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MP for Stoke-on-Trent North resigns from shadow cabinet post

The MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Ruth Smeeth, has also resigned from the Shadow Cabinet as Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Shadow Northern Ireland & Scotland teams.

MP for Stoke-on-Trent North resigns from shadow cabinet post Credit: PA

Two West Midlands MPs resign from shadow cabinet posts

Two more West Midlands MP's have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in protest over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Jack Dromey MP for Birmingham Erdington has resigned as Shadow Policing Minister as he believes the Labour party 'cannot fight back and win' with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

Meanwhile, Richard Burden MP for Birmingham Northfield has resigned as Shadow Transport Minister.

Mr Burden said in his resignation letter: "I honestly believe that for you to respond by digging yourself deeper into your trench is just going to make a bad situation worse, regardless of how many troops in the broader Party you believe will go over the top for you."


Birmingham Yardley MP calls for calm: "Any of the hate crimes we're seeing have got to stop"

Following the historic Brexit Vote the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips says it's a time for diverse communities to come together.

She herself favoured remaining in the EU but says the priority now is to look to the future. She's also been explaining why she resigned from her junior post in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet today.

She spoke to our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie:

Labour leader told 'expect a leadership challenge'

Pictured together earlier this month Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been told by deputy leader Tom Watson during crisis talks that he is likely to face a leadership challenge, a senior party source said.

The meeting between Mr Corbyn and the West Bromwich MP was described as "civil" by a spokesman for the leader.

The spokesman said there was "categorically not" any call from Mr Watson for Mr Corbyn to quit.

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Osborne: UK economy 'about as strong as it could be'

The Chancellor George Osborne has said the UK economy is "about as strong as it could be", as he looked to calm market fears following Brexit.

Speaking as financial trading started on Monday, Mr Osborne said the Leave vote in last week's EU referendum was "not the outcome I wanted" but said he "will do everything" he can to "make it work for Britain".

He added that "there will be an adjustment in our economy because of the decision that the British people have taken" but made no indication that there would be an emergency budget.

"I respect that decision and we're going to get on and deliver on that decision. But the impact on the economy will have an article on our public finances," he said.

His comments came after the pound suffered fresh losses during early trading on Asian markets on Monday morning.

Addressing the question of the free movement of labour following withdrawal from the EU, the chancellor said Britain is an "open and tolerant country" and he "will fight to keep it so".

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