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We owe Kurds a great debt

It was such good news to see the horrific Isis death cult defeated in Mosul.

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Alan Campbell MP.

Group acts on climate change

Last week was the Climate Change Coalition’s Week of Action.

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Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.  Picture by Jane Coltman

This has been a great month

More great news for North Tyneside.

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MP Mary Glindon.

Changes need to be discussed

Northumbria Police is making drastic changes in less than a fortnight in the public front offices at police stations – either reducing or ending their opening hours.

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Lord Porter

Call for action as 75p per £1 for councils to be cut by 2020

Securing the financial sustainability of councils and vital local services must be the top priority for the new government, the leader of local government in England will say today.

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Alan Campbell MP

We are facing nervous times

In my 20 years in Parliament I cannot remember a more uncertain time.

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Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside.

Recent events are sickening

The rollercoaster of events over recent months has been sickening.

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Labour's Mary Glindon and Alan Campbell celebrate their re-elections with increased majorities.

Politics to get interesting

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the General Election.

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ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

ELECTION 2017: To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

It’s going to be a long night as the UK goes to the polls for its snap 2017 general election.

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ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

ELECTION 2017: How to get the most out of opinion polls without being led up the garden path

After the polling miss at the 2015 general election, many politicians and journalists loudly declared they would never trust polls again. Two years later, opinion polls have regularly been leading the election news. First they foresaw a Conservative landslide, including a resurgence in Scotland, and more recently they’ve pointed to a shock Labour fightback.

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Election pollsters put their methods to the test – and turnout is the key

Trust in election forecasting is probably as low as it has been since 1948, when political polling suffered possibly its worst ever humiliation. In that year’s US presidential election, the 8-1 underdog Harry Truman defied all predictions to defeat his Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. “Dewey Defeats Truman” screamed the now-infamous newspaper headline printed before the actual votes were counted.

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Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

Is there a link between foreign policy and terrorism? British intelligence thinks so

What causes terrorism? The combination of the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester [and now, the attacks on London Bridge] and a British general election inevitably meant that this question would dominate political and media discourses. And so it has. Particular attention has, once again, been drawn to the role of western foreign policy, including that of the UK, as a driver of extremist violence.

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Why charities should be allowed to campaign freely at election time

Why charities should be allowed to campaign freely at election time

Everybody was caught off guard when Theresa May announced Britain would be heading to the polls on June 8. But charities were more surprised than most by the news – which had an immediate impact on their day-to-day campaigning operations.

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Why British politicians keep swearing on the campaign trail

Why British politicians keep swearing on the campaign trail

Sometimes it can be bloody difficult to make your point. It’s a daily problem for politicians, but the stakes change on the election campaign trail; and as the stakes change, so does the speech.

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

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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