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Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

Following the political surprises of 2015 and 2016, there has been much reflection and debate on the accuracy of the polls in the run-up to the impending snap-election of 2017.

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

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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New housing up for grabs in Clayton-le-Dale

Six affordable bungalows up for grabs

Six one and two-bedroom bungalows with sublime countryside views and dedicated parking spaces are up for grabs in Clayton-le-Dale from just £57,750.

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Ribble Valley Borough Council refuse manager Kevin Rushton.

Calendars remind residents of bin days

Calendars outlining refuse collection dates have been stuck to wheeled bins throughout the borough.

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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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Preston Town Hall

Prestonians rush to register right to vote

Queues formed at Preston Town Hall today as people made a last minute bid to make sure they are registered to vote in the general election.

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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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Lord David Waddington. (s)

Memorial service for respected former MP

A special memorial service is to be held to remember the life of Lord David Waddington of Read.

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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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Put your questions to the four candidates at the hustings event.

Question the four election candidates

Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, which represents the Christian churches in the town, is staging a General Election hustings later this month.

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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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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall with county and borough councillor Alan Hosker and UKIP parliamentary candidate Tom Commis (right)

UKIP leader warns of "soft Brexit" on visit to Hapton

The leader of the UK Independence Party, Paul Nuttall, rallied local party members on a visit to Hapton.

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Outgoing leader Stuart Hirst

Tory council leader sets out his priorities for a bright future

Finalising a plan for the Clitheroe Market, which will leave a legacy to future generations, is among the key priorities of the new leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

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There's been a spring swoop on taxis and private hire vehicles.

Notices issued in taxi enforcement swoop

Two private hire drivers received advisory notices and one had their vehicle taken off the road during a swoop by council officers and police.

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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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Prime Minister Theresa May

Fighting Fake News: PM Backs Trusted Free Press and Warns of Dangers of Fake News

Prime Minister Theresa May has given her backing to the local press industry’s Fighting Fake News campaign by warning of the dangers of fake news distributed on social media and giving her strong support to a free press which underpins democracy by investing in highly trusted journalism.

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The Old Oak roundabout in Longridge where a HGV got stuck this week

Campaigners united against Blackburn Road industrial estate

Campaigners are stepping up their fight against controversial plans for a new industrial estate neighbouring Hillside School near Longridge.

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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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