hasn’t been easy for either side”.

“When we met on Monday, we said a deal was within reach,” said the PM. “What we have arrived at today represents a significant improvement.”

Mrs May said: “I very much welcome the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase, to talk about trade and security and to discuss the positive and ambitious future relationship that is in all of our interests.”

She added: “The deal we’ve struck will guarantee the rights of more than three million EU citizens living in the UK and of a million UK citizens living in the EU.

“EU citizens living in the UK will have their rights enshrined in UK law and enforced by British courts. They will be able to go on living their lives as before.”

On the issue of the UK’s so-called “divorce bill”, which is expected to total up to £50 billion, Mrs May said that in her landmark speech in Florence in September she had made clear the UK was “a country that honours our obligations”.

She said: “After some tough conversations, we’ve now agreed a settlement that is fair to the British taxpayer. It means that in future we will be able to invest more in our priorities at home, such as housing, schools and the NHS.”

And on the Irish issue, she said the UK would “guarantee there is no hard border and uphold the Belfast Agreement, and in doing so, we will continue to preserve the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom”.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said the government was content at assurances it had achieved about avoiding a hard border. He said there was now “no scenario” that would result in new border checkpoints.

“Ireland supports Brexit negotiations moving to phase two now that we have secured assurances for all on the island of Ireland,” he said.

He said the deal “fully protected” the Good Friday Agreement, the peace process and an all-Ireland economy.

Mrs May said that the agreement delivers on the principle, to which she and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar committed themselves in talks on Thursday, that “there should be no barriers, either north/south or east/west”.

She said she would write to the people of Northern Ireland on Friday to set out the approach.

Mrs May said she was “optimistic” about the trade talks which will stretch through much of 2018.

“In the meantime, reaching this agreement now ensures that businesses will be able to make investment decisions based on an implementation period that offers welcome certainty,” she said.

Asked whether she had ever considered during negotiations that “maybe after all, this whole Brexit affair is a very bad idea”, Mrs May said: “In 2016, the British people were given in a referendum the opportunity to choose whether to stay in the EU or not.

“Parliament was united across all parties in Parliament. A significant majority agreed that that decision would be given to the British people. The British people voted and they voted to leave the European Union.

“I believe it’s a matter of trust and integrity in politicians. I believe the people should be able to trust that their politicians will put into place what they have determined. That’s exactly what we are doing and we will leave the European Union.”

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said “substantial progress” had been made from the text her party rejected on Monday.

Mrs Foster, who negotiated directly with Mrs May into the early hours of Friday, said Northern Ireland would now leave the single market and customs union and insisted there would be no border down the Irish sea, dividing Northern Ireland with the rest of the UK.

“There will be no so-called ‘special status’ for Northern Ireland as demanded by Sinn Fein,” she told the Press Association.

“Northern Ireland will not be separated constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom and the joint UK-EU report at the conclusion of phase one makes clear that in all circumstances the United Kingdom will continue to ensure the same unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal market.”

But the DUP leader made clear there was “still more work to be done”.  (Press Associaion)

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UK Most Married Man Dumped By ‘Wife 9’ |The Republican News

I gave her everything and she does a runner – I’m a mug’ – UK’s most married man is ditched by ‘wife 9’

Adam Aspinall
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Ron Sheppard truly believed he had found his “forever wife” when he met Cristel Lalec after eight failed marriages.

But the 69-year-old’s hopes of a lasting romance were dashed when she ran off with another man before he could tie the knot.

Things were bad enough for ­Britain’s most married man Ron after Filipino Cristel, 28, had been told by the Home Office she could no longer stay in the UK and would have to return home.

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But he was left devastated when she packed her bags and fled. Ron believes she was seeing another man and has now alerted police and the Border Agency in case she is trying to stay here illegally.

He said: “I’m devastated by this, I did everything for that girl and she does a runner, I feel like such a mug.”

Ron revealed “cracks began to appear” in their relationship. She was still married in the Philippines, despite pledging to divorce.

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Fighting back tears, he said: “We had no love life, nothing whatsoever because she insisted she was a committed Christian and did not believe in sex before marriage.

“I respected that and hoped at least she would become my carer but she just became more distant.

“She hated my Norman Wisdom impressions, she had no idea who he was. She’d just sit there with her earphones in taking selfies and I’d have to shout her name just to get her to look at me.”

Ron still applied for a carer’s visa for Cristel in the hope they could spend their lives together.

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But he added: “I should have known when she lost her ­engagement ring things were not right. Then she started going out a lot and making new friends. Even after her visa was denied I thought there might be a chance but she just grew so cold and distant.

“Then, on Saturday, she told me she was going out. She looked at me for a long time and said she was flying home next week and wished me goodbye.

“I now know she was saying goodbye for ever, I checked her room after she left and realised she had taken all of her luggage.

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“I can’t reach her at all and her she has blocked me on Facebook.

“A friend has told me she met another man since she has been here and is now with him. I am devastated beyond words.

“I loved that woman with all my heart. But I thought it was for the best I phoned the police and the Border Agency just in case she was trying to stay illegally.”

Ron met Cristel when he lived in Thailand with wife number seven and her friend Wan. The trio would socialise regularly.

a man and a woman posing for a photo© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedHe lost contact when that relationship collapsed.

But after his marriage to eighth wife Weng started to break down he struck up a friendship with Cristel in 2015.

Ron flew to the Philippines and spent that Christmas with call centre worker Cristel and her family in their rural home in Lubao, Pampanga.

He wasted no time and on New Year’s Eve asked the mum-of-one to marry him. She arrived last November and lived at his home in Somerton, Somerset.

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In a Mirror interview after they met, Ron, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease amongst other ailments, said: “This one is real love. This is the last one. I promise.”

Cristel insisted she was not using the sickly pensioner just as a way to get to Britain.

She said: “I know what it looks like but I am not here for a ­passport. I am not here to take advantage of Ron.” But despite his heartache, old romantic Ron insisted he has not given up on finding his “forever wife”.

He said: “Cristel won’t put me off looking for love.

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“Wife number nine is still out there, I just have to find her.

“As far as I’m concerned I’m back on the market.“ I’m not going to say I haven’t already had women contacting me, I don’t know what it is about me, women just seem to flock to me.

“I’m batting them off. I think it could be my natural charm and charisma. I am great at ­impressions, I can do 54 different people like Norman Wisdom and Frank Spencer.

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“Although I’ve got to be honest after all this time I sometimes think women could just be too much trouble.

“But I am determined to not die alone, I refuse to end up in a home and I will find someone who will love me for who I am.”

Ron first got married in 1966, to Margaret. The couple had three children but divorced after two years.

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Wife number two was Jeanette in 1973. The marriage lasted a year. Ron wed Lesley in 1976 and they had two boys. He left her five years later and she died in 1996.

Then came Kathy in 1982. The couple, who had a daughter, worked at Pontins as bluecoats with Shane Richie. Ron married Sue in 1986 and had two boys. She threw him out 11 years later.

Usha from Singapore was next to tie the knot with him in 1999, followed by Wan in 2003 and Weng a year later.

Ron has been married for 44 of the past 48 years, the longest lasting 13 years and the shortest just 10 months.

He said: “The Tories should get me to negotiate Brexit , after all how many people have had as many divorces as me?” Cristel was not available for comment.

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2018 Bentley Continental GT Makes UK Debut |The Republican News

Andrew Brady


We first saw the new Bentley Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show – but now it’s been launched in the UK at a glitzy event in London.Customers, journalists and VIPs descended on the Jack Barclay showroom in Mayfair to get their first glimpse of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT on UK soil. Designed and engineered at the firm’s Crewe plant in Cheshire, Bentley is hoping the new Continental GT will follow the success of its Bentayga SUV.

Underpinned by VW Group’s MSB platform, the Continental GT is closely related to the latest Porsche Panamera. Bentley’s 48-volt electric Dynamic Ride system powers active anti-roll bars in a bid to improve handling without compromising comfort.

Power, all 635hp of it, comes from a revised version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12. It’ll hit 62mph in 3.7 seconds, and 207mph flat-out. Cylinder-deactivation tech combined with a new dual-clutch transmission means it’s more economical than before – emitting just 278g/km CO2 and returning 23.2mpg on the combined NEDC cycle. A V8 will follow, while a hybrid version is also rumoured.A new 12.3-inch digital display appears from the dashboard when the engine starts, while the rest of the interior is an impressive brand of British craftmanship and new technology.

“Today is a defining moment for Bentley Motors,” said former Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer at the Continental GT’s Frankfurt reveal.

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“Today we build on our recent success story and look to the future with a new car that will set new standards in luxury grand touring. Today we introduce a car that is the ultimate in extraordinary design, technology and innovation.

“When Bentley launched the original Continental GT in 2003 it established an entirely new market segment – the modern luxury grand tourer. Today, I’m convinced that we are redefining this segment again. It is an honour to replace a car that has – for 14 years – been the benchmark against which all other grand tourers are judged.”

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but Bentley dealerships are already taking deposits for the new Continental GT. Deliveries will begin early in 2018.   (Motoring Research)

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BREAKING NEWS: Michael Fallon Resigns As Defence Secretary |The Republican News

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Sir Michael Fallon has resigned as Defence Secretary following allegations about his personal behaviour.

The Tory veteran has been caught up in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster after it emerged he had repeatedly put his hand on a journalist’s knee during a party conference dinner in 2002.

Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer said she had not regarded the incident as “anything but mildly amusing”.  (Press Association)

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BREAKING NEWS: Retail Park In Lockdown Amid Reports Armed Man Has Taken Hostages

By PA Reporters
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The public has been warned to stay away from a retail park in the Midlands as police deal with an “ongoing incident”.

Footage posted on social media appeared to show armed officers at the scene in Bermuda Park in Nuneaton.

Warwickshire police tweeted: “Officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton. Please avoid the area.”

A staff member in the retail park, which includes a cinema, restaurants, Holiday Inn and fitness centre, said: “We are on lockdown.”

Unconfirmed reports on social media said armed officers were dealing with a man who had taken hostages inside the bowling alley there.

A witness told BBC News: “When we were leaving there were police standing around the bowling alley, there were police cars outside the main entrance, with police officers in full body armour.”

Witness Sarah Fleming said a police officer confirmed to her that an armed man was holding hostages at MFA Bowl.

She told Sky News: “We got notification that someone had a shotgun inside the bowling alley. We were inside Frankie and Benny’s and obviously we went on lockdown, no-one was allowed in or out.

Then we had notification from the police that he actually had hostages.

“Everyone has been a bit up in the air, don’t know what’s going on and obviously there is a lot of children in here as well which has been quite an experience for them. So everyone is a little bit scared at the minute.”

The restaurant was put on lockdown after a manager went to the nearby cinema, where staff confirmed the situation, she added.

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones told Sky News: “It is a situation where I think we need to let the police do their job and I think this is an extremely concerning situation.

“But I have every confidence that Warwickshire Police are capable and are able to deal with what looks like a very difficult situation.”

Carl Lenton was sitting with his family at a table by the window in Frankie and Benny’s when the incident began.

He told Sky News: “The manager from Frankie and Benny’s came round and said we were in lockdown and we have got to stay in and there had been an incident at the bowling alley, a man over there with a gun.

“There were police cars arriving, there was a helicopter, police dogs, armed police stood all around the bowling alley, around the outside of it. It was quite scary at times.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the incident at 3.40pm and sent an ambulance, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, and an emergency planning manager to the scene.

It tweeted: “There are no casualties at present.”

Children were evacuated from the nearby Bermuda Adventure Soft Play World, Megan Westwood, who was there with a friend, said.

She told BBC News: “One of the staff told us to get away from the windows because there was a man outside with a knife. As time went on we were later told that he actually had a gun and they barricaded the doors, kept us all away from the windows, and then we were told that he had hostages in the bowling alley next to us.”

They were evacuated by the back door into the Holiday Inn Express hotel, which she said was “full of children at the minute”.  Police are dealing with an ongoing incident in Nuneaton (Joe Giddens/PA)

(Press Association)

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MI5 Chief, Andrew Parker: Britain Facing ‘Worst Terror Threat’ I’ve Ever Seen In 34 Years

Francesca Gillett
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The head of MI5 has said Britain is now facing the worst terror threat he has ever seen in his 34-year career.

Andrew Parker, director general of the security service, gave a rare public speech, calling the threat “multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before”.

Another 20 terrorist attacks on the UK were foiled over the past four years and “many more” were prevented, he said.

The intelligence chief said there has been a “dramatic upshift” this year, which resulted in the London and Manchester attacks which killed a total of 36 people.

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Mr Parker added it’s impossible for MI5 to stop every attack, but that the service is identifying and disrupting threats all the time.

“In 2017, with all that has happened and much that has not, it is clear that we are contending with an intense UK terrorist threat from Islamist extremists,” Mr Parker told journalists in London.

“Twenty attacks in the UK have been foiled over the past four years,” he said. “Many more will have been prevented by the early interventions we and the police make. There have been a record number of terrorism-related arrests: 379 in the year to June.”

He said continental Europe has faced a similar surge, particularly in France, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

“The scale at which we are operating is greater than ever before,” he said.

Mr Parker said MI5 has more than 500 live investigations involving roughly 3,000 people known to be involved in extremist activities.

In addition, he said, more than 20,000 individuals have been scrutinized in the past for possible terror ties and there are undoubtedly “violent extremists” who have thus far not been detected by the Security Service.

The risk is further heightened by the possible return to Britain of citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Mr Parker said.

He said MI5 is well-equipped to cope with the deepening threat, with its ranks set to grow from 4,000 to 5,000 over the next few years.

But he added: “Attacks will occur sometimes because this is a free society, a liberal democracy, and we do not monitor everybody all the time. “Nor would we want to live in a country that was like that.”

The director called on technology companies to work with the government on preventing their social media platforms from being used by extremists for communications that cannot be monitored.

When asked if Facebook and Google were doing enough on this front, Mr Parker declined to discuss specific companies.

He praised advancements in communications technology, but said an “unintended side effect” has been to make it easier for extremists to avoid legal monitoring by using apps, including many that provide encryption, to avoid detection. He said companies should to more to prevent this abuse of their communications systems.

“For the companies there must be an ethical responsibility,” Mr Parker said. “The way to move forward is in partnerships together.   (The Evening Standard)

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