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Top Gear executive producer denies he is quitting show

The future of Top Gear's presenters has been in limbo since Jeremy Clarkson was sacked. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE

Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman has denied reports that he has quit the hit show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking because of his long-term friendship with the presenter.

Yesterday Mr Wilman sent an email to staff on the show congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" which was widely reported to be a resignation statement.

Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said: "The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption.

"It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website."

He added: "I don't get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting. Whatever happened to a private moment?

"And if I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly. I'd do it old school by handing in my notice, to someone upstairs in HR.


B&Q: Six of the 60 stores set to close

B&Q stores in Birmingham and Manchester are among those set to close. Credit: Kingfisher

Retail giant Kingfisher has revealed the locations of six of the 60 B&Q stores it plans to close within the next two years.

  • Southampton
  • Dundee
  • Baums Lane, Mansfield
  • Stetchford Road, Birmingham
  • Hyde, Greater Manchester
  • Barnsley

The identity of the remaining stores set for closure has not been disclosed as staff have not yet been informed, Kingfisher said.

Cameron issues warning over Labour-SNP deal

David Cameron has claimed Labour will not recover in Scotland unless the party rules out any deal with the SNP.

The Prime Minister also questioned if Ed Miliband was "strong enough" to stand up to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Salmond and their "transitional demands".

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy with Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Cameron told the Scottish Daily Mail that the Scottish Conservatives were the only party recovering north of the border because they have said they will not deal with the nationalists.

"What is Labour's message? 'We don't like the SNP but we might do a deal with them, they might help us over the threshold'. That's useless," he said, adding that the SNP was "just trying to take the Labour Party hostage".

Joey Essex 'thought it was the Liberal Democats'

TOWIE star Joey Essex has admitted he thought Nick Clegg's party was called the "Liberal Democats".

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While interviewing Clegg at his party's mental health policy launch, Essex inquired, "Why are you called Liberal Democrats?"


Clegg expects leaders' debate to be 'quite different'

Nick Clegg said Thursday's leaders' debate on ITV will be "quite different" to those that took place during the 2010 election campaign.

"It'll be quite different from my point of view ... last time I hadn't been in government and in a sense that I was introducing myself to the British public for the first time," the Lib Dem leader said.

"This time I'm a much more familiar proposition to many viewers."

Clegg said he believes that of the seven party leaders he will be the only one with "a balanced centre ground approach to finishing the job of balancing the books".

  • The ITV Leaders' Debate airs at 8pm on Thursday

TOWIE's Joey Essex appears at Clegg campaign event

TOWIE star Joey Essex made an unusual surprise appearance today in the audience of Nick Clegg's election campaign event in Watford.

Clegg turns on the Conservatives over NHS funding

Nick Clegg has accused the Conservatives of "trying to pull the wool" over voters' eyes by failing to reveal how they would fund the National Health Service.

The Liberal Democrat leader claimed the Tories would be forced to make "deeper and deeper cuts" to other public services to fund the NHS.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Credit: ITV News

Clegg has committed to meeting the £8 billion a year extra funding by 2020 demanded by NHS England chief Simon Stevens.

"Labour has not committed to it. The Conservatives try to give the impression they have, but they haven't," he told an audience in Watford.

"Ed Miliband, David Cameron, it's time to come clean. Will you or will you not give the NHS the £8 billion a year by 2020 that it needs, and tell us how you plan to fund it?"

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