A beauty queen drama!

This story has EVERYTHING

Let's start with the headline: Beauty Queen Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia Detained in Wales as Terrorist

It's pretty great isn't it?

But read on! I think, possibly, it gets better. In fact, I'm finding it very hard to pick my favourite line of this article (from Pravda) but I think it might have to be:

Ksenia did not tell the officers that she was the winner of Miss Russia and Miss World contests, that her image was used to advertise the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.

The modesty! The grace! Ah Ksenia, so unjustly suspected of terrorism (in fact she had her bag searched), you have been wronged by those cheeky Welsh customs officers. On behalf of Great Britain, and all our customs officers, I can only apologise.

 

 

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Could Jeremy Corbyn still be excluded from the leadership race? The High Court will rule today

Labour donor Michael Foster has applied for a judgement. 

If you thought Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically run again for leader was the end of it, think again. 

Today, the High Court will decide whether the NEC made the right judgement - or if Corbyn should have been forced to seek nominations from 51 MPs, which would effectively block him from the ballot.

The legal challenge is brought by Michael Foster, a Labour donor and former parliamentary candidate. Corbyn is listed as one of the defendants.

Before the NEC decision, both Corbyn's team and the rebel MPs sought legal advice.

Foster has maintained he is simply seeking the views of experts. 

Nevertheless, he has clashed with Corbyn before. He heckled the Labour leader, whose party has been racked with anti-Semitism scandals, at a Labour Friends of Israel event in September 2015, where he demanded: "Say the word Israel."

But should the judge decide in favour of Foster, would the Labour leadership challenge really be over?

Dr Peter Catterall, a reader in history at Westminster University and a specialist in opposition studies, doesn't think so. He said: "The Labour party is a private institution, so unless they are actually breaking the law, it seems to me it is about how you interpret the rules of the party."

Corbyn's bid to be personally mentioned on the ballot paper was a smart move, he said, and the High Court's decision is unlikely to heal wounds.

 "You have to ask yourself, what is the point of doing this? What does success look like?" he said. "Will it simply reinforce the idea that Mr Corbyn is being made a martyr by people who are out to get him?"