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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: week four – as it happened

Robert Webb was out of the running and Ugo and Oti had the week off, but the show continued with a Dan Walker cha cha to MC Hammer and a Judi Love waltz to Mariah Carey

Shirley thought Rose lifted the level of her Latin, even though there were a couple of mistakes. Anton thought it was a refreshing spritz of something fabulous and uplifting, and Rose’s foot action has improved. Craig wanted more extension in Rose’s line but he liked the hip action and the strong partnership between her and Giovanni. Motsi loved how Rose is gaining confidence – she’s getting stronger and stronger.

Once again, am loving Motsi’s look. It’s never too early for a festive jumper.

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Obama and Trump wade into key battle over Virginia’s governor seat

The race is unpredictable and tight, with former governor Terry McAuliffe up against Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin

Joe Biden faces a key test of public standing in a tight and closely watched campaign for governor in Virginia next month. So important has the fight now become in being seen as a bellwether for the 2022 midterm elections, that two ex-presidents are weighing in on the battle.

For Biden and the Democrats winning Virginia would hold out the prospect of keeping a grip on congress next year and avoiding being seen as a lame duck administration. For Republicans, a win could pre-sage a major comeback in 2022 and a return to electoral strength of a party still dominated by Donald Trump.

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