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Carol Vorderman brands Shaun Bailey ‘misogynist’ over ‘bum and boobs’ comment | Politics News

Carol Vorderman has branded failed London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey “sexist” for saying she is not a “serious political commentator” due to pictures she posts on social media.

The television presenter posted on X that Lord Bailey – who was made a Conservative peer by Boris Johnson – was a “misogynist” and branded him #SexistShaun.

She shared a clip from GB News broadcast last week, in which Lord Bailey was speaking about her.

Shaun Bailey
Shaun Bailey unsuccessfully stood to be London mayor

Lord Bailey said: “Look, on one hand she’s got all that stuff, you know, she’s a serious political commentator, and then if you look at her Instagram it’s all pictures of her bum and her boobs. So what is it here? She can’t be both.”

Ms Vorderman has been outspoken about her opposition to the current government on social media, and chose to continue using the platforms over hosting her BBC radio show.

Lord Bailey’s political career has included a number of failed attempts to get elected to parliament. He also worked for the government under David Cameron as an adviser.

In 2015, he was elected to the London Assembly, and in 2019 he was selected to be the Tory‘s candidate to run against Sadiq Khan in the next mayoral election in the capital.

When the election eventually happened in 2021, he lost to the incumbent.

He was added to the House of Lords in 2023.

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Responding to Lord Bailey on X, Ms Vorderman – most famous for her time as a presenter on Countdown – said: “Tory Shaun Bailey is a MISOGYNIST #SexistShaun – the Jingle & Mingle Partygate apologist”.

She added: “Shaun thinks that women who wear lycra in the gym shouldn’t be allowed a political opinion…. or I assume a vote!

“Failed mayoral candidate #SexistShaun was made a lord last year. Yet another Tory honour for dishonour.”

In 2023, Lord Bailey apologised “unreservedly” after a video of his staff during lockdown emerged.

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Shaun Bailey ‘sorry’ for partygate video

During Lord Bailey’s mayoral campaign, they were seen to be dancing with each other – and photos showed a lack of social distancing.

The gathering – which took place on 14 December 2020 when London was in Tier 2 of COVID lockdown – was attended by Lord Bailey.

Ms Vorderman posted several more times about Lord Bailey on X, with the hashtag “SexistShaun” trending on the social media platform.

One of those who voiced support for Ms Vorderman on X was the Labour MP Carolyn Harris.

She said: “What is it with Tory Men having a go at vodders. They really must feel threatened to stoop this low.

“All power to Carol and the girls.”

Lord Bailey and the Conservative Party have been approached for comment.

‘No further action’ against former Tory London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey who attended party during COVID pandemic | Politics News

“No further action” will be taken against former Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey after he attended a party while coronavirus restrictions were in place.

Following a Metropolitan Police investigation into the party on 14 December 2020, the force on Friday said it will not be fining Mr Bailey for breaching COVID rules.

The London Assembly member, who lost out to Labour’s Sadiq Khan in May last year, was pictured at an event with more than 20 people said to be held at the Conservative Party’s Westminster headquarters.

At the time, London was under Tier 2 restrictions that banned the mixing of households indoors.

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He apologised when the photo emerged in December 2021 for a “serious error of judgment” and resigned as chairman of the London Assembly’s influential police and crime committee, which scrutinises the work of the Met Police.

On Friday, the police said the photo by itself “is not sufficient evidence” but it was considered alongside “all other relevant material”.

Venue staff were questioned and the Met sent out legal questionnaires to a number of people in the photo.

Conservative's Shaun Bailey arriving at City Hall, London, for the declaration for the next Mayor of London. Picture date: Saturday May 8, 2021.
Shaun Bailey apologised for attending the gathering and stepped down as chair of an influential committee

“The investigation reviewed all the material thoroughly and after careful consideration, it was determined that there was insufficient evidence to disprove the version of events provided by attendees to a standard that would meet the threshold required,” a Met statement said.

“As a result, a decision was made that no further action should be taken.”

The force did not interview anybody under caution and has used the legal questionnaires to investigate a number of other alleged COVID rule breaches, including for Boris Johnson.

If Mr Bailey had been found to have breached COVID rules he would have faced a fine.

Shaun Pinner: Briton released in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap pictured with his family as all five return to UK | World News

Five Britons released from Russian detention in Ukraine after a prisoner swap have arrived back “safely” in the UK.

One of the men, Sean Pinner, has been pictured with his family after they were reunited.

“If you thought COVID highlighted the importance of family, this is even bigger,” his sister, Cassandra, told Sky News.

Aiden Aslin, John Harding, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill have been identified by the foreign and commonwealth office as the other Britons.

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“We know that all are back safely in the UK now and looking forward to normality with their families after this horrific ordeal,” Presidium Network said.

The non-profit organisation added: “Most of the families have asked for privacy while they normalise back in the UK.”

Prior to their release, four of the men featured in video clips posted online or on Russian state TV.

On their flight home, Mr Aslin and Mr Pinner recorded a message, thanking those who had worked to free them.

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British POWs speak after release

“We’re now out of the danger zone and on our way home to our families,” said Mr Aslin.

“By the skin of our teeth,” Mr Pinner, who is from Bedfordshire, added.

Threatened to death by firing squad

In April, both men were captured by Russian forces who accused them of being mercenaries.

As a result, they appeared in court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine, and were threatened with death by firing squad.

At the time, Mr Pinner’s family stressed that he was “not a volunteer nor a mercenary, but officially serving with the Ukrainian army”.

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Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim were sentenced to death in April

In footage broadcast on Russian state TV in April, Mr Pinner said he had been fighting in the besieged port city of Mariupol for five to six weeks.

In the months before he appeared in court, he told Sky News that he was on his fourth tour of duty in Ukraine after serving in the British Army for nine years.

The 48-year-old has been living in the country since 2018 and has a Ukrainian wife.

After the news broke that the Britons would be returning to the UK, Prime Minister Liz Truss said she “hugely welcomed” the move, adding it would end “months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families”.

Shaun Pinner (centre) and Aiden Aslin (right). John Harding has his thumb up
Shaun Pinner (centre) and Aiden Aslin (right). John Harding has his thumb up

Who else was released?

Almost 300 people were released in the prisoner swap, many of them from the Ukrainian Azov regiment, which gained fame for its defence of the final stronghold in Mariupol.

John Harding was among the small group of soldiers who were holed up inside the Azovstal steelworks in the southeastern city.

Ten other foreigners have been released to Saudi Arabia before they return home, including Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, Americans Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, a Croatian, and a Swedish national.

Five British POWs have been freed after being held by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. Pic: SPA - Saudi Press Agency
Almost 300 people were freed after being held by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. Pic: SPA – Saudi Press Agency

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “We remember all our people and try to save every Ukrainian.

“This is the meaning of Ukraine, our essence, this is what distinguishes us from the enemy.”

The exchange took place unexpectedly, coming as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons.

It was brokered with help from Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has close ties with Mr Putin.