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Stephen Hepburn: Who wouldn’t be angry?

We’re off and I can’t wait for the General Election on Thursday, June 8.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Richard Ord: Why my son wants me to vote Labour

“Dad, can you do me a favour?”

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Legal Eagle: Help needed to see children

Legal Eagle: Help needed to see children

A couple of years ago my children were removed from my care and after a court hearing they were placed in long term foster care. I was having some problems with my partner at the time who was violent towards me and I was drinking heavily. I have now left that partner and settled down in a new area. At the end of the court hearing I was told I could have contact with the children at least 6 times per year and the children could write to me. Recently the local authority have been cancelling this contact and I haven’t seen my children for nearly a year. Is there anything I can do to make sure this contact takes place?

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Your questions answered by our benefits expert. Picture: PA.

Benefits expert: Will I face sanctions for leaving my job?

Q. I have been working for nine weeks, but I feel out of my depth in the job and I don’t think I can continue much longer.

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WIll you be spring cleaning your finances?

James Walker: Spring clean your finances

Spring is finally here and we’re even seeing a bit of sun!

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What's your best supermarket substitute? Picture: PA.

Alex Neill: What are your worst supermarket substitutes?

It could have been the last Thursday of every month – pay day.

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Ask family expert: How to support your children during exams

Q: My son is about to take his exams and I’m worried about his future if he doesn’t do well.

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The apple tree I grew from a pip when was a child - a little too close to the house ...

Gardening: Prime time to plant trees – but beware the dangers with roots

It’s the prime time of the year for new gardeners to plant trees and shrubs – but do you know some root systems can damage your home?

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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Emma Lewell-Buck: Election is a chance to say ‘enough is enough’

Yesterday I voted in Parliament in favour of a General Election on June 8. Government reasons for calling it are cynical at best, with them using it to ‘paper over the cracks’ in their own ranks, performing a staggering u-turn in the process.

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Burpees are good for giving all parts of your body a workout.

Shaping Up: Try our burpee challenge for today's workout

Today’s workout is simple. There’s only one exercise and it only take five minutes to complete.

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Max likes nothing better than messing about in the kitchen.

Shaping Up: Why you should encourage your kids to cook

Teaching your kids to cook from a young age is one of the most important things you can do in their upbringing.

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Jessica tries her hands at making a Pink Princess Smoothie.

Shaping Up: Try this recipe for a Pink Princess Smoothie

Here’s a quick and simple smoothie recipe that you can try with your kids.

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Richard Ord: Internet sites are spoiling for a fight

‘England F.’ It will mean little, if anything, to the under-50s, but ‘England F’ is the partial headline spotted by Terry in a classic episode of 70s sitcom The Likely Lads.

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Legal Eagle: Changes in probate charges

Q. Probate fees are going up soon I have heard. What exactly is happening?

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A slug. Picture by RHS/Andrew Halstead

Gardening: Slugging it out with unwanted visitors

It’s a no-brainer that slugs and snails topped the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Advice Service’s top pest of the year list last year.

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Your latest questions, answered.

Benefits Expert: Claiming after redundancy

Q. I have just been made redundant from work and have received a good redundancy package. Will this affect the benefits I can claim? I was employed for 14 years before being made redundant.

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A guilty pleasure.

Shaping Up: Tips for staying healthy at Easter

I love Easter time, there’s lots of fun to be had. Easter egg hunts, crafts, baking, chocolate eggs, hot cross buns. It’s always an action-packed couple of weeks with the kids.

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Lunges.

East Coast Workout: Pyramid workout

If you’re pushed for time over Easter, then give this Pyramid workout a go.

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Labour plans to introduce free school meals for all primary pupils.

Stephen Hepburn: School meals plan is fair and popular

Free school meals for every primary school pupil passes my fair and popular tests.Fair because Labour’s promise of a free dinner for every child if our party wins the General Election would be funded by VAT on the private school fees of a wealthy elite buying a privileged start in life.

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Despite parents' concerns, vaccinations can save lives.

The truth about having your children vaccinated

It’s natural to want your children to have a healthy start in life, but conflicting advice has made some decisions more difficult in recent years.

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