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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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Children exposed to the problems caused by divorce for prolonged periods often experience toxic stress

Divorce can make children ill

The stress of divorce can leave children twice as likely to suffer ill health, according to new research.

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Why one sniff can get you hooked on cocaine

A single snort of cocaine could be enough to get someone hooked, according to new research.

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People should 'fight their instincts' and FLOAT

New life-saving advice says floating, not swimming, could prevent drowning in cold water

People should 'fight their instincts' and FLOAT rather than try to swim if they fall into water, according to new advice from the RNLI.

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Broadcaster Katie Hopkins to leave LBC immediately

Controversial broadcaster Katie Hopkins and LBC have agreed that she will leave the radio station "immediately", LBC has said.

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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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Eating cheese is better for you than previously thought

Eating plenty of cheese is healthier than you think and does not necessarily increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, say scientists.

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Your pig-ugly pugs and grotesque guinea pigs could be TV stars

Do you have a pet that’s, well, not the prettiest?  Have you got a cock-eyed cat or a hideous hamster?

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Hoghton Arms takes on a Chicken Run for Derian House

Two fund-raisers are hoping to ‘ruffle a few feathers’ on a wacky mission for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
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Scotland captain Gary McAllister (L) turns away from England's Paul Gascoigne, during their Euro 96 European Championship

Paul Gascoigne at 50

As a footballer, Paul Gascoigne was a one-off - a uniquely talented free spirit who threatened to take the game by storm.

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Planning on a bank holiday getaway?

Flight delay predictions ahead of half-term bank holiday

Thousands of Brits jetting off on city breaks this weekend could be faced with flight delays to popular European destinations.

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Shopping for a new phone or other gadget? Here we bust the latest tech jargon

With every phone and gadget manufacturer trying to outgun the other in an anagram arms race - it’s sometimes hard to know what it is you’re actually buying.

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This solar powered invention is more than just a barbecue

The world's first solar-powered barbecue has been invented which cooks food using mirrors.
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Manchester Arena: What we know so far

Here is what we know so far about the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena that targeted young concert-goers.

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Emergency services at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig.

My son is innocent, says father of alleged Manchester bomber

The father of the alleged Manchester arena attacker has denied that his son is linked to militants or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.

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People lay flowers outside the Town Hall in Albert Square, Manchester

Off-duty female officer among Manchester Arena victims

An off-duty female police officer was among the victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

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The Lipstick Pens

Tesco urgently recalls lipstick and lollipop pens

Tesco has issued an urgent product recall notice for a range of pens due to fears that they could cause asphyxiation if accidentally swallowed.

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Amazon to add new channels

Amazon launches 40 new Channels

More than 40 subscription TV channels including Discovery and ITV Hub+ are now available to watch for Amazon Prime members as part of the new Channels service.

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A typical fidget spinner

Mum hits out at school ban on fidget spinners

A mum who claims a fidget spinner proved a “miraculous” help to her son’s ability to learn has hit out at schools choosing to ban the gadgets.
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A police forensic investigator at an address in Elsmore Road, Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the name of the suspect suicide bomber as Salman Abedi, 22.

Greater Manchester Police said the priority was to establish whether Abedi had worked alone or not.

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