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Mon 24 Apr 2017 06:00

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In the seven days since Theresa May called the election there has been much talk about tactical anti-Conservative voting and some parties are now pushing for local agreements on seats where they believe it could make a difference. Neil Lawson is spokesperson for the Labour supporting think-tank COMPASS and David Cowling is a senior visiting research fellow at Kings College University London.


Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Sylvie Goulard is a member of the European parliament.


Labour has said it still backs the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent after Jeremy Corbyn said "all aspects" of defence would be reviewed if he won power. Andrew Gwynne is the shadow minister and campaign and elections chair.


The leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker, is to stand against Tory MP Philip Davies in the election, whom she says has a “track record of misogyny” including trying to block laws on domestic violence.


A cap on household energy bills is expected to be included in the Conservative manifesto. Keith Anderson is the chief corporate officer of Scottish Power.


Roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the UK's rarest wild flowers and plants, according to the conservation charity, Plantlife. Dr Trevor Dines who led the research is the charity’s botanical specialist.


More on Labour reviewing “all aspects of trident” if Jeremy Corbyn won the upcoming general election: Michael Fallon is the defence secretary.


For the first time in almost sixty years, neither of the two big parties in France will contest the run-off for the Presidency. Instead, the people have chosen the centrist Emmanuel Macron to go up against the far-right leader Marine Le Pen in two weeks’ time. Jerome Riviere is the senior defence adviser to Marine Le Pen’s campaign and Front Nationale candidate in the parliamentary elections.  


Why do politicians still persist with the doorstep? Jeremy Corbyn was caught remarking on someone's "very nice house" before trying to canvas them. Theresa May has refused to do the TV debates claiming she does prefer "to get out and about and meet voters". Gyles Brandreth is the former Conservative MP for Chester and Jess Philips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley.  


For the last two years the so-called Islamist threat has made it almost impossible for any foreign media to get into north western Syria. The BBC’s Quentin Somerville sent an exclusive report from inside northern Syria.


Exhausted runner David Wyeth was helped over the line by a fellow competitor Matthew Rees prompting cheers from the crowd at yesterday’s London Marathon including Prince William.


We are living in an age when there’s an app for everything – including, of course, finding a partner. Has the growth of the internet and social media damaged the way we think about sex, love and relationships? Rowan Pelling is the founder and editor of The Amorist, a new magazine about love and Shahidha Bari is a senior lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London and fellow of the forum for European Philosophy at the LSE.

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