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TV host Adam Hills holds mock surgery in Matt Hancock’s constituency while MP remains in the jungle | Ents & Arts News

The Last Leg host Adam Hills has held a mock political surgery in Matt Hancock’s constituency – but says people turned up with “genuine issues”.

The Australian TV presenter and comedian visited the town of Mildenhall on Sunday to allow the locals the chance to raise their concerns while the West Suffolk MP continues his controversial appearance on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Mr Hancock has faced strong criticism for appearing on the reality show and had the Tory whip suspended for joining at a time when Parliament is sitting.

Hills, 52, appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about the fake public drop-in, which will be shown during Friday’s episode of his Channel 4 comedy talk show The Last Leg.

He said: “I tell you what, everybody turned up with a genuine issue. I was really surprised, I thought people would have comedy issues but no, people wanted better access to public transport, to dentists, to doctors, all that kind of stuff.

“This was the interesting thing, at the end of it, they all said, ‘We just want to be listened to’.

“That was the main thing, they said we just want Matt Hancock to come here and listen to us. It’s like a marriage, you just want the other person to listen to you.”

Hills agreed when co-host Richard Madeley suggested the mood was “more in sorrow than anger”.

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“Absolutely,” he said. “People aren’t angry, they just want their MP to turn up and listen to their concerns.”

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He added: “A whole bunch of people said it would just be nice to get a response, we’ve sent emails, we’ve sent letters and when that response is, ‘I’m sorry, I’m eating a kangaroo’s penis in the Australian jungle right now’, that’s kind of not what they’re hoping for.”

Mr Hancock has previously stressed the first thing he will do after leaving the jungle will be to return to Suffolk and hold a surgery with his constituents.

King Charles to host reception ahead of COP27 – despite not going himself | UK News

King Charles will host a reception for key COP27 figures at Buckingham Palace on Friday, despite not attending the conference himself.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference begins in Egypt on 6 November, but the King – who has been a passionate campaigner on environmental issues – will not be going.

The reception will bring together over 200 international business leaders, decision makers and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to mark the end of the United Kingdom’s presidency of COP26 and look ahead to the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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The prime minister has defended his decision to miss COP27

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The reception has been organised to facilitate discussion of sustainable growth, progress made since COP26 in Glasgow and collective and continued efforts to tackle climate change.

The King has attended the UN climate conference for a number of years and delivered one of the keynote speeches at the opening ceremony for COP26 in Glasgow.

Guests will include Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who pulled out of the summit last week, so he could focus on “domestic challenges” here in the UK. He is expected to speak briefly at the event.

COP26 President Alok Sharma, who lost his cabinet seat in the latest reshuffle, will also be there, along with America’s special envoy on climate change, John Kerry.

Mr Sunak has faced criticism for his decision not to attend the event, with Labour leader Keir Starmer saying the prime minister was missing an opportunity to “pull world leaders together”.

Earlier this week, former energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Sunak was right not to go to the summit, saying: “The cost of living won’t be solved in Sharm el-Sheikh where each hotel room for the conference is £2,000 a night.”

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King Charles will host South Africa’s president in first state visit as sovereign | World News

King Charles will welcome South Africa’s president and first lady to Buckingham Palace for the first state visit of his reign.

The palace has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the invitation to come to the UK from 22-24 November. He will be joined by his wife, Tshepo Motsepe.

It is understood the visit was in the early stages of being planned before the Queen’s death in September.

It will effectively see the King and Queen Consort play host and usually includes a lavish state banquet, but full details will be released in the coming weeks.

Any decisions on who should be invited for state visits are made by the Foreign Office, and are seen as the ultimate diplomatic gift; they are an important way for the UK government to shore up relationships with countries that they see as strategically important for reasons such as trade or security.

The Queen’s last state visit was playing host to US president Donald Trump in 2019.

A visit from Japan in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The King has visited South Africa on a number of occasions since his first tour of the country, which included Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, in 1997.

His last trip was in 2011, along with the Queen Consort, then the Duchess of Cornwall

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the launch of the new Sandvik Khomanani manufacturing site, at Khomanani, in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa September 9, 2022
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa

The three-day state visit comes as Mr Ramaphosa faces allegations of money laundering in South Africa.

The president has denied the accusations, which include illegally holding around four million dollars in cash at his game ranch in northern South Africa and covering up its theft in an attempt to hide the existence of the money.

The scandal has proved a major blow to his image as a leader committed to stamping out corruption in South Africa.

Later today the King and Queen Consort will carry out their first official engagements since royal mourning for Queen Elizabeth II came to an end.

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Two weeks since his mother’s funeral the King, and Camilla, will visit Dunfermline in Scotland to mark its new city status.

It is one of eight towns that have become cities to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Their Majesties will also host a reception for members of British South Asian communities at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Jeremy Paxman to step down as University Challenge host | Ents & Arts News

Jeremy Paxman is to step down as the host of University Challenge, the BBC has said.

The broadcaster, 72, has presented the programme for the past 28 years. It celebrates its 60th birthday this year and becomes the BBC’s longest-running quiz show.

Paxman will film his final episode in the autumn, with his final series airing between 29 August through to summer 2023.

His resignation comes after he revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in May last year.

Paxman said of his time on the show: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”

His replacement will be announced later this week, the BBC said.

Kate Phillips, the director of the corporation’s unscripted content department, said: “Since the BBC revived University Challenge in 1994 Jeremy has been at the front and centre of the show’s success and is without doubt one of the world’s finest and most formidable quizmasters.

“We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show’s millions of viewers.”

Eurovision 2023: How one slightly surprising town came to be in the frame as the UK host city | UK News

Internet rumours have surfaced about Swindon being a possible host for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after it was ruled current winners Ukraine would not be able to stage the event.

Ukraine’s entry – folk rap group Kalush Orchestra – won the competition this year with their song Stephania, and would normally host the event the following year. However, the Russian invasion of their country presented too many security risks.

The UK was the runner up this year, and as such was invited to act as a host for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

And while it is still being decided in which city the event will be held, the Wiltshire town of Swindon – best known for its multi-ringed ‘magic roundabout’ – bizarrely began to creep into the fray.

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Twitter searches threw up various comments from locals and out-of-towners alike, including from TV critic and broadcaster Scott Bryan, who tweeted: “Give them Eurovision immediately.”

But his hopes were soon dashed after the borough council issued an official statement.

A disappointing Bryan later told his followers to “cross Swindon off your list”.

It comes as representatives from cities including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Leeds and Hull vied for the honour of hosting duties.

The bidding process for host city will begin this week, with the BBC and European Broadcasting Union jointly making the final decision on which city will host.

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Ukraine’s winners – Kalush Orchestra. Pic:AP

Oleh Psiuk – the lead singer of Kalush Orchestra – told Sky News the band was sad the contest would not be held in Ukraine next year.

But, he added: “We are grateful to the UK for their solidarity and for agreeing to hold the event in support of our country.

“We hope Eurovision 2023 will have a Ukrainian flavour and celebrate our beautiful, unique culture. We, in turn, will make all efforts to help Ukraine win next year as well, so that Eurovision 2024 can take place in a peaceful country.”

13 May 2022, Italy, Turin: Sam Ryder from Great Britain with the title "Space Man" with the title "Trenuletul" at the first dress rehearsal for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2022. The international music competition will be held for the 66th time. On 14.05.2022, the winning title will be chosen in the final from a total of 40 music entries. Photo by: Jens B'ttner/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Sam Ryder came second for the UK with Space Man

Free pass

TikTok star Sam Ryder was this year’s runner up with his track Space Man – a vast improvement on the UK’s disappointing 2021 score of nil points.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final alongside the so-called Big Five – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – who each get a free pass because of their financial contributions.

As the world’s largest live music event, the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest reached a global audience of over 180 million viewers across TV and digital platforms.

The UK has previously hosted the event eight times – in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998 – that’s more than any other country.