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UPDATE: Four leading council figures arrested

Four leading council figures have been arrested in swoops by police as part of Lancashire’s long-running One Connect investigation.

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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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Whittingham Lane

Slurry pit is refused due to smell risk

A farmer is to challenge a second Town Hall knockback for a one million gallon slurry pit next to land earmarked for houses.

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Labour’s manifesto finds favour but a third of the region’s voters are still undecided

Labour’s manifesto finds favour but a third of the region’s voters are still undecided

Labour’s plans to increase education spending, stop hospital closures and introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage have found favour among voters in the North West.

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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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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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The Tries want Britain to be 'the safest place in the world to be online'

CYBER ATTACK: What is a Wanna Decryptor and how does it work?

Wanna Decryptor is a piece of malicious software that encrypts files on a user’s computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made.

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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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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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General election survey results

General election poll of the North West's voting plans

The Labour vote may be set to go up in the North West against a national trend, according to a nationwide survey of voting intentions.
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Theresa May supports return of fox hunting: What do you think? Have your say

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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Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at the House of Commons in Westminster, London

No charges over Tory election spending in 2015 says CPS

No criminal charges are to be brought against Conservative MPs or officials in relation to allegations of spending irregularities in the 2015 general election campaign, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

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ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

The campaign for the French presidency revealed a stark fault line on Europe. The openly pro-European Emmanuel Macron called for the EU to be strengthened while the staunchly anti-EU Marine Le Pen promised a referendum on Frexit. Victory for the former therefore raises interesting questions about what his stance will be on negotiating the UK’s exit from the union.

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Fulwood Library, Garstang Road

Fulwood library will reopen “soon”

The new rulers of county hall have blocked the sale of Fulwood library, just three days after winning the county council elections.

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Preston Bus Station has a new look. Bus bays and passenger stands are being refurbished with work due for completion on the listed building by the end of 2017. The first bays have now been  opened to the public

Take a look at Preston Bus Station’s revamp

City bus users will get a glimpse of the future when they book a ticket to ride at Preston’s Bus Station this week.

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