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Gary Neville applauded as he calls out government’s ‘dangerous’ Universal Credit cut on GMB

‘I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job’

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Gary Neville has received wide-spread praise this morning after he ripped into government officials over their Universal Credit cut. 

The former Manchester United footballer appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss the end of the £20 uplift universal credit users have received during the pandemic.

Neville was joined by former Tory politician Edwina Currie, who is in full support of the government’s plan to axe the uplift. Currie pointed out that there are ‘a million job vacancies being advertised across the country’, with ‘whole industries desperate for people to return to work.’

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She said: “It doesn’t make any kind of sense to pay people to stay at home. What we really want is for people to get out there and to get the jobs.”

And even when host Susanna Reid pointed out that 40% of universal credit claimants are actually in work, she remained firm on her stance by pointing out that ‘the majority of people on universal credit don’t have a job’, and even claiming that the government is helping them by ‘putting more money into supporting, tutoring and mentoring people to find work’.

However, Currie’s comments didn’t sit too well with Neville, who instantly hit back by offering a ‘translation’ of what the former politician had just said.

“Well, let me just translate what Edwina has just said. ‘I’m ok here, we’re ok here’, which is the first thing a Conservative person does. They look after themselves.”

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He went on to slam the Conservative’s language as ‘always divisive’ and ‘not helpful’, saying that it’s ‘really dangerous to remove Universal Credit payments at this moment in time, it’s brutal’.

He went on: “I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job. They want to get good pay, they want their mental health to be sorted. They’re not sitting there thinking, ‘I’m going to take the chancellors money and live off of their money for the next ten to fifteen years.”

Since Neville’s appearance on the show, GMB viewers have been applauding his strong stance on the matter and for showing Currie to be the ‘uncaring ex-politician she is’.

One person wrote: “Gary Neville and his destruction of Edwina Currie has made my day, his concern for vulnerable people was there for all to see, whilst Currie spoke of how good everything is in the Peak District, I’ve been there, its white, rich, Brexity and tory #GMB.”

Another commented: “Gary Neville on @GMB just now was fantastic. He made Edwina Curry look like the uncaring ex-politician she is. Her advice to become a kitchen porter, when you likely already have a full time job shows how out of touch Tories are. People are on their knees.”

This comes just weeks after Neville launched his university scheme, a plan that will be aimed at young people between the ages of seventeen and twenty who have been eligible for free school dinners and may never have thought they’d get the opportunity to go to university.

Speaking to ITV News at the time, Neville admitted that he is ‘ashamed’ to be in a country where families are still forced to choose between heating and eating, and described the government’s recent decision to cut Universal Credit by £20 as ‘ridiculous’.

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Love Island’s Jacques reveals hateful comments made him ‘want to go into hiding’ after leaving villa

Jacques quit the show amid controversy over his behaviour in Casa Amor

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Love Island star Jacques O’Neill has opened up about his shock exit from the villa, revealing that he ‘wanted to go into hiding’ and was initially ‘angry’ with his mum.

The twenty-three-year-old came onto the show as a bombshell on day seven, and was quick to strike up a romance with Welsh paramedic Paige Thorne. 

However, his behaviour with new arrivals while the girls were away in Casa Amor caused a rift between the pair and, after twenty-nine days in the villa, the former rugby player announced he would be leaving, saying he felt he could ‘no longer be myself’. 

Since his departure from the show, Jacques has been inundated with hateful comments on social media, something he has now said made him ‘want to go into hiding’. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain yesterday (August 4th), Jacques discussed his experience in the aftermath of the show, saying: “When I first came out, I was very scared. I was scared of life and what was to come next for me.

“All I wanted to do was go into hiding with my mum. I was getting so much hate. We were getting death threats so I said to my mum ‘we just need to stay indoors’.”

He added: “I planned to delete social media and never been seen again.” 

However, Jacques also admitted he was initially ‘angry’ with his mum after finding out she’d spoken about his ADHD in an Instagram post while he was in the villa, something he says he didn’t want used as an excuse for his behaviour.

He said: “When I got out, I was so ready to delete that [Instagram post]. I was angry at my mum… I didn’t want an excuse for my behaviour. It wasn’t that at all. My mum was getting hate, I think she felt she had to.”

But once the dust had settled, Jacques said he was able to see all the positive messages being sent to him, with fans calling him an ‘inspiration’ and a ‘role model’ for others living with ADHD.

Read More: Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn breaks silence on his decision to leave the villa

He explained: “I then started to get messages saying I’m a role model with the ADHD thing and I decided I need to stand up and be there for them. I was overwhelmed with it all.

“I’ve been posting a lot saying thank you because if it wasn’t for them, I would still be in that dark place, if it wasn’t for the people giving me love I would be in a bad place.”

“I suddenly thought if people are thinking this about me, I can’t just turn my back on it. I need to stand up and do something. I was getting fully grown men message me and say I was an inspiration. It was overwhelming.”

He then revealed that he plans on using his new platform to help those living with the condition, that affects behaviour and concentration. 

He said: “My plan moving forward is to work with kids with ADHA, disabilities. A lot of people come out thinking about money but if I can put a smile one someone’s face it makes my day.”

Visit the NHS website for more information on ADHD, its symptoms and various treatments available.

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ITV confirms Big Brother will return in 2023 with ‘back to basics’ reboot

The revived show will reportedly be aimed at a ‘legion of younger fans’

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Big Brother will officially be making its come back with a ‘back to basics’ reboot next year, ITV has confirmed. 

The reality show originally aired in 2000 on Channel 4, where it enjoyed ten successful years until its axe in 2010. Channel 5 temporarily revived the show the following year, but that too faced the chop seven years later in 2018.

But now, ITV has confirmed it will be the one to bring Big Brother back to screens once more, with the series going ‘back to basics’ on ITV2 next year.

Much like the former seasons, ‘housemates’ from across the country and all walks of life will be homed in a brand new Big Brother house, with the eyes of the nation watching their every move across a six week period.

According to the show release, ‘the action will all play out under the roof of the iconic Big Brother house, which will be given its own contemporary new look ready for this reimagining of the show.’

The release added: “Clever tasks, nail-biting nominations and live evictions will be back, with the public once again playing a crucial role, voting throughout the series and ultimately determining the winner, who will walk away with a life changing cash prize.”

ITV2 Controller Paul Mortimer said of the news: “This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”

Reports back in April suggested the revived Big Brother would replicate the success of ITV2’s smash hit dating series Love Island, with the aim to open up to a legion of younger fans. 

A TV source said: “ITV is the home of big appointment telly. They know better than anyone how to put on big live events.

“They think putting it on ITV2 will open it up to a new audience and legion of younger fans. They are really keen on getting the deal done on Big Brother, and hope to have something firm to announce soon.

“It needs the full treatment and they’re confident they are the ones who can return it to its legendary former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”

An exact release date is yet to be announced.

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Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn breaks silence on his decision to leave the villa

‘I took a chance but I realised I can’t live on TV’

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Love Island star Liam Llewellyn has broken his silence on why he chose to leave the villa after just six days on the reality show.

The twenty-three-year-old student, from Wales, was originally coupled up with Gemma Owen before she was put into a new couple with new boy Davide Sanclimenti.

Following the recoupling, Liam became the first contestant to quit the show, with him announcing his departure to fellow islanders six days into the series.

He revealed at the time: “I don’t really think I’ve been giving 100% Liam… I’m miles off that.”

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And now, as this year’s Love Island draws to a close, Liam has broken his silence on his decision, putting his early departure down to the show’s production.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Liam explained: “I thought I was going to have the summer that everyone dreams of but now I’m living with no regrets, I took a chance but I realised I can’t live on TV.

“I was expected to do things for a TV show and I couldn’t be myself. I didn’t want to do it. It is a TV show and it is produced. It’s not all natural.

“In my head I was not in the right position to take part in a TV show because that’s what you’re doing. You have to go on dates, do challenges, and you’re not in control of any of it.”

Liam went on to reveal that during his dates, producers would make him repeat certain sentences because they ‘didn’t quite come through’.

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He continued: “I had loads of meetings with the execs, the series editor, and professional physiologists but after a couple of days of feeling the way I did, I made the decision on my own behalf that it wasn’t right for me to carry on.”

In response, an ITV spokesperson said in a statement: “As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what’s happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

“We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is made. This is often acknowledged in the voice over by Iain Stirling.

“The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves. As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements.”

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