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Democratic boot camp: party intensifies local tactics ahead of midterms

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Democrats knew going into this midterm election campaign season that they would have their work cut out for them. History shows that the president’s party usually loses House seats in the midterm elections, and Joe Bi...

‘I wanted my children to grow up here’: how Airbnb is ruining local communities in north Wales

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Sitting at her kitchen table, a shellshocked Cherylyn Houston reflects on an ordeal that is finally over. It all started in September 2021. Houston, a 42-year-old secondary school teacher, opened the door to find her ...

Facebook shut me out of the page for our local cooking school

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I was setting up a community cooking school when the pandemic struck, and during the crisis we used our kitchens to run a surplus food project instead. It was used by thousands of people, and Facebook played a vital r...

Why the long face? How a pony called Patrick was elected mayor of a Devon town – then barred from his local pub

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Name: Patrick the pony mayor of Cockington. Age: Four. Status: Barred. This is going to require a little unpacking. Really? You haven’t been following the story of Patrick the pony mayor of Cockington and his run-in w...

China says Xi Jinping given local Covid jab as it seeks to ease vaccine safety fears

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China’s Covid-19 vaccines are safe and have been given to leaders of the state and ruling Communist party, officials said, as Beijing steps up efforts to allay public concerns about safety that risk hampering its vacc...

Share your pictures and stories of your changing local landscape

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Rising temperatures are visibly affecting the natural world around us, from the rising risk of forest fires, coastal erosion, flooding and droughts. The effects of the climate emergency have felt increasingly present ...

Share your pictures and stories of your changing local landscape

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Rising temperatures are visibly affecting the natural world around us, from the rising risk of forest fires, coastal erosion, flooding and droughts. The effects of the climate emergency have felt increasingly present ...

Melbourne truck crash spills 40 tonnes of chemicals on freeway, forcing local residents to stay home

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Residents of some Melbourne suburbs were told to remain in their homes on Friday morning after a truck rollover spilt 40 tonnes of chemical herbicide onto the freeway, prompting a hazardous fumes warnings. The B-doubl...

Centre-left secures key victories in Italy’s local election runoffs

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Italy’s centre-left has secured a series of key wins in local election runoffs, including the traditionally conservative city of Verona, where a former international footballer has been elected mayor. The ballot was t...

Local councils push Labor to honour full commitment to include them in national cabinet

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Local councils will continue to push to be made full members of national cabinet, warning that being invited to one meeting a year falls short of Labor’s commitment. Linda Scott, president of the Australian Local Gove...

Labour should embrace local identities, says Welsh leader Drakeford

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Mark Drakeford stressed he was not about to tell Keir Starmer how to do his job, and that leading Labour in Wales was very different to heading the party nationally. But even with those caveats, a century of election ...

Local papers lose out to Facebook as UK towns become ‘news deserts’

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Local Facebook groups have supplanted local newspapers as the default source of information in many British towns, according to a report into so-called “news deserts”. The catastrophic financial collapse of the local ...

Brothers of Italy: once-fringe far-right party plots local elections success

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Just five years ago, Brothers of Italy, a party with neofascist origins, barely scraped 4% of the vote. It now leads in opinion polls, and its leader Giorgia Meloni’s rabble-rousing speeches have filled squares up and...

Global supply chain crisis fuels push to local manufacturing as China’s appeal dims

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Everyone has a story to tell about the supply chain problems that have affected the global economy, from the beginning of the pandemic through to the disruption caused by the war in Ukraine. From shortages of Ikea fur...

UK local elections: how London turned from blue to red

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The most expensive property on the Monopoly board is Mayfair, which also happens to be the most exclusive expanse of real estate in real-life London. Flush with private equity firms, eye-wateringly expensive restauran...

The Observer view on the meaning of the local election results

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The headlines describing the performance of the main parties in last week’s local elections were undramatic, but they disguised a profound truth. The Conservatives suffered a dismal set of losses following the police ...

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