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Leo Varadkar does not rule out possibility of early general election

Irish premier Leo Varadkar said he has not ruled out the possibility of an early general election.

The Taoiseach added that it will happen when it is the “best time for the country”.

Speaking at the European election count centre in Dublin, Mr Varadkar said there are ...

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Tory leadership race: Who are the contenders and where do they stand on Brexit?

The race for Number 10 is heating up as several prominent Tories have thrown their hats in the ring for the top job.

Here are the main runners and riders, where they stand on Brexit and what they have had to say about their bid to take on the mantle of Conservative ...

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Support drops for governing parties in core European Union states

A European Parliament election that could reshape the political order across the continent is drawing to a close, with the anti-immigrant far right projected to win in France.

Germany’s centrist governing party is also heading for heavy losses.

The four days of balloting across ...

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The best moments from day one at the French Open

Roger Federer made a triumphant return to the French Open, beating Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in his first match at Roland Garros for four years.

There was defeat, though, for women’s fifth seed Angelique Kerber against Russian teen Anastasia Potapova while Elina Svitolina saw ...

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Superb Saints crush Castleford at Anfield

Ruthless St Helens again showed why they have been a class apart in this season’s Super League as they dismantled Castleford 36-16 to close out the Dacia Magic Weekend and restore their six-point advantage at the top.

Their West Yorkshire opponents are no stooges, despite this being ...

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Solskjaer scores from the bench as United treble winners return to Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wound back the years as the Manchester United manager came off the bench to score for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side against Bayern Munich in the Treble Reunion match.

Fans young and old descended on Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to see some of the club’s ...

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Jason Manford gig delayed as fire causes theatre evacuation

THE Lowry theatre was evacuated during a Jason Manford gig due to a mobile phone catching fire.

Hundreds of people were removed from the Salford-based theatre after a patron's mobile phone caught fire during the interval of his Muddle Class gig on Saturday evening.

The ...

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Two rescued at Fairy Pools on Isle of Skye

Two people have been rescued after they became stranded at the Fairy Pools on Skye.

Emergency services were called to the beauty spot at around 4.50pm on Sunday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent two water rescue teams and two appliances to the scene where the pair were stuck ...

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Roger Federer calls himself French Open ‘outsider’ after first-round win

Roger Federer labelled himself an outsider after making a winning return to the French Open.

The 20-time grand slam champion is playing the year’s second major tournament for the first time in four years and had no trouble finding his feet on the redeveloped Court Philippe Chatrier ...

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Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams knocked out of French Open

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams made first-round exits from the French Open on Sunday.

Neither was a particular surprise. Williams, who turns 39 next month, had a tough draw against ninth seed Elina Svitolina while Kerber has only just recovered from an ankle injury ...

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Stam feels Manchester United would be good fit for De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt says his future is up in the air and compatriot Jaap Stam believes the highly-rated Ajax defender would fit in well at Manchester United.

Having starred in the Dutch giants’ run to the Champions League semi-finals, 19-year-old De Ligt has been attracting admiring ...

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Hamilton felt Lauda’s presence on his way to ‘hardest’ victory in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton said Niki Lauda’s spirit guided him to the toughest win of his career in Monaco.

Hamilton pointed to Lauda’s name, which graced the back of his one-off red helmet, after he fended off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to claim a nail-biting victory – his ...

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Charlton to offer new deal to matchwinning Rovers target

Charlton plan to offer Patrick Bauer a new deal to stave off interest from Rovers, and other Championship clubs.

Bauer was Charlton’s matchwinner in their Wembley final win over Sunderland, scoring in the 94th minute to secure the Addicks’ spot in the Championship next ...

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Reality show Glow Up is looking for make-up artists for new series

IF you can pick your way through an eyeshadow palette or know your way around a make up brush, a new BBC reality show wants to hear from you.

Following a successful first series, Glow Up is now looking for aspiring make-up artists to apply for a second series.

Hosted by ...

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Seven-year switch secured - from a trainee to director

A LAWYER has risen from trainee to director in just seven years at a Blackburn practice.

Commercial property solicitor Oliver Bagnall, 33, began his WHN Solicitors career in 2012.

Qualifying in 2014, he became an associate last year before his latest elevation.

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East Lancashire Railway 1940s war weekend in pictures

HUNDREDS of people braved the weather to enjoy a weekend of vintage glamour at a 1940s-themed event.

Visitors, many of whom were in costumes embracing the era, battled the wind and rain as Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bury stepped back in time.

The streets were alive with ...

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Sun beams down on Darwen Maker's Market

A MARKET celebrating the vintage style and independent traders from across the north west was visited by hundreds of people.

A blue sky covered Darwen as its makers market displayed a variety of goods on the town's new market square.

Around 40 stalls featured pies, ...

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Bernd Wiesberger ‘thankful’ after claiming Made in Denmark title

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger put his injury woes firmly behind him by winning a final-day duel with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre at the Made in Denmark event to claim his fifth European Tour title.

Wiesberger carded a closing 66 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to finish 14 ...

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England optimistic Wood will be fit for World Cup

England are hopeful of good news on Mark Wood’s fitness as they prepare for one final World Cup warm-up match that looks like more of a headache than a help.

Wood pulled up with pain in his left foot during Saturday’s defeat to Australia, withdrawing from the match and heading ...

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Charlton to offer new deal to matchwinning Rovers target

Charlton plan to offer Patrick Bauer a new deal to stave off interest from Rovers, and other Championship clubs.

Bauer was Charlton’s matchwinner in their Wembley final win over Sunderland, scoring in the 94th minute to secure the Addicks’ spot in the Championship next ...

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Euro-count under way in East Lancashire boroughs

COUNTING is now underway in the European Parliament Elections across the country.

Votes were verified last night and now the actual ballot papers are being opened and added up.

Separate counts are taking place in each borough across East Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen, ...

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