NEWS DIGEST 26.07.2021: Calling out a lying Prime Minister and other stories

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It led to me being thrown out of the House of Commons and ordered off the estate for calling Boris Johnson a liar. Boris Johnson has lied to the country and to the House of Commons repeatedly for years. Speaking about Covid contracts that had not been published, Johnson told MPs they were ‘on the record for everyone to see’. Speaking about the NHS, Johnson has said: ‘You all know that the Government is engaged in record investments in the NHS, £34bn.’ According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, it was closer to £23.5bn. On the development of Test and Trace, Johnson once said to Parliament: ‘The app would be the icing on the cake’. Who can forget, Boris Johnson has been sacked from his previous jobs on more than one occasion for lying – once for even making up quotes! People say we price-in Boris Johnson’s lies, that might be OK for his friends but it is not OK for the country – I called the prime minister a liar and got thrown out of Parliament – I would do it all over again (Metro News Opinion)

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Alfie Hewett’s meeting with Shingo Kunieda was a repeat of the 2020 US Open final, which was won by the Japanese. Hewett swept to a 6-2 6-3 win against Japan’s world number one Kunieda, who is widely regarded as the greatest men’s wheelchair player of all time. World number two Hewett is the first British male to win the singles in Nottingham. Jordanne Whiley lost 6-2 6-4 to Diede de Groot in the women’s singles final. De Groot, who has already won the first three Grand Slams of the 2021, was in complete control during the first set. The second went with serve until a Whiley double fault gave the Dutch player her third wheelchair singles title at the championship. Dutchman Sam Schroder won Sunday’s other final 6-4 6-3 against his fellow countryman and doubles partner Niels Vink to secure his maiden quad singles title at the British Open – British Open Wheelchair Tennis: Alfie Hewett wins men’s singles title (BBC Sport Disability Sport)

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer-led heritage railway line which runs between Cheltenham and Broadway. “No other heritage railway has risen in such a way from, essentially, nothing,” GWSR chairman Richard Johnson said. The exhibition, which runs until 5 September, was opened on Tuesday by GWSR volunteer director Col Mike Bennett OBE, who handed awards to volunteers who helped to rebuild derelict tracks, bridges and stations over the past four decades. GWSR started the project by taking over the derelict Toddington Station in Gloucestershire, with the aim of restoring as much of the disused Stratford-upon-Avon to Cheltenham route as possible. More than £73,000 was raised to buy track and other materials within six weeks, which was an “astonishing” amount, said the first GWSR chairman Tim Bazeley, who still volunteers with the railway. GWSR. Over the years the route expanded and is now 14 miles long, with the most recent addition seeing Broadway Station in Worcestershire reopened in March 2018, 58 years after the last train services operated there. “The vision of our early volunteers, to see a derelict strip of abandoned railway return to life is, frankly, a remarkable story,” Mr Johnson said – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway marks 40th anniversary (BBC News UK Gloucestershire)

Mike Mitchell, who was famous for appearing in Gladiator and Braveheart, has died at the age of 65. The actor died on Friday on a boat in Turkey, with reports initially stating ‘natural causes’, which was later revealed to be a heart attack according to TMZ. Mitchell’s representative told TMZ: ‘It was very hard to believe. The sudden death of an international actor we managed, an honest person, a real actor, a true friend, my dear friend, has saddened us deeply’. Mitchell began his career in the Armed Forces before taking up as a bodybuilder, winning Mr Universe as well as a number of World Fitness Federation’s Fitness World Championships, and competed in Britain’s Strongest Man. Mitchell had his acting break in 1994 when he was cast in Braveheart alongside Mel Gibson thanks to his imposing physical appearance, with the film winning five Academy Awards including best picture and best director. The actor and his wife had lived on a boat in Turkey in recent years including at the time of his death, and he had previously suffered a heart attack in 2006 after winning his fifth World Fitness title – Gladiator and Braveheart actor Mike Mitchell dies aged 65 (Metro Entertainment Showbiz)

Discount chain B&M’s new store in Newbury Park, Ilford, Greater London was opened by an Ilford charity. Representatives from Sue’s House, which supports people with cancer, cut the ribbon for the shop in King George Avenue on July 15. A B&M spokesperson said it had donated £250 in vouchers to the charity. The spokesperson said prior to the new opening, the King George Avenue shop would create around 40 jobs. They added: “We’re feeling extremely positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.” Ilford charity opens B&M store in Newbury Park (Ilford Recorder News Business)

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