Independents won election for Trump

By Simon Sansome

Independents changed political history in america. This is the reason why.

When the odds are Trumped up

By Oliver Senior

If you were brave enough to bet on Brexit, Trumpdonald_trump_phoenix_2016 and Leicester City, this is how much you would have won…

A surprising piece of information has been passed around social media this morning, in relation to the most unbelievable events of the year. At the start of 2016, if you had bet £5 on Donald Trump to become President, Brexit to happen, and Leicester to win the Premier League, you would have won a staggering £14 million.

Luckily for bookmakers, no such bet was placed.

But it gives us a glimpse as to just how ridiculous this series of events has been. It’s hard to say which one of the aforementioned events was most unlikely, but at 5,000/1 odds, Leicester city’s Premier League upset surely comes close to causing the most shock.

According to Bookmaker Paddy Power, the three events occurring this year would come to odds of just under 3,000,000/1. A few optimistic Leicester fans were brave enough to put money on The Foxes lifting the Premier League trophy, but no individual put money on all three events happening this year.

Around 70 people went for the Trump/Brexit double, pocketing £14,000 each.

To put it into perspective, the discovery of the Loch Ness Monster was a 500/1 shot earlier this year on Paddy Power.

The discovery of aliens was a more modest 100/1.

Zombies take over Leicester

By Ethan Gardner and Ben Copelin

The world’s longest running Zombie festival returns to Leicester this weekend.

The festival, which started in Leicester back in 2006, comes back to the Phoenix Cinema on Saturday night.

This year’s Zombie fest looks set to be the biggest of its kind, when extravagant costumes meet the best Zombie cinema has to produce. From Dawn of the Dead to Resident Evil, festival goers will have 13 hours of international zombie motion picture to enjoy while meeting other undead enthusiasts.

Professional makeup artist Gavin Gore will be turning mortals into undead corpses, so get in there early as there will be a prize for the best costume.

Other activities are optional, with an ‘arcade of the dead’ for a chance to play classic zombie video games. For more information, call 0116 242 2800 or email at

Students trained to detect deadly diabetes risks


By Kerri Stevenson

Students from De Montfort University received training today to help spot the signs of diabetes.

The training sessions took place throughout the day at the Hugh Aston Building. They aimed to teach students how to perform risk assessments on members of the public to check their risk for developing diabetes and to provide advice on how to reduce this risk.

The training sessions were organised by DMU’s Square Mile project, which was set up in 2011. The project aims to connect the university to the local community and to raise awareness of issues that mainly affect ethnic minorities.

Attending the event was Haddija Sillah, a 2nd year Medical Science student, who said: “I decided to take part in these sessions today as I wanted to volunteer to improve my knowledge as a medical student and my potential career paths.

“This is a great opportunity as DMU is one of the first universities to train students to do this and it helps us give something back to our local community.”

Diabetes UK entered a partnership with DMU in February 2016 and aim to train as many students as possible to perform risk assessments and raise awareness of the issues caused by diabetes.

So far, the charity has trained between 60 and 70 students and aim to tackle the diabetes crisis that is spreading across the country.

Diabetes costs the NHS £9.8 billion every year and this is expected to rise to £16.9 billion within 25 years. This would be around 17  per cent of the NHS budget. 

The partnership between DMU and Diabetes UK began in Leicester because the multicultural city is home to a large number of ethnic minorities, who are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes.


Partnership Delivery Manager Jasmin Chowdhury said: “Because ethnic minorities are at a higher risk, we aim to reach out to them and help them take responsibility for themselves while accessing our support and services.

“By organising these training sessions we hope to give different ethnic communities a voice and to provide knowledge and advice on things such as lifestyle choices and diet.”

If you are interested in taking part in these training sessions or would like to get involved with DMU Square Mile, please contact Debbie Tinsley at




Facebook live: Thoughts on Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the USA has shocked many Brits.

Third year English Literature students Kelly and Morgan are no exception and gave their thoughts to Leicestershire Press in a Facebook Live broadcast by Kiran Bedder-Patel.

Last night’s election results came as a surprise to almost everyone as the former TV reality star became the 45th president in very controversial circumstances.

Donald Trump was elected to be the next US president with 298 votes in his favour against the 218 of Clinton with 270 needed to win.