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George Osborne visits Carlisle

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With just over three weeks until the general election, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been meeting apprentices in Carlisle.

George Osborne headed straight from the Conservative Party's manifesto launch in Swindon this morning to the new Story Contracting training centre, as well as Crindledyke Housing Estate, in Carlisle.

Carlisle is seen as a key seat at this election - the Conservatives won it five years ago but with a majority of less than a thousand votes.

Our reporter Tim Backshall went to meet the Chancellor, to ask him whether his party's policies will benefit Cumbria, and the south of Scotland.

When questioned about whether Cumbria is left out, when the party refers to the 'Northern Powerhouse', Osborne said the county is central to the party's economic plan for the country:

Cumbria is absolutely central to our northern powerhouse, central to our economic plans for this country, and if you look at our Conservative manifesto there is a specific reference to investment in Cumbria.

We want to bring jobs here, we want roads improved here."

– George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Pressed on how concerned he is about the rise in popularity of the SNP in the south of Scotland, he said a coalition between Labour and the SNP would lead to less investment in the north of England:

The choice of this election is whether you have a Conservative Government, that is bringing economic prosperity to parts of the country like Carlisle, or do you have Ed Miliband and the Scottish Nationalists, taking our country back to economic chaos.

If you think in an Ed Miliband Scottish Nationalist government that there would be investment in the north of England, you can forget it."

– George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer