Press Association 2014 LATEST

Sam Smith breaks transatlantic record

The Westmorland Gazette: Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

3:16pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Sam Smith is the only person to have sold one million albums on both sides of the Atlantic this year.

Government 'Spads' bill passes £8m

The Westmorland Gazette: David Cameron with his director of communications Craig Oliver

2:25pm Thursday 18th December 2014

The pay bill for ministers' special advisers has risen to more than £8 million, according to official figures.

4 million Brits abroad at Christmas

The Westmorland Gazette: As many as four million Britons will be spending the festive season abroad, according to Abta

2:13pm Thursday 18th December 2014

As many as four million Britons will head overseas over the festive period, with those staying behind facing jammed roads and disrupted rail journeys.

Oil industry 'close to collapse'

The Westmorland Gazette: Robin Allan said it is 'almost impossible to make money' with the oil price below 60 US dollars (£38) a barrel

2:13pm Thursday 18th December 2014

The UK's oil industry is "close to collapse" but the falling oil price could have a net benefit to the UK economy, according to experts.

Paula Lane 'emotional' over Corrie leave

The Westmorland Gazette: Paula Lane 'emotional' over Corrie leave

2:09pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Coronation Street actress Paula Lane has talked about Kylie Platt’s marriage disintegrating on the ITV soap.

Fresh start for EastEnders' Moons

The Westmorland Gazette: Fresh start for EastEnders' Moons

2:09pm Thursday 18th December 2014

EastEnders actor Shane Richie speaks out about Alfie and Kat Moon’s exit from Albert Square.

11 ways Star Wars fans can pass the time until The Force Awakens next year

The Westmorland Gazette: 11 ways Star Wars fans can pass the time until The Force Awakens next year

2:08pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Instead of refreshing Reddit every 10 minutes looking for new plot leaks, why not be more productive this year?

Amanda Bynes claims she is Britney Spears

The Westmorland Gazette: Amanda Bynes claims she is Britney Spears

1:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Troubled child star Amanda Bynes has declared she is Britney Spears on Twitter.

Shops braced for 'Panic Saturday'

The Westmorland Gazette: Consumers are set to splash the cash on 'Panic Saturday'

1:42pm Thursday 18th December 2014

High street spending is set to reach £1.2 billion in a single day as festive shoppers hit the stores on "Panic Saturday".

Ellie Goulding's gift of giving at Christmas

The Westmorland Gazette: Ellie Goulding's gift of giving at Christmas

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Ellie Goulding is going to spend her Christmas Eve helping others.

Could Carl Fogarty's family be the UK's answer to the Osbournes?

The Westmorland Gazette: Could Carl Fogarty's family be the UK's answer to the Osbournes?

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Carl Fogarty says he and his family are considering offers to star in a reality TV show.

Neil Gaiman is too busy to write for Doctor Who series 9

The Westmorland Gazette: Neil Gaiman is too busy to write for Doctor Who series 9

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Neil Gaiman has said he doesn’t have time to write an episode for series nine of Doctor Who.

Man held over shots near school

The Westmorland Gazette: Police said a man has been arrested close to Highcliffe School in Christchurch

1:15pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after reports that a gunman fired shots at school workmen.

Andy Serkis drops a couple of tiny hints about his Star Wars role

The Westmorland Gazette: Andy Serkis drops a couple of tiny hints about his Star Wars role

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Andy Serkis has confirmed he only plays once character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski's North Korea film shelved

The Westmorland Gazette: Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski's North Korea film shelved

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Steve Carell’s North Korea-set film with Gore Verbinski is not going ahead any more.

Miranda Hart teases Christmas special treats

The Westmorland Gazette: Miranda Hart teases Christmas special treats

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Miranda Hart’s hit sitcom is coming to an end this Christmas.

Westwood's fracking message for PM

The Westmorland Gazette: Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corre deliver an anti-fracking Christmas card for Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

1:03pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood attempted to deliver asbestos as a Christmas present to David Cameron - and told him to have sympathy because "he lost a child".

Smith hits UK/US sales landmark

The Westmorland Gazette: Sam Smith thanked all those who had bought his album

1:01pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Sam Smith has become the only artist in the world to sell one million albums in both the UK and US during 2014.

Victoria Beckham likes low-key beauty regime

The Westmorland Gazette: Victoria Beckham likes low-key beauty regime

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Victoria Beckham has said she enjoys her make-up free days and slobbing around in comfy clothes.

Katniss Everdeen has arrived... at Madame Tussauds in London

The Westmorland Gazette: Katniss Everdeen has arrived... at Madame Tussauds in London

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

New waxwork figure of the Hunger Games character has been unveiled at the museum.

Gogglebox family axed over Ukip bid

The Westmorland Gazette: Gogglebox family axed over Ukip bid

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

Councils 'pushed to breaking point'

The Westmorland Gazette: Councils will still have 'considerable spending power', ministers say

12:57pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Councils have warned that local authorities across England are being "pushed to breaking point" after the announcement of a new round of Government cuts which will force them to slice an estimated £2.6 billion from their budgets for next year.

Police probe child abuse 'murders'

The Westmorland Gazette: Dolphin Square in Pimlico, London, home of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring.

12:51pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Detectives are investigating the alleged murder of three young boys in connection with a Westminster paedophile ring and have appealed for any sexual abuse victims to come forward.

Pietersen back scoring down under

The Westmorland Gazette: Kevin Pietersen hit four sixes and two fours in his 44-ball stay

12:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Kevin Pietersen top-scored with 66 for Melbourne Stars in the opening match of the Big Bash League.

Launchbury blow for England

The Westmorland Gazette: Joe Launchbury is set to miss England's Six Nations campaign

12:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

England second row Joe Launchbury is set to miss the RBS 6 Nations campaign after Wasps announced he will face up to four months out of action following neck surgery.

Hacking journalist avoids jail term

The Westmorland Gazette: Former Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court

12:14pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A former Sunday Mirror journalist has avoided jail after he handed himself in to police to confess to hacking the phone of a soap actress.

Southampton 'not in for Sneijder'

The Westmorland Gazette: Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder will not be moving to Southampton, sources have said

11:48am Thursday 18th December 2014

Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.

Job ads just for British residents

The Westmorland Gazette: Esther McVey says the reforms have come a step closer following a decision in Brussels

11:47am Thursday 18th December 2014

Businesses are being given the choice of advertising jobs only to British residents, the Government has announced.

Apprentice fans were missing Margaret Mountford

The Westmorland Gazette: Apprentice fans were missing Margaret Mountford

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Margaret Mountford was replaced in the interview round by The Apprentice 2012 winner Ricky Martin.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent their honeymoon playing a couple in crisis

The Westmorland Gazette: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent their honeymoon playing a couple in crisis

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Angelina Jolie has talked about spending her honeymoon playing a couple in crisis with husband Brad Pitt.

OMG! There may be naked selfies of Harry Styles out there!

The Westmorland Gazette: OMG! There may be naked selfies of Harry Styles out there!

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Naked selfies of One Direction’s Harry Styles may exist – but he is keeping them under wraps.

Reverend sorry for Santa gaffe

The Westmorland Gazette: A clergywoman has admitted making a "huge mistake" about Father Christmas

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

A clergywoman has apologised after telling children that Father Christmas is not real.

Hunt defends A&E data suspension

The Westmorland Gazette: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said A&E waiting times data is never published during the Christmas period

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

NHS staff should not be forced to work over Christmas to publish A&E waiting time figures, Jeremy Hunt has said, amid claims of a festive "news blackout".

May proposes 28-day bail time limit

The Westmorland Gazette: Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on restricting the time limit for keeping people on bail to 28 days

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

Theresa May has announced plans to put a 28-day time limit on the use of police bail, following concerns that people were being left in legal limbo as proceedings dragged on for months or years.

New domestic abuse offence created

The Westmorland Gazette: Theresa May says domestic abuse is "a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims"

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

A new domestic abuse offence of "coercive and controlling behaviour" has been announced which has a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

The Westmorland Gazette: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith introduced a cap on benefit payments

10:58am Thursday 18th December 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap.

Mortgage lending falls by £1.7bn

The Westmorland Gazette: An estimated £16.9 billion of home loans were handed out in November

10:57am Thursday 18th December 2014

Mortgage lending fell by £1.7 billion in November compared with the previous month as the housing market continued to cool, banks and building societies have reported.

Christmas party season set to peak

The Westmorland Gazette: People are looking for alternatives to the traditional company Christmas party, such as a sit-down meal, venue operator Late Night London has said

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

Police, bouncers and hospital workers are gearing up for one of the busiest weekends of the year as the staff Christmas party season reaches its climax.

Sky TV duo to give 'troll' evidence

The Westmorland Gazette: The Marriott Hotel in Enderby, Leicestershire, where the body of Brenda Leyland was discovered

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

Two Sky News journalists will be called as witnesses at an inquest into the death of an alleged internet "troll" accused of abusing Madeleine McCann's parents.

Obesity 'could be disability'

The Westmorland Gazette: The ruling could force widespread changes across Europe in the way employers deal with obese staff

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

People who are obese could also be considered disabled, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Do these stats prove our Christmas number ones are getting worse?

The Westmorland Gazette: Do these stats prove our Christmas number ones are getting worse?

10:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

We don’t want to take sides. We just want to get to the bottom of this using stats. And then we’ll take sides.

Home insulation scheme extended

The Westmorland Gazette: Over a million homes have been helped by Government energy efficiency schemes, ministers say

10:41am Thursday 18th December 2014

More than 800,000 extra homes could benefit from the Government's energy saving and insulation scheme as it will be extended for a further two years, Energy Minister Amber Rudd said.

Here's what the argument about The Interview's non-release looks like

The Westmorland Gazette: Here's what the argument about The Interview's non-release looks like

10:38am Thursday 18th December 2014

People are divided and it’s definitely following a pattern.

Masterchef star Gregg Wallace to tie-the-knot again

The Westmorland Gazette: Masterchef star Gregg Wallace to tie-the-knot again

10:38am Thursday 18th December 2014

Gregg Wallace has proposed to his much younger girlfriend.

Martinez content with Everton squad

The Westmorland Gazette: The transfer window is not high up on Roberto Martinez's priority list at Everton

10:36am Thursday 18th December 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not view the approaching transfer window as a priority as he believes he has assembled a squad good enough to cope without further additions in the second half of the campaign.

Eriksen 'could become Spurs great'

The Westmorland Gazette: Christian Eriksen, pictured right, could become a Tottenham great, according to team-mate Jan Vertonghen, left

10:36am Thursday 18th December 2014

Christian Eriksen can become one of the Barclays Premier League's best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore, according to team-mate Jan Vertonghen.

Gay staff 'suffer jobs market bias'

The Westmorland Gazette: Gay and lesbian workers earn less than heterosexual counterparts and have lower job satisfaction, research has found

10:33am Thursday 18th December 2014

Gay and lesbian employees have lower job satisfaction and are more likely to be harassed in the workplace than heterosexual staff, researchers have claimed.

Stars speak out over Sony's decision to pull The Interview

The Westmorland Gazette: Stars speak out over Sony's decision to pull The Interview

12:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Ben Stiller and Rob Lowe are among the Hollywood stars to criticise the decision to pull the Sony film.

How have our Christmas number ones changed over the decades?

The Westmorland Gazette: How have our Christmas number ones changed over the decades?

10:13am Thursday 18th December 2014

From 1950s crooners to Simon Cowell’s TV talents, we look at the hallowed Christmas number one slot through the ages.

Black Friday boost for high street

The Westmorland Gazette: The Black Friday shopping surge meant retail sales climbed at their strongest pace for 11 months in November

10:01am Thursday 18th December 2014

Retail sales climbed at their strongest pace for 11 months in November as the high street was boosted by the "Black Friday" surge, official figures showed today.

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