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Harborough District Council leader left flying high

The leader of the district council took to the skies after being invited to take part in a glider flight above Harborough district.

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Government steps in over Harborough war memorial debate

Government steps in over Harborough war memorial debate

The Government - no less - has stepped into the debate over Market Harborough’s historic war memorial.

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Two drinks a day raises cancer risk by 21 per cent

Two drinks a day raises cancer risk by 21 per cent

Just two beers or glasses of wine a day raises the risk of bowel and gullet cancer by more than a fifth, according to new research.

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Neil O'Brien.

New Harborough MP slams ‘broken planning system’

Harborough’s new MP Neil O’Brien has criticised Britain’s ‘broken planning system’ in his first speech in the House of Commons.

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New parents naming babies after politicians

New parents naming babies after politicians

New parents are electing to name their children after politicians - with Corbyn the hottest new baby-naming trend, a study has found.

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PM Theresa May

The biggest myths and misinterpretations following the election last week

General Election 2017: A lot has been said - and not all of it is true.

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WATCH: New MP thanks the Harborough voters

Harborough’s new MP Neil O’Brien said he feels ‘incredibly honoured’ to have won the seat.

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WATCH: Reaction from the count as Neil O’Brien wins the Harborough seat

Conservative Neil O’Brien is the new MP for Harborough, after gaining 52.3 per cent of the votes in the constituency, and a comfortable 12,000-plus majority.

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GENERAL ELECTION LIVE: Tories hold Harborough seat

GENERAL ELECTION LIVE: Tories hold Harborough seat

The Conservative Party have held the Harborough constituency seat in the 2017 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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Your guide to the candidates who want to be the next Harborough MP

Your guide to the candidates who want to be the next Harborough MP

It’s easy to put your policies across in an election leaflet. But what did the five candidates for the Harborough seat in parliament say at a public meeting in the town on Friday, May 28?

The Harborough Mail went along to find out; along with more than 100 other people of every political persuasion and none.

It was a “hustings” organised by the politically neutral Harborough Churches Together, and the questions were all from members of the public. We have highlighted the answers from the five candidates (in alphabetical order by surname) below.

We should also say the Harborough Mail - unlike most national newspapers - has no opinion about which party you should vote for. We just think that you should vote...

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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

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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10 of the funniest Twitter accounts on the General Election

10 of the funniest Twitter accounts on the General Election

Twitter is awash with politics as the general election campaign enters its final week.

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ELECTION 2017: Why charities should be allowed to campaign freely at election time

ELECTION 2017: 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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CORRECTION: Who should you vote for?

CORRECTION: Who should you vote for?

On 22 May, this newspaper published an interactive quiz on our website entitled ‘Who should I vote for?’.

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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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ELECTION 2017: Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

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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