No 10 party for creative industries

Andover Advertiser: There is speculation Prime Minister David Cameron may not invite singer Gary Barlow to a 10 Downing Street event after a tax controversy There is speculation Prime Minister David Cameron may not invite singer Gary Barlow to a 10 Downing Street event after a tax controversy

David Cameron is to host a reception in 10 Downing Street to celebrate the achievements of Britain's creative industries, like film, music and theatre.

The publicly-funded party - already being compared with Tony Blair's "Cool Britannia" bash at Number 10 - will take place on June 30, said the PM's official spokesman.

The spokesman declined officially to confirm the guest list, but reports suggest that big names who have been invited include Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Harry Potter star Emma Watson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave, as well as the current James Bond, Daniel Craig.

However, it is expected that Conservative-supporting singer Gary Barlow 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.

Mr Blair's 1997 party attracted high-flying British celebrities like Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, but was later seen to backfire on the then PM as invited stars later criticised his government.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing: "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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