Paisley's bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021 has received backing from across the political spectrum.

The town is vying with Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea for the title and has received a pattern from all corners of the Scottish political scene.

It has been estimated by campaigners that if successful, Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £172m economic boost to the Renfrewshire town and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a decade.

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Paisley would be the first Scottish town or city to win the title, although Dundee made the short list four years ago.

Fiona Hyslop, culture secretary, Scottish Secretary David Mundell, and Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale all announced their support for the bid this weekend.

VisitScotland's chief executive, Malcolm Roughead, said: "This is a highly coveted title and competition will be fierce, however, Paisley has much to offer and I know they will make the most of this opportunity. They have our full support and I wish them the best of luck ahead of the final decision.”

Paisley's MSP George Adam added: "Paisley's bid has now become Scotland's bid and Team Paisley has now become Team Scotland.

“Over the next few months Paisley will be putting everything into bringing the title back to our great town.”

Hull has benefitted from a £1bn injection into its economy since being named City of Culture, local leaders have estimated.

Yesterday it was announced that the Humber Bridge and the home of poet Philip Larkin are to receive listed status.

Nine places in the city are being listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

These include the Tidal Surge Barrier, a set of Edwardian-style toilets and the grave of a railway worker whose death inspired new safety measures.

The Humber Bridge gets Grade I listed status on the 36th anniversary of its opening by the Queen on July 17 1981.

Larkin's flat at 32 Pearson Park has been given Grade II listed status.

Larkin lived in the flat for 18 years when he worked as Hull University librarian and when the property was owned by the university.

The Tidal Surge Barrier, which is also being Grade II listed, is a prominent landmark in the city, where the River Hull meets the Humber.

It was built between 1977-1980 to safeguard the low-lying city from flooding from the estuary.