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Neil Hamilton to contest Boston and Skegness seat in general election for UKIP

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP.

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP.
Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP. Credit: Press Association

Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has announced that he wants to contest the Boston and Skegness seat at next year's general election for UKIP.

Mr Hamilton left politics when he lost his parliamentary seat in Cheshire in 1997 after becoming embroiled in a cash for questions scandal but joined UKIP three years ago and is now the party's deputy chairman.

He has now applied to be on the shortlist of UKIP's candidates for Boston and Skegness. The current Conservative MP Mark Simmonds recently announced he would not be seeking re-election.

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Galloway released from hospital after attack

Controversial MP George Galloway has been released from hospital after he was battered and bruised in a street attack, police have said.

Galloway
Credit: @ukrespectparty/Twitter/PA Wire

The pro-Palestine MP suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising when a man leapt at him and punched him after shouting about the Holocaust, his spokesman said.

A 39-year-old man arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in police custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Bradford MP attacked in street

Controversial Bradford West MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the street.

Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital last night
Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital last night Credit: Respect Party

The Respect MP, who also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to his face and head, was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, west London, last night, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and allegedly attacked him. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest.

Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where he remained overnight.

His spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust."

Mr Galloway was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israeli-free area.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 1940 hours to Golborne Road, W10, after a man was assaulted in the street.

"Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped. He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station where he remains."

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Apprentice drive comes to Yorkshire

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been in Yorkshire today launching a new scheme providing more apprenticeships and encouraging young people to apply for them.

Mr Cable visited the ITV Yorkshire studios and the Emmerdale set in Leeds this morning to see how apprentices here bring the show to life.

He is visiting a range of companies across the city to launch the Government's new campaign calling on young people to "Get In, Go Far" by choosing an apprenticeship:

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