ELECTION 2017: Voters with learning disabilities are being excluded from this election

There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting. Not enough is done to enable their participation in the most basic democratic right available to British citizens.

Prime Minister Theresa May appears on the joint Channel 4 and Sky News General Election programme. Picture: PA.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn put on the spot in live TV grilling

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have been forced to defend their records as they faced a live TV grilling from a studio audience and presenter Jeremy Paxman.

The snap General Election will take place next week. Picture: PA.

Jeremy Corbyn rules out deal with SNP in hung Parliament

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he will not do a deal with the SNP to gain power at Westminster.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

North East voters 'trust Labour with NHS', survey shows

Nearly two thirds of voters in the North East trust Labour more than any other party with the future of the NHS, according to a new survey.

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Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

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.

abour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn with children during a visit to Hackney Marshes Football Pitches, to highlight Labour's manifesto commitment to ensure 5% of the Premier League's television rights income is diverted to the grassroots game, during a General Election campaign. Picture by John Stillwell/PA Wire

Corbyn launches 'flexible football ticket' policy to help make sport 'for the many, not the few'

Jeremy Corbyn will use FA Cup final day to commit to developing a "flexible football ticket" to help fans travel to matches which are moved for television coverage with minimum disruption.

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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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Jeremy Corbyn. Picture by PA

Jeremy Corbyn highlights 'connections' between terrorism in UK and wars overseas

Jeremy Corbyn has highlighted the link between the UK's involvement in foreign wars and terrorism at home but insisted that "in no way reduces the guilt" of murderers who have targeted people on Britain's streets.
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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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The Houses of Parliament: the General Election is now less than three weeks away.

Conservative lead over Labour narrows in first poll since Manchester terrorist bombing

The Conservatives' advantage over Labour has narrowed to just five points in the first opinion poll taken since Monday night's suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall at today's party manifesto launch.

Ukip launches General Election manifesto and claims Theresa May "must bear some responsibility" for Manchester bombing

Ukip put the response to the Manchester terrorist atrocity at the centre of its General Election manifesto launch, promising measures to cut down on immigration and tighten security.

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Up to 5,000 troops ready to deploy as UK remains on 'critical' terror alert following Manchester attack

Britain is on critical terror alert with military troops set to bolster police forces amid fears Manchester attacker Salman Abedi did not act alone.
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County Hall, the headquarters of Durham County Council.

Councillor quits in ‘innocent mistake’ over job rule

A newly-elected Labour councillor has quit her post after it was found she should not have stood as a candidate under rules.


Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack as world leaders send messages of support

Leaders from around the world have condemned the terror attack at a Manchester music concert and offered their condolences to the victims.
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Tessa Jowell. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Social media companies must not become 'agents of hate' in wake of Manchester attack, says former Minister

Baroness Jowell has said social media companies "risk becoming agents of hate" in the wake of the Manchester attack.

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Former Sunderland City Council chief reportedly arrested in police investigation

A former Sunderland City Council chief executive has reportedly been arrested as part of a police investigation.
Sedgefield Parliamentary hopeful Phil Wilson.

North East Labour General Election candidate says he is no fan of party leader Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour candidate hoping to be re-elected in Tony Blair's former constituency has told voters he is "no supporter of Corbyn".

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Cyber attacks are expected during the run up to the election

Cyber attack ‘highly likely’ in UK election

A cyber attack aimed at influencing the outcome of the UK General Election is highly likely, according to a leading cyber security expert.
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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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Conservatives 'will gain landslide victory in election' if voters aged 18 to 24 stay away, finds study

The Conservatives could win a majority of more than 100 seats in the General Election if the difference in turnout between young and old voters mirrors the 2015 contest, new figures show.

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