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Stoke-on-Trent by-election turning into three-way fight

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen

Thursday's by-election in the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central is turning into a three-way fight between UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing his most difficult electoral challenge so far with Ukip expected to pose the greatest challenge in Stoke, particularly given the Midlands city's support for Brexit in last year's EU referendum.

But Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, who is standing for the seat, has faced criticism for a statement on his website falsely claiming he lost "close friends" in the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

Labour in-fighting and an uphill struggle for Mr Nuttall to regain the public's trust could leave the door ajar for a previously unthinkable Tory win.

  • Full list of candidates in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election

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  1. Wales

Kinnock Spitting Image puppets fetch £3,400 at auction

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Puppets from ITV's Spitting Image of Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys have sold at auction today for £3,400.

Former Labour leader and his wife were a regular sight on the programme in the 1990s.

Spitting image was a popular puppet show that poked fun at the politicians of the day. It ran from 1984 until 1996

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Watch: Ukip leader denies his own site's Hillsborough loss claim

Video Credit: Radio City Talk

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has said a claim on his personal website that he lost close personal friends in the Hillsborough disaster is false.

Mr Nuttall, who says he attended the fateful FA Cup match, was questioned during a radio interview about his account of the 1989 disaster that claimed 96 lives.

He denied writing the claim on his website, telling Liverpool station Radio City Talk: "I haven't put that out, that is wrong."

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