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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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PICTURES: Families go potty for pumpkins

Halloween holds no fear for hundreds of families across the borough who have flocked to a Doncaster farm to pick their own pumpkins.

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Accrington took on Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.

Did Accrington Stanley take just TWO FANS to cup game in Chesterfield?

Accrington Stanley's 4-1 win over Chesterfield in the much-derided Checkatrade Trophy may have been watched by just TWO away supporters, according to figures.

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Do you know what these 9 text phrases mean?

Do you know what these 9 text phrases mean?

Almost everyone knows what LOL means. The text acronym for laugh out loud has become so ubiquitous that it has entered popular parlance and even the Oxford dictionary.

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Would you try Parma Violets cheese? It’s a thing …

Would you try Parma Violets cheese? It’s a thing …

In a time of weird food fads, we just have to ask - would you try this?

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What if plants feel pain?

Nine reasons NOT to go vegetarian or vegan in National Vegetarian Week

As we approach the end of National Vegetarian Week - May 16-24 - we’ve just learned the number of vegans has more than tripled in the UK in the past ten years.

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Wayne Brown, aged 48, of Intake, Doncaster, with his pet dog Patches and pet emu Hercules. Hercules hatched at the beginning of May after Wayne took on some eggs for his hens to keep warm, not knowing an emu was inside one of them.

Doncaster man is bemused to be owning a pet emu

An animal lover who took in eggs for his hens to keep warm was amazed when one of them hatched - and an emu popped out.

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Jarnel Singh, of Balby, with the picture he thinks is a UFO over Balby

‘I photographed a UFO over Doncaster’

A Doncaster cabbie thought he was photographing a beautiful sunset - but now he thinks he caught a UFO.

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Minion Dave spotted in Doncaster in tank

Minion Dave spotted in Doncaster in tank

Minions appear to have arrived in Doncaster - in tanks.

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VIDEO: Mouse found scurrying around cheese aisle in Doncaster supermarket

This shocking video of a rodent scurrying down the butter and cheese aisle of a Doncaster supermarket has just gone viral.

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