• 30 minutes of morning exercise ‘cuts blood pressure’

    30 minutes of morning exercise ‘cuts blood pressure’

    • February 20, 2019

    By Jane Kirby, Press Association Health Editor Just 30 minutes of exercise every morning may be as effective as drugs at lowering blood pressure for the rest of the day, research suggests. A study found that a short burst of exercise – in this case, walking on a treadmill at moderate intensity – had long-lasting

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  • Tory and Labour parties being manipulated by fringe opinion – Sir John Major

    Tory and Labour parties being manipulated by fringe opinion – Sir John Major

    • February 20, 2019

    Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said the Tory and Labour parties are both being manipulated by fringe opinion as he launched a blistering attack on hardline Conservative Brexiteers. Sir John branded some members of the Jacob Rees-Mogg-led European Research Group (ERG) as “zealots” who are determining Government policy through intransigence. Speaking on Tuesday at

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  • EU proposes emissions standards for trucks

    EU proposes emissions standards for trucks

    • February 19, 2019

    By Raf Casert, Associated Press The European Union has reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down. The agreement among negotiators from the European Parliament and member states says that such emissions for new trucks will have to be 30% down by 2030 compared

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  • Bob Marley among famous figures commemorated with blue plaques in 2019

    Bob Marley among famous figures commemorated with blue plaques in 2019

    • February 19, 2019

    By Emily Beament, Press Association Heritage Correspondent Musician Bob Marley, traveller and diplomat Gertrude Bell and novelist Angela Carter are among the famous figures being commemorated with blue plaques this year, English Heritage said. The London homes of a leading female war correspondent, the first woman to qualify as a dentist in Britain and a

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  • No-deal Brexit would be ‘stuff of nightmares’ for farmers, industry warns

    No-deal Brexit would be ‘stuff of nightmares’ for farmers, industry warns

    • February 19, 2019

    By Emily Beament, Press Association Environment Correspondent A no-deal Brexit is the “stuff of nightmares” for British farmers, industry leaders have warned. National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters said it was “absolutely shocking” that it was still not clear to farmers what trade conditions they would be operating in or what Britain’s future agricultural policy

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  • EU warns it will not reopen agreement on Irish backstop

    EU warns it will not reopen agreement on Irish backstop

    • February 19, 2019

    By Gavin Cordon and David Hughes, Press Association Political Staff The European Commission has issued a fresh warning that it will not reopen the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement as Theresa May prepared for further talks in Brussels. The Prime Minister will meet commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in the Belgian capital on Wednesday evening, commission chief spokesman

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