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Tories in the East angered by 'vile' Leadsom comments

Andrea Leadsom faced the media outside her house in Northamptonshire today. Credit: PA

Some Conservative MPs in our region have criticised leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom after she allegedly told a national newspaper that being a mother would give her an advantage over her rival Theresa May.

The South Northamptonshire MP was quoted in The Times as saying being a mum gave her a "tangible stake in our country's future".

She has since demanded the newspaper retract the article.

Ipswich's Ben Gummer and Rutland's Alan Duncan have both expressed their anger on social media.

Leadsom: 'Everyone has an equal stake in our society'

Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom has hit back at an article in a national newspaper which quoted her as saying that she has is a better option to be the next Prime Minister because she is a mother.

Leadsom was quoted in The Times as saying that being a parent means she has a "very real stake" in Britain's future.

However, she told reporters outside her house this morning that she had been misquoted and that she believes in equality.

"I am disgusted at the way this has been presented," she said.

"I want to be crystal clear that everyone has an equal stake in our society and in the future of our country. That is what I believe, and that is what I have always believed."

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CCTV appeal over £500 cash machine distraction theft

Police appeal over cash machine theft. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A woman had £500 stolen from her bank account after she was distracted by thieves at a cash machine in Northampton.

Two men approached a woman who was using the Nat West cash machine in St James Road.

They distracted the woman, then removed her card, after observing her pin number being entered.

They later went on to withdraw £500 from another machine nearby.

Police have released CCTV of two men wearing jogging bottoms they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.

Anyone with information or who recognises the men, can contact Northamptonshire police on 101.

Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Fifth person arrested over murder of Northampton man

The man was found dead at Patterdale Walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 56-year-old man in Northampton.

David Miller was found dead at his home address in Patterdale Walk, on Tuesday (14 June).

A post mortem examination confirmed that David Miller, who was discovered in Patterdale Walk, died as a result of stab wounds on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

The woman, aged 39 and of no fixed abode, was arrested today in Northampton.

She is currently being held in police custody for questioning.

Four people have appeared at Northampton Crown Court charged with his murder.

Northampton MP 'heartbroken' over death of MP Jo Cox

Tributes at Parliament Square Credit: PA

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh said he was 'heartbroken to hear of the awful news' of the death of Jo Cox.

Vigils have been held and flowers laid to remember the Labour MP, who died after being shot and stabbed in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

I am devastated by the murder of my colleague, Jo Cox. Whilst we were different political parties, we worked closely together on the same Select Committee and then set up an All Party Group on Homelessness which I chair and Jo was deputy for.

At The Queen's Speech last month, MPs traditionally walk from the House of Commons to the House of Lords with an opposition MP and I walked with Jo. She was excited as she had missed it the year before and we talked about ideas for our group on Homelessness. She was always full of ideas and energy.

I last saw her on Wednesday when we talked again about plans for the group and made plans to meet up again soon. I was heartbroken to hear the awful news and my thoughts are with her husband and children.

– David Mackintosh MP
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