Stacey Solomon has shared her first update since giving birth to a baby boy yesterday (May 23) – on the day she was meant to have a Loose Women baby shower, no less! Stacey's partner Joe Swash announced the happy news in a touching Instagram post yesterday evening, but Stacey herself has now thanked fans for their well-wishes. In a statement shared on Loose Women, Stacey joked that she was "gutted" to be missing out on her baby shower on the show, but will be watching from home instead.
Charles Dance has revealed that he was hoping Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister would have ended up on the coveted Iron Throne at the end of Game of Thrones' final season. Appearing on Good Morning Britain to talk about his upcoming movie Godzilla: The King of Monsters, the actor - who played Tyrion's father Tywin in the hit fantasy drama - was asked about the show by hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard. The latter, who describes himself as a Thrones superfan, confessed to reading the books shortly after he finished the first season, as he couldn't get enough of the world or its characters.
Johnson, who was the face of the Vote Leave campaign, is the favourite of the Tory grassroots. Some MPs believe Johnson's populist touch is what is needed to reconnect with voters and see off the challenge from both Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage. But there are many other MPs who want to block him from becoming one of the the final two that party members can choose from - in part due to his potential support for a no-deal Brexit.
What, though, is the collective noun for transfers? By common consent it would seem to be a spree, which is what the Sun's back page suggests that Manchester City are about to indulge in as they “Sheikh it all about” and make yet another serious dent in Abu Dhabi's oil reserves. One of the players in question is Harry Maguire, who is set for yet another summer of being linked with a move to Manchester even if City's bean counters are reeling at the discovery that Leicester now value him at £90m.
Here's everything you need to know about the European election vote on Thursday. When was the vote? The polls took place in the UK on Thursday - May 23 2019.
The Duchess of Cambridge's children enjoyed visiting her Chelsea Flower Show garden so much that she reportedly snuck them in again on Thursday morning. Kate arrived with her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the space at the Royal Hospital Chelsea at 7:15 am. She told a source that the young royals had “wanted to get up early to water the garden,” according to The Sun. The children were able to enjoy their second visit to their mother's 'Back to Nature' garden in private before the doors opened at 8am and before the school run.
May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum, steps down with her central pledge - to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions - unfulfilled. It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said, adding that her successor would have to find a consensus to honour the 2016 referendum result. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said the new prime minister must hold an election to “let the people decide our country's future”.
Jose Mourinho thinks Tottenham could be set for a trophy spree if they win the Champions League against Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino is yet to win a trophy in charge of Spurs but has inspired a remarkable run to Madrid, including a thrilling comeback against Ajax. Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December, believes Spurs could be set for sustained success if they can finally land silverware next week.
The government is facing calls to launch an urgent investigation into the treatment of EU citizens in the European elections after many people reported being denied their democratic right to vote. Experts said the situation was a “scandal we knew was coming” and that the government may have a case to answer in court. The Labour MP David Lammy said the election system amounted to “ugly discrimination” for people who had endured “three years of being insulted, exploited and asked to apply to stay in their own homes”.
This week's cinema includes the spangliest pop biopic of them all, a sassy directorial debut and a contract-killer thriller. In Rocketman, Taron Egerton plays Elton John at his melodramatic, glitzy best. John Wick 3, on the other hand, sees Keanu Reeves fighting for his life in the dark Manhattan streets.
Movie insults have been a part of cinema since the very beginning. Despite the changing face of film over the decades, scriptwriters will always relish the opportunity to let their characters speak awful words they could never get away with in real life. The truth is, everybody loves a movie insult.
An Anglo-Irish Lord has suggested that farmers in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will benefit from a post-Brexit hard border by smuggling livestock back and forth over the border when the exchange rate between sterling and the euro fluctuates. Eyebrows were raised at a book launch in Piccadilly when Lord Magan opined that it would be worth jeopardising the peace process with a hard border so as to benefit from the profits afforded by said smuggling — an opinion maybe more in line with IRA paramilitaries than an aristocrat who sits in the House of Lords. Lord Magan, a retired banker and former chairman of the Conservative Party, spoke about how he had high hopes for Brexit.
Figuring out the size of pension pot you'll need for a comfortable retirement, as well as what accounts for healthy pension growth, is a tricky business. Many people don't know how much money they should be contributing to their pension pot on a monthly basis, and at what age they can hope to retire. Choosing between an annuity and "income drawdown" can also be a difficult choice: annuities tend to pay less but are guaranteed for life, while a drawdown pension is more flexible but take too much and you could burn through your capital quickly.
Theresa May is expected to set out when she will quit Number 10 after a Cabinet revolt over her Brexit plan. The Prime Minister will meet the leader of backbench Conservatives, Sir Graham Brady, on Friday to discuss her future after her authority was left in tatters following the backlash against her "new Brexit deal". The Prime Minister's private meeting with Sir Graham, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, could be the moment that Mrs May sets the date for her exit from Downing Street.
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore will raise the issue of ticket allocations with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin when the pair meet for the Champions League final in Madrid next week. Reaching a second successive final has brought more complaints from Reds fans about the number of tickets given to each side – just 16,613 for the game against Tottenham at the 64,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano on June 1. “I will see him and usually when I see Alek there are 20 things (to talk about),” said Moore, speaking at the Anfield launch of a global partnership between the LFC Foundation and Right To Play.
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A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative. Mark Sirangelo, named six weeks ago as special assistant to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left the agency as NASA abandoned a reorganization plan due to a chilly reception on Capitol Hill, Bridenstine said in a statement. Two individuals close to the space programme and familiar with the situation said Sirangelo was escorted out of NASA's headquarters in Washington on Wednesday after his resignation.
Pamela Anderson stands by friend Julian Assange after he was charged with a string of espionage charges in the US. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Anderson said people should be "more proud" of the WikiLeaks founder.
A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. Lawyers involved in the negotiations told a federal bankruptcy court judge during a hearing in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday that a breakthrough in a still-unfinished mediation had put a settlement within reach. “We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the (New York attorney general's) office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides,” said Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein.
Uber is launching an on-demand electric bike service in London as it vies to accelerate hopes for a bicycle and scooter sharing app in Britain. The bicycles, called Jump bikes, will feature on Uber's app, letting users unlock an electric bicycle capable of speeds up to 15 miles per hour. The ride-hailing giant will unleash 350 bright red Jump bikes onto the streets of the capital, starting its pilot scheme in the borough of Islington.
Thousands of young activists in Australia and New Zealand launched a global protest on Friday demanding that politicians and business leaders move swiftly to curb greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. Coordinators expect more than a million young people to join protests in at least 110 countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's demand for urgent action to slow global warming. Everytime we have a huge bushfire here another animal might go extinct,” said Nina Pasqualini, a 13-year-old at a rally in Melbourne, led by the group Extinction Rebellion.
While many gardeners prize a well-maintained lawn, conservationists are urging people to leave their mowers in the shed and count wildflowers instead. Wildflower-studded lawns are an increasingly important source of nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, wildlife charity Plantlife said. The charity is asking people to take part in a “citizen science” project to count the daisies, dandelions and other blooms on their lawn to help experts work out more precisely how important they are for nature.
Perth's Catholic archbishop, Timothy Costelloe, says forcing religious leaders in Western Australia to reveal knowledge of child sex abuse risks “interfering with the free practice of the Catholic faith” and will be ineffective – a stance that advocates say is “ignorant and pig-headed”. The state government plans to expand mandatory reporting laws to include religious leaders such as priests, ministers, imams, rabbis, pastors and Salvation Army officers. Costelloe said plans to remove legal protections around the confidentiality of religious confessions would cause “great concern and distress” to many people of faith.