THE largest number of runners yet will be taking part in a challenge to run the same marathon every day for 10 days in an anti-clockwise direction around England’s longest lake, Windermere. The reality of participating in one of the world’s most difficult marathon challenges became real when the 20 athletes met for the first time at a training weekend in Ambleside last weekend. Since the Brathay 10in10 first took place in 2007, 104 people have completed it. The smallest cohort to run it were the seven who ran the first one. This year 20 have been offered a place. The record for the fastest time is held by Adam Holland who, in 2010, ran it in 30:24:54, averaging 3:02:05 for each marathon. The five women and 15 men from all over the country - ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s - include two runners who are local to the course. They are the general manager at the Ryebeck Hotel in Bowness, Duncan Evans – running in the MV45 category – and John McCann, … [Read more...] about Big field ready for Brathay challenge
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A DOSSIER of lurid allegations about US President Donald Trump produced by a former British spy “probably” has “some credibility”, the ex-head of MI6 said today.Sir Richard Dearlove refused to confirm or deny he knew former MI6 officer Christopher Steele – unmasked as the shadowy figure behind a folder of damaging information on the US leader.Steele claimed Russia was in possession of compromising information – known in Moscow as “Kompromat” – on Trump which could be used to blackmail or pressurise him.It included unproven claims that Trump had cavorted with Russian hookers in a hotel room, years before he rose to the presidency.Sir Richard, who ran the UK’s foreign intelligence service between 1999 and 2004, told the BBC’s Newsnight programme: “I think that there is probably some credibility to the content.“I wouldn’t put it any more forcefully than that.”Steele’s dossier claimed Trump … [Read more...] about Ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove says lurid Trump Russia ‘blackmail’ dossier ‘has some credibility’
THE Brexit bill has passed its final House of Commons hurdle tonight after MPs overturned two amendments passed by peers.The votes on the House of Lords alterations to the Article 50 legislation were passed comfortably by majorities of 48 and 45 this evening.This means the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill will go back to the upper chamber later this evening – where it is expected to be nodded through and become an act of law.This would allow the Prime Minister to kick-start our EU divorce in earnest, but Theresa May is not expected to invoke Article 50 and start negotiations until the end of March.Of the two votes tonight, the first was to overturn an amendment forcing Mrs May to guarantee the rights of EU citizens.It was passed after 335 MPs voted in favour – 319 Tories, 8 from the DUP, 6 Labour MPs, Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell, and independent MP Simon DanzczukA total of 287 MPs voted against - 210 Labour MPs, 54 from SNP, 9 Liberal … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the Brexit bill tonight? Find out who overturned two Lords amendments to Article 50 legislation
THE Brexit bill has passed its first House of Commons hurdle with an overwhelming majority after 498 MPs voted to pass it tonight.But 114 voted to block the Article 50 legislation, which will now pass to the next stage in the Parliamentary process.Those who voted against included 47 Labour MPs, 50 from SNP, 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the SDLP, the 1 Green Party MP, 2 from Plaid Cymru, 3 independent MPs, and just 1 Conservative - Ken Clarke.The MPs who voted for the bill were 319 Tories, 167 Labour MPs, 8 from the DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ukip and 1 independent MP.But which way did your own MP vote? Find out who backed it and who tried to block the triggering of our EU divorce:Alexander, Heidi (Labour) Lewisham EastAli, Rushanara (Labour) Bethnal Green and BowAllen, Graham (Labour) Nottingham NorthAllin-Khan, Dr Rosena (Labour) TootingBerger, Luciana (Labour) Liverpool, WavertreeBradshaw, Mr Ben (Labour) ExeterBrennan, Kevin (Labour) Cardiff WestBrown, Lyn (Labour) West … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the Brexit bill? Find out who backed the Article 50 legislation and who tried to block it
TONIGHT The One Show is joined by actors Sir Mark Rylance and Jack Lowden, stars of Dunkirk.Angela Scanlon and Matt Baker return on presenting duties. Here’s all you need to know…Sir Mark RylanceOscar award-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance has spent over three decades juggling work across theatre, TV and film.His latest role sees him portray a mariner and father of a soldier in Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's war movie.Sir Mark's previous screen credits include historical drama Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015.In 2016 he took on his most mainstream role to date by portraying the titular character in Steven Spielberg's The BFG.Jack LowdenThe Scottish actor, 27, is no stranger to war films having already starred in World War One drama The Passing Bells.He also featured in the BBC's adaptation of classic novel, War & Peace.Jack will play the role of Collins, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in Christopher Nolan's … [Read more...] about Who’s on The One Show tonight? Dunkirk’s Sir Mark Rylance and Jack Lowden join Matt Baker and Angela Scanlon
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill
A MAN who admitted stabbing two of his neighbours after writing up a list of people to kill has been slapped with a life sentence.Heavy cannabis user Andrew Seal, 49, killed Gwilym Jones, 73, and attempted to murder Bridie Jones, 21, in Bridgend, South Wales, in May this year.Cardiff Crown Court heard the 49-year-old had suffered a mental breakdown, and had left a list of names of people he planned to kill with notes titled “revenge planner” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” in his flat.Seal had written on one of the notes: "These bastards I am killing did very bad things to me.“I only kill the bad ones."Seal pulled on a black hat, gloves and leather jacket, and armed himself with a kitchen knife to carry out the horrific attacks on Sunday May 15 this year.Neither of his victims, who were not related, were on the lists he had created, Cardiff Crown Court heard.Seal went to Mr Jones’s home and fatally stabbed him once in the stomach, before heading to Miss … [Read more...] about Drug addict who stabbed OAP to death and seriously injured young mum after drawing up ‘revenge list’ of people to kill has been jailed for life
AN overwhelming number of MPs last night backed Theresa May’s bid to begin Brexit in three months time.The PM’s pledge to deliver on June’s landmark referendum verdict was backed by a massive majority of 372.The showdown vote - called by Mrs May to call pro-EU MPs bluff - was seen as the first crucial test of the House of Commons’ support for Britain’s EU departure, after MPs campaigned against by a ratio of two to one.Despite the Premier’s comfortable victory, 89 MPs still voted against Brexit and her timetable to begin it by March 31, 2017.And 60 more abstained, including 56 Labour MPs - leaving Brexiteer Tories to accuse them of “sabotaging democracy”.The 89 Brexit rebel MPs were 51 from the SNP, 23 Labour, five Lib Dems, three SDLP, three Plaid Cymru, two Independents, one Green – plus one Tory, ex-Cabinet minister and Ken Clarke.MPs then voted 448-75 to accept the Labour motion.Here's how they all voted... For: … [Read more...] about How did my MP vote in the Parliament motion on Article 50 and Brexit?
THE live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast is released in UK cinemas today - for fans eagerly anticipating the new version of the 1991 Oscar-winning classic animation the wait is finally over.Not that everybody is thrilled, however – the revelation that the film would include an "exclusively gay moment" led to an American Christian drive-in cinema and RUSSIA threatening to ban it.Here is all you need to know about what looks like one of 2017's blockbuster releases:Beauty and the Beast will be released in the UK on Friday March 17 - TODAY!Initially, fans were only given brief glimpses into Belle's world and Emma Watson's singing skills.However, as the clock ticked towards the film's release, they were treated to a fuller, more colourful new trailer and a better look at their beloved characters:Beauty and the Beast tells the tale of a beautiful and bright young woman called Belle who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his dark but enchanted castle … [Read more...] about When is Beauty and the Beast released in the UK, who do Dan Stevens and Emma Watson play and is there a trailer?
THE Brexit bill has passed its final House of Commons hurdle tonight with an majority of 372 after 494 MPs voted in favour.But 122 chose to block the Article 50 legislation, which will now pass to the next stage in the Parliamentary process in the House of Lords.Those who voted against included 52 Labour MPs, 52 from SNP, 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the SDLP, the 1 Green Party MP, 3 from Plaid Cymru, 3 independent MPs, and just 1 Conservative – Ken Clarke.The MPs who voted for the bill were 320 Tories, 162 Labour MPs, 8 from the DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ukip and 1 independent MP. But which way did your own MP vote? Find out who backed it and who tried to block the triggering of our EU divorce:Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Scottish National Party - Ochil and South Perthshire)Heidi Alexander (Labour - Lewisham East)Rushanara Ali (Labour - Bethnal Green and Bow)Mr Graham Allen (Labour - Nottingham North)Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour - Tooting)Richard Arkless (Scottish … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the Brexit bill tonight? Find out who backed the Article 50 legislation and who tried to block it during the third reading