A launderette worker has cleaned up after winning a £1m EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prize.
Susan Corley, 59, of Newark, Nottinghamshire, said she has no plans to give up work after scooping the prize in the special draw on July 26, when 100 millionaires were created across the UK.
Mrs Corley, who has worked at Balderton Dry Cleaners and Launderette for 15 years, said the cash means she and her husband of 42 years, James, will now not have to worry about money.
I love my work and my colleagues are great. This win means we can have financial security - James and I can buy a new bungalow, I can buy my son a house and I can put money in trust for my grandchild."
– Susan Corley, £1m EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle winner
Police are investigating a fatal crash on the A1 in Nottinghamshire. It happened south of Newark this morning in Long Bennington when a van was in collision with a lorry. The people in the van were pronounced dead at the scene. The 60-year-old driver of the lorry was shaken but uninjured.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has been accused of breaking parliamentary rules by offering to provide a Commons pass for lobbyists and tabling parliamentary questions in return for money.
Secret filming by BBC Panorama and The Telegraph appears to show Mercer agreeing to table parliamentary questions after being paid by a fake lobbying firm. The questions were drafted by undercover reporters purporting to be lobbyists for businesses with interests in Fiji, the Telegraph alleges.
Mr Mercer is also captured on camera agreeing to approve a parliamentary pass for a "representative" for the fake firm. He said:
"I do not charge a great deal of money for these things. I would normally come out at £500 per half day, so £1,000 a day."
Parliamentary rules ban MPs from undertaking "paid advocacy" on behalf of paying clients. Mr Mercer said he is taking legal advice on the allegations.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer is no fan of David Cameron. News that he was about to resign the Conservative Party whip triggered speculation he was about to join UKIP. Or that he was about to say Cameron should be challenged for the leadership.
However, the decision was prompted by a newspaper story which was due out tomorrow. He is facing allegations over lobbying and failing to register his activities.
Mr Mercer says he has referred himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He has also decided not to stand as the MP for Newark at the next election.
Mercer was forced to leave the Shadow front bench in 2007 when he said it was acceptable to refer to ethnic minority soldiers as "black b*****ds."
Downing Street says the Prime minister is aware. But he won't be choking on his Spanish cornflakes on his Ibiza holiday that this particular MP has left the family.
BBC's Panorama show said they have been investigating lobbying and conduct of MPs and members of the House of Lords and sought a response from "a number of people including Mr Mercer." In a statement the broadcaster said:
BBC Panorama has been investigating lobbying and the conduct of MPs and members of the House of Lords.
The programme is still being made and will be broadcast as soon as possible. The investigation has raised a number of issues related to those involved. Panorama has sought responses from a number of people including Mr Mercer.
A Conservative Party spokesman said David Cameron is aware of Patrick Mercer's resignation and thinks he has "done the right thing" in referring himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over allegations that he broke Parliamentary rules. A spokesman said:
The PM is aware. He thinks Patrick Mercer has done the right thing in referring himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and resigning the whip. It’s important that the due processes take their course.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has announced he is retiring the party whip and will not stand in the next election. In a statement he said he was taking advice over allegations that he has broke Parliamentary rules.
Panorama are planning to broadcast a programme alleging that I have broken Parliamentary rules. I am taking legal advice about these allegations, and I have referred myself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
In the meantime, to save my Party embarrassment, I have resigned the Conservative Whip and have so informed Sir George Young. I have also decided not to stand at the next General Election.