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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall visits Copeland

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The new Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, has been campaigning in Copeland today ahead of next month's by-election.

He told ITV Border that he was wrong to have spoken in favour of NHS privatisation in the past and pledged his party's support for a new nuclear development at Moorside.

This has always been a party that has supported nuclear power. We are 100% behind it. We want £20billion worth of investment in this seat and 20,000 new jobs. What we would also like to see is HS2 cancelled - save another £100billion and ensure that money is pumped into local transport network."

– Paul Nuttall, Ukip leader

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UKIP defends plans to cut Scottish funding

UKIP's only elected representative in Scotland has defended his party's plans to cut spending north of the border.

David Coburn was elected to the European Parliament last year and is leading his party's Scottish campaign.

He told our Political Editor Peter MacMahon that UKIP's proposals to scrap the Barnett Formula, which allocates public spending to Scotland, would save £5.5 billion by 2020: