Kirstie Allsopp clashes with Esther Rantzen over Christmas coronavirus rules


Esther Rantzen and Kirstie Allsop p have very different opinions when it comes to celebrating Christmas this year.

The pair clashed over the government’s restrictions surrounding the festive period, as they both plan to celebrate the 25th in very different ways.

Appearing on Channel 4 News, the topic of coronavirus restrictions at Christmas time was discussed, and Esther’s view dramatically clashed with Kirstie’s.

Esther, 80, said: “I know that we love to hug and cuddle each other. Don’t think I don’t miss the hugs of the five-year-olds, and the seven-year-olds and the three-year-olds in my life – I miss them every day.



Kirstie says she believes everyone has the right to make individual decisions this Christmas

“But on the other hand, if my kids had to think of this Christmas as being the Christmas that killed granny, I don’t think they’d forgive themselves.

“The thing I wouldn’t forgive is if I took up a bed in ICU that somebody who really needed it and deserved should have it because I’d been selfish.”

Disagreeing with Esther’s view, Kirstie said: “I don’t think we can judge those people who can’t make that decision. I think there are people who desperately need those hugs and those kisses and they can’t wait.”



Esther says she misses hugs from her grandchildren

She went on: “Their circumstances are that June is too late. We know how many people are going to die through nothing to do with Covid. Far more people are going to die in 2021 from cancer, from Parkinson’s, from Alzheimer’s, from dementia, from heart disease, from stroke.

“All these other things, and those family members cannot be condemned for wanting that physical contact. And we all know we can self-isolate for 10 days, get in the car and drive to see family members and give them a hug without putting them at risk.”

Pointing out just how confusing the coronavirus guidelines are, Esther said: “I think this is all very confusing.”



Kirstie’s views clashed with Esther’s

She added: “I have never heard a doctor say, ‘All you’ve got to do if you want to meet someone who is vulnerable is wait 10 days’. No doctor has ever said that.”

To which Kirstie responded: “They have said that, they absolutely have said that.”

“No they haven’t,” Esther answered back, highlighting the tension between the two.

Kirstie went on: “Esther we know that people have made television. We had all those people who made all those television shows and that’s what they did.”



Esther argues we don’t “have the right to make individual decisions” about coronavirus

She added: “Let’s take I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here – all those people were allowed to mix without infecting each other because they self-isolated before they made those TV shows.”

And when quizzed on whether she would still abide by the rules if the government made a U-turn on their relaxed Christmas restrictions, Kirstie said: “It’s not about me. Every family has a right to make a personal decision to assess their risk for their loved ones and their family members.”

Esther: “I don’t think we have the right to make individual decisions. I think this is too big for that.”

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Esther Rantzen says ‘we don’t have the right to make individual decisions’ amid Christmas virus concerns – Channel 4 News


Although everyone is desperate for some kind of respite, is an extended family Christmas too much of a risk?

We spoke to Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of the Silver Line charity, and the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, otherwise known as the Queen of Christmas, and started by asking Kirsty how she’s celebrating this year.



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Esther Dingley: British hiker’s partner ‘deeply upset’ by claims she disappeared on purpose | World News


The partner of a British hiker missing in the Pyrenees has hit out at “deeply upsetting” claims she disappeared on purpose in search of a new life.

Esther Dingley, 37, vanished from Port de la Glere in late November while on a solo trek along the French-Spanish border.

She had been travelling across Europe in a campervan with her partner Dan Colegate since 2014, with the couple setting off on separate final trips before they were due to return to the UK.

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Ms Dingley had been travelling since 2014. Pic: LBT Global

Mr Colegate, her partner of 19 years, said it is “utterly out of character” for her to be out of contact for so long.

Rubbishing claims the couple were not happy, he said they “communicated several times a day”, adding that he found any reports otherwise “baffling”.

“Our last conversation was totally loving and all smiles. She was so happy and we were excited to see each other,” he said in a statement via charity LBT Global – formally the Lucie Blackman Trust.

He claimed that the pair had always planned to do the final stretch of their travels separately.

“This summer we did a 1,000-mile hike together and we always planned to spend two weeks doing our own thing. We knew it was good for us as individuals and for our relationship,” he added.

Still recovering from a serious illness, Mr Colegate said he wanted to “relax in a house due to my health issues”, while his partner “wanted to do some more outdoor things”.

Her mother Rita added that she is an “open book” and was happy before she disappeared.

After he revealed police are investigating “options beyond a mountain accident”, Mr Colegate stressed he is “cooperating fully” with them and has been interviewed by French and Spanish authorities.

Roads in Central Pyrenees mountains close to Col du Tourmalet (2115m).This is the highest road in this mountains range and represents one of the most famous climb of The Tour of France which is the biggest cycling race in the world.
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Ms Dingley was travelling in the Pyrenees alone. File pic

LBT Global’s chief executive Matthew Searle MBE urged people not to speculate, and to instead contact police with any relevant information.

“There is a huge amount of interest in this case and we have had hundreds of enquiries,” he said.

“Our priority is supporting Esther’s loved ones through this traumatic time and it is clear they are deeply upset at some of the speculation. Making assumptions and spreading unconfirmed assumptions is unhelpful and unfair.”

Martí Vigo del Arco, thought to be the last person to see Esther Dingley alive
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Marti Vigo del Arco is thought to be the last person to see Esther Dingley alive

Ms Dingley’s partner said he last spoke to her on 22 November.

On that day, Spanish Olympic skier Marti Vigo del Arco claims he saw her heading up a mountain at around 3pm, which is the last known sighting of her.

He told Sky News it was unusual to begin hiking at that time of day, but the conditions were good and she seemed prepared.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it is assisting Ms Dingley’s family.



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Esther Dingley: Olympic skier ‘saw’ missing British hiker on day she disappeared in Pyrenees | World News


A former Olympic skier is thought to have been the last person to see missing British hiker Esther Dingley.

The 37-year-old woman was expected to return from a solo trek in the Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France on 25 November – but failed to appear.

Following an extensive search of the area, Ms Dingley’s partner Dan Colegate said on social media that emergency services were looking at “options beyond a mountain accident”.

Speaking to Sky News, Marti Vigo del Arco – who competed for Spain at the Winter Olympics in 2018 – said he saw a British woman heading up a mountain in the area at 3pm on 22 November.

This was the day that Ms Dingley was last seen.

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Marti Vigo del Arco is thought to be the last person to see Esther Dingley

Mr del Arco, 22, said: “I was coming down the mountain with my girlfriend, coming down the valley and the weather was good. And we saw this girl.

“She asked us if we had anything to eat, a bit of fruit or something fresh, but we didn’t have anything left from our hike. Then she carried on up the mountain and we went down.

“The conditions were good, it was sunny, there was no cloud or snow, it was good. She was alone, nothing appeared out of the ordinary and she wasn’t injured or didn’t appear tired.

“You can’t go up there now because of the snow.

“She seemed prepared for the hike, she had a very big backpack.

“She told us she had informed the civil guard that she would be spending two or three days hiking in the mountains, I think this was the first day of the trip.”

He added that starting to climb at 3pm was unusual.

Ms Dingley and Mr Colegate, who last spoke on 22 November, have been travelling throughout Europe in a campervan since 2014.

They started after Mr Colegate suffered with a serious disease.



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