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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in General Election

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for Parliament in the General Election.

His announcement ends speculation about whether or not he would run for a Commons seat.

Mr Nuttall said he would be "leading the party into battle" in the June 8 contest, adding he will reveal which seat he will be running for in 48 hours.

"As the leader of the party I will be, obviously, leading the party into battle as I have done many times in the past," he said.

Mr Nuttall failed in his previous bid to become an MP, losing the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

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Esther McVey picked to run for Osborne's Tatton seat

Esther McVey is bidding to return to Parliament two years after losing in Wirral West. Credit: PA

George Osborne has hailed former Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey as a "one-woman Northern Powerhouse" as he announced she would be running for his vacated seat in the election.

Former employment minister McVey is bidding to return to Parliament in Tatton after losing her Wirral West seat in 2015.

Ex-chancellor Osborne announced earlier this month that he would quit the seat as he takes up the Evening Standard editorship.

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