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Mary Creagh withdraws from leadership race

Mary Creagh stands down

The Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has just announced that she is standing down from the race to become the new Labour leader. On her Facebook page she says:

"Thank you so much for your support over the past few weeks. I've been touched by all the amazing messages from friends old and new. But I wanted you to be the first to know. Today I am withdrawing from the race to be the Leader of the Labour Party. I wish the remaining candidates well as they embark on their journey around Britain."

Hull firm investigated over horsemeat scandal

An MP from our region is piling pressure on police to step in to sort out the deepening scandal surrounding horsemeat appearing in our food.

The Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh's call comes as her opposite number in government says he wants an emergency summit to discuss the contamination. It's all come on the day a firm in Hull admitted some meat it brought into the country is now being investigated. James Webster reports


Wakefield MP warns of "hidden hunger"

The MP for Wakefield has warned the country faces a "hidden hunger" epidemic as hard-pressed families struggle to meet rising food bills.

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said thousands of people were relying on charities and food banks to ensure they had three square meals a day.

Speaking to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, she blamed the Government for "making the wrong political and economic choices".

We are the seventh richest nation in the world yet we face an epidemic of hidden hunger, particularly in children.

– Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Environment Secretary

The Government already provides a safety net for essentials like food and housing through the benefits system and our welfare reforms will transform the lives of some of the poorest families in society by making work pay and lifting thousands out of poverty.

– A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman

Food bank collection

The shadow Environment secretary Mary Creagh has been in Wakefield helping a charity collect donations for local food banks. The Resource Aid Centre in Osset distributes food parcels to the poor and vulnerable. They were out in force asking shoppers to donate items from their trolleys.

The charity say they have noticed a strong rise in the number of people needing their help as more families struggle to make ends meet.