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Liberal Democrats select Copeland by-election candidate

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The Liberal Democrats have selected Rebecca Hanson as their candidate for the Copeland by-election.

Copeland's current MP Jamie Reed is leaving parliament at the end of this month to take up a new job in the nuclear industry.

This by-election is a chance for people to send a strong message against a hard Brexit that damages local jobs by pulling Britain out of the Single Market.

"It's also an opportunity to reject this Conservative government's underfunding of our NHS and say no to plans to move vital services like maternity and A&E from West Cumberland Hospital to Carlisle.

"I am passionate about standing up for West Cumbria, and recognise the vital role that the nuclear industry plays in our local economy.

"I'm proud to be have been selected as the candidate for the Liberal Democrats, the only party fighting to protect the economy by staying in the Single Market and calling for a long-term solution to the crisis facing the NHS."

– Rebecca Hanson, Liberal Democrats, Copeland by-election candidate

Reed calls resignation "hardest decision of my life"

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In his letter of resignation, Copeland MP Jamie Reed says leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of his life.

He thanked everyone who has supported and advised him, and marked his achievements at the West Cumberland Hospital as his proudest achievements.

"I'm proud of what i've achieved over the past 12 years with the help and support of the Copeland community and the last Labour Government.

"Together we built schools, town centre developments, university facilities, dental surgeries, and a new West Cumberland Hospital of which i'm most proud. This is the hospital where my four children were born and which saved my life in 2010 when admitted to intensive care as a result of undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.

"I love my community and i love the Labour Party. Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life. "

– Jamie Reed MP

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Copeland MP calls for Labour leader to resign in stinging letter

The MP for Copeland Jamie Reed has sent a stinging letter to the under pressure Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for his resignation.

Mr. Reed published the following on his Twitter account last night (29th June)

He accused Corbyn of injecting an 'unprecedented poison' into the Labour party, going on to say that the 'Labour party stands for a moral purpose that you do not share.'

Jeremy Corbyn has lost a confidence vote among his MPs by 172 to 40 but is refusing to resign, insisting he still has a "people's mandate" to lead following his landslide victory in the Labour leadership elections last summer.

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