Belfast Telegraph

Barlow 'left off' PM's party list

Gary Barlow looks set to be left off the guest list when the Prime Minister invites a host of famous faces to a reception at Downing Street celebrating Britain's creative industries.

David Cameron is following in former PM Tony Blair's footsteps and having a party at Number 10 to celebrate achievements in industries such as film, music and theatre.

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Harry Potter star Emma Watson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in Oscar-winning film Twelve Years A Slave and current James Bond star Daniel Craig are reported to be among the stars on the guest list for the swanky bash.

But apparently Conservative-supporting Take That singer Gary may not receive an invitation, after he was mired in controversy over a tax avoidance scheme.

Other stars believed to have been invited include Australian-born Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, pop star Eliza Doolittle, X Factor supremo Simon Cowell and classical singers Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins.

Tony Blair made headlines for his "Cool Britannia" party in Downing Street in 1997, inviting high-flying British celebrities like Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. But it was seen to backfire on the then PM as star guests later criticised his government.

Some of those invited, such as Dame Helen Mirren and Ralph Fiennes, attended the original thrown by the Blairs.

Glastonbury Festival boss Emily Eavis, Sam Mendes, Harvey Goldsmith, Ridley Scott and Alan Parker are also thought to have been invited, along with Clare Balding - a recent guest at the Primer MInister's country residence Chequers - Fearne Cotton and Cat Deeley.

The publicly-funded party will take place on June 30.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said: "We can be very proud of the British creative industries' track record in a whole range of media. I think it is right that the Government supports that work and recognises that work."


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