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Pink bus rolls into Carlisle

The pink bus was in the city centre.

The Labour Party's pink battle bus rolled into Carlisle today alongside Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman.

The bus, which is touring the UK to bring Labour's message to women voters, was in the city centre.

The colour of the bus has proved controversial with critics claiming it's patronising to use pink to woo female voters.

But Harriet Harman says the initiative is necessary because a large number of women in the North West didn't vote at the last election, and that people are focusing on the issues, rather than the colour:

Ashcroft Poll: 'Bad news for Scottish Labour, but great news for the Tories'

Commenting on the latest polls by Lord Ashcroft, Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy has said "David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls".

There is no gloss that can be put on these polls. This is bad news for Scottish Labour but great news for the Tories.

David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls, because any seat the SNP take from Scottish Labour makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party across the UK.

We can’t let David Cameron back into Downing Street by the back door. That would be a disaster for Scotland, but it looks like that is what might happen if these polls in Scotland are repeated on election day."

– Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy Credit: PA Wire

But the Scottish Conservatives say this poll shows that their "are now in a real fight across Scotland".

A spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives has said:

With the Liberal Democrat vote having collapsed completely, we offer Scots the opportunity to unite around a plan to finish the job of economic recovery and to secure Scotland’s place in the UK – any other vote will let Ed Miliband into Downing Street, with Alex Salmond calling the shots.

That’s the message we will be delivering before May. We know that more and more Scots are backing that plan.”

– Scottish Conservatives spokesperson
Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson Credit: PA Wire

The Scottish National Party's General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP has said the polls "are very encouraging", but that they aren't taking a single seat or vote for granted in May".

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Harriet Harman takes to the ice

Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has taken to the ice at the new Ice Skating Rink at Bitts Park.

Ms Harman has taken to the new ice rink in Bitts Park Credit: ITV News Border

The Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has also visited the Old Fire Station before work begins on a new £1 million art venue.

The Deputy Labour Leader has been at the Old Fire Station Credit: ITV News Border

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Harriet Harman arrives in Carlisle

Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has arrived in Carlisle.

Harriet Harman has arrived in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

She is also the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

She's been invited by prospective parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff Credit: ITV News Border

Her trip will see her visit the Old Fire Station and the new Ice Skating Rink at Bitts Park.

Deputy Labour Leader visits Carlisle

Labour's Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman is visiting Carlisle.

She's been invited by prospective parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff.

The pair will visit the Old Fire Station before work begins on a new £1 million art venue, then look at the new Ice Skating Rink at Bitts Park.

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