Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan explode into heated Dominic Cummings debate

Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan EXPLODE into heated debate after Dominic Cummings’ controversial lockdown drive

Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate on Wednesday.

The broadcaster, 73, claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North for childcare by his wife Mary, after he defended his actions and refused to resign.

Saira Khan strongly disagreed and slammed Cummings for his ‘unfair’ actions when a majority of the nation are still unable to visit friends and family due to social distancing guidelines.

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate

Row: She clashed with Saira Khan during the debate about the political strategist on Wednesday

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate with Saira Khan (right) on Wednesday

During the debate, it seemed a majority of the Loose Women panel were in agreement with the nation in condemning Cummings actions.  

But Janet noted that it didn’t seem as if Cummings thought he’d done anything wrong.

Saira hit back: ‘Janet, how can an intelligent man who is Oxford graduated, who has been very successful, looks at the timeline and looks at social distancing rules and everything about it, and not interpret he has done something wrong. That is not right.’

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

He won't quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted 'legally and responsibly,' and insisted on Monday he won't resign (pictured on Wednesday)

He won’t quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted ‘legally and responsibly,’ and insisted on Monday he won’t resign (pictured on Wednesday)

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister's chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Janet then pointed out to her panellists that it’s unclear whether the political strategist was asked to travel to Durham by his wife, as they both were battling coronavirus symptoms while trying to organise childcare for their son, five. 

She told the panel: ‘Saira hang on a minute, he has a partner who is the mother of his small child.

‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey.’

Opinionated: She claimed: 'This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey'

Opinionated: She claimed: ‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey’

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his 'unfair' behaviour, claiming it's 'one rule for one and one rule for them'

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them’

Saira furiously responded: ‘He is a member of this government, the second most powerful man in this country.

‘They should be leading this nation in a time of crisis to show us what true leadership is about, I’m really sorry but that is not acceptable.’

Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions.

The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them.’ 

Janet – speaking from her home via. video link – attempted to justify her point but struggled to get a word in, and could be seen shaking her head in disbelief.

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he 'felt sorry' for Cummings due to the backlash he's faced for his actions

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions

While she did note that other people in the UK had also failed to adhere to social distancing, Saira hit back: ‘That’s not the point.’

Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on.

Despite calls for him to resign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Cummings in a press conference on Monday by insisting he ‘acted responsibly, legally and with integrity.’

Cummings also defended his decision with similar language, despite the fact that many families have been kept apart during the lockdown.

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We're done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on

We’re done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on



Coronavirus UK: Government mothballs another FOUR NHS Nightingales

Five of the Nightingale hospitals opened across Britain to urgently boost the NHS‘s intensive care capacity during the coronavirus pandemic are now on standby.

The flagship location in London was already mothballed earlier this month, while sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Harrogate and Tyne and Wear are also closed. 

They have hardly been used during the crisis, remaining largely empty with the site in London treating just 54 patients despite being planned to have up to 4,000 beds.

NHS workers leave the Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre in London on May 5

NHS workers leave the Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre in London on May 5

The only one of the six hospitals that is still taking patients is the site in Manchester, while a seventh location in Exeter is still being built and is set to open next month. 

The London site at the ExCel Centre in the capital’s Docklands area was built in just nine days and opened by Prince Charles via videolink on April 3 to great fanfare.

Meanwhile London City Airport, which is located next to the ExCel Centre, told MailOnline it plans to reopen at the end of June, having been shut since March 25. 

A spokesman for the UK’s twelfth busiest airport said: ‘We anticipate restarting operations towards the end of June and more details will be announced shortly.’

A view of the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, built at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, which is the only one of the sites which is still open and treating patients

A view of the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, built at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, which is the only one of the sites which is still open and treating patients 

Construction of the NHS Nightingale Birmingham Hospital at the NEC is pictured on April 8

Construction of the NHS Nightingale Birmingham Hospital at the NEC is pictured on April 8

The Government has insisted that the fact that the hospitals have not been significantly used is positive – and that they are not a waste of money.

But critics have claimed too many resources have been concentrated on the sites at the expense of tackling the problem of people getting the virus in care homes.

Construction of the seventh site at a old Homebase store in Exeter is still continuing- but the opening has now been delayed from late May until mid to late June.

The hospitals were named after the trailblazing Victorian figure Florence Nightingale, who lived from 1820 to 1910 and is widely seen as the founder of modern nursing.

The Earl of Wessex speaks via videolink during the formal opening of Bristol Nightingale Hospital, which is located at the University of the West of Englandy, on April 27

The Earl of Wessex speaks via videolink during the formal opening of Bristol Nightingale Hospital, which is located at the University of the West of Englandy, on April 27

NHS staff recruited to run the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and Humber in Harrogate outside the hospital at the opening led by Chief Nurse Amanda Stanford on April 21

NHS staff recruited to run the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and Humber in Harrogate outside the hospital at the opening led by Chief Nurse Amanda Stanford on April 21

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Washington, Tyne and Wear, is fitted out on April 14

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Washington, Tyne and Wear, is fitted out on April 14

NHS England has confirmed that five of the six hospitals are now on standby, while construction in Exeter continues. A spokesman has been contacted for comment.

What is the status of the seven Nightingale hospitals in Britain? 

  • LONDON – Opened April 3, now on standby after treating 54 patients
  • BIRMINGHAM – Opened April 16, now on standby
  • MANCHESTER – Opened April 17, still open 
  • HARROGATE – Opened April 21, now on standby
  • BRISTOL – Opened April 27, now on standby
  • TYNE AND WEAR – Opened May 5, now on stanby
  • EXETER – Due to open in mid to late June

It comes after no new deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland yesterday for the first time in ten weeks.

A further 134 deaths were announced nationwide across Britain, compared with 545 on the same day last week.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions across the country have fallen to 471 a day, the lowest figure since the data was first collected on March 28.

Nearly 100 NHS staff – some in intensive care – are among the 8,802 patients in hospital with the virus.

The overall death toll now stands at 37,048. All of the key measures of the epidemic – the number of new infections, people in hospitals and deaths – have consistently fallen in May.

The number in hospital with the virus has fallen by more than 1,300 in a week. The number who newly tested positive was 2,004.

This is down from more than 6,000 new cases a day at the height of the epidemic in April, despite testing capacity having significantly expanded.

London appears to be ahead of the rest of the country in stamping out the virus.

Just ten deaths were reported in hospitals in the capital yesterday, compared with 30 in the North West, which is now the worst-affected region.

Deaths in care homes are also falling, the estimates showed, but they continue to account for more than four out of ten of all registered victims, a death rate that one dementia charity called ‘incredibly concerning’.

A van is parked next to the temporary extension to Westminster Mortuary in London today

A van is parked next to the temporary extension to Westminster Mortuary in London today

A worker helps to dismantle the tent which was built so that extra capacity was available

A worker helps to dismantle the tent which was built so that extra capacity was available

Meanwhile a tent set up to double the capacity of Westminster Mortuary is now being dismantled after deaths from the virus fell.

A group of workers were busy this morning taking down the makeshift mortuary – which was erected on March 18 – next to Westminster Coroner’s Court in London.

Builders loaded the equipment into a van bearing the name of temporary structure firm Fluid, having constructed the structure five days before the lockdown began.

The tent had been quickly built to provide capacity for another 100 bodies in Westminster, on top of the 106 that can be held in the permanent mortuary.



Books are still the best way to learn, study shows

Books are still the best way to learn: Young children understand more when reading something on paper rather than on a screen

  • More than 1,100 10-year-old children in Norway did two comprehension tests 
  • One was done on a screen while the other used the traditional medium of paper 
  • One in three students (30 per cent) performed better when taking the paper test

Young children are better at reading on paper than they are on a digital screen, a study has found. 

More than 1,100 10-year-old children in Norway performed two identical  comprehension tests — one on screen and one on the traditional medium, paper. 

Scientists found that almost a third of students (30 per cent) performed better when taking the paper test. 

There was no difference for more than half (53 per cent) of children. High-performing girls were hit hardest by the shift to screen-orientated reading.  

More than 1,100 10-year-old children in Norway did two comprehension tests — one on screen and one on the traditional medium, paper. Scientists found that almost a third of students (30 per cent) performed better when taking the paper test (stock)

Researchers who led the study are now calling for a more nuanced approach to incorporating digital learning tools. 

In the modern classroom, especially during the coronavirus lockdown, online resources have become invaluable for both students and teachers alike. 

The study acknowledges the benefit the resources can have but says that it is incontrovertible that most children’s reading ability is worsened when forced to use a screen as opposed to a book.

Researchers who led the study are now calling for a more nuanced approach to incorporating digital learning tools. In the modern classroom, especially during the coronavirus lockdown, online resources have become invaluable for both students and teachers alike (file photo)

Researchers who led the study are now calling for a more nuanced approach to incorporating digital learning tools. In the modern classroom, especially during the coronavirus lockdown, online resources have become invaluable for both students and teachers alike (file photo)

Writing in the study, published in the journal Computers ans Education, the researchers say the finding occurs in a population of people who have grown up well-accustomed to using screens, and are digitally savvy from infancy.  

‘This finding occurs in spite of Norwegian children’s plentiful access to and experience with digital devices and the Internet,’ the scientists say. 

It is possible, the researchers say, the discrepancy is due to bad habits developed when reading on a screen, as well as having to scroll, could be behind the poor performance. 

Writing in the paper, the authors say: ‘Our finding that students across all skill levels perform more poorly on a digital test than on paper, is an urgent call for a more nuanced perspective on implementation of digital technologies in elementary education, and a signal to policy makers, school administrators and educators that the medium matters, especially for reading comprehension.’

Books that tap into children’s constant ‘why?’ questions encourage reading more than overly descriptive ones 

Constant ‘why’ questions from the inquisitive minds of children are essential to the development of their brain, a study reveals. 

Scientists found the best way to nurture blossoming intellect is to encourage reading of books filled with added information to preempt and answer any questions, not overly-descriptive books that lack substance. 

These pieces of extra knowledge, known scientifically as ‘causal information’, address the natural need to understand how things work that exists in children.  

Children are more engaged in what they are reading when provided with these answers and it encourages them to read and allows their inner bookworm to flourish. 

Study author Dr Margaret Shavlik, from Vanderbilt University, said: ‘There has been a lot of research on children’s interest in causality, but these studies almost always take place in a research lab using highly contrived procedures and activities.

‘We wanted to explore how this early interest in causal information might affect everyday activities with young children such as joint book reading.’

Finding the factors that motivate children to read books is important as reading from a young age improves their early literacy and language skills.   





Love Island’s Sophie Piper flaunts her sizzling physique in a plunging red swimsuit

Love Island’s Sophie Piper flaunts her sizzling physique in a plunging red swimsuit as she pines for a sunny getaway with sexy snaps

She rose to prominence earlier this year with her stint in the Love Island villa.

And Sophie Piper proudly displayed her sizzling physique in a plunging red swimsuit as she shared another sexy snap with her followers on Thursday.

The reality star, 21, joked that all she needed was a ‘strawberry daiquiri’ as she posed for the snaps in her garden during lockdown.

Jaw-dropping: Love Island's Sophie Piper, 21, proudly displayed her sizzling physique in a plunging red swimsuit as she shared another sexy snap with her followers on Thursday

Jaw-dropping: Love Island’s Sophie Piper, 21, proudly displayed her sizzling physique in a plunging red swimsuit as she shared another sexy snap with her followers on Thursday

Sophie looked sensational in the plunging red one-piece with a scalloped detailing from Boux Avenue, as she accessorised her look with matching tinted sunglasses.

The star looked right at home as she relaxed on the sofa in her garden during the warm lockdown weather, writing in the caption she just needed a delicious cocktail and she could be on a sun-soaked getaway.

In the post Sophie shared another snap of her physique clad in a black and white animal print bikini, with her straight tresses tumbling down her back. 

Gorgeous: The reality star also shared a snap of her physique clad in a black and white animal print bikini

Gorgeous: The reality star also shared a snap of her physique clad in a black and white animal print bikini

Last month, Sophie posted a video with her sisters Rochelle Humes and Lili Piper whilst self-isolating.  

The girls lip-synced to a song while making up their own dance moves on the spot, with Sophie captioning the video: ‘Isolation got us good.’

Rochelle uploaded the same video to her Instagram and wrote: ‘Three sisters in isolation.’ Many of the star’s followers commented on the video to remark on how similar the trio looked.

Reality star: Sophie rose to prominence earlier this year with her stint in the Love Island villa

Reality star: Sophie rose to prominence earlier this year with her stint in the Love Island villa

Several wrote the sisters could pass for triplets, while one added: ‘You are so alike I couldn’t work out who was who at first.’

Sophie was in a couple with Connor Durman during her Love Island stint and the pair were together for a few weeks following their time in South Africa.

The couple were last spotted together in February when he shared a Valentine’s Day post.

Later that month, photos emerged of Connor posing with ‘lines of white powder’ in front of him, taken before he went on the show. 

Former flames: Sophie was in a couple with Connor Durman during her Love Island stint and the pair were together for a few weeks following their time in South Africa

Former flames: Sophie was in a couple with Connor Durman during her Love Island stint and the pair were together for a few weeks following their time in South Africa



100 youths have ‘Ibiza-style’ lockdown party in Yorkshire

Do you think this is Ocean Beach? Angry locals slam revellers for holding ‘Ibiza style’ lockdown party at Yorkshire beauty spot and leaving glass bottles and ‘hippy crack’ canisters

  • Up to 100 youths left glass bottles and ‘hippy crack’ canisters at Richmond Falls
  • People huddled together dancing to music, in flouting of social distancing rules
  • Volunteers said that the huge mess took around three hours for them to clear up

Angry locals have slammed revellers for holding an ‘Ibiza-style’ lockdown party at a North Yorkshire beauty spot.

Up to 100 youths left glass bottles and ‘hippy crack’ canisters at Richmond Falls after raving in the sun on Bank Holiday Monday.

Footage showed people huddled together dancing to music, in a blatant flouting of social distancing rules.

Volunteers said the mess took around three hours to clear up after many of them had already done a full day’s work.

Angry locals slammed revellers for holding an ‘Ibiza-style’ lockdown party at North Yorkshire beauty spot Richmond Falls

Up to 100 youths left glass bottles and 'hippy crack' canisters (pictured) at Richmond Falls after raving in the sun on Bank Holiday Monday

Pictured: More of the mess by the youths

Up to 100 youths left glass bottles (right) and ‘hippy crack’ canisters (left) at Richmond Falls after raving in the sun on Bank Holiday Monday

Roy King, who was one of the cleaners, tagged local Tory MP and Chancellor Rishi Sunak in a livid social media post.

He tweeted: ‘After being at work over 10 hours yesterday I came home to find the local beauty spot at Richmond Falls had been completely trashed by party goers from out the area.

‘After three hours myself and volunteers got all the rubbish cleared. This needs looking into.’

Volunteers said the mess took around three hours to clear up (pictured) after many of them had already done a full day's work

Volunteers said the mess took around three hours to clear up (pictured) after many of them had already done a full day’s work

Parish Councillor Joseph Lambert added: ‘The state of #Richmond Falls yesterday! Why would you buy chips and not eat them? Those people make me sick.’

Another Twitter user posted: ‘Next person uploading a video of them going to Richmond Falls acting like it’s Ocean Beach is getting unfollowed.’

One man added: ‘Clowns! Every single one of them. People like this need to give their head a wobble, there is people not seeing their families because of the virus!

‘And these people will delay it even more, guarantee at least one person there has Covid-19.’

The stunning waterfall on the River Swale has become a hotspot for coronavirus rule breakers over the past two months.

Last week scores of people expressed their frustration as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘stupid’ revellers gathered there.

North Yorkshire Police said of last week’s incident it had been contacted at 3.30pm to a report of a large group gathering on Riverside Road in Richmond.

A spokesman said: ‘Officers were dispatched to the area and the group dispersed. The force has been approached for further comment.