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Richard Tice’s Kate Moss mystery

Kate Moss attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City
Kate Moss attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City

Richard Tice – whose Reform UK party is surging in the polls – normally cannot be silenced when a microphone is put in front of him. But he is unusually coy about his reported friendship with supermodel Kate Moss, who turned 50 on Tuesday this week. They were apparently friends during a spell in Paris.

But he doesn’t seem to like to talk about it. Questioned by former Labour MP Gloria De Piero on GB News on whether he ever shared a flat with Moss, Tice replied: “The answer is no. There were all sorts of rumours.” Asked then if he knew Moss, he chuckled: “Apparently – it was a long time ago.” Later he conceded: “I have met her, but I didn’t share a flat with her.” The mystery deepens!


Anyone for Gravvy?

Illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson caused some head-scratching in Westminster this week when he twice used the term “Navvy Gravvy” in a BBC interview to describe what he considers to be the lack of any real policy difference among Tory MPs towards the Government’s Rwanda plan.

The online Urban Dictionary says the term – meaning a “small amount” or “very fine shaving” – was first used in British shipyards in the 19th century. Tomlinson tells me it is a Cornish expression. He said: “It was from my mother, who said she got it from her father, and her father’s father before her.” Do Peterborough readers have any similarly much-missed family phrases we need to hear more of?


Wrong series

Actor Robert Bathurst has been reminiscing about filming the first series of ITV’s Cold Feet when he had to drive his Mercedes into the primary school car park. “I was just waiting for the ‘Action!’ call, and there was a pedestrian extra supporting artist standing by the wing mirror, and we were having a chat.

“She said ‘So what’s this series?’ and I said ‘It’s a new series, it’s called Cold Feet, it’s about six people in Manchester…’ She said ‘No, the Mercedes, is it Series C or Series D?’”


Cool-hand Hart

Government chief whip Simon Hart had the job this week of marshalling grumpy Right-wing Conservative MPs through the Aye Lobby to back the Rwanda Bill to tackle illegal migration.

Despite 60 colleagues supporting rebel amendments on Tuesday, Hart was so certain that all would be well that he repaired to the Raffles Hotel on Whitehall on the night before Wednesday’s crucial third reading vote. Instead of twisting Tory MPs’ arms in Parliament’s drinking holes, he nursed a well-earned gin and tonic at the hotel’s bar in the old War Office Building. He is fast earning the soubriquet of the coolest man in politics.


Rats refuse to flee Parliament

Rats are traditionally the first to flee a sinking ship. But not in the Palace of Westminster, it seems. Requests for pest control officers have soared in recent years, MPs were told last week.


Give Rishi some thermals

A general election is expected in November. But is Rishi Sunak ready for canvassing in the freezing cold?

I only ask because the Prime Minister enviously eyed up my insulated gilet during a sub-zero GB News interview this week in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

“I’ve only got a shirt on,” he said plaintively, asking why he wasn’t allowed a jumper. Time to dig out the thermal long johns, PM.


Sign Leeming up

Angela Rippon’s success on Strictly Come Dancing at the age of 79 has prompted fans of fellow ex-BBC newsreader Jan Leeming, 82, to ask to see more of her on the television.

She says: “It won’t happen. What I would like is to be making or voicing documentaries. But that won’t happen, either. The young people who make the decisions were in nappies when I was at my peak. They probably think I’m dead.”

Leeming says she is “always grateful to be offered work. Not only does it put jam on the bread but I love to work as it counteracts the awful ageism in this country.” Someone sign up Jan, pronto!


Gordon Brown’s US future?

Former prime minister Gordon Brown, 72, is not coming back to help out Sir Keir Starmer if he gets the keys to Downing Street later this year.

He told Sky News this week: “I am a retired politician. I am too old to be a British politician and too young to be an American politician.” There’s still time Gordon – American President Joe Biden is 81.


Peterborough, published every Friday at 7pm, is edited by Christopher Hope. You can reach him at peterborough@telegraph.co.uk

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