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Is Charlotte Crosby back with Stephen Bear?

By Eve Buckland and Laura Fox For Mailonline
Published: 10:34 EST, 13 November 2017 | Updated: 10:5..

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By Eve Buckland and Laura Fox For Mailonline

Published: 10:34 EST, 13 November 2017 | Updated: 10:57 EST, 13 November 2017

Her rollercoaster romance with Stephen Bear seemingly came to a screeching halt last month, with the star claiming she was 'very single' at the MTV EMAs on Sunday.

But it has been claimed that Charlotte Crosby is back together with the tattooed hunk, with the pair reportedly spending a secret night together on Saturday, before being spotted 'kissing' at the awards after-party, reports The Sun.

Although appearing to draw a line under the relationship, Stephen, 27, was said to have turned up at Sophie Kasaei's birthday party in Chigwell to 'beg' to speak with former Geordie Shore star Charlotte, 27.

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Back on: It has been claimed that Charlotte Crosby is back together with Stephen Bear with the pair reportedly spending a secret night together on Saturday, before being spotted 'kissing' at the awards after-party, reports The Sun

Back on: It has been claimed that Charlotte Crosby is back together with Stephen Bear with the pair reportedly spending a secret night together on Saturday, before being spotted 'kissing' at the awards after-party, reports The Sun

Exes; Although appearing to draw a line under the relationship, Stephen, 27, was said to have turned up at Sophie Kasaei's birthday party in Chigwell to 'beg' to speak with former Geordie Shore star Charlotte, 27Exes; Although appearing to draw a line under the relationship, Stephen, 27, was said to have turned up at Sophie Kasaei's birthday party in Chigwell to 'beg' to speak with former Geordie Shore star Charlotte, 27

Exes; Although appearing to draw a line under the relationship, Stephen, 27, was said to have turned up at Sophie Kasaei's birthday party in Chigwell to 'beg' to speak with former Geordie Shore star Charlotte, 27

Charlotte then reportedly ditched the It Girls and MTV EMA Correspondents Dinner on Saturday with meet up with her hunky ex.

A source told the website:'Sophie was miffed because Charlotte left her party to go off with Bear

'They spent a night together in a hotel and then met up again at the EMAs.'

MailOnline has contacted Charlotte and Stephen's representatives for comment.

Reunited? Charlotte then reportedly ditched the It Girls and MTV EMA Correspondents Dinner on Saturday with meet up with her hunky exReunited? Charlotte then reportedly ditched the It Girls and MTV EMA Correspondents Dinner on Saturday with meet up with her hunky ex

Reunited? Charlotte then reportedly ditched the It Girls and MTV EMA Correspondents Dinner on Saturday with meet up with her hunky ex

Smooching rumours: OK! Magazine also claimed the exes were kissing and 'laughing at each other's jokes' at the after-partySmooching rumours: OK! Magazine also claimed the exes were kissing and 'laughing at each other's jokes' at the after-party

Smooching rumours: OK! Magazine also claimed the exes were kissing and 'laughing at each other's jokes' at the after-party

OK! Magazine also claimed the exes were kissing and 'laughing at each other's jokes' at the after-party.

A guest told the magazine: 'Charlotte and Bear full-on snogged on the dance-floor.'

'They couldn't keep their hands off each other. They were laughing and joking around, and looked as though they were having a lot of fun together.'

Charlotte also liked a hunky Instagram shot of Stephen posing in a red silk suit at the awards.

Charlotte was giving nothing away as she oozed confidence on the MTV European Music Awards 2017 red carpet, joined by close friend Sophie.

The star showed off her incredible figure in a skintight baby pink gown as she posed on the red carpet in London's SSE Arena, telling MailOnline she was 'strong and single'.

Bouncing back:Charlotte was giving nothing away as she oozed confidence on the MTV European Music Awards 2017 red carpet, joined by close friend SophieBouncing back:Charlotte was giving nothing away as she oozed confidence on the MTV European Music Awards 2017 red carpet, joined by close friend Sophie

Bouncing back:Charlotte was giving nothing away as she oozed confidence on the MTV European Music Awards 2017 red carpet, joined by close friend Sophie

Charlotte oozed confidence ahead of the awards show as she made her arrival with Geordie Shore star Sophie, who looked equally stylish in a black and purple lace jumpsuit.

Charlotte had her brunette tresses styled into gorgeous half-up half-down waved style, keeping her makeup dewy with simple smoky eye makeup.

The brunette beauty seemed more than happy to reveal that she was back on the market, and was feeling better than ever in the light of her difficult split.

Pals: Charlotte also posed with her Geordie Shore pal Sophie Kasaei, after the pair enjoyed the pre-EMA's dinner on Friday nightPals: Charlotte also posed with her Geordie Shore pal Sophie Kasaei, after the pair enjoyed the pre-EMA's dinner on Friday night

Pals: Charlotte also posed with her Geordie Shore pal Sophie Kasaei, after the pair enjoyed the pre-EMA's dinner on Friday night

Speaking on the carpet Charlotte told MailOnline: 'I'm very strong and very single.'

The star split from her former beau Bear after a tumultuous relationship, with Charlotte tweeting that the Celebrity Big Brother star cheated on her.

Taking to Twitter, she penned: 'Being single is strange… But I think I'll get the hang', before writing the cryptic message: 'Erase it all. Like it didn't exist. And start again'.

Stunning: The former Geordie Shore star looked stunning in a skin-tight baby pink dress as she put on a confident display in light of her split from former beau Stephen BearStunning: The former Geordie Shore star looked stunning in a skin-tight baby pink dress as she put on a confident display in light of her split from former beau Stephen Bear

Stunning: The former Geordie Shore star looked stunning in a skin-tight baby pink dress as she put on a confident display in light of her split from former beau Stephen Bear

Slinky: Charlotte also showed off the results of her latest surgery, after having an operation on her 'uniboob'Slinky: Charlotte also showed off the results of her latest surgery, after having an operation on her 'uniboob'

Slinky: Charlotte also showed off the results of her latest surgery, after having an operation on her 'uniboob'

Charlotte was joined at the event by her Geordie Shore co-star Sophie, who showed off her ample cleavage in her lace-inspired all-in-one.

The Newcastle beauty had her incredible curves on full display in the form-fitting ensemble, which tied together black and purple lace in a circular cut-out design.

Sophie rocked the deep v-neck with full confidence, keeping her chocolate brown tresses loose with a simple curl.

The star finished her look with sharp white and silver nails and a couple of simple silver rings.

Sophie put on a friendly display with pal Charlotte on the red carpet, after the duo were spotted enjoying a night out together at the pre-EMA's dinner on Friday.

Fierce: Sophie rocked a black and purple lace all-in-one jumpsuit, with her ample cleavage on full displayFierce: Sophie rocked a black and purple lace all-in-one jumpsuit, with her ample cleavage on full display

Fierce: Sophie rocked a black and purple lace all-in-one jumpsuit, with her ample cleavage on full display

Incredible: Sophie had her brunette tresses in relaxed curls for the look with had a circular lace effectIncredible: Sophie had her brunette tresses in relaxed curls for the look with had a circular lace effect

Incredible: Sophie had her brunette tresses in relaxed curls for the look with had a circular lace effect

Looking fine: Sophie teamed her look with sharp claw-like silver and white nails as well as a dynamic smoky eye

Charlotte also showcased the results of her latest surgery, after being body-shamed by online trolls for her 'uniboob.'

Charlotte told Heat Magazine: 'My uni-boob made me feel under-confident. It (congenital symmastia) really limited what I could wear without people saying, 'What the f***'s wrong with her boobs?

'Because I'm famous, if a picture of me is online, people say things like 'What is wrong with her boobs? They're deformed! They're stuck together!'

Moving on: Charlotte revealed that she is well and truly single in light of her split from BearMoving on: Charlotte revealed that she is well and truly single in light of her split from Bear

Moving on: Charlotte revealed that she is well and truly single in light of her split from Bear

Confident: The pair attended the music awards event in London's SSE ArenaConfident: The pair attended the music awards event in London's SSE Arena

Confident: The pair attended the music awards event in London's SSE Arena

Taking the plunge: Sophie showed off a liberal amount of cleavage in the ensemble Taking the plunge: Sophie showed off a liberal amount of cleavage in the ensemble 

Taking the plunge: Sophie showed off a liberal amount of cleavage in the ensemble

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Clean Bandit – Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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