House on track to vote on $2.2 trillion stimulus plan from Democrats with no bipartisan deal in sight

The House of Representatives is on track to vote Thursday evening on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal put forward by House Democrats with no bipartisan deal in sight even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have continued talks in an effort to reach an agreement.



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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives at the U.S. Capitol on April 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is expected to vote later today on the latest economic stimulus package passed earlier in the week by the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Time is quickly running out to clinch a bipartisan agreement that could be signed into law as Democrats move forward to advance a plan that Republicans have rejected as too costly and is not expected to be taken up by the GOP-held Senate.

Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke by phone on Thursday afternoon, marking the latest discussion between the top stimulus negotiators, but after the call there was no deal at hand.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted later that during the call “the two discussed further clarifications on amounts and language but distance on key areas remain. Their conversation will continue this afternoon.”

In an indication of how challenging it may be to reach a bipartisan agreement at this point, Pelosi, on a private call with the House Democratic whip team Thursday morning, sounded very down about the prospects of a deal for a new stimulus package to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, according to two people on the call.

Pelosi repeatedly spoke of the “different values” held by Democrats and Republicans, making clear that even the latest offer from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin fell far short of what was needed to deal with her view of the scale of the current economic issues.

Pelosi’s framing on the private call earlier Thursday tracks with the criticism she’s leveled at Republicans during stimulus negotiations for months — that the Trump administration simply isn’t willing to do what’s necessary on the fiscal side of things to address the depth of the economic problems created by the pandemic.

Republicans say it is now up to Pelosi to counter the roughly $1.6 trillion proposal Mnuchin put on the table Wednesday, which is hundreds of billions of dollars away from the roughly $2.2 trillion plan House Democrats could vote on as soon as later Thursday.

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Pelosi said during her weekly news conference that she is “hopeful that we can reach agreement” on a bipartisan deal, but nevertheless made clear that the two sides are not on the same page on key issues.

“We’re kind of in the ballpark on some things,” Pelosi said, but added, “still way off in terms of state and local

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A top House Republican criticized the $400 weekly federal unemployment benefit in the White House stimulus plan, saying the GOP doesn’t want ‘wasteful spending’



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  • Rep, Kevin Brady criticized elements of the White House plan, including a $400 federal unemployment benefit.
  • “The worry is: ‘How much wasteful spending will we have to swallow to do this?” Brady said in a Fox Business interview.
  • Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee, expressed concern that a $400 federal unemployment benefit disincentivizes work.
  • Numerous studies indicate an earlier $600 federal benefit didn’t keep people out of the labor force.
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Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas — the ranking Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — was critical of elements within the White House’s stimulus proposal on Thursday, including a $400 weekly federal unemployment benefit.

During an interview with Fox Business, Brady said many Republicans are reluctant to back a stimulus plan with a big price tag.

“The worry is: ‘How much wasteful spending will we have to swallow to do this?” Brady said, adding he wanted the federal government to prioritize spending on thwarting the coronavirus and aiding the jobless.

But he expressed concern that a $400 federal supplement to state unemployment checks would disincentivize people from seeking work, arguing many would earn more out of work than on the job as a result.

It’s a claim often made by Republicans about the economic impact of the $600 federal unemployment benefit that expired in late July. Numerous studies show it didn’t keep jobless people out of the workforce.

Brady said “targeted help” was needed, particularly to airlines moving ahead with layoffs and the restaurant industry.

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House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are pressing for a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan. It includes a $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, another wave of $1,200 stimulus checks, and aid to cash-strapped states and small businesses.

Meanwhile, the White House put forward a $1.6 trillion virus aid proposal containing many of the same measures, but lower spending amounts.

Brady’s remarks underscore the opposition to significant federal spending among GOP lawmakers. Many in the GOP say they’re opposed to stimulus plans since it would grow the federal debt. Lawmakers have approved over $3 trillion in federal aid since the pandemic began devastating the economy in the spring.

Negotiations between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi stretched into their fifth day on Thursday. The California Democrat assailed the White House’s proposal in a Bloomberg TV interview.

“This isn’t half a loaf. What they’re offering is the heel of the loaf… and you really can’t just say, well, just take this,” she said.

Read more: Stimulus talks press on as dealmakers push for another boost to unemployment payments. Here’s everything you need to know about the rescue package.

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House Democrats won’t vote on $2.2T plan to give Pelosi and Mnuchin more time to crack a deal

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After promising to put up an economic relief bill for a vote on Wednesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation” Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

After a 90-minute meeting in the Capitol, Pelosi issued a statement saying the two would continue to talk and the vote will not be held just yet. “We found areas where we are seeking further clarification,” she said.

“We made a lot of progress over the last few days. We still don’t have an agreement,” Mnuchin said after meeting with Pelosi and briefing top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell.

Wall Street plunged after the news broke, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average giving up most of a 550-point gain in the final hour of trading.



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At issue, is a long-delayed package that would extend another round of $1,200 direct stimulus payments, restore bonus pandemic jobless benefits, speed aid to schools and extend assistance to airlines, restaurants and other struggling businesses.

Even if Pelosi and Mnuchin were able to reach a tentative agreement on “top line” spending levels, a particularly difficult issue, Pelosi told her colleagues earlier in the day, remains McConnell’s insistence on a liability shield for businesses fearing COVID-related lawsuits after they reopen their doors.

Mnuchin said he hopes to reach an “understanding” with Pelosi for a deal by Thursday, or the talks will collapse.

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House Democrats stimulus plan: Unemployment benefits, direct payments

House Democrats on Monday unveiled a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that includes reviving the $600 federal unemployment benefit and sending a second round of stimulus checks to millions of American taxpayers.

House Democrats in May passed a $3.4 trillion spending package called the Heroes Act. (The new proposal has the same name.) It formed the basis of their coronavirus relief negotiations with Republicans, though they have lowered their demands and now insist on at least $2.2 trillion in new spending.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she aimed to bring Republicans back to the negotiating table with the new proposal.

“Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America’s working families right now,” she said in a letter to members of her caucus.

Here are several of the package’s provisions:

  • $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits until January 31, retroactive from September 6.
  • Another round of $1,200 direct payments, plus $500 per dependent.
  • $436 billion in additional assistance to state and local governments.
  • A reinstatement of the Paycheck Protection Program to aid small businesses as well as nonprofits and restaurants.
  • $225 billion in funds to help schools.
  • $75 billion for coronavirus testing and contact tracing.
  • $50 billion in emergency rental assistance, half of what Democrats initially sought.

Read more: Stimulus talks resume as dealmakers work toward another round of checks. Here’s everything you need to know about the rescue package.

Many components of the last major economic relief law, the CARES Act, expired over the summer, and Congress hasn’t implemented other relief measures since.

Through an executive order in August, President Donald Trump implemented a Lost Wages Assistance program that drew $44 billion in disaster relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover a $300 federal supplement to state unemployment benefits.

That federal money is drying up, though FEMA guaranteed six weeks of funding to approved states through September 5.

Both chambers of Congress would need to approve the Democrats’ plan for it to reach Trump’s desk for his signature. But that’s highly uncertain given that Democrats and Republicans have been deadlocked on further coronavirus relief measures.

Negotiations in August stalled amid fierce disagreements over the amount of federal spending needed to prop up the economy. Unemployment benefits and state aid are still two areas of major friction between the parties.

Democrats blocked a “skinny” $650 billion package from the GOP earlier this month, dismissing it as “emaciated” and inadequate to address the twin public-health and economic crises.

Many economists have urged Congress to approve another relief package to keep people and businesses afloat through the pandemic and prevent the economy from backsliding. But the prospect of a Supreme Court nomination battle in the coming weeks has drained hopes of a package before Americans cast their ballots in November.

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Pelosi ‘hopeful’ as she and Mnuchin speak on coronavirus aid, plan further talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday she hoped to have a coronavirus aid deal with the White House this week, after speaking with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for about 50 minutes and making plans for further talks on Wednesday.

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“I’m hopeful,” Pelosi told reporters who asked whether agreement on additional coronavirus relief could be reached this week. Her discussion with Mnuchin on Tuesday was their third conversation in as many days.

“The two went over the provisions of the updated Heroes Act and agreed to speak again tomorrow,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said on Twitter, referring to a $2.2 trillion measure unveiled on Monday by House Democrats.

Pelosi has taken the lead for Democrats in trying to reach a compromise with the Trump administration on a further coronavirus relief bill.

Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had been pressing for a $3.4 trillion relief package, but scaled back their demands by over a trillion dollars.

In an interview with CNBC, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow made clear that the White House still views the $2.2 trillion figure as too high.

“There are things, I think, that both sides agree with but then the other team wants a gigantic package and we don’t think we need that,” he said.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has previously said that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign a $1.3 trillion measure. Meadows on Tuesday said he was in touch with Mnuchin and Trump on the matter.

“Hopefully we’ll make some progress and find a solution for the American people,” Meadows told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Pelosi on Monday urged the Trump administration to raise its offer. “He has to come back with much more money to get the job done,” she said of Mnuchin in an interview with MSNBC.

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Second stimulus check: Here’s the new plan the House just unveiled

You’d get another $1,200 payment and, if you are out of work, an extra $600 a week in unemployment insurance payments under the latest House version of legislation designed help Americans through the coronavirus-created economic downturn.

The legislation would spend $2.2 trillion, down from the $3.4 trillion package that the House approved in May, which the Senate refused to take up and President Donald Trump threatened to veto.

The latest House measure, released as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin resumed talks, included the Democrats’ non-negotiable demand for federal assistance to state and local governments, though at half the original level.

It remained substantially more than the Senate Republicans’ $500 billion bill that failed to pass and their original $1 trillion measure that they didn’t bring up for a vote due to lack of support.

It also was larger than the bipartisan $1.5 trillion proposal offered by a group of more moderate Democratic and Republican lawmakers and which has received praise from Trump. That proposal by the Problem Solvers Caucus automatically would grow to $1.9 trillion if the pandemic continues and a vaccine remains elusive.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, said he hoped the latest House proposal would lead to an agreement.

“With families, businesses, and local communities truly hurting from the impacts of this health and economic crisis, it’s unconscionable for Congress to go home without taking action,” said Gottheimer, D-5th Dist.

The House bill ignores Republican efforts to protect businesses from lawsuits by injured customers and workers, and increase taxpayer subsidies for religious and other private schools.

But it does require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue strong standards for businesses, and the Problem Solvers Caucus has proposed immunizing companies that meet such safety requirements from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

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Here are the highlights of the latest proposal:

Stimulus payments. Taxpayers would receive $1,200, plus $500 for each dependent.

Unemployment insurance. The bill restores the extra $600 federal unemployment insurance payment through Jan. 31. Gig workers and others who normally do not get unemployment payments would continue to receive them through Jan. 31 as well. Those who use up their eligibility would receive up to 13 additional weeks of payments through Jan. 31.

State and local aid. There is $436 billion, down from an original $1 trillion, for state, local, territorial and tribal governments that have seen tax revenues drop after shutting down their economies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The funds would help them avoid layoffs of police, firefighters, teachers and health care workers. New Jersey would receive $8.7 billion and its municipalities $5.3 billion, according to figures provided by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist.

Help for businesses. The paycheck protection program would be extended and small businesses could request a second loan. In addition, a new program would provide federal aid for restaurants and operators of live venues. There would be more money for the airline industry.

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Inside Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine’s incredible home with huge patio and open plan kitchen

CORONATION Street star Jennie McAlpine has given an insight into what life is like for her when the cameras aren’t rolling.

The actress – who plays Fiz Brown on the popular ITV soap – has shared a selection of snaps with her 240k followers on Instagram to show off her amazing pad.

Corrie's Jennie McAlpine has created the perfect home for her family

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Corrie’s Jennie McAlpine has created the perfect home for her family

The fiery red head, 36, shares her humble abode with husband of three years Chris Farr and their two children, six-year-old Albert and two-year-old Hilda.

When Jennie isn’t doing what she does best on set, she can sit back and relax with her family in their gorgeous pad.

The living room boasts a cosy grey sofa, white walls and matching venetian blinds to give them utmost privacy.

But arguably their open plan kitchen is the most amazing feature in their family home.

The soap star can cuddle up to her husband and two kids on their comfy sofa

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The soap star can cuddle up to her husband and two kids on their comfy sofa
The living room features oak herringbone flooring and fresh flowers

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The living room features oak herringbone flooring and fresh flowers
The patio looks out onto their garden which is filled with lavish outdoor seating

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The patio looks out onto their garden which is filled with lavish outdoor seating

The open space features dark navy cupboards, wooden work tops and grey walls.

Jennie can cook up a feast for both her family and guests whilst looking out onto their stunning patio that overlooks the garden.

The open space also boasts oak herringbone flooring, a selection of sophisticated house pants and a dark green velvet sofa.

Jennie, Chris and Albert became four when the I’m A Celebrity star welcomed Hilda into the world in October 2018.

The star loves having her co-stars including Georgia Taylor around for a girly catch-up

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The star loves having her co-stars including Georgia Taylor around for a girly catch-up
Jennie loves to get her make-up done in the comfort of her own home

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Jennie loves to get her make-up done in the comfort of her own home

Although the star recently admitted that she suffered with cruel trolling after giving birth as people branded her “fat”.

Asked about her experience of trolling by OK!, she said: “Yes I have. Things like, ‘you’re fat’ and ‘you can’t act’. When I returned from maternity leave, people wrote, ‘Why has she come back?’

“It’s really not nice. Some of the comments you get on the online newspaper articles are horrid. Reading those is a road to somewhere you don’t want to be, so I stay away from them.

“It’s really easy to say ‘ignore it’, but there are times in our lives when we’ve lost people or we’ve just become mums and we’re more vulnerable.

Earlier this year Jennie opened up about how negative comments about her weight after giving birth upset her

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Earlier this year Jennie opened up about how negative comments about her weight after giving birth upset her Credit: Rex Features

“I go on social media but I don’t think I love it and I hope it becomes extinct by the time my children have grown up.”

Jennie began dating Chris Farr 15 years ago and the loved-up couple welcomed their first child, Albert, on 29 November 2014.

The pair tied the knot three years later and now manage a restaurant together in Manchester.

Prior to landing her role

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Inside the White House’s plan to deploy ‘knife fighters’ to defend nominee

EXCLUSIVE: The White House is mounting an “offensive” communications strategy ahead of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s upcoming Senate confirmation fight, with aides describing an aggressive plan for “knife fighters” to “fiercely” defend the nominee ahead of what’s expected to be a heated battle on Capitol Hill.



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Fox News has learned the White House has formed a team to handle what’s to come in the weeks ahead as Senate Republicans aim to get President Trump’s nominee confirmed to the high court before Election Day.



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Senior White House officials told Fox News that the team is broken into two parts: one focused on communications and the other focused on guiding Barrett through the process on Capitol Hill.

Senior officials argued the team is “uniquely equipped” for the mission: The White House communications team will consist of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School and will take on the role of “lead spokesperson.” Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern, a graduate of Columbia Law School, and White House communications officials Alyssa Farah and Ben Williamson, who are veterans of Capitol Hill and who have unique relationships with Republican leadership in both chambers of Congress, are also on the team.

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The communications team will also include White House staff who will be dedicated to a rapid response effort and research.

“We will need to be knife fighters with the opposition, and will be prepared to marshal information quickly, and disseminate it to push back on any false narratives or attacks on her and her family, because we anticipate, unfortunately, that Democrats will go there,” a senior official told Fox News.

“So we’re mounting an offensive strategy on her behalf because she is such an incredible and inspiring nominee,” the official continued. “We’ll be defending her fiercely every day.”

Another official told Fox News that the communications team intends to be “very well-synced” with Senate communicators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, the Senate Republican conference and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We will work closely with them,” the official said.

As for the Hill process, White House Counsel Pat Cippollone and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will play “integral roles.”

Senior officials told Fox News that Meadows will be tasked with prepping Barrett and shepherding her through the Senate.

“He knows exactly the senators we’ll need to win over, and the issues that matter to them,” one senior White House official told Fox News. “He knows which senators to target that could bring over votes for her, and will help her to remain independent and speak to her own judicial record to win

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Amy Coney Barrett confirmation: Inside the White House’s plan to deploy ‘knife fighters’ to defend nominee

EXCLUSIVE: The White House is mounting an “offensive” communications strategy ahead of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s upcoming Senate confirmation fight, with aides describing an aggressive plan for “knife fighters” to “fiercely” defend the nominee ahead of what’s expected to be a heated battle on Capitol Hill.

Fox News has learned the White House has formed a team to handle what’s to come in the weeks ahead as Senate Republicans aim to get President Trump’s nominee confirmed to the high court before Election Day.

AMY CONEY BARRETT ACCEPTS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINATION TO THE SUPREME COURT, PLEDGES TO ‘FAITHFULLY AND IMPARTIALLY’ DISCHARGE DUTIES 

Senior White House officials told Fox News that the team is broken into two parts: one focused on communications and the other focused on guiding Barrett through the process on Capitol Hill.

Senior officials argued the team is “uniquely equipped” for the mission: The White House communications team will consist of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School and will take on the role of “lead spokesperson.” Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern, a graduate of Columbia Law School, and White House communications officials Alyssa Farah and Ben Williamson, who are veterans of Capitol Hill and who have unique relationships with Republican leadership in both chambers of Congress, are also on the team.

The communications team will also include White House staff who will be dedicated to a rapid response effort and research.

“We will need to be knife fighters with the opposition, and will be prepared to marshal information quickly, and disseminate it to push back on any false narratives or attacks on her and her family, because we anticipate, unfortunately, that Democrats will go there,” a senior official told Fox News.

“So we’re mounting an offensive strategy on her behalf because she is such an incredible and inspiring nominee,” the official continued. “We’ll be defending her fiercely every day.”

Another official told Fox News that the communications team intends to be “very well-synced” with Senate communicators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, the Senate Republican conference and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We will work closely with them,” the official said.

As for the Hill process, White House Counsel Pat Cippollone and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will play “integral roles.”

Senior officials told Fox News that Meadows will be tasked with prepping Barrett and shepherding her through the Senate.

“He knows exactly the senators we’ll need to win over, and the issues that matter to them,” one senior White House official told Fox News. “He knows which senators to target that could bring over votes for her, and will help her to remain independent and speak to her own judicial record to win those key votes. He’s a Capitol Hill strategist.”

As for Cippollone, an official told Fox News that he “knows what she’ll be questioned on.”

“He’ll know ways to navigate those without telegraphing too much to get through the confirmation,” another official told Fox

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Parnham House: ‘Adventure stays’ plan for arson attack estate

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image captionJames Perkins said two ceilings had fallen in since he bought the property for £2.5m in March

A Grade I-listed stately home which was largely destroyed in a suspected arson attack is to be a base for “adventure” stays and visits, its owner has said.

Parnham House, near Beaminster, Dorset, was gutted by the fire in April 2017.

Its new owner, former rave scene promoter James Perkins, said his “unusual ideas” for the estate included roaming circus performers and giraffes.

Mr Perkins said he intended to submit a planning application to Dorset Council in January.

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image captionThe blaze destroyed most of the roof and many internal floors and walls

The fire broke out in the early hours of 15 April 2017 and took four days to extinguish fully.

Previous owner Michael Treichl was arrested on suspicion of arson and was found dead two months later.

Historic England previously said the house had been unprotected for two years after the blaze,

and it feared the “likely” collapse of external walls.

Its latest report, obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act, noted collapses in 2018 or 2019 of a roof, an internal room and a chimney.

It concluded: “The need for over-roofing and scaffolding support to the internal structure is becoming more critical.”

image captionHistoric England said stabilisation work was “critical” to prevent further collapses

Mr Perkins, 51, the former head of rave promoter Fantazia, said he paid about £2.5m for the estate in March.

He said: “Since I’ve been here, two ceilings have fallen in. If you allow yourself to get downhearted then you give up.”

He said he aimed to have scaffolding erected by Christmas, after Historic England previously offered to pay for stabilisation work.

Mr Perkins, who has restored other mansions, said the main buildings could become a “Batman house” with secret doors and contraptions.

He said the 131-acre estate would be transformed into “magical gardens” for stays, visits and events, with resident acrobats and architectural follies.

The entrepreneur said he hoped to welcome the first visitors in 2021.

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