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ELECTION 2017: 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. It is fair to say that, although perhaps somewhat unfair on the pollsters, the EU referendum and US presidential election have exacerbated – rather than healed – the widespread loss of public faith in the polls induced by the 2015 general election debacle.

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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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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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ELECTION 2017 ROUND-UP: Polls predict ‘bluewash’ as Emily Thornberry turns airwaves blue

The election machines have well and truly kicked into gear, so who’s had a good week, and who’s had a bad week on the campaign trail?

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ELECTION 2017: Labour quizzed on costing of manifesto promises

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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Business owners are worried at the lack of footfall in High Street in the Old Town

Ghost Town: Business owners plead for help to promote Old Town

Business owners in Hemel’s old town High Street have described it as a ‘ghost town’ – and appealed for help from Dacorum Borough Council.

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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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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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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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Dee Cook, pictured helping a member with her maths, runs three clubs in the area

Cogs clubs bring a smile to Dacorum residents with memory loss problems

As the pensioners bellow out every word to ‘Born Free’ – it’s easy to forget that this is a club for people who suffer with memory loss.

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ELECTION 2017: Theresa May supports return of fox hunting

ELECTION 2017: Theresa May supports return of fox hunting

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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ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

ELECTION 2017: What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

By Ariane Bogain, Northumbria University

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Hustings for prospective MPs for South West Hertfordshire

The Berkhamsted Citizens group will host a general election hustings next Wednesday (May 17) at Berkhamsted Town Hall.

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ELECTION 2017: Can we trust the opinion polls in election 2017?

ELECTION 2017: Can we trust the opinion polls in election 2017?

Political opinion polls have taken a bit of a battering in the past few years. There was wide agreement on the eve of the last UK general election that the outcome would be a hung parliament. Few pollsters saw Donald Trump winning the 2015 presidential election in the US. And almost everyone agreed that Brexit would not happen. So are opinion polls worth the paper they’re written on any more?

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Tories romp home in county council elections

Tories romp home in county council elections

The Conservatives won eight out of the ten Dacorum seats in yesterday’s election for Dacorum Borough Council.

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ELECTION 2017: Strong and stable leadership: inside the Conservatives’ election slogan

ELECTION 2017: Strong and stable leadership: inside the Conservatives’ election slogan

This article originally appeared in The Conversation

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Those who are elected will win a seat at County Hall in Hertford

Election Day: The full list of County Council candidates in Hemel Hempstead and Kings Langley

Voters get the chance today to determine who will be their representatives at Herts County Council.

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ELECTION 2017: Why the pensions ‘triple lock’ has become a key general election issue

ELECTION 2017: Why the pensions ‘triple lock’ has become a key general election issue

Jonquil Lowe is Senior lecturer in economics and personal finance at The Open University.

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Road resurfacing works will take place across Hertfordshire

Repairs to be made on hundreds of Hertfordshire roads

Hertfordshire County Council is giving hundreds of the county’s most weather-worn residential roads - including many in Dacorum - a new lease of life.

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