• 'Wives of Westminster' website launched by Tory MP's spouse accused of 'sexism'
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    'Wives of Westminster' website launched by Tory MP's spouse accused of 'sexism'

    Newly-created Wives of Westminster lifestyle website set up the partner of a Conservative MP has been described as "sexist".Set up by Nevena Bridgen, who married the Tory MP Andrew Bridgen in 2017, the website boasts to be a "digital home to all fashionable, sophisticated women with brains, hearts and style"."The Wives of Westminster take a kind-spirited, open-minded, feel good, nourishing inside and out, purpose-centric approach to a meaningful life," the newly-launched website states," it claims. "Our themes revolve around the lifestyle of the Wives of Westminster: women empowerment, modern family, careers, wellness, purpose, kid-friendly lifestyle."But in response to the website, the Labour MP Rachel Reeves said: "I'm sorry but 100 years since women started to take seats in parliament is this actually for real? "Women of Westminster are legislators, policy makers and great constituency MPs. Let's celebrate them however wonderful some MPs' wives (or husbands) might be."Steve Lader - the husband of the Conservative MP Tracey Crouch - added: "What a load of sexist, backward thinking nonsense! You need to have a very long think about what you are all about. You may be shocked to discover there are some women MPs these days."In response to the criticism, Ms Bridgen said: "It is a sad day for the Labour Party when their MPs criticise women for discussing issues such as gender equality and the provision of baby changing facilities for fathers. Perhaps the socialists think they own these topics, I can assure them that they don’t."To quote Madeleine Albright: There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. The Labour MP Rachel Reeves along with her colleagues, holders of the political office, is attacking a working woman, a mother, a wife, an opera artist and my freedom of expression. They feel threatened that a Tory political spouse is talking about women empowerment, equal pay and is focusing on female-centric stories."I've challenged their stereotype about what according to them, a Tory political spouse is supposed to be. The Wives of Westminster project is reaching out for equality."Posts shared on the website's affiliated Instagram page include a "shopping column" with an image of a £3,000 blazer, a £525 pair of shoes and a handbag on sale for over £700. > View this post on Instagram> > My first shocking experience of the “be quiet” role that the wife should have, happened when a respected senior politician that I’ve held in high regard, told me to “shush“ over expressing my opinion about the free movement after Brexit.twow> > A post shared by The Wives Of Westminster (@twowhashtag) on May 5, 2019 at 10:02am PDT

  • Meghan Markle's family: The diplomat uncle, the yoga teacher mother and the cannabis-growing nephew
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    Meghan Markle's family: The diplomat uncle, the yoga teacher mother and the cannabis-growing nephew

    It's not every day the meeting of a make-up artist and a lighting director sets the scene for a royal love story, but that's exactly what happened in Meghan Markle's case.

  • Ice cream vans banned by London councils over environmental concerns
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    Ice cream vans banned by London councils over environmental concerns

    Ice cream vans are being banned from parts of London because they pump out “harmful” chemicals that damage people’s health and are toxic for the environment, strict new rules say. Westminster council, which suffers from the worst air pollution in the country, has also recently been working to deter vehicles from running an engine when a vehicle has stopped, particularly around schools. The council wants to get ice cream vans, whose engines run for long periods of time, hooked up to alternative supply sources.

  • Parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons, Education Secretary says
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    Parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons, Education Secretary says

    The Education Secretary has said that parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons, as he warns that “myths” are being spread about the content of the classes.

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    Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into Frogmore Cottage in time for royal baby

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex can start putting the finishing touches to the baby's nursery with the news they're finally in their new home. It is understood the couple have now moved into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate with only weeks to go until their first child is due to be born. It officially marks the couple's move away from Kensington Palace where Harry enjoyed his time as a bachelor before Meghan moved in with him at the estate's Nottingham Cottage in 2017.

  • New figures reveal the weaker sex - why men die younger than women
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    New figures reveal the weaker sex - why men die younger than women

    Women live longer than men everywhere in the world – and the difference is particularly stark in high-income countries like Britain, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • New York county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid severe measles outbreak
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    New York county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid severe measles outbreak

    A New York county hit by a measles outbreak declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.

  • Cloth nappies trend sees sustainable parents paying hundreds for trendy nappies
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    Cloth nappies trend sees sustainable parents paying hundreds for trendy nappies

    It is a parenting trend aimed at saving both the planet and a few extra pennies.

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    Cervical cancer home-test kits could be a 'game-changer'

    Women are going to be offered the chance to carry out smear tests in the comfort of their own homes in a drive to reduce the number of women skipping their cervical cancer screenings. The DIY kits test for human papillomavirus (HPV) - the virus that causes 99% of cervical cancer cases - which is often spread through sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact of the genital areas. The government's former cancer tsar, Professor Sir Mike Richards, told MPs on Wednesday on the Public Accounts Committee the that the home kits had "great promise".

  • How the Spring Equinox marks the changing seasons
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    How the Spring Equinox marks the changing seasons

    Britons may still be feeling the cold, but not for much longer as today is the astronomical beginning of spring, marking the start of longer days, new blooms and warmer weather.

  • Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds
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    Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds

    More than a quarter of women have been forced to miss work or school because they cannot afford period products, a new poll has found. In total, 27 per cent had been forced to miss school or work – a figure far higher than the one in 10 previously thought affected by the problem of period poverty. Sanitary products are classed as a “luxury, non-essential item” in the UK and subject to a 5 per cent tax.

  • Chinese New Year 2019: Pigs, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children
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    Chinese New Year 2019: Pigs, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children

    Chinese New Year is here – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.

  • Women stay sharper than men in old age because their brains 'are four years younger', study finds
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    Women stay sharper than men in old age because their brains 'are four years younger', study finds

    Men’s brains are nearly four years “older” than those of females the same age, explaining why women stay sharper for longer in old age, according to new research.

  • Duchess of Sussex 'planning to give birth on Lindo Wing' as staff are advised not to take holiday
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    Duchess of Sussex 'planning to give birth on Lindo Wing' as staff are advised not to take holiday

    Staff at the Lindo Wing have been advised not to take holiday in the spring, sparking speculation the Duchess of Sussex plans to have their baby there.

  • Warning over first case of 'super-gonorrhoea' acquired in the UK
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    Warning over first case of 'super-gonorrhoea' acquired in the UK

    Health officials are warning of the first case of super-gonorrhoea which has been found to be acquired in the UK.

  • Heathrow drone: Passengers delayed as flights grounded at UK's busiest airport
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    Heathrow drone: Passengers delayed as flights grounded at UK's busiest airport

    Hundreds of passengers suffered disrupted journeys after sightings of a suspected drone grounded flights for around an hour at Britain's busiest airport. Heathrow suspended departures after a gadget was spotted in the air near the take-off point on one of its two runways. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said he was preparing to deploy the same military technology used at Gatwick if the west London hub required it to keep planes flying.

  • Heathrow airport departures stopped after drone sighting over runway
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    Heathrow airport departures stopped after drone sighting over runway

    Heathrow airport temporarily suspended all departures on Tuesday evening after a drone was spotted near one of the hub's two runways. The suspension of takeoffs from runway 27R of Britain's busiest airport was announced shortly before 6pm on Tuesday. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said he was prepared to deploy the same anti-drone military technology used at Gatwick if needed.

  • Sleepy toddler upstages governor father during inaugural speech
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    Sleepy toddler upstages governor father during inaugural speech

    The sleepy son of California’s new Governor Gavin Newsom invaded the state while his father gave his inaugural speech.

  • Could men be the reason women miscarry? New study suggests sperm damage triggers pregnancy failure
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    Could men be the reason women miscarry? New study suggests sperm damage triggers pregnancy failure

    Faulty sperm may be the reason women suffer multiple miscarriages, scientists suspect, after finding men whose partners struggle to carry a child to term have more DNA errors.

  • Almost half of British public want Prince Charles to give throne to William upon Queen’s death, survey finds
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    Almost half of British public want Prince Charles to give throne to William upon Queen’s death, survey finds

    Almost half of the British public believe Prince Charles should stand aside and let his eldest son William become the next king, polling shows. The survey by BMG Research on behalf of The Independent found 46 per cent of Britons want the first in line to the throne to abdicate immediately to allow the Duke of Cambridge to take the throne. Meanwhile, just 20 per cent of those surveyed think the Prince of Wales’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, should take the title of queen should he become the next monarch.

  • From changing rooms to public toilets: The dark trend of hidden spy cameras filming women
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    From changing rooms to public toilets: The dark trend of hidden spy cameras filming women

    Increasing numbers of women are being secretly filmed on spy cameras as covert recording technology becomes cheaper and more readily available, experts have warned. Peeping toms are installing clandestine cameras in rental and student properties or public spaces including toilets, swimming pool cubicles, changing rooms and tanning salons, in an attempt to capture explicit photos of women without their consent. Keith Roberts, who runs the company, said his cases ranged from detecting spy cameras placed in homes by partners or exes, to instances of people using the equipment to snoop on strangers.