Coronation Street spoilers: Shona Ramsey star drops big David Platt relationship bombshell

David (played by Jack P. Shepherd) raised Shona’s (Julia Goulding) suspicions over his relationship with Natalie (Cassie Bradley).

There was no affair going on between them, but David and Natalie are both involved in Nick Tilsley’s (Ben Price) scheming.

Shona called off her engagement to David and he was determined to explain what was really going on in ITV soap Coronation Street.

As a result, the theft of Audrey Roberts’ (Sue Nicholls) money was revealed and Shona was hugely disappointed in David.

We will be getting married

Julia Goulding

But it doesn’t look to keep Shona and David apart for too long and Shona star Julia has spilled that the pair will wed.

The actress appeared on ITV’s Lorraine today where she spoke to the host about developments in Shona and David’s relationship.

She divulged: “Well, currently as we saw, the engagement’s off. I am allowed to say that we will be getting married.”

Julia also went on to discuss how Shona brings out a more mature side of David.

“I think she’s tried really hard to bring herself out of the gutter as it were,” Julia explained.

“I think she calms him, I think she makes him a bit more mature.”

It comes after Julia announced at the weekend that she was pregnant with her first child with partner Ben Silver.

Julia spoke to Lorraine about how her growing bump could be hidden on the soap.

She said: “Luckily for me Shona wears quite baggy shirts, she’s quite organic.

“I’ve got my pinny for Roy’s and the counter as well, I think we’ll be able to hide it, maybe some Rovers [Return] scenes with the bar.”

Julia revealed two of her co-stars, Tina O’Brien and Jane Danson realised she was with child.

“Tina O’Brien and Jane Danson knew for quite a while and they both picked up on it. They’ve been wonderful, so kind and lovely.

“I told the girls on our WhatsApp group with a ‘baby on board’ badge, I sent them a little selfie and said there’s another member to our crew.”

She isn’t the only cast member who is expecting following Sophie Webster star Brooke Vincent’s announcement earlier this year that she is pregnant for the first time.

Brooke is set to become a first-time parent alongside her footballer boyfriend Kean Byran.

Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

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Who is Nita Mistry in EastEnders and how long is actress Bindya Solanki back?

Another familiar face is set to return to EastEnders as Nita Mistry (Bindya Solanki) makes her return to Albert Square.

The character – who is the ex-wife of Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney) will appear in Walford as part of a storyline which will expose a secret Robbie has been keeping.

So just who is Nita, when did we last see her – and how long is she back for?

Here’s what you need to know…

Who is EastEnders’ Nita Mistry?

Nita originally arrived in Walford in November 2001, along with her son Anish, whom she was raising alone after being widowed.

She landed a job at the Minute Mart and became involved in the community theatre where she and Robbie met and romance blossomed.

He subsequently left with her in 2003 when she received an offer from her family in India asking her to return home as they would support her and her son.

Although that was the last time we saw Nita, Robbie returned to Albert Square in 2010 for Bianca (Patsy Palmer)’s wedding, saying that Nita was unable to join him as she was six months pregnant.

The character later gave birth to a boy, Sami, who arrived with Robbie when he once again returned, saying that he and Nita had separated.

How long is actress Bindya Solanki back for?

At the moment the character is only returning for one episode, as part of the storyline forcusing on Robbie’s return with his son.

However the circumstances surrounding her return and the events which precede and follow it have been kept under wraps – so you’ll just have to tune in to find out what happens.

Bindya’s episode will air on 13 June.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.

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Swedish court opens hearing on Julian Assange rape claim

A Swedish court has opened a hearing over a request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia on suspicion of rape.

Deputy chief prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told the Uppsala district court on Monday that she wanted Assange detained on suspicion of raping a woman in her sleep during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

Assange's Swedish defence lawyer, Per E Samuelson, said his client denied the allegation and wanted the hearings to be held in open court, local media reported from the court.

The judge ruled that details concerning the alleged rape were to be held behind closed doors, and cleared the court.


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Katie Price pleads guilty to using abusive and threatening behaviour

Katie Price has pleaded guilty to using abusive and threatening behaviour towards her ex Kieran Hayler’s girlfriend.

The star was fined £415 and was banned from contacting Michelle Pentecost – who is in a relationship with Katie’s estranged third husband Kieran – by the magistrate.

The 41-year-old previously entered a plea of not guilty back in March.

However, she today changed her plea at Horsham Magistrates’ Court.

The mum-of-five was accused of one count of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour outside a primary school in Shipley in September.

Michelle alleges that the reality star shouted at her ‘Are you enjoying f***ing my husband?’ at the school playground.

Kieran’s girlfriend, whose children attend the same school as Katie and Kieran’s kids Bunny and Jett, reported the incident to police and two more parents reportedly complained about Katie to the authorities for shouting and swearing at them.

Katie admitted to the row with Michelle and her friend Andrea Quigley in the playground of a primary school near Price’s home in Dial Post near Horsham.

Prosecutor Paul Edwards told the court that the row was witnessed by a teacher and took place in front of young children, and Price was witnessed ‘hurling a tirade of abuse’ at both women, including shouting ‘f***ing c***’ on multiple occasions.

Paul Macauley, defending, said the outburst was prompted by Katie discovering earlier Ms Pentecost was in a relationship with her estranged third husband days earlier.

Price did not turn up for police interviews relating to the charge, and had ignored a postal requisition telling her to attend an earlier court hearing.

Price arrived at the court dressed in all black and towering heels, supported by her lawyer and her boyfriend Kris.

This is the third court case in a year for Katie, having been given a driving ban in February after being found guilty of being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle, and admitting to driving while disqualified in January.

This trial comes just days after Kris also appeared in court, accused of threatening a police officer.

The 30-year-old pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence back in March.

However, a hearing on Friday at Medway Magistrates’ Court in Chatham, Kent, was told that the case needed to be adjourned after new audio evidence was discovered.

Chairwoman of the bench Mandy Ellis said the case was adjourned ‘in the interest of both sides’.

A new court date has not yet been set, with Boyson being bailed unconditionally.

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British soldier dies 'swimming in canal' during D-Day preparations

A British soldier has died in Normandy trying to swim across a canal after travelling to France to take part in the official D-Day commemorations.

It is thought the man, 30, got into difficulty after entering the canal near Pegasus Bridge, the first site freed from the Germans by British troops in 1944.

Emergency services were alerted at 11pm and his body was pulled from the water at 3am.

The victim was stationed at Ranville, near Caen on the Normandy coast, with other British soldiers, The Local reports.

A British Army spokesperson confirmed the man’s death but did not provide details of the circumstances of the accident.

They said: ‘It is with sadness that we must confirm the death of a service person in France. Our thoughts are with their family at this difficult time.’

Thousands of British soldiers have travelled to France this week to commemorate the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944.

The invasion marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation and the eventual defeat of the Nazi regime.

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BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire hosts the Trump Baby blimp

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire hosts the Trump Baby blimp in her studio as plans to put it in a Sadiq Khan-funded museum are revealed

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire hosted the Trump Baby blimp in her studio today amid revelations that a museum is in talks to acquire the 20ft inflatable. 

The Museum Of London plans to display the huge inflatable, which depicts the US President in a nappy and clutching a mobile phone, as part of its protest collection.

It said owners of the famous effigy are keen for it to go to the museum. Derbyshire hosted a smaller version of the blimp in the studio today for her show on BBC Two.

Victoria Derbyshire hosted a smaller version of the Trump Baby blimp in her BBC studio today

Derbyshire stood next to a smaller version of the blimp which was in her studio this morning

The Trump Baby blimp is expected to fly again during this week’s state visit, which includes a private lunch with the Queen and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Museum Of London director Sharon Ament said it would also like to display the Sadiq Khan balloon, which depicted the London Mayor in a yellow bikini.

The Donald Trump Baby blimp is flown over London during Mr Trump’s visit in July 2018

‘They’re both really important and of their time,’ she said. ‘They characterise a satirical characteristic of British people, the way in which we sometimes respond to big issues using satire.

‘They acknowledge the social discourse and dialogue in society at the moment.’

The museum is funded by a raft of major supporters, with the three key backers being the City of London, Arts Council England and Mr Khan’s mayoral office. 

Ms Ament said the museum began talks with the owners of the famous Trump blimp last year. ‘We are in an open discussion and they are very warm (to the idea). They would like it to come to the museum,’ she said.

Of the Khan blimp, which was used as part of a campaign seeking to remove the London Mayor from office, she said: ‘We are trying to connect with the people who made it.’

The owners of the famous effigy, pictured in July 2018, are keen for it to go to the museum

The museum, which tells the story of the capital from 450,000 BC to the present day, is moving from its base near the Barbican to a larger site in 2024.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at London Stansted Airport today

The balloons are so huge that ‘we won’t be able to display them until we move to our new site in West Smithfield,’ the director said.

‘We don’t own the object and the owners are still making use of it,’ she said of the Trump effigy. ‘It’s up to them to decide when they are ready to donate it.’

The Trump balloon was flown above Parliament Square last year and its owners have been given the green light by the Greater London Authority, headed by the London Mayor, to fly it once again.

The blimps would go on display alongside a ‘powerful’ range of objects in the museum’s protest collection, including banners from the Suffragettes and tents which belonged to late peace campaigner Brian Haw.

Ms Ament said the blimps are ‘rich’ objects, shedding light on ‘how people protest in London’.

‘It’s extraordinary how some objects can capture the public imagination; certainly the balloon really did.’

The Museum Of London plans to display the huge inflatable  as part of its protest collection

Asked how the US President would respond to a museum displaying the blimp alongside important historical objects, she said: ‘You’d have to ask him that question.’

It comes as Donald Trump arrived in the UK and immediately launched a Twitter tirade at Mr Khan, branding the London Mayor a ‘stone cold loser’.

In return the mayor’s office fired back, saying Mr Trump was offering ‘childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States’.

The spat came as Mr Trump touched down in the UK for a state visit that will see him meeting the Queen and other senior royals, as well as Theresa May.

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Spitfires fly over Dover cliffs to start D-Day anniversary

Spitfires fly over the white cliffs of Dover as pilots practice their formation flying ahead of Thursday’s commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Spitfires flew over the white cliffs of Dover yesterday to mark the final countdown to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Thursday.

Aero Legends Pilots flew the iconic planes in formation above the English Channel on Sunday as the world began to reflect on the milestone anniversary approaching.

Thousands of people will take part in commemoration events across the UK and France this week.

Hundreds of veterans, the Queen and US President Donald Trump will attend ceremonies to remember what is considered one of the most important events of the Second World War and the biggest amphibious invasion in military history.

Later this afternoon more than 200 veterans will board a cruise ship charted by the Royal British Legion in Portsmouth to make it to Normandy in time for the big day.

They will be escorted by five Navy vessels and 18 gunboats as they make the poignant journey to Caen.    

Representatives from other allied countries, including Germany, are expected to attend Wednesday’s event at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial involving 4,000 military personnel, 11 Royal Naval vessels and 26 RAF aircraft.  

Pictures Shows Aero Legends Pilots flying in three spitfires in formation over the White Cliffs of Dover on Sunday in preparation of the 75th Day Anniversary on Thursday, June 6 

D-Day commemorations began over the White Cliffs of Dover yesterday as Spitfires flew in formation above the English Channel

Spitfire MKIX TD314TD314 was built at Castle Bromwich in late 1944 and fitted with a Merlin 70 as a High Level Fighter. She was one of the last high back Spitfires built as the production line switched to low back aircraft in February of 1945

Two fearless D-Day veterans in their nineties are to parachute into Normandy 75 years after they first landed there.

Harry Read, 95, and John Hutton, 94, will take part in the descent on Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the landings.

Now a retired Salvation Army officer living in Bournemouth, Dorset, Mr Read was a 20-year-old wireless operator with the Royal Signals who had a battery the size and weight of a toolbox strapped to his right leg when he was pushed out of the plane in the early hours of June 6 1944.

Mr Hutton – known by his friends as Jock – was 19 when he served in the 13th Lancashire Parachute Battalion.

Among some 280 paratroopers, the pair will board a Dakota aircraft in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and fly to Sannerville with the Red Devils, where they will perform a tandem jump and land in fields used as a ‘drop zone’ for the 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion, who went on to destroy bridges in a bid to restrict German movements during the missions.

More used to descending within 800ft of the ground and landing after 30 seconds, Mr Read last year challenged himself to a skydive from 10,000ft.

Harry Read (pictured at 19 left and today right), 95, and John Hutton, 94, will take part in the descent on Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the landings

After visiting the Normandy battlefields – and in a bid to support the Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking and modern slavery campaign – he resolved to try another jump again.

The great-great-grandfather, who grew up in Middlesbrough, said the forthcoming descent – after which he will visit fallen comrades in cemeteries – will be tinged with sadness.

Mr Read said: ‘I will enjoy the jump. There are very real and definite pleasures in parachuting. It might be a little bit tricky, but I’m willing to have a go.

‘But also in my heart I will be thinking of my mates. I get very moved when I think about them.

‘I have lived one of the most fulfilled lives that it’s possible for a person to live and they haven’t. I will stand in that cemetery and I will be speechless and I’ll weep.’

Presented with the Chevalier medal – by order of the Legion d’Honneur – for the role he played in the operation as part of the 6th Airborne Division, Mr Read remembers the flight over was so turbulent they could barely stand, adding: ‘It was like riding a bucking bronco.’

Then they were shoved out of the plane.

He said: ‘You’re at your most vulnerable as a para when you’re hung by your shoulders. And you know that for every bullet you can see, there are five that you can’t.

‘Up ahead you could see the most magnificent firework display you had ever seen in your life, except it wasn’t a firework display. It was horrendous.’

Mr Read descended amid mortar fire while an aircraft went down in flames ahead of him and shells exploded all around.

With a target just less than four miles inland, they landed with heavy equipment which was almost immediately discarded as he was submerged by flood water.

He and a comrade spent 16 hours trying to get out of the swamp before seeking refuge with a French farming family.

There a priest helped them reunite with the rest of their section so they could continue their advance towards the River Seine.

Mr Read, who told how he saw soldiers blown up in front of him and was briefed by senior officers to expect 50% casualties upon landing, said: ‘Our casualties had been heavy.

‘When we were being briefed for the actual conflict, our major general said the objectives must be carried out ‘at whatever cost’.

‘The cost was us. We were talking flesh and blood. Young men think they are immortal. The reality was the chances of me coming back were much smaller than the chances of me being killed.

‘I came to the conclusion there would be no withholding of energy or effort on my part. I would not surrender.’

Being an experienced parachutist – most recently jumping at a similar event five years ago – Mr Hutton, from Larkfield in Kent, is not at all phased by the prospect of the descent.

A member of the Parachute Regiment, he said he was ‘itching all the time to join a fighting unit’ and when he saw recruitment posters ‘I put both arms up, celebrated, in my rush to get there.’

He added: ‘Military parachuting was a hurried affair, mainly by Winston Churchill.

‘He was at the stage where he was tearing his hair out wondering what to do to match up to the German army.

‘He insisted that the British Army produce 5,000 parachutists at the drop of a hat.’

Landing at Pegasus Bridge near Caen, Mr Hutton said: ‘It was in the dark, but I’d done a lot of parachuting. There was nothing strange about it.’

Mr Hutton, who initially signed up as a boy soldier in Stirling aged 15, still has shrapnel lodged in his stomach after he was injured in an explosion later in the Normandy campaign.

He said: ‘Three weeks after the landings I was on a night patrol. Germans saw us in the moonlight and threw grenades. Such was the noise I didn’t realise I had been wounded.

‘It was only when I got back to my hole in the ground, I couldn’t feel my legs.’


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Trump’s U.K. visit: What you need to know, from royal ceremony to protests in London

LONDON – President Donald Trump arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday for several days of pomp and ceremony. Here’s your crib sheet.

What’s happening?

Trump is in the United Kingdom for a three-day state visit. A state visit is one that formally comes at the invitation of the British monarch: Queen Elizabeth II. It means that there will be an emphasis on ritualized ceremony, including banquets at the queen’s lavish London pile Buckingham Palace, wreath-laying to honor Britain’s military dead, gun salutes fired from the Tower of London and other grand displays of decorum essentially showing through soft power how Britain can be the host with the most. 

Still, while the queen sent the invitation and will feature prominently in the visit along with other members of the royal family, she did so at the request of the British government, meaning it won’t be all testimonial readings and charming musical performances. There will be serious talks on defense, investment, security and trade.     

Why does it matter?

For a start, while the queen has hosted 152 state visits since becoming monarch in 1952, and met 11 of 12 sitting U.S. presidents over the last 67 years – her majesty’s royal path never crossed with Lyndon B. Johnson – only two U.S. presidents have made state visits to Britain: George W. Bush in 2003 and Barack Obama in 2011. Trump is being accorded a special honor when he arrives June 3. 

However, the visit is important for reasons that go beyond ceremonial affairs. Political scientists say it’s about reaffirming the so-called special relationship between two of the world’s closest allies who have deep cultural, economic and political ties, but who haven’t always seen eye-to-eye since Trump came to power vowing to pursue a more unilateralist foreign policy. Areas of disagreement have included Trump’s Muslim travel ban, his talking down of the NATO military alliance and U.S. exits from the climate and Iran nuclear accords. There’s also difference of opinion about China, in particular what type of relationship to maintain with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Washington thinks the company is a massive national security threat; London has a more relaxed view. 

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to the Marine One helicopter after disembarking Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on June 3, 2019, as they begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images)

The visit also comes as Britain is mired in a weeks-long process to pick a new prime minister after Theresa May said she would vacate the role on June 7 over her handling of Britain’s impending exit from the European Union, known as Brexit. 

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“If we get a new prime minister who the president can relate to then things might run more smoothly, especially if May’s successor allows us to crash out of the EU and comes begging for a trade deal with the USA,” said Tim Bale, a politics professor at Queen Mary, University of London, referring to the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit. 

Ahead of his arrival, Trump told British tabloid newspaper The Sun that he was backing U.S.-born politician Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister. He also said that his friend Nigel Farage should be involved in negotiations to leave the EU. 

Who’s coming with Trump?

Aside from the normal retinue of senior advisers and administration officials, a large portion of the Trump family, according to the New York Times. The outlet has reported that along with First Lady Melania Trump, the president will fly over his children, including Donald Jr, 41; Ivanka, 37; Eric, 35; and Tiffany, 25. It is not yet known whether Trump’s youngest son Baron, 13, will also make the transatlantic trip. The White House would not comment on which members of Trump’s family would be accompanying him.

Still, if the Trump family does form part of the president’s entourage they would be expected to attend the banquet dinner at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening. On the British side, the dinner will be attended by outgoing Prime Minister May, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prominent British public figures and Americans living in Britain will also be there. The queen and Trump are both expected to make speeches at the start of the banquet. 

What will he be doing?

In addition to taking part in bilateral meetings with May, and the dinner banquet, there will be a private lunch with the queen; a visit to an exhibition showcasing items that Britain’s foreign office has called of “historical significance to the United States”; tea with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall; a chance to inspect Britain’s military Guard of Honor; a tour of Westminster Abbey (famous site of many coronations and royal weddings); and a breakfast meeting with senior American and British business leaders. 

On Wednesday, Trump will participate in commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. This event will take place in Portsmouth, on Britain’s south coast. It will include a fly-past with 25 modern and historical aircraft. Since Trump is known to like a good parade and military fanfare, Wednesday should be a good day for him. 

“I hope President Trump appreciates the full sweep of history when he visits … Portsmouth … that European unity is very much an American project; that Europeans’ prosperity and security are interlinked with America’s … and that this is a project that needs America’s support,” said Heather Conley, an expert on foreign affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

What kind of reception can he expect?

In short: protests.

Over half of Londoners are opposed to Trump’s visit to Britain’s capital, 

according to a recent poll by research firm YouGov and Queen Mary, University of London. Although nationwide: 46% to 40% think the visit should go ahead.

When Trump visited London last year as part of an ordinary working visit an estimated 250,000 people protested on the streets of central London. Anti-Trump activists who oppose his divisive policies from immigration to abortion rights are planning for similar numbers this time. There will be smaller protests around the country.

And remember Trump baby? The phone-wielding, diaper-wearing inflatable that flew above London when Trump visited in July? The team behind it told USA TODAY that the giant orange blimp will again take to the skies, on Tuesday, in Parliament Square. 

British media have reported that Trump’s three-day visit will cost British police and security services about $23 million to help keep him safe. 

The indignity! The Trump baby blimp, gearing up for @realDonaldTrump’s visit to Britain next month, is in the black suitcase on the right. A smaller version of the official diapered prez, who has been to Argentina, France and Scotland, is in the other case

Trump baby blimp organizers during a dry run ahead of President Donald Trump's June 2019 visit to Britain. (Photo: Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY)

Who’s giving Trump the cold shoulder?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who Trump has clashed with before, was the subject of two disparaging tweets by the U.S. president on Monday. It came after Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, wrote in an op-ed in British newspaper the Observer that it is “un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump.”

Trump tweeted that Khan was “a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”

“Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height,” Trump added.

[email protected], who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……

….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

Prince Harry will meet Trump at one of the planned lunches. But his wife, the Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle), will sit it out. Her name is not on any of the official itineraries. Markle may have decided she would rather stay at home with newborn son Archie. Or perhaps it’s the man himself. In 2016, she called him “misogynistic.”

Trump has denied calling Markle “nasty” despite an audio recording of his comments.

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The president has also not been invited, unlike President Obama, to address Parliament. John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, who makes that decision, has said he is “strongly opposed” to Trump addressing British lawmakers. 

“Before the imposition of the (Muslim travel ban) I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall,” Bercow told British parliamentarians in 2017. “After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”

Bercow said that being invited to address Parliament was “an earned honor.”

In a speech in Washington last week, Bercow said that over the past two years “nothing has happened since then to cause me to change my mind.”

What else is the president doing in Europe?

On Thursday, he will fly to Ireland for a meeting with leader Leo Varadkar. The meeting will take place at Shannon Airport, not Trump’s golf club and hotel in Doonbeg, in County Clare, which he will visit later the same day. The White House said that the two leaders will discuss “a range of bilateral issues” and “shared international interests and priorities.” Translation: Trump wants to play golf in his family’s ancestral homeland. 

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The next day, Friday, Trump will travel to France for further D-Day commemorations in Normandy. He will visit the Normandy American Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army in 1944. It is the first American cemetery on European soil and contains the graves of 9,380 American military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings. 

While in France, Trump will also hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron and Trump have enjoyed a “bromance” of sorts, filled with awkward embraces, macho handshake and military parades. They also regularly attack each others’ politics – Macron for his centrism, Trump for his nationalism – in tweets and speeches.   

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Melania Trump wears a military themed £650 Burberry blouse

Melania Trump pays tribute to D-Day veterans with a military themed £650 Burberry blouse as she holds hands with President Trump on arrival in London

  • First Lady Melania Trump, 49, has arrived in the UK with President Trump for the three-day State Visit
  • She donned a navy skirt suit and £650 ($820) Burberry blouse printed with military medals, in a nod to D-Day 
  • President Trump reached for his wife’s hand as they crossed the runway on arrival at Stansted Airport
  • Tonight the couple will dine with royals including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

Melania Trump looked elegant in a navy ensemble as she and President Trump arrived in the UK for the start of their State Visit. 

The First Lady, 49, plumped for a classic knee-length pencil skirt and matching blazer as she stepped off Air Force One at Stansted Airport this morning.  

In an apparent nod to the upcoming D-Day anniversary, Mrs Trump paired the suit with a £650 ($820) Burberry blouse printed with military medals. 

President Trump reached for his wife’s hand as they crossed the runway and made their way to the waiting Marine One helicopter.

Melania Trump looked elegant in a navy ensemble as she and President Trump arrived in the UK for the start of their State Visit. The couple will meet the royal family and attend a state banquet during their three-day whirlwind tour 

President Trump reached for his wife’s hand, pictured left and right, as they crossed the runway at Stansted this morning

Melania Trump paid tribute to D-Day veterans by donning a £650 Burberry blouse printed with military medals for her arrival

The Burberry blouse, pictured features military medals and is in red, white and blue – the colour of both the UK and US flags

The President and First Lady are in the UK for a whirlwind three-day tour which will see them dine with the royal family and commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

Today the US President and First Lady Melania will head to Buckingham Palace for lunch with the Queen and the Duke of Sussex. The Duchess of Sussex will not attend as she is on maternity leave. 

They will later attend an afternoon tea hosted by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House. 

This evening the couple will be guests of honour a state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, which will be attended by senior royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Donald Trump stands alongside his wife on the steps of Air Force One and waves as he landed in the UK today

The couple landed at Stansted Airport this morning – kicking off a three-day whirlwind visit of the UK 

The First Lady remained typically composed as she waved from the top of the steps of Air Force One on arrival this morning

The First Lady kept hold of the handrail and watched her step as she descended the stairs of Air Force One with the President

The Presidential couple were buffeted by the wind as they disembarked their jet into the morning sunshine at Stansted 

The glittering reception has been boycotted by a handful of high profile figures including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable of the Liberal Democrats. 

While the President and First lady are expected to be met by protests in central London, there was no sign of disruption on their arrival in Stansted Airport, which is roughly an hour’s drive from the capital. 

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was waiting for the President at Stansted as he landed and briefly held hands with Melania before he boarded the Marine One helicopter and headed for central London. 

Mr Trump salutes servicemen and women who formed a guard of honour as he walked from his jumbo jet to his helicopter

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NBA Finals: Barack Obama Outshines Drake in Rapper’s Hometown

Drake doesn’t often find himself upstaged — particularly in his hometown of Toronto, where the Raptors reside and the rapper holds the title of “global ambassador” for the team — but it’s not often that a former U.S. President attends an NBA Finals game.

On June 2, Barack Obama arrived at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena in a leather jacket and exchanged a hug, handshake and a few words with Drake before Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors. An equally passionate hoops fan, Obama caught his hometown Chicago Bulls’ 2015 season opener at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but hadn’t been to an NBA playoff game since at least before his election.

The visit, announced only a few hours before the game, was reportedly planning to feature Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who decided instead to stay home. Perhaps he was worried about being outshined too. Obama received not only a standing ovation, but was regaled with an “MVP” chant by the Canadian crowd.

As for Drake’s broadcast behavior, he didn’t draw nearly as much attention to himself as he did during Game 1, after which he exchanged words with Warriors forward Draymond Green, seemingly calling him and/or the team “trash.” The rapper was barely mentioned during the broadcast. And it didn’t go unnoticed, with the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant gleeing in their team’s win 109 – 104 and taking an opportunity behind the scenes to clap back at Drake.

“See you in the Bay, Aubrey,” yelled Thompson (referencing Drake’s real name) as his teammates headed to the locker room after the game. Thompson had left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was walking around afterwards with a huge bag of ice strapped to his leg. “You weren’t talking tonight, were ya? Bum ass,” he added. “That was light work too.”

Drake had shown up to the game in a T-shirt bearing the image of Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone.” Under it was written, “Kevin?!?!?”, a reference to Kevin Durant who missed his second game of the series with a sore calf muscle. When Durant might return is a question, though he is expected back before the series concludes.

Culkin wanted in on the fun, too, tweeting to Drake during the game, “DM me. See you at the BBQ.”

Drake, who has Durant and Steph Curry’s numbers tattooed on his arm, hasn’t revealed if he will make the trip to Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday for Game 3.

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