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Who should I vote for?

With less than two weeks until the General Election it’s about time you decided you will get your vote.

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ELECTION 2017: Labour quizzed on costing of manifesto promises

ELECTION 2017: Labour quizzed on costing of manifesto promises

Labour’s election manifesto launch was overshadowed by fresh questions over how it would pay for a string ambitious promises costing billions of pounds.

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ELECTION 2017 - Fact Check: are fewer people switching gas or electricity company?

ELECTION 2017 - Fact Check: are fewer people switching gas or electricity company?

“We wanted to see more competition. We wanted to see more people able to switch between energy users [sic], that, over the last three or four years has not happened. This is a market that is not working perfectly and therefore we are intervening to make markets work better.”

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Foreign lizards invade South of England and threaten to wipe out native species

Foreign lizards invade South of England and threaten to wipe out native species

Experts have issued a warning that ‘aliens’ are threatening Britain’s rarest reptile, after European lizards have moved over from the continent - and are killing our native species.

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ELECTION 2017: Daily election diary

ELECTION 2017: Daily election diary

It was a good day for Theresa May whose reported row with Philip Hammond was completely overshadowed by Labour’s leaked manifesto.

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ELECTION 2017: Theresa May supports return of fox hunting

ELECTION 2017: Theresa May supports return of fox hunting

The Tories will renew a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning the ban on fox hunting, Theresa May told voters last night.

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ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

By Ariane Bogain, Northumbria University

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ELECTION 2017: Can we trust the opinion polls in election 2017?

ELECTION 2017: Can we trust the opinion polls in election 2017?

Political opinion polls have taken a bit of a battering in the past few years. There was wide agreement on the eve of the last UK general election that the outcome would be a hung parliament. Few pollsters saw Donald Trump winning the 2015 presidential election in the US. And almost everyone agreed that Brexit would not happen. So are opinion polls worth the paper they’re written on any more?

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ELECTION 2017: Strong and stable leadership: inside the Conservatives’ election slogan

ELECTION 2017: Strong and stable leadership: inside the Conservatives’ election slogan

This article originally appeared in The Conversation

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Happy Star Wars Day! But did you know about these other wacky days?

It is May 4 - or Star Wars Day, as it is known to fans of the popular movie series.

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Conservatives bring back the tax bombshell

Conservatives bring back the tax bombshell

The Conservatives will bring back one of their most successful election poster campaigns as they claim Jeremy Corbyn would inflict a tax “bombshell” on families today. It will launch a new poster with the slogan “Corbyn: No Bombs for our Army, One big bombshell for your family”.

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Easier than ever to buy cheap booze in poor areas

Easier than ever to buy cheap booze in poor areas

Cheap booze is easier than ever to buy despite the dramatic surge in pub closures - especially in deprived areas, according to new research.

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One third of Brits have sleepless nights worrying about debt

One third of Brits have sleepless nights worrying about debt

A new survey has revealed that 93 per cent of us believe the UK has an issue with arrears, with a quarter of Brits agreeing that debt is now just a part of everyday life.

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Millions of Brits no longer using a pen

Millions of Brits no longer using a pen

Millions of Brits are no longer using a PEN- with a third admitting they barely write anymore, according to new research.

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D.I...WHY? New research hammers home the true cost of DIY

D.I...WHY? New research hammers home the true cost of DIY

Half of us (48%) confess to believing we are good or very good at DIY despite a third (33%) having admitted that they have suffered a DIY disaster.

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How do you think we should tackle the obesity crisis? Picture: Pixabay.

Sugar tax works

Hefty taxes on sugary soft drinks could help in the fight against obesity because they stop people buying them, according to new research.

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Owners pay £3,500 for their new pet

Owners pay £3,500 for their new pet

Pet owners stump up almost £3,500 in the first year of owning their animal, a survey has found.

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Kids expected to eat 17,000 calories worth of chocolate this Easter bank holiday

Kids expected to eat 17,000 calories worth of chocolate this Easter bank holiday

The average child will receive a whopping 17,700 calories worth of chocolate this Easter.

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The lifetime of a homeowner - including moving out at 21 and spending £26 on redecorating

The lifetime of a homeowner - including moving out at 21 and spending £26 on redecorating

The average UK homeowner moves out of their parent’s at 21, lives in seven houses and spends £26,295 on redecorating over their lifetime, according to new research.

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