David Cameron’s campaign boss denies saying ‘f***ing Muslims’

From the Sunday papers: from Lynton Crosby’s alleged foul mouth to the next Korean pop sensation

LAST UPDATED AT 11:56 ON Sun 18 Nov 2012

THE AUSTRALIAN recruited by David Cameron to mastermind the Conservative Party’s 2015 general election campaign allegedly said Boris Johnson should concentrate on the traditional Tory vote rather than “f***ing Muslims” while working on the London mayoral race, according to the Mail on Sunday. Lynton Crosby allegedly used the phrase while discussing whether Johnson should pursue the ethnic minority vote in the campaign against Labour’s Ken Livingstone earlier this year. A spokesman for Crosby said he had “absolutely no recollection whatsoever of making these comments”. Johnson said Crosby was “the soul of sweetness and kindness”…

ONE DIRECTION’S Harry Styles has been secretly dating US megastar Taylor Swift, The Sun reports. The pair were seen holding hands in public for the first time at rehearsals for the US X-Factor in Los Angeles last week and Styles reportedly sat next to the country singer’s mum while Swift sang. But at just 22-years-old, wags are suggesting that the Swift might be a little young for Styles, who famously once dated 33-year-old Caroline Flack…

COMEDIAN Alan Davies and Sally Bercow, the wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, are among thousands of Twitter uses who might be sued by Lord McAlpine for linking him to false allegations of child abuse, The Sunday Times reports. The Tory peer’s lawyers have found 1,000 original tweets and 9,000 retweets mentioning the false claims. Sarah Webb, an internet libel solicitor, said the number of potential defendants was “quite exceptional”. Some tweeters might be let off with as little as a £5 payment to charity…

SOUTH KOREAN nine-piece Girls Generation are set to follow in their countryman Psy’s footsteps with their first English-language album, due for release next year on Lady Gaga’s label, Interscope. Girls Generation were selling millions in east Asia long before Psy’s Gangnam Style went global, reports the Observer. The band with the “unfeasibly tailored hotpants” have even cracked the notoriously difficult Japanese market – the world’s second biggest after the US…

THE COST of Christmas trees could soar because of shortages after a fungus was found in British-grown Nordmann firs for the first time, the Mail on Sunday reports. Nordmann firs are popular because their needles don’t drop and make a mess. However, current season needle necrosis (CSNN) makes the leaves of Nordmann firs fall off completely. The disease was first detected in Britain three years ago. This year, Hans Alexandersen, owner of H.A. Trim, which grows 600,000 Nordmann firs, says “hundreds of thousands of pounds” worth of trees have been devastated. Other growers say they have lost a third of their stock…

A PAIR of Magellanic penguins has been found to be among the most faithful in the animal kingdom after researchers conducting a 30-year study revealed the two birds have been together for 16 years, the Sunday Telegraph reports. The Magellanic penguins spend their summers in Patagonia, southern Argentina, before migrating north to Brazil for the winter. Most pairings of Magellanic penguins are cut short by tragedy: either one of the pair is killed or the relationship ends if they fail to breed successfully for one year…

TWINS born to a 45-year-old woman who had her eggs frozen when she was 33 have broken the record for a live birth from stored gametes, according to The Sunday Times. The success followed repeated failed attempts at IVF for the couple. Embryos stored for up to 20 years have previously been successfully used to create babies, but eggs are more fragile and are often damaged during thawing…

TULISA faces the X-Factor axe for laziness and her chaotic love life, according to The Sun. The talent show judge reportedly is “generally late” for appointments and concentrates too much on her own career. An insider said: “She needs to buck up her ideas and give her performance on the show more attention.” An X-Factor spokeswoman said: “Tulisa is a highly valued member of the judging panel. No decisions whatsoever have been made yet in terms of next year’s panel.” · 

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