5:19: Lab 181, Con 236, LD 36Report from the Union: Max Lewis of OCA standing on a table and claiming it was OCA campaigning that won Oxford West for the Tories. I’m off to bed. 4:54: Lab 162, Con 220, LD 35Some success for the Lib Dems at last, as they succeed in unseating Charles Clarke. That’s two former Labour Home Secretaries gone in one night. 4:51: Lab 157, Con 313, LD 33But Ed Balls survives. Just. 4:39: Lab 149, Con 198, LD 25Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been defeated in Redditch by Tory Karen Lumley by a huge majority: 5821 votes. So Evan Harris can take comfort from the fact that he didn’t do as badly has her. But then Harris’s partner didn’t claim porn films on Parliamentary expenses. 4:35: Lab 145, Con 188, LD 28We now have the figures for Oxford West. Lib Dem Incumbent Evan Harris lost to Tory Nicola Blackwood by fewer than 200 votes: 23 730 to 23 906, on a 6.9% swing. A few hours ago I thought the Lib Dems might end up controlling both Oxford constituencies. Now they have neither. Not a good night for them at all. 4:23: Lab 138, Con 179, LD 28 – Oxford West falls to ToriesNo figures yet, but Evan Harris of the Lib Dems has been defeated by the Conservatives in Oxford West. 4:16: Lab 133, Con 168, LD 26Now just two of us left in the JCR. And the other one is asleep. 4:14 Lab 130 Con 166, LD 26‘Let’s speak now to two stars of the apprentice.’ God, the BBC are getting desperate. 4:08: Lab 122, Con 155, LD 23We’ve reached the halfway point, with 330 seats now declared. 4:10 is an exceptionally late time to reach the halfway point. Vernon Bogdanor again, claiming to know how David Cameron is feeling: ‘I knew David Cameron extremely well as an undergraduate.’ Dimbleby is giving the impression more and more that Bogdanor is there not so much to explain hung Parliaments as to explain Cameron. 3:49: Lab 114, Con 133, LD 22There’s going to be a recount of the Tory and Lib Dem vote in Oxford West and Abingdon, so we can’t expect a result for a while. 3:31: Lab 112, Con 104, LD 15 – Oxford East Held by LabourMore bad news for the Lib Dems – Andrew Smith has managed to hold on in Oxford East, defeating Steve Goddard of the Lib Dems by 21,938 to 17,357. And we thought Cherwell’s endorsement would ensure victory for him…Oxford Town Hall exploded when the result was called. The sizeable, and severely sleep-deprived, OULC contingent were clearly delighted that it had gone their way.Smith thanked the students who had been involved in the campaign. He felt that their support in the previous “months and years had been really key to our victory here.”He also commented that “in the student wards I think there were far more votes for me and the Labour Party than people, including the student newspapers, were expecting.”3:30: Con 103, Lab 100, LD 14As an illustration of how disappointing tonight is for the Lib Dems, Lembit Opic, he of the asteroids and the Cheeky Girls, has lost his seat. Come to think of it, some Lib Dems might not consider Opik’s loss so disappointing after all. Nick Robinson: ‘there’s no doubt he [Cameron] will be very disappointed.’3:23: Lab 98, Con 92, LD 14Paxman’s citing reports that the Labour party is already talking to the Lib Dems about coalition or co-operation. They, by the way, are having a torrid night, and are already one seat down among those which have declared. Lib Dem dreams of 100+ MPs, or of coming second in the popular vote, are rapidly disappearing. 3:20: Lab 89, Con 87, LD 13Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at Brasenose, has just been interviewed on the BBC for the third or fourth time tonight. Bogdanor’s a big dog in the political world, but is particularly in demand tonight, both because he tutored David Cameron while he was at Oxford and because he is the world’s leading expert on the British constitution, and so one of the best people to explain what might happen in the event of a hung parliament. He says Cameron was one of the best students he’s taught, and also that he’s cool and calm under pressure, which, he says, is essential in a politician. Paxman then goes on to bully a poor Tory candidate into talking about coalitions, which he resolutely refuses to do. 3:09: Lab 87, Con 79, LD 10The Union is thinning out as people go back to their colleges, but the Cherwell team is still at work, the editors finalising tomorrow’s edition in the offices and reporters waiting at Oxford Town Hall for the results announcement, which should come some time in the next hour. A press officer told us earlier in the evening that they were expecting to be able to announce by about 2:30, but the turnout has been so great that the count is taking much longer than originally anticipated. A dozen or so people are still watching in my JCR, fighting off sleep. We’ll see how many make it to the morning. 1:58: Lab 31, Con 15, LD 4Results coming thick and fast now. Fierce booing in the Macmillan room as Gordon Brown was re-elected, and plenty of shouts of ‘down with Brown.’ The Goodman library downstairs is much more subdued, apart from the people climbing in through the windows to avoid the £4 charge. It’s not looking like quite the night the Lib Dems were hoping for. 1:07: Lab 5, Con 2, LD 1The first Tory gain of the night comes in Kingswood, and the OUCA boys immediately launch into a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen, as a certain ex-president standing on a table necks champagne from the bottle. You have to see it to believe it. 00:25: Lab 3, Con 0, LD 0 Overheard in the Macmillan Room as Sunderland Central declared for Labour: ‘fucking socialists.’A press officer at Oxford Town Hall tells me that the Oxford East results should come through some time after 2am. Turnout has been much higher than normal, but there were none of the fights or queues that happened in other constituencies. There’s a small gaggle of Labour Club people hanging around outside the counting room, but nothing like as large as the huge OCA crowd at the Union. Lib Dems nowhere to be seen, apart from Henry Curr. 23:35: Lab 2, Con 0, LD 0The Union has been nominally divided into three areas for supporters of the three political partie
The Fort Lauderdale police department is currently searching for information in regards to the fatal beating of a 47-year-old local man.According to the report, authorities say Paulesky Mauney was dropped off at the Broward Health Medical Center on October 20th after being severely beaten.Mauney remained in the hospital for 10 days before he passed away as a result of his injuries.Investigators are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 954-493-TIPS.
The AOC of the GOP, Rep. Elise Stefanik blew apart Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment narrative yesterday by getting to key witnesses to testify that there was: No Bribery, No Quid Pro Quo, No Treason.In Tuesday’s second impeachment hearing, Rep. Stefanik of New York asked pointed questions and got explosive answers from the key witnesses, From Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, one of whom was on the July 25th call.“Did either of you ever have any evidence of quid pro quo?” Stefanik asked. “Any evidence of bribery?”“Any evidence of treason?” she continued.The witnesses said no to all three questions.New York Republican Elise Stefanik said the impeachment process has turned into “hysteria.” She noted that no Ukrainian investigation of Democrats ever happened and said delayed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was eventually released. President Trump is accused of linking U.S. military aide to Ukraine with politically motivated investigations of former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Democrats call it bribery. Ohio’s Jim Jordan said Democrats have been out to get President Trump since he was first elected.He argued that it is “scary what these guys are putting this country through.” Jordan also called it the most unfair process he has ever seen. After a full day of testimony in the House Intelligence Committee, the Ohio congressman noted that military aid to Ukraine was not kept back until Ukraine announced investigations into the Bidens because those investigations never happened. He pointed out that even former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker didn’t think that it was a big deal that the aid was delayed. The aid was held back as Trump administration officials worked to press Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
A judge says that a confession made by 35-year-old Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa will be allowed at trial.Sousa is accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a dumpster in suburban Boca Raton last year, a Palm Beach County judge says.Judge Kirk Volker ruled that the confession made will be allowed at trial.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Sousa told investigators she delivered a baby girl on May 8, 2019, then wrapped the newborn in a plastic bag and put her in a dumpster at an apartment complex near Boca Entrada Blvd.Sousa’s lawyers wanted her confession to PBSO detectives thrown out, arguing that Sousa was not read her Miranda rights properly before speaking with detectives.Prosecutors argued it wasn’t necessary to give Sousa her Miranda rights at the time.Sousa has pleaded not guilty to attempted felony murder and child abuse.
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been part of President Trump’s impeachment communications team since November, will also serve on the defense team for his Senate trial, according to several Washington, D.C.-based news outlets.Bondi, a former assistant state attorney from Hillsborough County, spent eight years as the state’s top elected legal official.Trump’s legal team for the Senate trial also includes former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, who led the 1994 Whitewater investigation that played a role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House four years later.White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, who has also served as a personal attorney for Trump, are expected to lead the team, according to the news reports.Former Florida AG Bondi to CBS: Trump Wants to Testify Before Congress
Golfers from thirteen countries around the world will be competing in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on the 6th to 8th of August.The draw features players from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales as well as from the host nation.Last year at Lyme Regis both titles went to golfers from the Continent of Europe.The Under 16 competition, which in the past has been won by 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and her fellow LET members Florentyna Parker and Felicity Johnson, went to 15-year-old Finnish player Kerttu Hiltunen who swept to an 11-shot victory over England’s Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. Banday, from Royal Mid-Surrey, returns for another tilt at the title this year.The Under 14 championship was won by 13-year-old Italian Francesca Fiorellini who succeeded compatriot Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and has since gone on to capture the R&A Girls’ Under 16 Open and represent the Continent of Europe in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.One of last year’s runners-up Anna Neumayer from Austria moves up to the Under 16 competition this year.Hall is also a former winner of the Under 14 title as are Parker, new European Ladies’ champion Alice Hewson and current English women internationals Lily May Humphreys and Samantha Fuller.The Under 16 championship is played over 72 holes with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before the leading 40% of players progress to play 36 holes on the third day. The Under 14 event is staged over 54 holes with 18 holes played on each of the three days. The leading 40% of competitors make the cut after two rounds. 31 Jul 2019 International field heads to Gerrards Cross Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’
Tags: Caitlin Whitehead, Cumbria, England Girls’ Squad Caitlin Whitehead is ready to win again and help the England girls’ squad achieve their 2020 vision.The 17-year-old is gearing up for a big year after putting golf on the backburner for a spell last season to concentrate on her school exams.With the stress of GCSEs now over and a solid winter of practise behind her, the golfer from Kendal is keenly anticipating the new season.Whitehead is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In 2018, she was crowned European Young Masters champion after a fine performance in Norway.That victory earned her a place at the Asia Pacific Junior Championships in Hong Kong – which she duly won as an individual and also claimed top prize in the team event alongside Finland’s Sakke Siltala.Now Whitehead is itching to get back onto the circuit as well as playing her part in national team triumphs.“Last year I had my GCSEs so that cut a large proportion of the season out,” confirmed Whitehead who spent last week in Portugal training with the girls’ squad.“I felt I was behind before the season really started.“Obviously it would be amazing to have a career in golf, but I do believe I should take time out for education. You need a back-up plan in case things don’t quite go as well as planned.“I did get on track with a good finish in the English girls’ last season“This year I hope to hit the ground running in March and have a better start.“I want to have more consistent finishes and play in women’s and girls’ events. I’d like to win a girls’ event and have top 15 finishes in women’s events.“Splitting them is the best way to do it, I believe.”Whitehead is a member of both Kendal Golf Club and Carus Green Golf Club having been inspired by her dad to take up the game as a child.Fell running and football were her other passions before golf took over and now the whole Whitehead family is hooked. Caitlin’s younger brother is also mad keen and playing county golf off a handicap of five.Whitehead has now been a mainstay of the England girls’ squad for two successive Home International campaigns.Last week’s coaching camp at Quinta Do Lago resort on the Algarve was geared towards preparing for the season’s main team events.Having helped England win in 2018 and 2019 she’d love the hat-trick this season when the event is staged at Royal St David’s in Wales.“I love being part of the team and competing,” added Whitehead who was part of the winning team skippered by putting coach Mike Kanski (pictured below) during a fun session on the Algarve coast.“The whole experience of going away with the girls to play practice rounds is much more inciteful,” said the teenager.“I look to gather more detail than I otherwise would do on my own and I can take that onto the course.“Overall, I feel as if I’ve developed as a player. I’ve had ups and downs and these have made me resilient. I can cope with pressure better and I know what I want to achieve.“I definitely know how to handle myself and manipulate the golf ball to get a low score.”Whitehead is currently exploring options with American universities and contemplating a course in either business studies or psychology.“In 2021 I’m looking to go to university in America and I’m just starting to put together some schedules for visits just now,” she confirmed.“I don’t have a clear idea of where I want to go, but I will be going to America.“I think a lot of the American schools are business-minded and that’s what I’m doing for my A levels.“But that’s for the future and right now I’m excited about what lies in store this year.”Photograph credits: Leaderboard 24 Feb 2020 Caitlin set for England test after exam break