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Labour leadership hopefuls set for hustings event

Yvette Cooper

MPs vying for leadership of the Labour Party, including two from Yorkshire, will take part in a hustings event at the general trade union conference today.

Mary Creagh Credit: Press Association

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford will speak at the GMB Congress in Dublin.

Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall are the other candidates.

Memorial service for Lord Mason of Barnsley

A special memorial service will be held today to celebrate the life of former Barnsley MP Roy Mason.

Lord Mason died at the age of 91 Credit: Press Association

The veteran Labour MP represented his home town for 30 years at Westminster and was also appointed Northern Ireland Secretary in the 70s.

He was created a life peer in 1987 and died in April this year after a long illness.

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Hull MP backs Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership bid

Labour's Diana Johnson has pledged her support to fellow Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper in the party's leadership contest.

Diana Johnson Credit: Press Association

The Hull North MP says that she believes Ms Cooper 'will do politics differently' and reach out to 'all parts of the UK'.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall are the two other women in the contest. However, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is the bookies' favourite to take over.

Healey confirms plans to run for Deputy Labour leader

MP for Dearne and Wentworth, John Healey, has announced he is running to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Healey confirms plans to run for Deputy Labour leader Credit: Press Association

Mr Healey said he had not intended to run but said he was "dismayed at how narrow and shallow the debate has been so far".

He becomes the seventh candidate in the running for the position, meaning at least one or two of those already declared will lack enough MPs' support to make the ballot paper.

Also standing are Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, as well as Rushanara Ali, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle, Stella Creasy, and Tom Watson.

John Mann: Of course I could do the top job

Outspoken Labour MP John Mann claims he could have been the Labour Party's next leader, but does not have enough support inside the party.

In the past two days the Bassetlaw MP has derided his party for its "monochrome" performance in the general election and released his own "manifesto for a brilliant Britain".

He told ITV Calendar it contains values many traditional Labour supporters would support, but he does not have enough support from party colleagues to challenge as leader:

Asked if he thought he could do the top job in the party, Mr Mann said, "Of course I could do the top job."

"Get me a group of Labour MPs signing a nomination and perhaps I'll be there. But I'm not holding my breath."

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Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour Party saying he takes "absolute and total responsibility" for the party's defeat.

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party Credit: Press Association

Mr Miliband held on to his Doncaster North seat, but quit after a dramatic election night where his party was virtually wiped out in Scotland and David Cameron was on the way to a Commons majority.

This is not the speech I wanted to give today.

Earlier today I rang David Cameron and congratulated him. I take absolute and total responsibility for the result and out defeat at this election.

Britain needs a strong Labour party and now it's time for someone else to take forward the leadership.

So I am tendering my resignation.

– Ed Miliband

He told them he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and he thanked the British people for their involvement in his campaign.

"Thank you for the selfies, thank you for the support," he said.

"And thank you for the most unlikely cult of the 21st century - Milifandom."

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