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Burnham will not take part in 'coup' against Corbyn

Andy Burnham (L) said he would not be joining other Labour MPs moving against Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has said he will not be taking part in a "coup" against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"At an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war," he said.

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Burnham: 'I wont be part of a coup'

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Lucy Powell resigns from Corbyn's shadow cabinet

Lucy Powell said she had lost confidence that Jeremy Corbyn can 'bring the Party together'. Credit: PA

Labour MP Lucy Powell has resigned as shadow education secretary, saying that Jeremy Corbyn's position as leader of the party is "untenable".

In a letter to the Labour Party leader, she said: "It is increasingly clear that your position is untenable and that you are unable to command the support of the Shadow Cabinet, the Parliamentary Labour Party and, most importantly, the country.

Given the big challenges faced by our country and our Party over the coming months, and the possibility of an imminent general election, I do not have the confidence that you can bring the Party together, lead us to a General Election and be an effective Opposition.

– Lucy Powell

Bury South MP Lewis 'Corbyn cannot lead us back to Government'

"Unfortunately, it is clear Jeremy Corbyn cannot lead us back to Government and there is a real risk we will suffer a worse election result than in 2015.

"Having taken sounding from Labour members and Councillors in Greater Manchester this weekend I feel I have a duty to stand up and be counted.

"So today I have written to Jeremy and asked him to resign ahead of this weeks no confidence vote."I have been loyal to Jeremy since he became leader."

– Ivan Lewis MP, Bury South
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Ann Coffey says Jeremy Corbyn 'really has to go'

Ann Coffey has added to the growing list of Labour MPs who have said that Jeremy Corbyn must go in the wake of the EU referendum, saying the public have "no confidence" in him.

She also criticised his campaigning over the referendum, saying that it was "lacklustre, it was unenthusiastic" and that he came across as not caring about the result.

Ann Coffey has seconded a vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn that Labour MPMargaret Hodge proposed.

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Frank Field: Labour needs new leader who is a 'likely PM'

Frank Field MP has said that Labour "certainly" need a new leader who is a "likely Prime Minister".

He said that Jeremy Corbyn has been "brilliant" at representing people who have "lost out under globalisation", but that he hasn't connected with most of the electorate.

Mr Field added that he will be going to the meeting on Tuesday which could see Labour MPs taking part in a secret ballot over their leader.

Saying 'thank you' across the NW on Armed Forces Day

Veterans at Armed Forces Day Credit: Manchester Evening News

A series of events are planned across the region to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The annual day is a chance for people to show their support for service personnel, past and present and young cadets.

In Liverpool the day will be marked with a service at Exchange Flags followed by a Parade, starting at the Town Hall at 10am

In Birkenhead a 1940s themed day is planned with events in Hamilton Square involving veterans, charities and businesses.

Accrington Pals Credit: Accrington Pals

Among events in Lancashire, the bandstand in Oakhill Park in Accrington will host the first ever 'Pals Prom' today.

Activities start at the park from 12 noon, and will include performances by the East Lancashire Concert Band at 7pm.

Armed Service Day in Accrington Credit: ITV Granada

In Manchester a military veterans' parade is planned from St Peter's Square from 11am.

Several military vehicles and a Jet Provost cockpit will be on display.

Servicemen and women will also travel free on Greater Manchester's Metrolink on Armed Forces Day and forever after.

Metrolink is providing free travel to any service personnel or reservist if they present their military pass.

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