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Jameela Jamil and Paul Mescal led the Brits for the virtual 72nd Emmys ceremony on Sunday night.

The actress, 34, whose show The Good Place is up for several awards, swapped her usual red carpet glamour for pyjamas and a sequin dressing gown.

Irish heartthrob and Normal People’s nominee Paul Mescal, 24, meanwhile, was dressed to impress in a Louis Vuitton suit as he posed on the stairs ahead of the show. 

Relaxing: Jameela Jamil (pictured) and Paul Mescal led the Brits for the virtual 72nd Emmys ceremony on Sunday night

Relaxing: Jameela Jamil (pictured) and Paul Mescal led the Brits for the virtual 72nd Emmys ceremony on Sunday night

Relaxing: Jameela Jamil (pictured) and Paul Mescal led the Brits for the virtual 72nd Emmys ceremony on Sunday night

Jameela looked sensational as she awaited the show which will see host Jimmy Kimmel host from LA’s Staples Centre.

She posed up a storm in sustainable company JJwinks’ Slumber Party Top and Happy Hour Pant pyjamas, perfect for staying comfortable while watching several hours of exciting awards coverage.

Making sure to still dress up slightly for the occasion, the Good Place star added a sequin dressing gown to complete her ensemble.  

Dapper: Irish heartthrob and Normal People's nominee Paul Mescal, 24, meanwhile, was dressed to impress in a Louis Vuitton suit as he posed on the stairs ahead of the show

Dapper: Irish heartthrob and Normal People's nominee Paul Mescal, 24, meanwhile, was dressed to impress in a Louis Vuitton suit as he posed on the stairs ahead of the show

Dapper: Irish heartthrob and Normal People’s nominee Paul Mescal, 24, meanwhile, was dressed to impress in a Louis Vuitton suit as he posed on the stairs ahead of the show

Over the moon: Paul wrote: 'This is nuts. I am wearing @louisvuitton on my stairs for the Emmys! Best of luck to all the nominees x'

Over the moon: Paul wrote: 'This is nuts. I am wearing @louisvuitton on my stairs for the Emmys! Best of luck to all the nominees x'

Over the moon: Paul wrote: ‘This is nuts. I am wearing @louisvuitton on my stairs for the Emmys! Best of luck to all the nominees x’

Getting glam: The actress, 34, whose show The Good Place is up for several awards, swapped her usual red carpet glamour for pyjamas and a sequin dressing gown

Getting glam: The actress, 34, whose show The Good Place is up for several awards, swapped her usual red carpet glamour for pyjamas and a sequin dressing gown

Getting glam: The actress, 34, whose show The Good Place is up for several awards, swapped her usual red carpet glamour for pyjamas and a sequin dressing gown

Enjoying it: Jameela said watching the show from her home in pyjamas was her 'kind of vibes'

Enjoying it: Jameela said watching the show from her home in pyjamas was her 'kind of vibes'

Enjoying it: Jameela said watching the show from her home in pyjamas was her ‘kind of vibes’ 

Alongside her stunning snap, Jameela penned: ‘No bra? No heels? NO PROBLEM. 

‘Wearing PJ’s to the 72nd Emmy awards (from my house) is my kind of vibes. Excited to see if we win any of the 7 awards we have been nominated for!!!!

‘I still did my make up and wore a sequin dressing gown, because… It’s what Tahani would have wanted. And this is her day, not mine.’

Time to get ready: The star shared that she was feeling excited ahead of the show

Time to get ready: The star shared that she was feeling excited ahead of the show

Prep: She revealed she was going to put some makeup on to watch from home

Prep: She revealed she was going to put some makeup on to watch from home

Time to get ready: The star shared that she was feeling excited ahead of the show and was going to put some makeup on to watch from home 

While on her previous post Jameela wrote: ‘Getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff.’ 

Jameela’s show The Good Place, in which she plays character Tahani Al-Jamil, is up for several awards during the night including Outstanding Comedy Series. 

The actress, who was appearing on video from her home in LA in an interview with E!, said although she was ‘sad’ not to be at the Staples Centre, it was the ‘most comfortable I have ever been at the Emmys’. 

Looking good: Jameela appeared to be in good spirits as she gave a thumbs up while appearing on E! during Sunday night

Looking good: Jameela appeared to be in good spirits as she gave a thumbs up while appearing on E! during Sunday night

Looking good: Jameela appeared to be in good spirits as she gave a thumbs up while appearing on E! during Sunday night

Normal People’s Irish star Paul, meanwhile, scored his nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Connell, but his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones and the BBC show were snubbed, a decision he previously insisted was ‘disappointing’. 

The actor is competing against Jeremy Irons for Watchmen, while The Crown’s Helena Bonham Carter and Westworld actress Thandie Newton go head to head for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series prize.

Ahead of the ceremony, he shared uploaded the black and white snap of himself in the designer two-piece suit and wrote: ‘This is nuts. I am wearing @louisvuitton on my stairs for the Emmys! Best of luck to all the nominees x’. 

Talking about his nomination and co-star Daisy’s, 22, snub, Paul previously told Just Jared: ‘It’s disappointing because I would love to have shared that with her.’  

Paul also revealed that the first person he wanted to tell about his exciting Emmy nomination was his mother but he couldn’t get in touch.

Shocked: Earlier this month, Paul admitted that his co-star Daisy's Emmy snub was 'disappointing'

Shocked: Earlier this month, Paul admitted that his co-star Daisy's Emmy snub was 'disappointing'

Shocked: Earlier this month, Paul admitted that his co-star Daisy’s Emmy snub was ‘disappointing’ 

He added: ‘I was trying to voice call everybody on a WhatsApp group, but nobody was picking up. 

‘I think they were all kind of scared. When I got everybody on the call, it was pretty amazing. My brother who never cries was crying.’

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place with a largely virtual ceremony due to the pandemic on Sunday night.

Producers have sent over 130 home video kits to stars for their remote speeches, and Jimmy Kimmel will anchor the show from the Staples Centre as other presenters are set to deliver gongs to some of winners’ homes in full tuxedo hazmat gear. 

Host Jimmy, 52, admitted the traditional glitz and glamour could end up a ‘beautiful disaster’ as the Emmys becomes the latest major awards show to grapple with holding a ceremony during a still-raging pandemic.

Choosing the comedian to emcee the ceremony reverses course from last year’s no-host ceremony. 

Jimmy is no stranger to hosting the gala event as he has served as master of ceremonies at the 64th in 2012 and 68th Emmy Awards in 2016.

Very cool! Jameela donned a sparkling sequin dressing gown in pastel colours of yellow, blue and pink for her home-viewing of the awards

Very cool! Jameela donned a sparkling sequin dressing gown in pastel colours of yellow, blue and pink for her home-viewing of the awards

Very cool! Jameela donned a sparkling sequin dressing gown in pastel colours of yellow, blue and pink for her home-viewing of the awards

Stunning: She added a full face of makeup including a touch of eye-liner and lipstick

Stunning: She added a full face of makeup including a touch of eye-liner and lipstick

Stunning: She added a full face of makeup including a touch of eye-liner and lipstick

The entertainment industry has restarted production following a lengthy shutdown of Hollywood to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

A first look at the special gear revealed presenters protective attire – a typical black hazmat suit with an oversized black bowtie over a triangular patch of white dress shirt with white sleeve cuffs.

Costume designer Katja Cahill and producer Guy Carrington worked with a hazmat manufacturer on the custom look. 

Executive producer Reggie Hudlin previously guaranteed an entertaining show, telling Variety: ‘From category to category, it’s going to change throughout the broadcast. 

Role: Jameela plays Tahani Al-Jamil in The Good Place and the series is up for several awards during the night including Outstanding Comedy Series (pictured at a show panel in 2018)

Role: Jameela plays Tahani Al-Jamil in The Good Place and the series is up for several awards during the night including Outstanding Comedy Series (pictured at a show panel in 2018)

Role: Jameela plays Tahani Al-Jamil in The Good Place and the series is up for several awards during the night including Outstanding Comedy Series (pictured at a show panel in 2018)

Unusual look: Presenters will wear protective attire which looks similar to a tuxedo with a white dress shirt with white sleeve cuffs during the event

Unusual look: Presenters will wear protective attire which looks similar to a tuxedo with a white dress shirt with white sleeve cuffs during the event

Unusual look: Presenters will wear protective attire which looks similar to a tuxedo with a white dress shirt with white sleeve cuffs during the event

‘Some of them may not work, but we said, ‘Let’s just experiment and have the audience a little more on the edge of their seats.”

Although Reggie added that technical difficulties will likely arise, funnyman Kimmy is gearing up to keep audiences entertained as he added: ‘I think he’s hoping things go wrong. 

‘If we’re in someone’s house and something extraordinary happens, why would you want to cut it off? 

‘We’re thankful ABC understands our problem. It could come way under, it could go over. It might be on time. I think that’s unlikely.’

Leading the Brits are Olivia Colman and Jodie Comer, who are competing for the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for their portrayals as the Queen in The Crown and Oksana Astankova/Villanelle in Killing Eve respectively.  

Let the crazy begin! Jimmy Kimmel will host the awards from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles but the nominees will be on video link from their own homes and there will be no live audience

Let the crazy begin! Jimmy Kimmel will host the awards from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles but the nominees will be on video link from their own homes and there will be no live audience

Let the crazy begin! Jimmy Kimmel will host the awards from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles but the nominees will be on video link from their own homes and there will be no live audience

Screen stars Olivia and Jodie will compete with other big names in the business, including Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show; Laura Linney, Ozark; Sandra Oh, Killing Eve; and Zendaya, Euphoria.   

Other British nominees include Succession stars Brian Cox and Matthew Macfadyen, who have scooped nominations in the Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series categories respectively.

Outstanding drama series, considered by many the biggest award on the night, will this year feature The Crown, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, Stranger Things and Succession. 

Jennifer Aniston is nominated for her role in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, Laura Linney is up for Ozark and Comer’s Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh also grabbed a nod. 

HBO’s Watchmen is the most nominated show, with 26 nods, including for outstanding limited series. 

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards winners

Outstanding Drama Series 

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Stranger Things

Succession

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place

Insecure

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

What We Do in the Shadows

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America

Unbelievable

Unorthodox

Watchmen

 

Lead Actor, Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

 

Lead Actress, Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria

 

Lead Actor, Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

 

Lead Actress, Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

 

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

 

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen

Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere 

 

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

 

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Julia Garner, Ozark

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Sarah Snook, Succession

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

 

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Betty Gilpin, Glow

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

 

TV Movie

American Son

Bad Education

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend   

 

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie 

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

 

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

 

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

Reality Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

 

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Drunk History

Saturday Night Live  

Reality Host 

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

RuPaul, Drag Race

 

Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow

Love Is Blind

Queer Eye

Shark Tank

A Very Brady Renovation

 

Unstructured Reality Program

Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night

Cheer

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked

We’re Here

 

Guest Actress, Comedy

Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Bette Midler, The Politician

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

 

Guest Actor, Comedy

Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live

Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live

Dev Patel, Modern Love

Fred Willard, Modern Family

 

Guest Actress, Drama

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black

Cherry Jones, Succession

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Harriet Walter, Succession

 

Guest Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, The Outsider

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

James Cromwell, Succession

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror

Martin Short, The Morning Show

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters

Hillary

McMillion$

The Last Dance

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Apollo

Beastie Boys Story

Becoming

The Great Hack

Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time

 

Animated Program

Big Mouth

Bob’s Burgers

BoJack Horseman

Rick And Morty

The Simpsons

 

Writing for a Comedy Series

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Happy Ending)

Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, What We Do In The Shadows (Collaboration)

Tony McNamara, The Great (The Great)

Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows (On The Run)

Michael Schur, The Good Place (Whenever You’re Ready)

Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows (Ghosts)

David West Read, Schitt’s Creek (The Presidential Suite)

 

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (This Is Not for Tears)

Miki Johnson, Ozark (Fire Pink)

Peter Morgan, The Crown (Aberfan)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (All In)

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (Bad Choice Road)

John Shiban, Ozark (Boss Fight)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (Bagman)

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)

 

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (This Is Not for Tears)

Miki Johnson, Ozark (Fire Pink)

Peter Morgan, The Crown (Aberfan)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (All In)

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (Bad Choice Road)

John Shiban, Ozark (Boss Fight)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (Bagman)

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)

Ben Semanoff, Ozark (Su Casa Es Mi Casa)

 

Directing for a Limited Series

Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People (Episode 5)

Steph Green, Watchmen (Little Fear Of Lightning)

Nicole Kassell, Watchmen (It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice)

Maria Schrader, Unorthodox

Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere (Find A Way)

Stephen Williams, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

 

Directing for a Variety Series

Dime Davis, A Black Lady Sketch Show, (Born At Night, But Not Last Night)

Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Live Show; Chris Christie; Nathaniel Rateliff)

Linda Mendoza, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready (Flame Monroe)

David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus)

Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Episode 629)

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (Host: Eddie Murphy)

 

 

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 IT’S the unfinished Michelangelo masterpiece that experts reckon may be worth up to £100million.

But the Royal Academy may have to sell its prized marble sculpture as 150 gallery staff face redundancy, it is claimed.

The 515-year-old sculpture, known as the Taddei Tondo, was given to the London gallery in 1829 to inspire the academy’s schools after the death of owner Lady Margaret Beaumont.

Like many arts institutions, the Royal Academy has seen its finances badly hit by the pandemic and has been forced to consider lay-offs.

Masterpiece: A gallery staff member with the Michelangelo Taddei Tondo

Masterpiece: A gallery staff member with the Michelangelo Taddei Tondo

Masterpiece: A gallery staff member with the Michelangelo Taddei Tondo

As a result, a group of Royal Academicians could argue that instead of cutting jobs, the institution should consider selling the Tondo – the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in the UK.

One anonymous Academician told The Observer: ‘The sale of the Tondo has already been discussed. 

It is worth so much, it could save jobs and get the RA out of the financial mess they have got themselves into.’

The sculpture’s value remains a closely guarded secret but in 2017 The Art Newspaper claimed that it would fetch at least £100million if sold.

It has been reported that those at the Royal Academy who support the controversial rescue suggestion have called for a special meeting. 

But, it is said, they have been met with resistance from president Rebecca Salter, and from the executive, apparently ‘horrified’ by the idea of selling something so iconic.

It is hoped by some Academicians that the suggested sale will be discussed at a virtual annual general meeting of members due this week. 

But a spokesman for the RA told The Observer it ‘has no intention of selling any works in its collection’.

The Taddei Tondo, featuring the infant St John the Baptist, and the infant Christ with the Virgin Mary, was carved  between 1504 and 1505.

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Hundreds of victims of the Post Office IT scandal will be excluded from a new compensation scheme.

Over 15 years, postmasters were sacked, bankrupted or wrongfully convicted after bosses pursued them for money ‘missing’ from their accounts.

But it later emerged that shortfalls at local branches, some running to more than £100,000, were likely to be the result of flaws in the Horizon computer system.

People queue outside a branch of the Post Office near London Bridge, London, in May. The Post Office's new compensation scheme for workers affected by the IT scandal will exclude shop workers and 555 postmasters who won a High Court battle last year. Close to 2,200 victims put in claims to the Historic Shortfall Scheme but the Post Office says postmasters are ineligible because of the £85m settlement they were awarded.

People queue outside a branch of the Post Office near London Bridge, London, in May. The Post Office's new compensation scheme for workers affected by the IT scandal will exclude shop workers and 555 postmasters who won a High Court battle last year. Close to 2,200 victims put in claims to the Historic Shortfall Scheme but the Post Office says postmasters are ineligible because of the £85m settlement they were awarded.

People queue outside a branch of the Post Office near London Bridge, London, in May. The Post Office’s new compensation scheme for workers affected by the IT scandal will exclude shop workers and 555 postmasters who won a High Court battle last year. Close to 2,200 victims put in claims to the Historic Shortfall Scheme but the Post Office says postmasters are ineligible because of the £85m settlement they were awarded.

Critics said it was unfair and worrying that the new scheme excludes Post Office workers in shops and 555 postmasters who won a High Court fight last year.

At the same time, the Post Office faces a fresh court challenge from a postmaster who said the scheme ‘is rogue and will not deliver justice’.

Father-of-three Chirag Sidhpura, 37, claims bosses have never proven he was at fault for a £57,000 loss found in 2017.

It led to him being sacked from his branch in Farncombe, Surrey, and he said: ‘Overnight I lost everything.’

There are also concerns that postmasters will have to sign gagging clauses, known as non-disclosure agreements, to get their cash.

The Historical Shortfall Scheme closed to applicants last month as the Post Office tries to draw a line under the scandal dubbed the UK’s biggest miscarriage of justice.

Close to 2,200 victims put in claims, taking the total number of those who could have lost out to more than 2,755.

But the Post Office, wholly owned by the Government, says the postmasters in the High Court case are not eligible as they won a settlement of £58million.

However, most of this went to legal funders and lawyers’ fees.

Post Office workers in shops are also not eligible as their contract of employment was with companies such as McColl’s, WH Smith and the Co-op, not the central Post Office company.

Tory peer Lord Arbuthnot said: ‘This compensation scheme is designed to save the Post Office’s face rather than to give genuine compensation to those who really need and deserve it.’

Karl Turner MP, Labour’s former legal spokesman, said: ‘This risks becoming yet another betrayal.’

A previous mediation bid collapsed after losing the confidence of postmasters in 2015.

The new scheme runs parallel to postmasters’ attempts to overturn their convictions. In June, the cases of 47 found guilty of false accounting, theft or fraud were sent to the Court of Appeal while the Post Office is reviewing 960 convictions.

The Post Office said it was committed to resolving claims fairly. 

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