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ELECTION 2017: Lib Dem manifesto – who is it for exactly?

The 2015 general election left the Liberal Democrats on a precipice. The party was reduced to just eight MPs, a much shrunken local government base, and had been dethroned from its traditional position as the third party of British politics.

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Avoid airline baggage charges this bank holiday

Video: How to avoid airline baggage charges this bank holiday

This May bank holiday, almost 17m Brits will be making the most of the long weekend and shall be embarking on a break overseas.

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

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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More than 160 reported deaths on UK coasts in 2016

Video: More than 160 reported deaths on UK coasts in 2016

We’re told to trust our instincts, but today the RNLI is calling on the public to fight their instincts should they get into trouble in UK waters and, instead, remember one simple skill – floating.

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VIDEO: Summer travel tips -Top 3 mistakes to avoid when driving abroad

Nearly a quarter of Brits admit to being blasé towards road rules when driving abroad, with just one in five familiarising themselves with the laws before getting behind the wheel reveals a new research released today.

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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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Nations Biggest Flat Sharing Energy Faux Pas revealed

VIDEO: Jessica Knappett - Nation’s Biggest Flat Sharing Energy Faux Pas revealed

New research among by 1,844 people who have experienced the joys of house sharing reveals the nation’s Biggest energy-related bugbears when it comes to living with flatmates: putting the heating on full blast instead of wearing a jumper (50%), leaving the lights on all over the house (47%) and taking ridiculously long showers (39%).

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Chance to enjoy a major festival and help a charity

Want to go to Reading Festival? Entry is free for Oxfam volunteers

Fancy going to Reading to see rock superstars Kasabian, Muse and Eminem, but put off by the price of the event?

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Get festival-ready this summer with three sizzling looks

VIDEO: Get festival-ready this summer with three sizzling looks

Festival season kicks off this June in the UK and to get you in the summer spirit we have three sizzling looks modelled by Ashley Roberts from the Pussycat Dolls to get you festival-ready this summer.

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Salvage Hunters

Salvage Hunters comes to Sussex – and its producers need your help

Producers behind the popular TV show Salvage Hunters are on the hunt for quirky finds ahead of the show coming to Sussex.

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The mysterious image

Hitler’s face appears on draining board

A dad had a shock when he saw the face of Adolf Hitler lying on his kitchen draining board.

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Veggie mistake

M&S embarrassment as veggie recipe contains chicken

Marks and Spencer has upset thousands of its veggie customers by celebrating National Vegetarian Week with a link to recipes - including chicken.

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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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Business leaders reveal what ignites their ambition

VIDEO: SMEs and mid-market business leaders reveal what ignites their ambition

A new report has revealed what has helped successful decision makers in business to develop ambition and help them achieve their goals, with half (50 per cent) claiming that supportive friends and family were their biggest drive to be ambitious.

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Cyber experts issue protection advice following NHS ransomware attack

Cyber experts issue protection advice following NHS ransomware attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday May 12 which affected the NHS and is believed to have spread through organisations in at least 74 countries worldwide, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has urged both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

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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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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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Over a quarter of women wish beauty packaging was easier to understand

VIDEO: Over a quarter of women wish beauty packaging was easier to understand

From clean eating and superfoods to sustainable and fair trade products, in recent years there has been a discernible shift towards wanting to know more about the products we buy.

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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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