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Tories setting sights on Copeland

The Conservative Party is setting its sights on the Cumbrian constituency of Copeland, despite boundary changes which slightly favour Labour.

However, the Tories chances have been boosted by a good showing in the European elections when they gained more votes than Labour.

The constituency is made up mainly of rural, hill-farming country.

A major source of employment is the Sellafield nuclear plant which is in the process of being decommissioned.

Candidates announced so far are:

Labour: Jamie Reed; Conservative: Chris Whiteside; Liberal Democrat: Frank Hollowell; UK Independence Party: Ted Caley-Knowles; Green: Jill Perry; BNP: Clive Jefferson.

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