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Green Party leader cancels south London visit after losing voice

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has had to pull out of her party's housing policy campaign launch after losing her voice.

Ms Bennett - who had been due to set out her party's plans to control rents during a visit to a south London housing estate - was said to be "resting" ahead of her battle bus launch tomorrow.

Earlier she dismissed suggestions that Labour had stole their thunder, dismissing their proposals as a "watered down" version of what the Greens are offering.

Natalie Bennett Credit: PA

We need to move away from thinking of homes primarily as financial assets and go back to thinking they are safe places for people to live.

– Natalie Bennett

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Rediscovered Francis Bacon self-portraits to go on display in London

Handlers with Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) by Francis Bacon Credit: Sotheby's/PA

Self-portraits by the artist Francis Bacon are set to go on display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection. In June, they will be available to view at Sotheby's in London.

Experts knew of the paintings' existence but were unsure who had bought them after their completion around forty years ago. After they have been on display in New York and London they will be auctioned off. Each painting is expected to fetch £15 million.

Broccoli could hold the key to treating osteoarthritis

An ingredient in broccoli could help with osteoarthritis Credit: PA

Research conducted at the Royal Veterinary College in London has suggested that an artificial version of an ingredient in broccoli could be used as a treatment for osteoarthritis.

The compound sulforophane is known to block the inflammation and damage to cartilage associated with the condition. However, in its natural form it is too unstable to turn into a medicine.

Instead the UK drug company Evgen Pharma has developed a stable synthetic version of the chemical which could potentially be used in pill form. A single dose of it would be equivalent to eating two and a half kilograms of broccoli.

In tests on mice affected by osteoarthritis, the drug, known as Sulforadex, significantly improved bone architecture, balance and movement.

DLR workers to vote over strike action

DLR workers will vote over strike action Credit: PA

Docklands Light Railway workers are to be balloted over strike action due to disputes over pay and conditions. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks, with a result expected on May 12.

There are two separate disputes involving this year's pay deal for directly employed staff and another row over wages for employees at the facilities company Interserve.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our reps are in no doubt that we need to send a clear message to management that staff are prepared to fight to demand decent rewards and recognition, a safe working environment, decent working conditions and will not be forced into accepting inferior pay arrangements."

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