Brits tipped for Oscar success
DANIEL Day-Lewis is odds on to complete an Oscars hat-trick after he was nominated for best actor for his performance in US historical drama Lincoln.
It is the British-born star's fifth nomination in the category which he has already won twice - in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will be Blood.
Also nominated are fellows Brits Naomi Watts, pictured above, who is recognised for her role in The Impossible, with a nod in the best actress category and all-conquering pop megastar Adele who is nominated for her Bond theme Skyfall.
MPs have been accused of living in "cloud cuckoo land" after demanding their salaries are hiked by a third to £86,000.
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An anonymous survey for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) also found 35% believe they deserve to keep gold-plated pensions.
Some politicians complained in their responses that the watchdog's review of their pay and perks was not considering issues such as how often they were asked for "raffle donations".
Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen also waded into the row this evening by insisting the "vast majority" of the public did not consider £65,000 a year "a lot of money" - even though it is more than double the average wage.
a raft of fresh prison closures will see some 2,600 inmate places cut in Britain, the justice secretary said yesterday as he unveiled tentative plans for the nation's biggest jail.
Six prisons will shut by the end of March and three jails will be partially closed as part of a far-reaching overhaul that could put more than 1,000 jobs at risk.
The drop in inmate places will be offset by four new mini-prisons, with room for 1,260 offenders, while a feasibility study for a 2,000 capacity super-prison was launched.
Four men have been arrested by detectives investigating travel to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity.
A 33-year-old man was arrested at Gatwick Airport at 4.17pm on Wednesday as he attempted to take a flight out of UK, a statement from the Metropolitan Police said. Between 6am and 6.30am..., three other men – an 18-year-old, a 31-year-old and a 22-year-old – were arrested at separate addresses in east London.