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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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Jo Platt at Atherleigh Park

Health service boost call

A candidate bidding to become an MP has called for better health facilities for residents in the borough.

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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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A protest rally stage at Wigan Town Hall about the GMSF

Mayor promises 'radical re-write' of controversial development plan

A controversial housing and jobs plan affecting Wigan borough will undergo a "radical rewrite", says new mayor Andy Burnham.
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ELECTION 2017: Every election, politicians ignore England – here’s why

ELECTION 2017: Every election, politicians ignore England – here’s why

Simon Lee is senior lecturer in politics at University of Hull.

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Will Patterson is the Green Party candidate in Wigan

Greens hope to make gains amid development fallout

Wigan’s electorate may be more open to the Green Party’s policies in the wake of controversial GM spatial framework plans, a candidate has claimed.

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Coun Bob Brierley intends to stand for parliament

Bob vows to be a strong voice as MP

An outspoken councillor has vowed to shake-up Wigan’s political status quo as he launches his campaign to become an MP.

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General election survey results

General election poll of the North West's voting plans

The Labour vote may be set to go up in the North West against a national trend, according to a nationwide survey of voting intentions.
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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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Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at the House of Commons in Westminster, London

No charges over Tory election spending in 2015 says CPS

No criminal charges are to be brought against Conservative MPs or officials in relation to allegations of spending irregularities in the 2015 general election campaign, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

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Conservative candidates Alex Williams and Adam Carney (right)

Tories launch bid to cause election upsets

Theresa May’s strong and stable slogan has been echoed by two election hopefuls planning to cause upsets in Wigan’s Labour strongholds.

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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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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

Mayor Burnham announces senior leadership team

The new mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced his senior leadership team including his two deputies.

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Mayor Andy Burnham’s victory speech - Manchester 1 Liverpool 0

Former borough MP Andy Burnham hailed his election as Greater Manchester’s metro mayor as “the dawn of a new era”.

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