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Ukip challenge for Stoke-on-Trent Central seat

Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge. Credit: PA

Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie has been given some inside information on the next potential candidate to fill the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat.

It suggests that if UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall does not become the Ukip candidate for the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat, Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge could be.

It comes after Labour's Tristram Hunt stood down last week to take up the role of director at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Woman dies and man hospitalised in Boxing Day fire

Fire engines Credit: PA

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital for smoke inhalation following a fire on Boxing Day.

The woman was pronounced dead despite attempts by ambulance staff to revive her following the fire, according to police.

Firefighters were called to the scene in Bayham Walk in the Bucknall area of Stoke on Trent at around 8pm after a resident reported seeing smoke in the house.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated, although it's thought the fire began in the bedroom.

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Bruno Ribeiro Credit: Steven Paston EMPICS Sport

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