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Wednesday April 19 2017
Must reads ◆ As Theresa May's snap election call sinks in we look at 10 key battlegrounds where the vote is likely to be won and lost ◆ After making it clear no less than five times that she would not call a general election the prime minister claims she has had a change of heart. Matthew Parris believes the 'damn it all' reflex got the better of her ◆ Farmland exodus fuels Sudan famine: Catherine Philp visits the once peaceful breadbasket of South Sudan which has been sucked into a savage civil war
News May heads for election landslide Theresa May is on course to win a majority of more than 100 in a June snap election, with Labour's pro-Brexit voters deserting Jeremy Corbyn, according to polling data for The Times Read the full story Prime Minister accused of dodging TV showdowns The prime minister was accused of dodging television debates during the election campaign after Downing Street ruled out her participation Read the full story Met chief pledges to tackle knife and gun crime before celebrity inquiries Cressida Dick has placed the fight against rising violence at the centre of her leadership as she moves away from the politically charged agenda of her predecessor Read the full story Acid attacks on the rise as models burnt in nightclub Acid attacks have nearly doubled in the past five years and there are fears that the real figure is higher, it has been revealed following the latest incident Read the full story
Comment Why hold an early election? One word: Labour Daniel Finkelstein: the main opposition party's MPs have no confidence in their leader and there's no policy on the most important issue Read the full story Make businesses pay for throwaway society Alice Thomson: as fly-tipping seems to be impossible to stop, ministers should target companies that encourage us to spend and discard Read the full story
World Le Pen lurches back to far right as race tightens Marine Le Pen was accused of reviving the toxic past of the National Front yesterday after lurching further to the right in an attempt to bolster her flagging presidential campaign Read the full story 500,000 civilians flee fighting in Mosul Nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since the start of the campaign to free the city from Islamic State as the battle becomes bogged down in street-to-street fighting Read the full story
Business UK growth is upgraded to 2% as IMF admits error The International Monetary Fund has upgraded UK growth for the second time in six months, delivering Theresa May an early pre-election boost Read the full story Bank lending 'flop' put under review The Treasury has drafted in an expert to investigate why a government drive to boost competition in banking has got off to a rocky start Read the full story
Sport Hartley fails to earn place on Lions tour Dylan Hartley is the third successive England captain to be overlooked by the British & Irish Lions, but Jack Nowell is in line for a surprise call-up when the squad to tour New Zealand is announced today, The Times understands Read the full story The fairytale finally ends – but with pride intact Leicester City's valiant attempt to overcome a superior, savvier Atletico Madrid side ultimately failed but they exited Europe knowing they gave everything in a breathless second half Read the full story
Times2 Bucket or straw — which bag will see you through summer? Forget black. When the sun comes out it's time for a pop of colour Read the full story Pool parties in Palm Springs Less music festival, more fashion show — it must be Coachella, where stars in bras rule Read the full story
Scotland Sturgeon warns May that snap poll is a 'huge miscalculation' Theresa May has warned that the future of the United Kingdom is at stake in the forthcoming general election campaign, which will pitch her against Nicola Sturgeon in a battle over Scottish independence Read the full story Davidson hopeful Nationalist seats will fall on back of Brexit Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, was told by Theresa May in a 9am phone call yesterday morning that the UK was heading for a general election. Two hours later the prime minister made her announcement to the world Read the full story
Ireland No direct rule in North, taoiseach warns May Enda Kenny has warned Theresa May that a return to direct rule "should not be contemplated" as Britain's snap election threatens talks to form a Stormont executive Read the full story Varadkar: UK election will make power-sharing harder Leo Varadkar has urged Stormont parties to "redouble" their efforts to form a government and said that Britain's snap election will make it more difficult to restore power-sharing Read the full story
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