PUBLISHED: 15:53 27 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 27 December 2018 Paul Steward Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born. The movie could be in line for multiple Oscars: Best film, best director, best actor and best actress Archant Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israe" and Richard E. Grant as Jack Hock in Can you Ever Forgive MeAs the year draws to a close, attention in the movie world turns to next year’s Oscars ceremony. Here are the top contenders and my predictions for who will collect the coveted Academy awards.Best PictureBradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born is the current front runner for best picture and could be in the running for a number of awards.Ryan Gosling in First Man, the film which could win Damien Chazelle an Oscar for Best DirectorIts main competition comes from Peter Farrelly’s Green book staring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. This film doesn’t land in the UK until February, but tells the tale … [Read more...] about And the winner is…film critic PAUL STEWARD looks into his crystal ball for the 2019 Oscars
A cross-party group of MPs is demanding new powers that would force witnesses to give evidence before parliament or face possible imprisonment, as anger grows over the refusal of the former Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings, to answer claims that the organisation that helped to deliver Brexit broke electoral law. Pressure for parliament to be able to force attendance is coming from senior parliamentarians, including the chairs of several powerful select committees. A parliamentary report from the all-party digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee is also expected to call for parliament to have the ability to demand attendance, backed by the threat of sanctions, this week. Anger at Cummings’s refusal to come before MPs has intensified since Vote Leave was fined £61,000 and referred to the police after the Electoral Commission found last week that it had broken electoral law. The watchdog ruled it had exceeded its £7m spending limit by funnelling … [Read more...] about Brexit campaign chief must be hauled before Commons, say MPs
Lab Ms Diane Abbott Hackney North and Stoke Newington Y Lab Debbie Abrahams Oldham East and Saddleworth A Lab Rushanara Ali Bethnal Green and Bow Y Lab Dr Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Y Lab Mike Amesbury Weaver Vale Y Lab Tonia Antoniazzi Gower Y Lab Jonathan Ashworth Leicester South Y Lab Ian Austin Dudley North Y Lab Mr Adrian Bailey West Bromwich West Y Lab Sir Kevin Barron Rother Valley Y Lab Margaret Beckett Derby South Y Lab Hilary Benn Leeds Central Y Lab Luciana Berger Liverpool, Wavertree Y Lab Mr Clive Betts Sheffield South East Y Lab Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods City of Durham Y Lab Paul Blomfield Sheffield Central Y Lab Tracy Brabin Batley and Spen Y Lab Mr Ben Bradshaw Exeter Y Lab Kevin Brennan Cardiff West Y Lab Mr Nicholas Brown Newcastle upon Tyne East Y Lab Chris Bryant … [Read more...] about Trade bill: did your MP back the customs union amendment?
Two years ago people in North Staffordshire voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the European Union, with Leave winning the national referendum 52 per cent to 48. With less than nine months to go until Brexit Day, last Friday it appeared that Theresa May’s government had finally reached an agreement on what Brexit would actually mean, following the Cabinet ‘away day’ at Chequers. But the shock departure of both Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – two of the leading Brexiteers in the Cabinet - is threatening to throw everything up in the air again, with Mrs May's future as PM also in doubt. The Chequers plan has been described as the ‘softest Brexit possible’, with a ‘common rule book’ being maintained for goods (but not services) – meaning the UK will have to continue following EU regulations after Brexit but without the ability to influence them. This was the final straw for Mr Davis and Mr … [Read more...] about What sort of Brexit are we going to get?
The wife of a PTSD-stricken soldier who has tried to kill himself twice has told of her despair at the lack of support. Kate England says she’s been told the NHS’s new mental health scheme to save veterans can’t help husband James, 36, because his post-traumatic stress disorder is too severe. She adds his local NHS mental health trust says it cannot help either because its psychiatrists don’t have the expertise to treat PTSD. But she says the Ministry of Defence deems dad-of-four James’s PTSD has such little impact, he only deserves the lowest rate of war pension. “I’m so frustrated, I don’t know where to go for help,” said Kate, 39. “How can someone who has put his life on the line for his country be let down so badly? He has friends who have been blown up, he has seen things nobody should ever have to see. “I’m constantly terrified he will do something stupid. Yet there is no support for him or our family.” … [Read more...] about Wife of hero soldier who tried to kill himself slams lack of support