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Peers hand themselves an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent pay rise hiking their daily tax-free pay to £323 – The Sun


PEERS are handing themselves an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent pay rise in April — hiking their daily, tax-free pay to £323.

The move comes after the House of Lords decided to link allowances to MPs’ pay increases.

 Peers have handed themselves an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent pay rise, which will hike their daily tax-free pay to £323

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Peers have handed themselves an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent pay rise, which will hike their daily tax-free pay to £323Credit: AP:Associated Press

But in contrast to MPs, peers do not pay income tax or National Insurance.

Critics also point out that MPs’ pay is linked to average weekly earnings in the public sector.

Peers receive expenses on top of the allowance for every time they are in the upper chamber.

The House of Lords is due to sit for around 150 days this year, so peers could get nearly £50,000.

With inflation at 1.4 per cent, TaxPayers’ Alliance boss John O’Connell said: “This looks like a plum deal for the Peers but a rum deal for the taxpayer.

“These allowances are meant to cover costs of working in Westminster to make sure the best can serve, not to offer the Lords and Ladies a large tax-free increase.”

But a Lords spokesman said: “Between 2010 and 2018, the daily allowance was frozen.

“In the last decade, the House of Lords daily allowance has increased by 4.3 per cent.

“In that same period, the salaries of MPs went up by more than 20 per cent.”

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WE didn’t think the Lords could do any more harm to their shattered reputation — but the grasping duffers have found a way.

The unelected chamber was already on thin ice before peers spent three years shamefully trying to overturn Brexit while pocketing £313 a day tax-free.

And you might think that, with their public standing now shredded, they would have the decency to freeze that rate.

Especially with inflation at only 1.4 per cent. But no.

They’ve voted themselves an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent instead — so they’ll now get £323 just for showing up.

A few Lords and Ladies have experience and ability, we admit.

The rest shuffle in for the warmth and the cash.

The truth is the House of Lords is an antiquated insult to our democracy, a dumping ground for political failures and discredited cronies, where almost no one is too odious . . . though it still draws the line at Bercow, obviously.

A courageous Government with a big majority would take it on and reinvent it as a mainly elected second chamber — with a small handful of unelected peers chosen for specific expertise.

How about it, Boris?

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Corpse of promising footballer found being eaten by three great white sharks during hunt for another missing diver – The Sun


THE SHARK-SAVAGED body of a promising young footballer has been discovered by emergency crews in Australia.

Eric Birighitti’s remains were found in Western Australia by emergency crews while they were hunting for a missing scuba diver who had been attacked by a great white shark.

 Eric Birighitti, 21, from Perth, was discovered at Twilight Beach in Western Australia

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Eric Birighitti, 21, from Perth, was discovered at Twilight Beach in Western AustraliaCredit: Instagram
 The crew found three sharks feeding on his corpse

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The crew found three sharks feeding on his corpseCredit: Instagram

The 21-year-old, who was from Perth, had been devoured by three sharks.

On Tuesday the crew were searching for the body of Gary Johnson, 57, who was attacked while out scuba diving with his wife Karen Milligan.

The crew initially thought the body was the 57-year-old but they later confirmed it was Eric.

The young sportsman was on holiday with friends and enjoying the view when he slipped and fell into the ocean as he walked along the rocks.

His horrified friends desperately tried to rescue him but he was swept out to sea by the currents.

Eric’s last Instagram post had a touching message saying: “Merry Christmas everyone! As we finish off 2019, I hope everybody finds peace and is filled with love as the new year begins.

“Shout out to all those who cannot be with us for whatever reason. Remember to love always, be appreciative and smile.”

 Shark attack locations for 2018

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Shark attack locations for 2018

Eric had won a scholarship to play football for Hasting Broncos at Hastings College in Nebraska and St Thomas Aquina College in New York.

Hasting Broncos paid tribute to Eric on Facebook with a statement that says: “The Bronco family are saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Eric Birighitti.

“Eric played for Hastings during the 2016 and 2017 season and won a national title with the team.
“He will be truly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Emergency crews have called off the search for Mr Johnson.

Despite days of extensive searches, including using two remotely operated vehicles to scour the ocean’s floor, only his tank, vest and flippers have been found.

Ms Mulligan paid tribute to her husband saying he was “her rock” and “at home” in the ocean.

She added: “We were always aware of the risks and often told each other that if we were attacked by a shark that would just be unlucky.

“We were completely against shark culling and I still am.”

 Eric had won a scholarship to play football for Hasting Broncos at Hastings College in Nebraska and St Thomas Aquina College in New York

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Eric had won a scholarship to play football for Hasting Broncos at Hastings College in Nebraska and St Thomas Aquina College in New YorkCredit: Instagram
 Gary Johnson was mauled to death by a shark in Western Australia

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Gary Johnson was mauled to death by a shark in Western AustraliaCredit: Facebook
 His girlfriend Karen Milligan watched in horror as the shark attacked

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His girlfriend Karen Milligan watched in horror as the shark attackedCredit: Facebook
 This stock photo shows a ferocious Great White shark baring its fearsome jaws

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This stock photo shows a ferocious Great White shark baring its fearsome jawsCredit: Getty – Contributor





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Brits take over Benidorm beaches for a sun-soaked Costa Del Christmas – The Sun


SPAIN’S beaches have been flooded with a sea of white this year as pasty Brits headed out for a Costa Del Christmas.

Benidorm and the Canary Islands have been inundated with winter sun hunters hoping to crack on with the turkey alongside a cold glass of sangria.

 Brits head to Benidorm to soak up some winter sun

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Brits head to Benidorm to soak up some winter sunCredit: Alamy Live News
 Sun-worshippers are hoping for a golden December glow

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Sun-worshippers are hoping for a golden December glowCredit: Alamy Live News
 It's sprouts and sangria on the menu this year

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It’s sprouts and sangria on the menu this yearCredit: Alamy Live News

Sun worshippers donned Santa hats as they stretched out on Spanish beaches hoping for a golden December glow.

This year, Christmas roasts will be devoured in Benidorm hotels en masse by festive ex-pats.

UK holidaymakers this year amassed almost half a million pounds worth of fines, says Spanish air safety agency AESA who received 216 criminal complaints this year as yet more Brits flooded the airways heading off for winter sun.

A recent study revealed 29 per cent of holiday makers who head abroad are fed up of British Christmases because it’s cold but never snows, and a fifth are tired of it being “always the same”.

And one in ten don’t enjoy being at home for Christmas because they don’t like hosting the celebratory dinner with all the trimmings.

 

But the holiday destination favoured by Brits has become a criminal hub after a spate of violent muggings marred the pristine beach fronts.

A group of ex-pats have even set up a vigilante group in Spain’s Costa Blanca to “tackle the thugs”.

The Sun Online has carried a string of stories about vicious attacks on visitors to Benidorm, where a Brit was robbed of £400 by a gang of girls.

 Thousands of Brits have jetted off for the festive season

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Thousands of Brits have jetted off for the festive seasonCredit: Alamy Live News
 Holidaymakers are swapping snow for sand

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Holidaymakers are swapping snow for sandCredit: Alamy Live News
 Costa Del Christmas sees ex-pats soaking up the winter sun

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Costa Del Christmas sees ex-pats soaking up the winter sunCredit: Alamy Live News
 A beach in the Canary Islands filled with Christmas holidaymakers

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A beach in the Canary Islands filled with Christmas holidaymakersCredit: Alamy Live News
 One Brit dons a santa hat as he soaks up the rays

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One Brit dons a santa hat as he soaks up the raysCredit: Alamy Live News
 Sea, sand and Santa is on the menu for these guys

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Sea, sand and Santa is on the menu for these guysCredit: Alamy Live News
Boozed up’ Brit arrested in Benidorm for ‘stealing a COACH and going on two mile wrecking spree





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Man Utd boss Solskjaer will be handed £250MILLION to rebuild club – with Sancho and Haaland top of his shopping list – The Sun


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will be handed a staggering £250million next year to rebuild Manchester United.

The Old Trafford boss wants established stars who would walk into the first-team — with Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland on his hitlist.

 Red Bull Salzburg striker and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho are targets of Man Utd

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Red Bull Salzburg striker and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho are targets of Man Utd

He said: “We are going to strengthen. We are going to get starters into this team — we need to.

“We are one or two players down in numbers.

“But it doesn’t have to be this window, it might be the summer window.”

The Old Trafford transfer kitty could swell to £400m if Paul Pogba leaves for the £150m asking price.

Solskjaer shelled out almost £150m to bring in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James last summer.

But he has also invested time in youth with budding stars like Mason Greenwood, 17, and Brandon Williams, 19, coming through.

Yet he knows he needs more creative options and at least one more top defender.

Dortmund’s £100m-rated Sancho and RB Salzburg whizkid Erling Haaland, 19, who is priced at £70m, are among Solskjaer’s targets.



Centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who would cost £80m from Napoli, and £70m midfielder Bruno Fernandes at Sporting Lisbon are some of the others on his hitlist.

Pogba could be back by Christmas after playing only six games this season due to ankle problems.

It is understood Solskjaer and executive vice–chairman Ed Woodward may reconsider their stance over the French star leaving the club.

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Stream and TV channel as Greenwood and Garner start at Old Trafford – latest updates – The Sun


MAN UTD welcome AZ Alkmaar to Old Trafford looking for a third-straight victory in all competitions.

Both of these sides have already booked their place in the knockout stages, but top-spot in Group L is still up for grabs.

The visitors need to take all three points to snatch it from Ole’s men, whilst Utd only need to avoid defeat.

Follow all the action as it happens from Old Trafford below…

  • Kick-off time: 8pm
  • Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
  • TV/Live stream: BT Sport2/BT Sport app or free for EE customers
  • Man Utd XI: Romero, Young, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Garner, Andreas, Mata, Martial, Greenwood.
  • Alkmaar XI: Bizot, Svensson, Clasie, Wuytens, Midtsjo, Stengs, Wijndal, Koopmeiners, Idrissi, Sugawara, De Wit.





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Superfan Julia Kmiecik, 92, dies and Wisla Krakow will leave her seat empty in her memory – The Sun


POLISH top flight club Wisla Krakow have left a touching tribute to their superfan that tragically recently passed away.

Julia Kmiecik became a club icon for her unwavering and loyal support over an incredible 51 year period.

 Julia Kmiecik was a Wisla Krakow megafan

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Julia Kmiecik was a Wisla Krakow megafanCredit: [email protected]
 Tributes will remain on her seat at Wisla's stadium

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Tributes will remain on her seat at Wisla’s stadiumCredit: [email protected]

Her dedication was frequently recognised by the club and she was much beloved by her fellow supporters.

So when she recently passed away at the age of 92, tributes came flooding in for the loyal supporter.

But it didn’t stop there.

Having sat in the same seat for years, Wisla decided to lay out a scarf where she sat.

And they announced that the seat will always remain hers, and that nobody else will ever sit there.

Many Wisla fans posted heartfelt tributes on social media.

One labelled her as an: “Outstanding example to every fan in Poland”.

And sadly it’s not been a good season at all for Wisla.

Having lost 7-0 at Legia Warsaw in October, the Polish side find themselves bottom of the Ekstraklasa after 18 games.

And the last win that Kmiecik got to watch her beloved team pick up was a 4-2 triumph over Zaglebie all the way back in August.

But the poor results didn’t waver her commitment to the cause, as her love for the club transcended results on the pitch, and she will be greatly missed.

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Donald Trump accused of abusing his ‘power’ to pressure Ukraine into influencing 2020 presidential election – The Sun


A DRAFT impeachment report last night accused Donald Trump of abusing the “power of his office” to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 presidential election.

The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee’s 300-page report said the US President had solicited foreign interference effort to dig dirt on White House challenger Joe Biden.

 Donald Trump was accused of abusing the 'power of his office' by pressuring Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 presidential election

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Donald Trump was accused of abusing the ‘power of his office’ by pressuring Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 presidential election

Trump had asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Hunter Biden – the son of his main Democratic rival in next year’s presidential election.

He also threatened to withhold £307million in military aid from Ukraine and a White House meeting, if the country refused to help.

‘UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY’

The report said Trump “placed his own personal and political interests” above the US national interest – seeking to undermine democracy and endanger national security.

It added: “The impeachment inquiry…uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”

The report said Trump’s “scheme subverted US foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security” in favour of “investigations that would help his presidential re-election”.

The document does not recommend his impeachment and removal from office.

But it laid out the framework which Democrats will use to push for impeachment – as well as blasting Trump for obstructing the probe.

House Democrats released the report after the intelligence panel conducted a handful of closed-door meetings with witnesses and five days of public hearings.

If the full House of Representatives eventually votes to approve formal impeachment charges, a trial would be held in the Republican-led US Senate.

An unlikely two-thirds majority of those present would be required to convict and remove Trump from office.

 The US President allegedly solicited foreign interference to dig dirt on White House challenger Joe Biden and his son Hunter

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The US President allegedly solicited foreign interference to dig dirt on White House challenger Joe Biden and his son HunterCredit: Getty
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff speaks after of release impeachment report detailing ‘overwhelming’ evidence of misconduct


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Aubameyang hits back as match heads into final minutes – latest commentary and updates – The Sun


ARSENAL are facing Norwich in Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in temporary charge.

Unai Emery paid the price for the Gunners worst run since 1992 and was given the boot on Friday, giving Highbury legend Freddie just two days to work some magic.

Norwich have beaten Man City here this season and ended a long winless run last weekend at Everton.

Follow live updates from Carrow Road below…

  • Live score: Norwich 2 Arsenal 2 (Pukki 21′ Cantwell 45′; Aubameyang 29′ 57′)
  • Start time: 2pm
  • Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports PL & Main Event/Sky Go and NOW TV
  • Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Trybull, Amadou, McLean, Cantwell, Hernandez, Pukki.
  • Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.





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Leaders debate climate change on Channel 4 but Boris and Farage give it a miss – The Sun


BORIS RUMBLE AS CORBYN FUMBLES

ALL eyes will be on Boris Johnson today after the Tories’ explosive row with Channel 4.

The PM and Nigel Farage were replaced by ice sculptures in last night’s climate debate.

The Conservatives called that a “provocative, partisan stunt” and accused the broadcaster of bias in an official complaint to the watchdog Ofcom.

Senior Tory Michael Gove offered to stand in for the leader and was filmed arriving at the studio only to be turned away.

Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear said Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon refused to let him join them in what was billed as a leaders’ debate.

During the discussion, LibDem leader Jo Swinson was forced to defend her air travel to and from her constituency in Scotland – blaming “Victorian trains”.

And Mr Corbyn was challenged about his party’s failure to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Earlier yesterday the Labour leader appeared to forget where he was, saying how much he loved Dorset during a speech in Hampshire.

He also stumbled over the number of trees he pledged to plant as PM, and forgot the name of protest group Extinction Rebellion – calling them “the climate extinction people”.

He has no campaign stops planned today and will also swerve the BBC’s seven-way Question Time debate – which Mr Johnson will also shun.





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Tesco is selling a tiny trolley for kids – and it’s cheaper than Asda and B&M – The Sun


TESCO is selling a tiny trolley for kids to help you keep mini bargain hunters entertained.

Better yet, the supermarket has slashed the price in half from £16 to just £8.

 Tesco has reduced the price of this adorable tree by £8

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Tesco has reduced the price of this adorable tree by £8Credit: Money Saver Online/Facebook

The trolley comes with a mini bag for life and a fabric seat so the little ones’ dolls can join the shopping fun too.

The price tag is lower than similar trolleys up for grabs at Asda and B&M, so it could make a great Christmas gift for the kids.

B&M sells its mini trolley for almost a fiver extra at £12.99, although this also comes with fake groceries.

While the Asda-branded version sets you back £15 at the supermarket.

John Lewis also sells a mini trolley, but this is even pricier by setting you back £20.

Tesco’s mini trolley was shared by Facebook page Money Saver Online, and parents can’t get enough of them.

One user said: “Just got ours! Bargain! There is going to be one happy little boy on Christmas Day.”

While another tagged her friend and wrote: “Your boys would love this.”

The trolley is available on Tesco’s website as well as in stores. You can find your nearest one using its store locator tool.

The offer is only valid until November 28 though, according to its website, so it’s best to be quick if you don’t want to miss out.

In February, Lidl rolled out tiny trolleys for children nationwide so they can help parents with the weekly shop.

While Wilko has launched a massive 50 per cent off toy sale including Fisher Price, Harry Potter and Marvel.

We’ve made a round-up of the best toy deals for Black Friday – check them out here.

Tesco Christmas advert 2019 with supermarket staff delivering food to Winston Churchill and office raves





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