Press Association 2014 LATEST

Lib Dems criticised over Rennard

Congleton Guardian: Lord Rennard stressed that none of the claims against him had been proved

10:55am Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of failing to stick up for women after Lord Rennard had his suspension from the party lifted.

Stars urge more TV ethnic diversity

Congleton Guardian: Idris Elba is among the stars who signed the letter calling for more funds to back ethnic minority programming

10:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Stars including Idris Elba and Lenny Henry have told TV bosses they are "dismayed" at the poor numbers of people from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the industry and demanded money be set aside to improve the situation.

White Dee succeeds in CBB mission

Congleton Guardian: White Dee convinced three overseas housemates that she is British royalty.

10:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Benefits Street's White Dee has succeeded in her mission to convince three overseas housemates that she is British royalty.

Alba reveals inner steel for sequel

Congleton Guardian: Jessica Alba at the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For premiere in LA

10:52am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Jessica Alba has revealed how excited she was to let out her inner tough girl for her role in the new Sin City sequel.

Depp to share screen with daughter

Congleton Guardian: Johnny Depp's daughter will star alongside him in Yoga Hosers

10:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Johnny Depp's teenage daughter has been cast alongside him in a film.

Cumberbatch for Jungle Book villain

Congleton Guardian: Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice Shere Khan in the Jungle Book: Origins movie

10:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch is to voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins movie.

Harry Styles turned down movie role

Congleton Guardian: Harry Styles turned down a part in a Hollywood film

10:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Harry Styles had the chance to be a movie star but turned it down for One Direction, it has emerged.

Tom Cruise takes Ice Bucket mission

Congleton Guardian: Tom Cruise has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

10:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Tom Cruise, David Beckham, Simon Cowell and Hugh Jackman have become some of the latest stars to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Strong July for mortgage lenders

Congleton Guardian: Mortgages with a total estimated worth of £19.1 billion were advanced in July, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said

10:35am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Mortgage lenders have reported that July was their strongest month since August 2008, in signs that activity remains "robust" despite new stricter rules being imposed over the way home loans are handed out.

Snodgrass facing six-month lay-off

Congleton Guardian: Robert Snodgrass suffered the injury against QPR on Saturday

10:31am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been ruled out for six months with a dislocated kneecap.

Bank split over interest rate rise

Congleton Guardian: Two members of the Bank of England's committee voted for a 0.25% rise

10:01am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Two members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.

Galloway quizzed over Israel speech

Congleton Guardian: George Galloway said Israelis are not welcome in Bradford, the city where he is an MP

9:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".

Meat inspectors to strike over pay

Congleton Guardian: Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said FSA meat inspectors workers to keep the public safe from contaminated produce

9:51am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Meat inspectors at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are to stage two four-hour strikes next week in a row over pay.

Jones explains Ospreys exit

Congleton Guardian: Adam Jones insists he 'couldn't wait forever' for his Ospreys future to be resolved

9:40am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Wales prop Adam Jones has written an open letter to Ospreys supporters after signing for Cardiff Blues.

Focus on trafficking amid probes

Congleton Guardian: Police officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a group of immigrants was found in a shipping container

7:37am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Almost 50 victims of human trafficking are discovered in the UK each week, Government figures have shown as police continue to investigate two separate cases of people smuggling.

Rojo set to complete United switch

Congleton Guardian: Marcus Rojo is poised to seal a move to Manchester United from Sporting

7:33am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Louis van Gaal has made a breakthrough in his mission to reinforce Manchester United's defence after a deal was struck to bring Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

Yorkshire rivals set for cup battle

Congleton Guardian: Brian McDermott does not believe his Leeds side fear the big occasions

6:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

The only certainty about Saturday's Tetley's Challenge Cup final is that, for the first time for nine years, the trophy will be heading to the east of the Pennines.

Wenger slams Ramsey sending off

Congleton Guardian: Arsene Wenger, pictured, was not happy with the decision to send Aaron Ramsey off

6:04am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at the sending off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey as his side battled to a goalless draw with Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Children's mental services attacked

Congleton Guardian: A new new task force will aim to make improvements to mental health services for children

6:03am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Mental health services for children have been criticised as "stuck in the dark ages", by the care and support minister.

Man dies in Eastbourne Pier fall

Congleton Guardian: Eastbourne Pier was partially destroyed by fire on July 30

12:45am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A man fell while working on the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier, and died from his injuries.

PM returns from holiday to No 10

Congleton Guardian: Journalist James Foley went missing in 2012 in northern Syria (AP)

12:45am Wednesday 20th August 2014

David Cameron is returning to Downing Street today to hold meetings over the "shocking and depraved" murder of journalist James Foley.

White Dee succeeds in CBB mission

Congleton Guardian: White Dee managed to convince three American housemates that she is the Duchess of Solihull

12:23am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Benefits Street's White Dee has succeeded in her mission to convince three overseas housemates that she is British royalty.

Breastfeeding in mental health link

Congleton Guardian: New mothers who plan to breastfeed after they have given birth but are unable to are at the highest risk of developing postnatal depression, a study has found

12:13am Wednesday 20th August 2014

New mothers who successfully breastfeed their babies are less likely to get postnatal depression, new research suggests.

Yes vote 'will break up the BBC'

Congleton Guardian: Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran will use an address in Glasgow to raise concerns about the impact a Yes vote would have on the BBC

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Scottish independence would break up the BBC with "devastating" consequences for firms north of the border which rely on the broadcaster for work, a leading Labour MP will warn today.

Active commuters 'have lower BMI'

Congleton Guardian: People who commute to work by bike, foot or public transport tend to have a lower body mass index, experts say

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

People could lose up to half a stone if they did not drive to work and used public transport or actively commuted instead, research suggests.

Children's hospital criticised

Congleton Guardian: The Alder Hey Children's Hospital has been criticised in a report

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

One of England's leading children's hospitals has been deemed to "require improvement" by inspectors.

Neglect pair 'played off' agencies

Congleton Guardian: The house of a couple who were jailed for neglecting five of their children. (Gloucestershire Police/PA)

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Children were left malnourished, infested with head lice and living in squalor surrounded by animal waste because their parents were able to play the authorities off one another, an inquiry has found.

'Tickle ear' to better heart health

Congleton Guardian: Applying electrical stimulation to the tragus - the small triangular flap at the front of the ear - helped the heart adjust its beating rate, experts say

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Tickling your ears with a pain-relieving Tens machine can improve heart health, a study has shown.

Antibiotic 'linked to heart deaths'

Congleton Guardian: Experts found that patients treated with clarithromycin had a significantly higher risk of cardiac death compared to patients given another type of antibiotic

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A commonly used antibiotic has been linked to a higher risk of deaths from heart problems, new research suggests.

Tories attacked over regions fund

Congleton Guardian: Chuka Umunna said Labour would devolve £30 billion of Whitehall funding to English regions to help stimulate growth

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Government's flagship regional development scheme is "mired in chaos and delay" and £900 million behind schedule in attracting private investment, Labour has claimed.

Domestic abuse consultation launch

Congleton Guardian: Abuse victims whose partners cause psychological harm could be protected by a new law

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A new criminal offence of domestic abuse that covers non-violent behaviour is being put out to consultation by the Government.

Lib Dems criticised over Rennard

Congleton Guardian: Senior Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has had the suspension of his Liberal Democrat membership lifted.

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of failing to stick up for women after Lord Rennard had his suspension from the party lifted.

Tax rebates for volunteers proposed

Congleton Guardian: Volunteers who help maintain parks, allotments and cemeteries should get council tax rebates of up to £1,500, according to a new report

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Council tax rebates of up to £1,500 should be introduced for volunteers who help maintain parks, allotments and cemeteries, a report has recommended.

Background noise 'can aid shoppers'

Congleton Guardian: Study participants went through an online store while their perceptions of value, quality and emotional responses were measured while listening to various sounds

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Radio pop music, football commentary and chatting are the background sounds found to help shoppers make the best buying decisions, according to a study.

'Frivolous' holiday loan ad banned

Congleton Guardian: An ad for a loan company has been banned after it suggested using the funds to buy a Caribbean holiday.

12:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

An ad for a loan company has been banned for encouraging "frivolous" spending of borrowed money after it suggested using the funds to buy a Caribbean holiday.

'Too easy' to see explicit images

Congleton Guardian: Some 70% of 18-year-olds said that accessing porn was seen as typical for people in their year group at school, a poll showed

12:02am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Many teenagers say it is too easy for young people to accidentally see explicit images online, with the vast majority concerned that pornography can have a damaging impact on youngsters views of sex and relationships.

Man dies in Eastbourne pier fall

Congleton Guardian: The man who died had been working on Eastbourne Pier, which was damaged by fire last month

11:21pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A man fell while working on the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier today, and died from his injuries.

Mackay front-runner for Palace job

Congleton Guardian: Malky Mackay is the hot favourite to take over at Crystal Palace

10:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Malky Mackay is expected to beat Tim Sherwood to the vacant Crystal Palace job.

Mountain search for 'safe' family

Congleton Guardian: The family got into difficulties walking in the Lake District

10:07pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Mountain rescue volunteers spent hours needlessly searching for a family who had called for help when they were stuck up England's highest mountain.

Lib Dems criticised over Rennard

Congleton Guardian: Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard faced allegations of pestering women

10:07pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of failing to stick up for women after Lord Rennard had his suspension from the party lifted.

Ten-man Gunners draw in Istanbul

Congleton Guardian: Besiktas' Pedro Franco, left, and Olivier Giroud battle for the ball (AP)

10:04pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Arsenal survived a hostile atmosphere and the sending-off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to leave Istanbul with what could prove a priceless goalless draw against Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Murray seeded eighth for US Open

Congleton Guardian: Andy Murray is seeded one place higher than his current world ranking

7:23pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

British number one Andy Murray has been seeded eighth for this year's US Open.

United agree deal for Rojo

Congleton Guardian: Left-back Marcos Rojo is on his way to Old Trafford

7:12pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sporting Lisbon have sanctioned the sale of Marcos Rojo to Manchester United with winger Nani returning to Portugal as part of the deal.

Britain bag triple gold in Berlin

Congleton Guardian: Chris Walker-Hebborn has added the European title to his Commonwealth gold after winning the 100m backstroke title in Berlin

7:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Great Britain claimed three gold medals at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin on Tuesday night as they smashed the world record in the mixed 4x100 metres medley.

Mother's 'relief' over boat girls

Congleton Guardian: Undated handout photo issued by the Foreign Office of Katherine, 21, (left) and Alice Ostojic, 19, (right).

6:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A mother has spoken of her relief after her two daughters swam for eight hours to safety when their boat sank in rough seas while travelling between islands in Indonesia.

Stirling Uni appoint female manager

Congleton Guardian: New Stirling University manager Shelley Kerr is one of only four women in the UK to hold a UEFA Pro-Licence Award for coaching

6:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Scottish Lowland League side Stirling University have made history by appointing Shelley Kerr as their manager.

Toffees face anxious Barkley wait

Congleton Guardian: Everton are waiting to learn the extent of Ross Barkley's knee injury

6:15pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Everton are still waiting to learn the full extent of England midfielder Ross Barkley's knee ligament injury.

Cliff pulls out of charity event

Congleton Guardian: Sir Cliff Richard has pulled out of a charity event

6:07pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sir Cliff Richard has pulled out of a charity event after finding himself at the centre of a police sex abuse investigation.

Farage apologises over 'ting tong'

Congleton Guardian: Nigel Farage has said sorry in person, according to the BBC

5:26pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Nigel Farage has reportedly apologised in person to a Thai woman who was called a "ting tong" by a Ukip MEP.

Connolly 'doing incredibly well'

Congleton Guardian: Billy Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013

5:23pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Billy Connolly could have had Parkinson's disease for around 10 years before it was diagnosed, his wife has revealed.

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