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MPs react to news Theresa May set to be new Prime Minister

Politicians across our region have been giving their reaction to the news that Theresa May looks set to become the country's next Prime Minister.

Theresa May will make 'outstanding leader', says Keighley & Ilkley MP

A West Yorkshire MP has said Theresa May will make an 'outstanding leader' following today's withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Keighley & Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins with Theresa May Credit: Press Association

Keighley and Ilkely MP Kris Hopkins said having worked with Theresa May over the last six years, he has seen 'many qualities' that she will bring as our second female Prime Minister.

He said in a statement:

“I am proud to have been a member of Theresa May’s campaign team and know she will make an outstanding leader of our country.

We are in the midst of one of the most uncertain periods in our nation’s history following the decision to leave the European Union.

I have no doubt that Theresa is the right person at the right time to negotiate the best possible deal for the United Kingdom, and take on the many other challenges we face as a society.

I wish her every possible success.”

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Eagle 'looking forward' to launching leadership campaign

Angela Eagle has confirmed she has put in the paperwork to begin her bid to challenge and replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Speaking outside her home in London, she told reporters she was "very much looking forward" to launching her campaign later today.

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Abbott: Eagle is the 'Empire Strikes Back' candidate

Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott has told ITV's Good Morning Britain that Angela Eagle's support for the Iraq invasion and an increase in tuition fees show she is the "Empire Strikes Back" candidate against Jeremy Corbyn.

The Corbyn-supporting Abbott said her party's embattled leader must be on any leadership ballot as she played down talk of splits within the party and reports of political "Armageddon".

She joined Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin McGuire in doubting Eagle's success in a race with Mr Corbyn as the pair were questioned about the stature of a challenger who came fourth in a previous race for Labour's deputy leadership.

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Bridlington born MP to officially launch Labour leadership bid

A Bridlington born MP is to officially launch her opposition to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party today.

Former Shadow Business Sectretary Angela Eagle Credit: Press Association

Former Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle, says she wants to unite the party.

Mr Corbyn said he was disappointed over the leadership bid.

East Yorks MP to table motion of contempt over Blair's decision to invade Iraq

An East Yorkshire MP has said he intends to make a motion of contempt in the commons about former Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

East Yorkshire MP David Davis Credit: Press Association

David Davis says Mr Blair mislead the Houses of commons on five different occasions over Weapons of Mass Destruction, the UN and threat levels. Should the motion be accepted, it could be debated before Parliament breaks for the summer.

Read: Former Deputy PM John Prescott reveals guilt over 'illegal' Iraq War

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Ed Balls: Labour needs Eagle - Corbyn can't do job

Ed Balls has told Peston on Sunday that Angela Eagle's leadership bid is "essential" as Jeremy Corbyn "can't do the job".

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The former shadow chancellor said no one believed Corbyn could ever become prime minister.

"Frankly there is no message at all coming from Labour in the last two weeks about what the solutions to these big problems are," he told Robert Peston.

"There's got to be a change. It's not just necessary for Labour, I think it's necessary for the whole country.

"We need a strong opposition which believes it can form the next government and I'm afraid nobody thinks Jeremy Corbyn is going to be the prime minister of our country."

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