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Angela Eagle launches 'Keep it Comradely' pledge

As Owen Smith launches his Labour leadership bid, Angela Eagle has launched her "Keep it Comradely" pledge.

The Wallasey MP told waiting reporters:

This is my clean campaign pledge, I'm going to sign it today and I hope that all of the other candidates in the leadership election, and their supporters, party members up and down the country, will sign up to that pledge.

– Angela Eagle

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Adam McClean dines with Manchester Mayor candidates

On the fourth of May next year Greater Manchester will elect its very first mayor.

But before the public cast their votes there's a race underway for who will be selected as Labour's candidate for the position.

Three people are in the running and so we thought we'd find out more about them. We asked each candidate to serve up some food as Granada Reports briefly becomes 'Come Dine With Mayor.' Adam McClean has been to eat with them.

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Angela Eagle's Wallasey office bricked overnight

Police are investigating reports that a brick was thrown through a window at Angela Eagle's Wallasey constituency office last night.

Window at Angela Eagle's Wallasey office Credit: Andy Bonner

Granada Report's Liverpool correspondent Andy Bonner is Tweeting from the scene:

Merseyside Police said:

We were called to premises in Manor Road, Wallasey, today, Tuesday 12 July, following reports of criminal damage.

It is believed that between 5pm last night (Monday) and 9am today, damage was caused to the front ground floor window of an office.

The incident was reported to Merseyside Police at 9.55am today.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

– Merseyside Police

The overnight attack comes after she launched her leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn yesterday, amid fears that he cannot successfully unite the party and win a general election.

Following the incident, Wallasey MP, Angela Eagle, has released a statement on her Facebook page.

The safety of my staff and constituents is paramount. Following the attack on my Wallasey office I have now called the Police

– Angela Eagle

Local Wirral councillor Bernie Mooney - a supporter of the MP - told the Liverpool Echo that she had just learned of the attack and was not sure of the damage.

All I've been told is they have put the windows through. I just got the message and I'm going there now.

– Bernie Mooney, Wirral Councillor

Ms Eagle may face moves by local party members to de-select her after the Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) had urged her to support Mr Corbyn.

Watch awkward moment Angela Eagle is deserted by reporters for Andrea Leadsom announcement

This is the awkward moment Angela Eagle is deserted by major broadcaster's top political reporters at the end of her launch for the Labour leadership.

The toe-curling video shows the Wallasey MP throw it open for questions only to be met by an awkward silence as ITV's Robert Peston and BBC correspondents rushed out of the launch amid reports of Andrea Leadsom pulling out of the Conservative leadership race.

Theresa May set to be confirmed as new Conservative leader

Graham Brady MP and Chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee Credit: PA

Altrincham and Sale West MP and chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, said he needed to consult with the party's board before formally confirming that Theresa May was the new leader of the Conservative Party.

Theresa May looks set to be confirmed as leader, and the UK's second female prime minister, after her only remaining rival Andrea Leadsom sensationally dropped out of the race to succeed David Cameron.

Leadsom announced she was quitting the contest shortly after apologising to the Home Secretary over an interview in which she appeared to suggest that the fact she was a mother gave her the edge over the childless Mrs May as a future PM.

Speaking on the steps of her campaign HQ in Westminster, the Energy Minister wished Mrs May "the very greatest success" and promised her "my full support".

He said he was hoping to hold discussions this afternoon, but was unable to say whether Mrs May would be confirmed as Prime Minister by the end of the day or the week.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, who came third in the leadership ballot among Tory MPs, pledged his backing to Mrs May, saying:

Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future.

We should now move as quickly as possible to ensure Theresa May can take over as leader. She has my full support as our next Prime Minister.

– Justice Secretary Michael Gove
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