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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Nadine Dorries backs X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson over sex abuse allegations

When she was in the jungle, she thought nothing of wolfing down lamb’s testicles and ostrich anus.

And now she’s Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries is preparing to take on the sexist dinosaurs of the music business. 

I can reveal the former I’m A Celebrity contestant has teamed up with a fellow reality TV star, Rebecca Ferguson, who made her name on The X Factor before bravely speaking out about how she had been sexually harassed by a senior music business figure.

‘I haven’t spoken to Boris [Johnson] about it yet, but Nadine Dorries has got in contact and she says she’s on my side,’ Ferguson tells me at a dinner in Canary Wharf, East London

‘I’ve a meeting with her in January about setting up a standards authority against abuse in the music industry.’

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has backed singer Rebecca Ferguson after she gave evidence to Parliament over alleged abuse and controlling behaviour towards young pop stars in the music business

Ms Ferguson, 35, said she was warned she could be murdered after telling police about her alleged sexual harassment

Ms Ferguson, 35, said she was warned she could be murdered after telling police about her alleged sexual harassment

The soul singer, 35, reached the finals of Simon Cowell’s talent contest in 2011 and has since given evidence to Parliament over alleged abuse and controlling behaviour towards young pop stars in the music business.

Ferguson has recently made shocking claims, alleging she was warned she could be murdered after telling police about her alleged sexual harassment.

The star said it was recently suggested to her by a friend in the industry that she should fear for her life after speaking out earlier this year.

She has reported the alleged abuse to the Met Police, sparking speculation that the music industry was facing a wider #MeToo scandal — but such a reckoning has not yet happened.

Dorries and Ferguson both come from working-class families in Liverpool and have made a name in the arts. 

Dorries, a best-selling novelist, confirms she’s due to meet Ferguson next month.

Wolfie is the ‘best big brother’ to Bea’s girl

Some children resent a new arrival, but Princess Beatrice’s stepson, Christopher, is proving a model big brother.

The Queen’s granddaughter gave birth to her first child, Sienna, in September, and Christopher, who’s known as Wolfie, has apparently welcomed her into their family.

His mother, architect Dara Huang (pictured with him), has shared a snap of the letter he wrote to Father Christmas, in which he says he’s been ‘a best big brother’ to his half-sister, Sienna.

Wolfie, five, whose father is Bea’s property developer husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, certainly seems to be a bright boy. He tells

Santa he’s already learning Mandarin (his maternal grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan).

‘I did reading well,’ he says. ‘My Mandarin is doing great.’

Levitating? Dua’s cash is rocketing

Dua Lipa (pictured) at the Versace x Frieze event at Toklas Restaurant in London earlier this year

Dua Lipa (pictured) at the Versace x Frieze event at Toklas Restaurant in London earlier this year

If Adele is the queen of British pop, Dua Lipa is the princess. The London-born singer has raked in £7.5 million in the past year, despite the pandemic.

Newly released accounts disclose that her music business, Dua Lipa Ltd, is now worth £19.1 million, up from £11.6 million the previous year. 

Her total income will be even higher, as another of her companies, Dua Lipa Live, which channels her tour income, has not yet filed figures. 

Its latest accounts showed that it had assets of £28 million.

Lipa, 26, whose hits include Levitating and New Rules, has commercial deals with firms including Evian and Yves Saint Laurent.

Buy a Vuitton duck — and expect a big bill!

Who says the fashion crowd are quackers? 

Luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton is selling a bag shaped like a duck this Christmas, and hopes they’ll fly off shelves at £2,830 each.

The design, in collaboration with Japanese designer Nigo, is described as ‘a compact shoulder bag in the shape of the streetwear stylist’s emblematic animal’ and an ‘ode to Louis Vuitton’s heritage’.

The French fashion house previously brought out a ‘pizza box for transporting vinyl, music, discs or accessories’ at £1,310.

Star Palmer left just £14k

Geoffrey Palmer died virtually penniless, leaving a gross estate of £20,000, which was reduced after bills to just £14,000

Geoffrey Palmer died virtually penniless, leaving a gross estate of £20,000, which was reduced after bills to just £14,000

He was one of the nation’s favourite actors, and starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in the charming romantic sitcom As Time Goes By for 13 years, but Geoffrey Palmer died virtually penniless.

I can reveal that the actor, who died last year aged 93, left a gross estate of £20,000, which was reduced after bills to just £14,000.

According to new probate documents, Palmer, who was known for his lugubrious jowls and impeccable comic timing, did not have enough money to pay the £70,000 he had planned to bequeath in eight legacies to family, friends and charity. 

He had planned to leave his residuary estate to his wife, Sally.

Palmer never liked to turn down a part, saying: ‘I love working, and if I’m not working, I’m not earning.’

Martin Kemp, who plays Father Christmas in the Government’s vaccine TV adverts and starred in The Krays movie, introduced his son to horror films when he was just six. 

‘My dad was really worried that we would watch him in movies,’ says broadcaster Roman Kemp, 28. 

Martin Kemp and son Roman pictured together at the ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23

Martin Kemp and son Roman pictured together at the ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23

‘He said: ‘I’m going to show you these horror movies; I’m going to explain how this scene was shot so that you understand it’s just an actor.”

‘The first family film I remember watching was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’

As one of The Grand Tour’s three presenters, James May has the pick of the world’s most enviable motors, but his art critic girlfriend, Sarah Frater, prefers her trusty Fiat Panda. 

‘She always says: ‘I don’t want something else, I don’t want a bigger car, I don’t want a Land Rover,’ even though she’s always humping pot plants around and things,’ May remarks. 

‘She says a simple little hatchback actually keeps you youthful. 

‘That’s quite an interesting idea.’ 

I can’t imagine his co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson following suit.


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