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Who is Laura Tott? First Dates waitress who served in the Royal Navy

LAURA Trott is a fans’ favourite for First Dates viewers. But what else do we know about the waitress on the hit dating show? One thing is for sure, you’re probably not going to catch the waitress in London’s swanky Paternoster Chop House once the cameras stop rolling. Here is the lowdown… Who is Laura Tott? […]

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LAURA Trott is a fans’ favourite for First Dates viewers. But what else do we know about the waitress on the hit dating show?

One thing is for sure, you’re probably not going to catch the waitress in London’s swanky Paternoster Chop House once the cameras stop rolling. Here is the lowdown…

Laura Tott is a First Dates waitress, who was briefly a member of the Royal Navy
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Who is Laura Tott?

Laura, who is from Staines, Surrey, worked as a waitress and barmaid for years before doing so in front of the camera.

The 23-year-old was briefly a member of the Royal Navy, with HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, and travelled the world extensively before signing up for First Dates.

She did not go to university, and describes herself as a “graduate from the University of Life”. Laura previously studied at Strode’s College, in Egham, Surrey.

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Laura (centre) stars in First Dates with Cici Coleman, Sam Conrad, Fred Sirieux, Austin Ventour and Merlin Griffiths (left-right)
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Is Laura Tott single?

Sadly not, Laura is very much loved up with her hunky boyfriend – who she keeps away from the media spotlight.

The stunning waitress has seen herself the object of some unwanted desire in the First Dates restaurant, most memorably by playboy Ben – who flirted with Laura while his date Daisy was in the toilet.

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What does Laura do on First Dates?

Laura is one of four waiters/waitresses in the First Dates restaurant.

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She and fellow waitress CiCi Coleman have a great on-screen chemistry and are often seen messing around, much to maitre d’ Fred Sirieix‘s annoyance.

When is First Dates on TV?

First Dates airs on Monday evenings at 10pm on Channel 4.

This is the ninth series of the popular dating show.

Tonight’s episode goes head-to-head with the news on BBC One and ITV, W1A on BBC Two and Make You Laugh Out Loud on Channel 5.

First Dates' Ben hits on waitress Laura Tott behind his date's back
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What was the dementia tax and why was it axed by Theresa May? Conservative social care funding row explained

THE so-called ‘dementia tax’ was one of the most hotly debated issues during the 2017 General Election. There was no mention of the so-called “dementia tax” in the Queen’s Speech. But what is the policy and why was it seemingly dropped by Theresa May? What was the ‘dementia tax’? The Tory manifesto unveiled in May contained […]

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THE so-called ‘dementia tax’ was one of the most hotly debated issues during the 2017 General Election.

There was no mention of the so-called “dementia tax” in the Queen’s Speech. But what is the policy and why was it seemingly dropped by Theresa May?

Theresa May was forced into a dramatic U-turn on the policy before the election
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What was the ‘dementia tax’?

The Tory manifesto unveiled in May contained a surprising pledge to shake up the way care for the elderly is funded.

Currently those in residential care have to pay for it themselves if they have assets above £23,250.

People can defer payment until after they die, meaning they do not have to sell their house while they are still alive or while a surviving partner lives in it.

It was announced during the election campaign that this rule would also apply to so-called domiciliary care – care at home – if the Tories won.

It meant those receiving home care would have to pay towards it and the value of their home would be included in their assets, which could be clawed back by councils.

The Conservatives said they were equalising an unfair system – and also quadrupling the savings or assets anyone can protect to £100,000.

The Demos think tank said “hundreds of thousands of the poorest older people” would benefit from raising the threshold.

The shake-up was to be funded by ending the winter fuel allowance for well-off pensioners.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the policy a ‘tax on dementia’
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Why was Theresa May’s care funding plan controversial?

Those who receive state-funded care at home would have been worse off if they had assets of more than £100,000 – such as if they own their home – under the proposals.

Traditional Tory supporters said it was an attack on middle-class OAPs who want their children to inherit their property.

And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded it a “tax on dementia”, given those who need long-term care could run up mammoth bills.

He accused the Conservatives of “forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes.”

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said it was a “callous blow for people who have dementia and other long-term conditions, like multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, and of course their families.

“It is not just a massive mistake but a cruel attack on vulnerable people the length and breadth of this country.”

And economist Sir Andrew Dilnot – who six years ago proposed a £35,000 lifetime cap on care costs – said the elderly would be left “completely on their own”.

He said: “People will be left helpless, knowing that what will happen is that if they are unlucky enough to suffer the need for care costs they will be entirely on their own until they are down to the last £100,000 of all of their wealth including their house.”

The National Pensioners Convention called it a “Frankenstein’s Monster of a plan” that still failed to tackle the crisis in social care.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt defended the plans, saying everyone would know they could pass on at least £100,000 to their children.

He said: “You could have a situation where someone who owns a house worth £1million or £2million, and has expensive care costs of perhaps £100,000 or £200,000, ends up not having to pay those care costs because they are capped.

“And those costs get borne by taxpayers and we don’t think that’s fair on different generations.”

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Theresa May attacked Mr Corbyn’s ‘fake claims and scaremongering’
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Why has the ‘dementia tax’ been axed?

The Queen’s Speech omitted several policies touted in the Conservative election campaign, including the so-called “dementia tax.”

Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after effectively abandoning the controversial changes set out in the Conservative General Election manifesto.

The manifesto proposal to scrap the planned £72,000 cap on care costs was seen as one of the key factors behind the party’s disastrous showing at the ballot box, despite a dramatic mid-campaign U-turn by the PM.

The Queen’s Speech acknowledged that with the number of people aged 75 and over expected to increase by 70 per cent between 2015 and 2035, the issue of the future funding of social care must be addressed.

But it offered no specific proposals for change, and simply promised to “work with partners at all levels” and to “consult on options to encourage a wider debate”.

In October, Conservative council leaders warned they could not afford to be hit by a £308m rise in care costs if the plans were ever to go ahead.

The Guardian reported how Tory-run councils would struggle to meet the extra financial pressure placed on them.

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Brighton vs Stoke: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Premier League clash

BRIGHTON are hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to five games as they host Stoke at the Amex. Chris Hughton’s men have adapted well to the Premier League – with 11 points taken from the last possible 18. CLAIM YOUR FREE £30 BET Check out this new sign up offer from Sun Bets Stoke are […]

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BRIGHTON are hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to five games as they host Stoke at the Amex.

Chris Hughton’s men have adapted well to the Premier League – with 11 points taken from the last possible 18.

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Stoke are wildly difficult to predict – losing one week against Bournemouth at home but then beating Watford on the road.

Mark Hughes’ side haven’t travelled well this term, but a win would take them level on points with Brighton.

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Jese scores against Arsenal on his Premier League debut for Stoke
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What time is kick-off?

THIS match takes place on Monday, November 20 at the Amex Stadium.

Kick-off is at 8pm.

Which channel is it on?

YOU can watch this one live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 7pm.

Alternatively, join us on SunSport where we will be running a dedicated LIVE blog of this match.

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Peter Crouch scored another vital goal to clinch a crucial point for Stoke
Peter Crouch scored another vital goal to clinch a crucial point for Stoke
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Stat attack

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides since February 2011 when Stoke won 3-0 in an FA Cup fifth round tie.
  • Stoke have won their last eight matches against Brighton in all competitions, keeping five clean sheets in the process. Indeed, only against Wrexham (9) have the Potters enjoyed a longer winning run versus a single team
  • Brighton have gone four games without defeat (W2 D2) in the Premier League – they last went five in a row without losing in the top-flight back in April 1983.
  • Stoke won last time out on the road in the Premier League, beating Watford 1-0 – they haven’t enjoyed back-to- back away victories since October 2015.
  • Stoke City have conceded as many first-half Premier League goals this season as Brighton have in total (11).
  • Xherdan Shaqiri, who has provided four assists in the Premier League this season, has earned his team more points via his assists than any other player in the competition (6).
  • Darren Fletcher has now appeared in 102 consecutive Premier League matches for his clubs (WBA & Stoke combined). This is the joint-fifth longest run by an outfield player in Premier League history, with only Frank Lampard (164), Matt Holland (115), Wayne Bridge (113), and Jonathan Walters (104) beating this run.
  • Glenn Murray has scored in three successive Premier League games for the first time since April 2015.
  • Indeed, Murray has netted more Premier League goals this season (4 in 9) than he managed in his last top-flight campaign back in 2015-16 (3 in 21).
  • Pascal Groß has been directly involved in 63.6% of Brighton’s 11 Premier League goals this season (two goals, five assists); only Tammy Abraham (71.4% for Swansea) has a higher share for a PL team this season.

 

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What is the difference between an MBE, OBE, CBE, and Knighthood and which is the highest honour?

PROMINENT public figures and everyday heroes are honoured in Britain with an MBE, OBE, CBE. But many of us don’t know the real meaning of the prestigious awards, handed out twice a year. Here’s all you need to know… What’s the difference between an MBE, OBE and CBE? The lucky recipients of the MBE, OBE […]

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PROMINENT public figures and everyday heroes are honoured in Britain with an MBE, OBE, CBE.

But many of us don’t know the real meaning of the prestigious awards, handed out twice a year. Here’s all you need to know…

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What’s the difference between an MBE, OBE and CBE?

The lucky recipients of the MBE, OBE and CBE are announced a few days before the end of the year and around the Queen’s state birthday, June 17, 2017.

They recognise the contributions and achievements of people from all walks of life, from Hollywood stars to humble volunteers.

The three most well-known awards represent different ranks in the Order of the British Empire.

The highest ranking of the three is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), followed by OBE (Officer) and then the MBE (Member).

Can women be knighted?

There is no female equivalent to a knighthood as women are appointed to an order of chivalry.

Women who are appointed to the Most Noble Order of the Garter or the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle are given the title of Lady rather than Dame – which is used instead of the male title Sir.

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Recipients are given a special insignia by a member of the royal family when they are appointed to the order

What are MBEs, OBEs and CBEs awarded for?

The honours were created in 1917 by King George V during the First World War as a way of rewarding civilians and servicemen in support positions for their contribution to the war effort.

Now they are used to recognise an achievement or service to the community in any area, such as the arts, charity or education.

According to the Cabinet Office, an MBE is given for an “outstanding achievement or service to the community.

This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others”.

An OBE is awarded for having a “major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area”.

A CBE is awarded for having a “prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area”.

The New Year’s Honours themselves date back to 1890 – read our history of the awards to find out more.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE GET HONOURS FOR?

  • Making a difference to their community or field of work
  • Enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • Long-term voluntary service
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • Improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • Displaying moral courage

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Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan after receiving his OBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in April[/caption]

What is the Order of the British Empire?

The British honours system actually has several orders, mostly relating to the monarchy, military and colonial officials.

But King George V wanted to fill the gap by creating an order which would honour normal people.

However, the order has come under some criticism due to its connection with the now extinct British Empire.

The Government has considered changing the name to the Order of British Excellence, but decided not to make any changes until after the order’s centenary in 2017.

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Tennis player Jamie Murray is made an OBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace[/caption]

Is a CBE the same as a “Sir”?

The CBE is the third highest of the order’s five ranks but only the top two can use title Sir, for a man, or Dame, for a woman.

The second highest rank is a KBE or DBE – a Knight or Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The top rank in the Order is a GBE – a Knight or Dame Grand Cross – but these are only given out very rarely. Since 2000, just 16 have been awarded, all to men.

But, confusingly, people can still become a Sir or a Dame without receiving a KBE or a GBE as they can be knighted separately.

Sir Elton John, for example, has a CBE but has also been made a Knight Bachelor, along with other celebs such as Sir Bruce Forsyth and Sir Ian McKellen.

Only Brits can be made a Knight Bachelor, but foreigners can be awarded an honorary KBE.

 

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Blur frontman Damon Albarn accepted his OBE from Prince William this year, but other musicians such as David Bowie have rejected honours[/caption]

What does an MBE, OBE or CBE entitle you to?

Anyone selected for an honour will be invited to attend an “investiture” ceremony at a royal residence where the Queen, or sometimes Prince Charles, Prince William or Princess Anne, will award them with their insignia – a medal – of the order.

This usually takes place a few months after the honours list is announced, but recipients can start using their new title or letters after their name as soon as the awards are announced.

Members can also have a special element added to their coat of arms showing their membership of the order.

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Dame Barbara Windsor with her DBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace[/caption]

Has anyone ever refused an honour?

Famous people to have rejected honours include David Bowie, who turned down an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2000.

Stars to decline OBEs include celebrity cook Nigella Lawson, comedy duo French and Saunders and Fawlty Towers star John Cleese.

John Lennon is one of the few recipients to return his honour, sending back his MBE in 1969 in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigerian civil war.

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