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ELECTION 2017:Fact Check - if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?

An article on The Independent is being widely shared on social media suggesting that a 30% increase in turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds would make the election of a majority Conservative government on June 8 rather unlikely. It followed a tweet by Alan Firth, a linguist at Newcastle University, commenting on an article by the vice president of the National Union of Students, Shelly Asquith. When contacted by The Conversation, Firth said that the calculations made in The Independent article reflected his own.

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Who should I vote for?

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

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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TV news coverage of the 2017 election isn’t giving you the full picture – especially about Jeremy Corbyn

TV news coverage of the 2017 election isn’t giving you the full picture – especially about Jeremy Corbyn

Vox pops made up over one-third of all election news sources on the UK’s nightly television bulletins in the first week of the 2017 election campaign, our study has found. While politicians made up the majority of appearances, 36.4% of sources were members of the public expressing their views about the election.

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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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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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Theresa May supports return of fox hunting: What do you think? Have your say

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?

The campaign for the French presidency revealed a stark fault line on Europe. The openly pro-European Emmanuel Macron called for the EU to be strengthened while the staunchly anti-EU Marine Le Pen promised a referendum on Frexit. Victory for the former therefore raises interesting questions about what his stance will be on negotiating the UK’s exit from the union.

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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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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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VIDEO: Sir Michael Parkinson named Head of Interviews for Yorkshire Tea

Sir Michael Parkinson has been appointed Head of Interviews for Yorkshire Tea to whip the hiring process into shape.

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Oops - Johnny Nelson comes adrift

TV exposure! The awkward moment Sheffield boxing hero Johnny Nelson’s pants burst

Johnny Nelson is a big guy.

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Jamie Oliver pranked in Yorkshire for return of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Two radio presenters went undercover in Harrogate to help prank celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for the return of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

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The art of the perfect Yorkshire pudding

With February 5 marking Yorkshire Pudding Day, Mark E. Johnson speaks to Pride and Pudding author Regula Ysewijn to find out the story behind this signature British dish.

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Yorkshire Pudding Day: Seven facts about the battered delicacies

This Sunday marks the official Yorkshire Pudding Day. To celebrate, here are some fascinating facts and the county's trademark dish.

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Learners prepare to set off on their driving test, which is set to include four new parts. Picture: Simon Hulme

Driving test to change later this year

The driving test is set to change later this year.

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Six things you may not know about Friday 13th

On Friday, a third of Britons are expected to change their plans because it's Friday the 13th, the traditional day of bad luck.

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Leeds & Yorkshire couples wanted for 2017 series of Don't Tell The Bride

Yorkshire couples wanting to tie the knot this year are being invited to apply for a new series of Don't Tell the Bride.

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Need to get rid of your tree? Here's our top tips

Five inventive and green ways to dispose of your old Christmas tree

So Christmas is over for another year, your clothes are a little tighter, your wallet much lighter - and now thoughts turn to disposing of the tree.

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