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Trailblazing mum-to-be Ruth Davidson, dad Sir Elton John and Calvin Klein's pink rubber gloves

Out of the fatburg which is Britain's current political system emerges a bright and shining beacon in the form of Ruth Davidson MP's announcement she is expecting a baby with her partner Jen Wilson.

The Scottish Conservative leader has announced they will be welcoming their first child into the world in late autumn. Speaking to the press, Miss Davidson, who is tipped to be a future Prime Minister, said she was "overjoyed" at the prospect of starting a family, adding the news did not change her plans in politics.

"I'm simply doing what thousands of working women do every year: having a child, taking some time off, and then returning to work after", she explained.

On the contrary, this reporter believes Miss Davidson is being far too modest. What she is doing amounts to a grand toppling of the current pervasive attitudes of British politics, which appear to have all but reverted back to a pre-second world war standard of lack of tolerance or acceptance of any kind of difference - whether racial, sexual, gender based or social-economic.

Miss Davidson, as a pregnant lesbian Conservative politician is blazing a trail for an alternative kind of loving family unit which could be catapulted to political centre stage should she become Prime Minister one day. Blasting apart the bigotry of the far-right leaning politicians like, to name names, Jacob Rees-Mogg along the way. And for that, this reporter wants to do a celebratory jig of joy.

The killer question is what would Ann Widdecombe make of it? The former Conservative MP has spoken out recently against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's pledge to put the rights of the LGBT+ community at the forefront of their royal duties and as evidence, spoke to young LGBT+ people at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London last month.

Their fight towards equality for all sexual orientations and gender identities is well chosen on the basis same sex activity is still criminalised in 36 out of 53 Commonwealth member states. But Ms Widdecombe, who is well known for her socially conservative views, is having none of it.

In her column for the Daily Express newspaper she said, she already had her doubts over Meghan Markle and they had only grown with her support of the LGBT+ community. Ms Widdecombe wrote: "First royals don't champion rights: they champion plights. That is what Diana did with victims of Aids and landmines and very effective she was too. Rights are the business of politicians and pressure groups and never more so than when they are controversial.

"Second what a week for any royal to join in the argument when the Commonwealth conference was in full swing, the position of Prince Charles as its future head was in delicate negotiation and some of its bishops were voicing concern about their countries being pressured by Theresa May on the issue of LGBT rights".

Ms Widdecombe has previously branded Miss Markle as "trouble", adding that the actor's background and attitude made her "uneasy".

How about this then Ann, this reporter mischievously probes. The news that Sir Elton John will be reading a bedtime story on CBeebies very soon. Sir Elton follows in a long line of increasingly stellar celebrity parents who have appeared on the Bedtime Hour slot of the BBC's children's television channel, recently reaching the dizzy heights of Tom Hardy and Dolly Parton. And let's remind ourselves, Sir Elton is father to children with his husband David Furnish.

Crash, bang, wallop. Ann's just fallen off her chair.

Then we come to Calvin Klein's latest stylish offering. Jumping on the bandwagon of the fashion world's obsession with long, elegant, over the elbow evening gloves, Mr Klein has come up with his own alternative, slightly more risque version in neon pink rubber.

Not to be confused with the Marigold gloves used for washing up - but incidentally such gloves would make an excellent fashion dupe - these gloves come as part of Calvin Klein's new spring collection inspired by an amalgamation of America horror with the American dream.

They have been sent down the catwalks paired with the yellow rubber t-shirts and skirts which also feature in the collection. Oh dear, Ann's fainted.





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