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In hot water: Tory who is keen to take an early bath

Super-soaker:
Tim Loughton
spends an hour
in the bath every
morning practising
mindfulness

TORY MP Tim Loughton has revealed he begins each day with an hour-long soak in the bath ‘just thinking about things’.

He said showers were ‘one of the greatest causes of stress’ while an hour in the tub was more like a mental workout.

Mr Loughton, 55, said: ‘It’s like going to the gym for the mind. One of the greatest causes of stress in the world was the invention of the shower.’

The former children’s minister was speaking at a Westminster conference to promote meditation and self-awareness in politics.

The East Worthing MP is the co-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness.

But he insisted there was more to his love of baths than just relaxing. ‘I do a bit of work in the bath,’ he said. ‘I read papers in the bath, but I also do a bit of mindfulness to relax and compose my thoughts for the day ahead.

‘Some people might stay in bed until 8 o’clock — I get up and do some work, but I do it in my bath.’