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Tories must boost defence if they want a pact, says Ukip's Evans

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express, Miss Evans said Ukip would work with the Tories if it matched the manifesto commitment to spend two per cent of the UK’s GDP on defence. She said other potential negotiations would involve the Tories agreeing to a rapid referendum on EU membership, as well as their pledge not to levy tax on those earning the minimum wage.Miss Evans expects to play a key role in any talks, which may begin as early as tomorrow and focus on a post-election pact.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express, Miss Evans said Ukip would work with the Tories if it matched the manifesto commitment to spend two per cent of the UK’s GDP on defence. She said other potential negotiations would involve the Tories agreeing to a rapid referendum on EU membership, as well as their pledge not to levy tax on those earning the minimum wage.

Miss Evans expects to play a key role in any talks, which may begin as early as tomorrow and focus on a post-election pact. She revealed: “Yes, we could work with the Conservatives. But we couldn’t work with Labour while they refuse to have an EU referendum.”

Miss Evans, seen as the party’s rising star after writing its manifesto, predicts Ukip will win at least eight seats but claims there may also be a “few surprises along the way.”

She faces an uphill struggle to win power in Shrewsbury but said: “We will also get a lot of second places and that will be a launch pad for 2020.”

She has been tipped as a future leader and said: “If Nigel Farage did stand down for whatever reason and he asks me to stand then I would.”

Express
Today
13 Points
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Sports Rotherham boss Steve Evans wears sombrero to Leeds match after winning bet

Rotherham boss Steve Evans promised earlier this season he’d wear a sombrero to the club’s last game of the season . if they avoided relegation from the Championship.And while nobody took the bet seriously at the time, Evans has delivered after the Millers secured their status in English football’s second tier.He rocked up to the match with Leeds United with the huge sombrero on .

Rotherham boss Steve Evans promised earlier this season he’d wear a sombrero to the club’s last game of the season ? if they avoided relegation from the Championship.

And while nobody took the bet seriously at the time, Evans has delivered after the Millers secured their status in English football’s second tier.

He rocked up to the match with Leeds United with the huge sombrero on ? and added to the experience with flip flops and shorts.

Evans posed for pictures as he got off the team bus and looked in his element as he swaggered around Elland Road.

Good work, Steve!

Metro
02/05
11 Points
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Website supporting rapist footballer Ched Evans is not illegal, say lawyers

The site - which pushes for Evans' conviction to be quashed - includes pixelated footage of his 19-year-old victim from the hotel in Rhyl, north Wales, where the rape took place.

It is understood her father made a complain which prompted the Attorney General to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to examine whether any laws had been broken over potentially identifying his victim - who has anonymity for life.

Ed Beltrami, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, said today there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone.

He said: "This case concerned the publishing of CCTV on the website chedevans.com and allegation that it could lead to the identification of a rape victim. 

"Each case is considered on its own facts and merits. In order to undertake a prosecution, the law would require us to prove that it was 'likely' that a member of the public could identify the victim from the CCTV footage posted on the website."

He ruled that because the footage was pixelated and there was nothing else "sufficiently distinctive" in the footage it was unlikely a member of the public could identify the victim.

Mr Beltrami added: "Jigsaw identification was also considered; namely whether or not this CCTV, in conjunction with information about the victim that was already in the public domain, could lead to identification

"It was decided that a member of the public would still be unlikely to identify the victim were they aware of both the CCTV and other information."

However he warned that the decision "does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct". 

Former Sheffield United and Wales star Evans, 26, was jailed for five years in 2012 and released last year.

He has always maintained his innocence and is fighting to take his case to appeal.

On Monday his legal team submitted two interviews to the Criminal Cases Review Commission - which were said to "further strengthen" his case. 

Evans has been unable to resume his football career since his release due to public pressure.

His victim, who is entitled to lifelong anonymity over the attack, is said to have been forced into hiding and had to move home five times after being 'outed' by his supporters three years ago.

Nine people who tweeted the complainant's name shortly after Evans' conviction at Caernarfon Crown Court were all ordered to pay her compensation of £624.00 each.

In January Evans said: "Whilst I continue to maintain my innocence, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise for the effect that that night in Rhyl has had on many people, especially the woman concerned."

Express
01/05
3 Points
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Sports Rotherham manager Steve Evans ready for 'biggest game of all'

They would be safe already had it not been for a three-point deduction by the Football League but they can condemn Wigan and Millwall to the drop if they win this match.

In the club’s opening two years at their new the AESSEAL New York Stadium, both of their final games of the season ended in celebratory pitch invasions - firstly after winning promotion from League Two in 2013 and then by reaching the League One play-off final after beating Preston last year.

A win against Reading could lead to similar scenes as the Millers would achieve safety for what would be the second time in Evans’ mind.

The club could yet still appeal the league’s decision to dock them three points, even though that could end up being academic.

“This is the biggest game of all, the biggest game ever that the stadium has hosted in its short life time,” said Evans.

“It’s a big opportunity to secure our Championship status. They can take our points but they can’t take our desire.”

Express
28/04
5 Points
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Sports Arsenal ‘encouraged to make summer transfer move for Manchester United’s Jonny Evans’

Arsenal have been encouraged to launch a remarkable summer transfer move for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, who will reportedly depart the club if Mats Hummels arrives.

The Gunners are still in the market for a new centre-back despite the January arrival of Brazilian Gabriel, and the Northern Irishman is a tempting option.

Evans, 26, was set to return to the United side against Everton after being banned for spitting at Papiss Cisse but he was left out and may struggle to earn his starting berth back, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Louis van Gaal could be willing to dispose of him, with Arsene Wenger waiting in the wings to secure his signature.

MORE: Arsenal ‘line up £11.8million transfer of Italy Striker Mattia Destro

Metro
27/04
3 Points
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'He died a hero' UK's youngest organ donor saves another baby after just 100 mins of life

It is a selfless act of heroism."But Teddy's story is exceptional. He was the youngest organ donor in the UK.".

Jess Evans was 12 weeks pregnant when doctors told her one of the twins boys she was carrying had a rare and fatal condition which prevents the brain and skull developing.

She was told her baby would either be stillborn or die very soon after he was born.

But Ms Evans and her fiancé Mike Houlston were determined their son's life would be remembered - and have spoken of their brave but heartbreaking decision to donate his kidneys and heart valves.

Their twins - Teddy and Noah Houlston - were born a year ago, but Teddy died after just 100 minutes.

However, his parents have described their enormous pride after his kidneys were used to save the life of a patient with renal failure.

Mr Houlston, 30, told the Daily Mirror: "He lived and died a hero. It's impossible to explain how proud we are of him."

Ms Evans added: "Although he wasn't with us very long, and we brought him into the world knowing there was no hope of a life for him, we are incredibly proud of his heroism.

"We hope Teddy's story will inspire families who find themselves in the position of losing a child. Knowing part of your loved one is living on in someone else is comforting."

The couple, who were childhood sweethearts, said discovering one of their sons would not survive birth was devastating - but said they never considered abortion.

Ms Evans said: "We thought even if we had a moment with him, or 10 minutes, or an hour, that time was the most precious thing we would ever experience."

They then decided they wanted their baby to help someone in need of a transplant.

She added: "It helps us so much to know he has helped someone else and helped doctors realise donation from small babies is possible and is something people like us want to make happen."

The couple live with Ms Evans' daughter Jess and Noah, who is now 1 years old.

Newborns are rarely considered organ donors - with Teddy's case being described as "exceptional" by an NHS Blood and Transplant doctor.

Dr Paul Murphy said: "Every donation is inspirational. It is a selfless act of heroism.

"But Teddy's story is exceptional. He was the youngest organ donor in the UK."

Express
23/04
20 Points
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Beat the jams in a dodgem: Man converts bumper car to run on streets

only to turn up under the Christmas tree after his wife and two sons bought it.The 75mph three-wheeler had already been fitted with a petrol engine but needed £700 of new gear to make it roadworthy. .

The vehicle, which looks more at home at a funfair than on the roads, is an electric bumper car converted to run on petrol.

Owner Tom Evans, 69, is more than capable of handling the unusual motor because he used to run a fairground.

It has working lights, indicators, a petrol gauge and even a tax disc to prove its legality to onlookers.

Mr Evans, of Glasgow, fell in love with the car when he spotted it on eBay two years ago.

But he was hesitant to buy it and it disappeared from the website ? only to turn up under the Christmas tree after his wife and two sons bought it.

The 75mph three-wheeler had already been fitted with a petrol engine but needed £700 of new gear to make it roadworthy. 

Express
13/04
5 Points
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Sports Shaun Murphy calls for Reanne Evans to be handed tour wild-card

Reanne merits consideration and it would be a good use of any wild-card available.". Evans, 29, played the match of her life in losing narrowly to former champion Ken Doherty in the Betfred World Championship qualifiers this week.But World Snooker supremo Barry Hearn is against giving Evans another chance to play in all tournaments.

Evans, 29, played the match of her life in losing narrowly to former champion Ken Doherty in the Betfred World Championship qualifiers this week.

But World Snooker supremo Barry Hearn is against giving Evans another chance to play in all tournaments. She had one four years ago and did not win a game.

However the much-improved Evans, who craves opportunities to take on the best, has chalked up wins since then in tour tournaments as a top-up amateur.

Such invites were issued to Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry this term for services to the game - the Scot did not use his at all, while Davis, 57, played in three ranking events out of 10.

Hearn said on Twitter yesterday: "Q School beckons, no special rules. She has had a card before and lost it, level playing field for everyone."

But Murphy, another former Crucible king, said: "Reanne would be a very strong and worthy candidate for a wild-card for the tour next season.

"Her achievements in the women's game are phenomenal with the 10 world titles in a row, and she is a great ambassador for snooker.

"We have given out wild-cards this season to some greats of the game, and for whatever reason they have hardly used them.

"There is absolutely no physiological or other reason why women can't be as good at snooker as men. And the reason there are not more top women players challenging the men on the main tour comes from historical barriers.

"In the past there were clubs that made it very difficult for women and even stopped them from playing, Reanne herself suffered that in the past.

"Snooker is fighting hard to be in the Olympics and it needs to be promoting the sport for women too. Reanne merits consideration and it would be a good use of any wild-card available."

Express
11/04
2 Points
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Sports Reanne Evans scares Ken Doherty before Crucible dream is dashed

but Evans is a trailblazer that snooker will need for its bid for Olympic inclusion.It was a superb start from Evans who led 3-1 after the first mini-session . however Doherty turned things around to lead 5-4 going in to the evening finale.Evans pegged him back at 6-6 . four times what Evans got for her 10th world title in a row.That compares to the £300,000 Mark Selby pocketed for his world title 12 months ago .

The 10-times women’s world champion was attempting to become the first woman ever to appear in the final stages of the Betfred World Championship.

But after a leading 3-1 and then drawing level at 6-6 the 29-year-old from Dudley was finally edged out 10-8 in a thrilling and tense qualifier by former world No2 Doherty.

Evans, who faced overt prejudice early in her career as a club player in the West Midlands, looked all set to force a decider.

But Doherty obtained a snooker on the final pink and cleared up to squeak through.

Currently an amateur, Evans enjoyed just a single season on the main tour four years ago when she did not win a match.

But should another tour wild-card be on offer next season Evans looks ready to make much better use of it after a fine display against the 45-year-old Doherty.

Doherty, who himself must still win another two matches to emerge from the qualifiers, earned £6,000 last night for his victory ? four times what Evans got for her 10th world title in a row.

That compares to the £300,000 Mark Selby pocketed for his world title 12 months ago ? but Evans is a trailblazer that snooker will need for its bid for Olympic inclusion.

It was a superb start from Evans who led 3-1 after the first mini-session ? however Doherty turned things around to lead 5-4 going in to the evening finale.

Evans pegged him back at 6-6 ? but crucial frames then started to leak away, and the Dubliner, who had looked edgy at times, moved clear.

The best woman player since Allison Fisher in the 1990s came within a couple of pots of levelling again at 8-8 and then again to force a decider ? but fell agonisingly short.

However her performance will have inspired many to follow her lead and last long in the memory of all who watched it.

Express
10/04
14 Points
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Sports Reanne Evans faces Ken Doherty test to fulfil Crucible dream

and wants to lead the women’s game into the Olympics and beyond.Evans takes on 1997 world champion Ken Doherty in the first of three Ponds Forge qualifiers she must win to make the shake-up.She won just £1,500 for her 10th world title last year . while Mark Selby pocketed £300,000 in the blue-riband event.Evans, who may get a tour wild-card next season, said: “It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone who plays snooker dreams of playing at the Crucible.

The 29-year-old from Dudley has won the women’s snooker world title for the last 10 years.

But tomorrow the amateur starts her bid to become the first woman to play at the Crucible in the final stages of the Betfred World Championship.

And not content with that, Evans is praying for another crack at the main tour ? and wants to lead the women’s game into the Olympics and beyond.

Evans takes on 1997 world champion Ken Doherty in the first of three Ponds Forge qualifiers she must win to make the shake-up.

She won just £1,500 for her 10th world title last year ? while Mark Selby pocketed £300,000 in the blue-riband event.

Evans, who may get a tour wild-card next season, said: “It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone who plays snooker dreams of playing at the Crucible. Even top players, who go there every season.

“It is the ultimate and it would be a dream come true to get there. I know how hard it will be to win three matches, but you have to think positively. Maybe dreams can come true.

“What I would rather do ? get to the Crucible, really make it on the main tour, or help bring about a very successful women’s tour?

“To be honest and being greedy, I want to do all of them. Playing the men pushes me and improves me, so obviously I relish that and want to carry on doing it.

“But I also want to be a leader for the women’s game, and hopefully anything I can do can help raise sponsorship and profile, and get us in better venues.

“I just don’t want anything I do to all be forgotten about in the future, and for anything I do to mean something for women players in the future.

“Inclusivity is a big part of what the Olympics is all about, snooker is trying to get into the Games and they need a strong women’s game.

“I would like to think if I played my best snooker I could hold my own around the 64 in the world mark at the moment. But you don’t play your best every day in sport.

“So I hope I can get back on tour, compete, win a few matches and make my mark in some way there, and not get hammered every week. Then I can say ‘see, I can do it’.”

Express
07/04
12 Points
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