Tony Blair says people should "rise up" against Brexit
In a speech later today, former prime minister Tony Blair will announce his mission to persuade Britons to change their minds over Brexit. In a speech to the pro-European campaign group Open Britain, he is expected to say that those driving a withdrawal from the European Union "always wanted a hard Brexit". Blair, who was prime minister between 1997 and 2007, says that while he accepts the outcome of the referendum, he would recommend looking again at the terms of Brexit and "have a clear sense of where we're going".
STUDY BLAMES HEALTH CUTS FOR MASSIVE RISE IN MORTALITY
New research claims that an unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care. Researchers from Oxford University, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Blackburn with Darwen council say that the increase in mortality took place against a backdrop of “severe cuts” and that deaths were largely among older people, who are most dependent on health and social care. The government has reacted angrily to this report, accusing the report's authors of "bias".
SPENDING ON CIGARETTES, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL FALLS TO 15-YEAR LOW
Britain is becoming a cleaner-living nation, with news that sales of cigarettes and alcohol have fallen to a 15-year low. According to a new report by the Office for National Statistics, the amount spent by families on alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs has fallen to its lowest level since modern records began, with a typical household spending £11.40 a week compared with nearly £20 in 2001-02. It found that households are now spending four times more money on dining out and hotels.
Mark Zuckerberg FUELS speculation that he is preparing to go into politics
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has written a 5,800 word manifesto, which suggests people have been left behind by globalism and that efforts must be made to "bring people together". The essay came alongside a BBC interview in which he said that fake news, polarised views and "filter bubbles" were damaging "common understanding". He said: "There are people around the world that feel left behind by globalisation and the rapid changes that have happened, and there are movements as a result to withdraw from some of that global connection."
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NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICER TURNS DOWN TRUMP'S JOB OFFER
Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward, widely tipped for the post of US national security officer, has turned down Trump's job offer. Mr Trump fired his former adviser Michael Flynn on Monday, after accusations that Flynn misled Vice-President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US. This comes as another setback to Trump's administration, further fuelling media speculation that the White House is in "disarray".