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Image copyright BBC/Richard Hanmer Image caption “I’m a huge fan of independent nurseries – that is where you get the expertise,” says Monty Don Supermarket plant sales are reducing customers’ choice, says Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don. Nurseries increasingly focus on plants that can be mass produced so the big…

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Image copyright PA A bid to oust Len McCluskey as the leader of the Unite union is to be launched later. The trade union regulator will be asked to rule that Unite’s recent general secretary election – which Mr McCluskey won by 5,500 votes – was invalid. The defeated candidate…

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Image copyright Getty Images Some of the biggest firms in the US have reacted with dismay to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal. General Electric, Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Walt Disney were among corporate giants to condemn the move. Critics say the withdrawal, part…

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Insurers have warned customers that premiums will go up thanks to a tax rise that has now come into force. The Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rate has increased from 10% to 12%, with motor, home, pet and health insurance all affected. Companies warn that the average family will be paying…

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Image copyright Getty Images UK house prices fell for the third consecutive month in May, according to the Nationwide. It was the first time that prices had fallen for three months in a row since 2009, the building society said. Prices dropped 0.2% in May, while the annual rate of…

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Image copyright PA Surging sales of salmon helped the UK to export a record amount of food and drink in the first quarter of 2017, the Food and Drink Federation has said. The industry group said sales of the fish leapt more than 50% by value – to £186.7m –…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The value of the pound fell after the research was published at 22:00 BST The value of the pound dropped after a projection suggested the Conservatives could fail to win an outright majority in the election on 8 June. Previous opinion polls suggested Prime…

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