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Half of bisexuals report experiencing 'biphobia'

Report finds "clear evidence of biphobic discrimination" Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

48% of bisexual people have said they experience "biphobic" comments while accessing mainstream services, a new report has found.

And surprisingly, the two most common sources of biphobia are the LGBT community and NHS services, according to the Equality Network. Almost a third of bisexuals never feel comfortable telling their GP, while 38% have experienced sexual harassment.

The study suggests sexual harassment often centred on negative stereotypes falsely labelling bisexual people as promiscuous or unfaithful.

Tim Hopkins, director of the charity, said: "Unfortunately, as the report findings show, bisexual people are often misunderstood and discriminated against by many services."

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One drink a day raises heart risk in elderly women

Even moderate drinking can harm elderly women's hearts Credit: Richard Gray / EMPICS

Even moderate amounts of drinking can lead to a reduction in heart function in older women, American research has shown.

A study of nearly 4,500 people with an average age of 76 has shown that one drink a day can cause damage - but only to women.

Lead researcher Dr Scott Solomon, from Harvard Medical School, said: "Women appear more susceptible than men to the cardiotoxic effects of alcohol, which might potentially contribute to a higher risk of alcohol cardiomyopathy [heart damage linked to alcohol] for any given level of alcoholic intake."

Heavy drinking, meanwhile, was shown to damage men's hearts in a similar way

SNP: Queen's Speech a 'test' of Tory Scotland pledges

Angus Robertson also said that the SNP would be the 'real opposition' to the Tories Credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

The Queen's Speech is an "early test" of the Conservatives' bona fides on devolving more powers to Holyrood, the SNP's Westminster leader has said.

Angus Robertson said there were "shortcomings" on the draft clauses published earlier this year and he insisted the Scotland Bill - which is due to be published on Thursday - must live up to "both the spirit and the letter" of the cross-party deal that was reached.

He said: "As the First Minister agreed with David Cameron, the Scottish Government will also put forward proposals for a transfer of powers beyond Smith for discussion between the Scottish Secretary and the Deputy First Minister - for which half of Scotland's electorate voted. The people of Scotland have spoken and Westminster has a democratic duty to listen."

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Cameron: Queen's Speech is a 'clear vision' for Britain

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The Prime Minister has said that behind today's Queen's Speech is "a clear vision for what our country can be - a country of security and opportunity for everyone".

The speech will set out the new government's legislative agenda, including a measure to ditch income tax for those working a 30-hour week on the minimum wage.

He said: "This is the Queen’s Speech for working people from a One Nation Government that will bring our country together.

"We have a mandate from the British people, a clear manifesto and the instruction to deliver. And we will not waste a single moment in getting on with the task."

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