On tonight's political programme, Around The House, the Foreign Secretary and northern MP William Hague tells Helen Ford that far from giving up on the North and Scotland, the Conservatives will target more seats in 2015.
Helen asked whether his party can hold constituencies like Carlisle, which were won in 2010:
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