How can I give my pal’s creepy part­ner the cold shoul­der?

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Icat­e­gor­i­cally can­not stand my friend’s new part­ner, but I can’t re­ally ex­plain why. It’s noth­ing he’s specif­i­cally done, apart from the odd com­ment; I just get a hor­ri­ble feel­ing when­ever he’s around. I’m turn­ing 50 next month and plan to throw a din­ner party at my house. Ev­ery­one will be bring­ing their part­ners, but I just don’t want this man in my house! How on earth do I ex­plain to my friend I don’t want him there?

Lisa, 49, St Ives

There is no easy way. All you can do is play it down a bit and say you just don’t gel with him. She won’t be happy, but it is your house, your big 5-0 and you have the right to say who’s in­vited. Your friend may de­cide not to at­tend as a re­sult, but bet­ter that than to have an un­com­fort­able at­mos­phere on your big night.

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