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NHS becomes key battleground for rival parties

The NHS has become a key election battleground with a Conservatives pledge of an extra £8 billion a year for the NHS in England by 2020. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have attacked the announcement as an "unfunded" spending commitment.

Meanwhile, Labour is pledging one-to-one midwife care for every woman during childbirth as it launches its health manifesto.

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Farage 'strong argument' for rationalising 43 police forces

Nigel Farage Credit: PA Wire

Ukip leader Nigel Farage told supporters there was a strong argument for "rationalising" the 43 police areas.

On the campaign trail in Essex, Mr Farage said: "What we think is there there is a strong argument for rationalising the 43 police areas that exist at the moment, for bringing some of them together in bigger units and in doing so reducing some of the cost of bureaucracy."

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