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Issue 1459 - The Future of the UK

Elections special
With restrictions easing in Scotland, for the first time this year vendors will be united in selling all across the UK. But this comes as elections in Scotland, Wales, London and local councils across threaten to shake up the union. With over 40 million votes at stake we look at why this is one of the most important elections ever. And to emphasise the point, we found someone who has the authority to tell us why every vote matters, Handforth parish councillor and viral star Jackie Weaver.

100 years of Northern Ireland
As its centenary approached, petrol bombs and rioting are again the images of Northern Ireland blitzing around the world. Claire Mitchell digs into this momentous moment.

Bubble
We pay tribute to Bubble who sold the magazine for more than 20 years in Birmingham. He will be missed.

Also inside…
- That’s Esther Rantzen’s life being talked about in her Letter To My Younger Self
- We find out the next plan Marcus Rashford has cooked up to fight food poverty
- A different perspective of locked down London in photos taken by people rough sleeping during the pandemic
- WWE giant Drew McIntyre on being the first British champion of one of the world’s biggest entertainment brands
- Caught by the fuzz – is Martin Compston’s copper in Line of Duty bending the rules by having a beard? We find out in Fact/Fiction
- Vendor expert Dave Martin talks about his new artistic endeavour and Bristol vendor Damian shares his excitement about being reunited with his regulars.

Plus lots more including a 24-page supplement looking at how school kids are starting their own social enterprises!

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