Ukip's newly-selected Newark candidate Roger Helmer has told ITV News political correspondent Libby Weiner that the seat is an "enormous opportunity for the party".
Asked if some of his views regarding homosexuality were controversial, he replied: "They were a couple of peripheral comments made more than 10 years ago. The world has changed, it's a new place now."
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The profit hike comes despite a mammoth £1.7 billion hit from the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal last year.