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Cathy Newman cancels charity appearance following mosque incident

17 February 2015

11:41 AM

17 February 2015

11:41 AM

After Cathy Newman falsely tweeted that she had been ‘ushered’ out of a mosque on an open day, she made a public apology and said that she was planning to to take a break from Twitter. This break appears to also stretch to parliamentary pancake races.

The Channel 4 presenter’s absence was notable at today’s Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race. Newman had previously been billed as the host for the charity race, which raises awareness of the need to support disabled people.

While Newman opted to keep a low profile, ITV’s Charlene White was on hand to step in and the race went ahead as planned. This year’s Parliament Team battled it out against the Media Team to see who could flip their pancake the fastest round the Westminster route.


By lap three, the pavement was one big glob of batter as the teams were neck-and-neck. It was the journalists who stole a lead though and won the battle, with the BBC’s Ben Wright leading his team to victory.

One Conservative politician is still confident, however, that the biggest victory is yet to come.

Parliament Team:

  • Sir David Amess (Southend West)
  • Nick de Bois MP (Enfield North)
  • David Burrowes MP (Enfield, Southgate)
  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark
  • Stephen Pound MP (Ealing North)
  • Lord Redesdale
  • Andrew Rosindell MP (Romford)

Media Team: 

  • Tom Bradby, ITN
  • Robbie Gibb, BBC
  • Sam Macrory, BBC
  • Nigel Nelson, Sunday People
  • Sophie Ridge, Sky News
  • Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
  • Ben Wright, BBC

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