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Sir John Major dismisses UKIP general election threat during Lincs visit

Sir John Major has dismissed the threat of UKIP at this year's general election, during a visit to Lincolnshire.

Sir John Major Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The former Tory Prime Minister was in Woodhall Spa, to give his backing to the Conservative candidate for the Louth and Horncastle constituency, Victoria Atkins.

UKIP are expected to compete strongly for seats in Lincolnshire like Boston and Skegness - after growing support at the local and European elections. But Sir John insists the party does not have a long term future.

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Harold Wilson's car a snip at £25,000

A car belonging to the Huddersfield-born Prime Minister Harold Wilson has gone on the market for £25,000. He ran the Labour Government for two terms in the 1960s and 70s - and his preferred mode of transport was the Austin Princess Vanden Plas. Fitted with a high speed gear box and with only eight thousand miles on the clock - experts reckon it is something of a bargain. Matt Price reports

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Political leaders lay wreaths in Winston Churchill's honour

The Prime Minister and members of the House of Commons have taken part in a special wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral.

David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband were among the politicians who gathered in the Members' Lobby at the House of Commons this morning to pay their respects to the wartime hero:

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£24 million boost for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

A multi-million pounds boost has been announced for the local economy in Lincolnshire and East yorkshire.

A total of just over twenty four million pounds has been awarded to projects and businesses there, including money for the regeneration of Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe Town centres.

Cleethorpes pier: setting for today's announcement

Three and a half thousand new homes are also planned as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. The funding has come from the Goverment's growth deal programme.

MP Martin Vickers, left, and Lord Richard Newby announce the good news
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