Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firefighters in New Row

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firefighters in New Row

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Fire chiefs were embroiled in a fresh row with their staff today over their attendance at the largest mock terrorist attack to be staged in the UK. The West Midlands brigade is due to join 2,000 emergency services colleagues from all over the region for the major exercise this Sunday, simulating a nerve gas attack at an arts exhibition. But, to the anger of senior officers, the West Midlands branch of the Fire Brigades Union has told members it would be "inappropriate" for them to take part because pay deals agreed last year have not been implemented.

'Never again '

EUROPE and America must never again allow themselves to be divided as they were in the crisis over Iraq, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said in an interview broadcast today. After holding private talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair last night, Mr Schroeder said both sides must "learn lessons" from Iraq.

BNP investigation

POLICE are examining covert television footage of British National Party activists confessing to race-hate crimes, which has sparked outrage across Britain. Party leader Nick Griffin last night continued his tirade against the Islamic faith. The BBC documentary broadcast last night, Secret Agent, showed Mr Griffin condemning Islam as a "vicious, wicked faith".

Dental reforms

THE Government was today announcing reforms to NHS dental services in efforts to improve access for patients and head-off growing protests from angry dentists. Health Secretary John Reid and Health Minister Rosie Winterton will unveil the plans, including measures to boost recruitment and make NHS work more attractive to tempt dentists away from private practice.

Canabis boost

CANNABIS can help reduce pain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study of its health benefits showed today. Various clinical trials have been looking into the potential use of cannabinoids - extracts of cannabis - in drugs to help patients with painful, debilitating conditions. …

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