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General election: When is the vote and which candidates are running?

Independent Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Everything you need to know as pre-Christmas snap poll looms
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A look at the facts and figures behind one of the UK's key battlegrounds ahead of the General Election on December 12. Labour's Rosie Duffield won the seat for her party for the first time in the constituency's history in 2017. Includes interviews with Beryl Foster, Christine Hudson and Norman...

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