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Speech: Andy Burnham warns of 'hard Brexit"

Andy Burnham Credit: ITV Granada

The Shadow Home Secretary will use his speech at the Labour Party conference to accuse the Conservatives of creating 'hostility on our streets' because of Theresa May's push for a 'hard Brexit'.

Andy Burnham will say Labour must recognise that millions of its traditional voters demanded a change on immigration policy and felt "abandoned" by the political class in Westminster and Brussels.

He says Labour should support a "fair Brexit, not a hard Brexit", warning that "Britain's international relationships, prosperity and community cohesion" are at risk.

In his keynote speech, Mr Burnham will challenge the Prime Minister's approach to Brexit and urge the bitterly divided Labour Party to "turn the page" and focus on the Tories.

He will say: "While we've been turning inward, the Tories have been taking liberties and plotting a hard-line, right-wing Brexit that burns Britain's bridges. Let's unite, turn the page and turn our fire on them.'


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Turnout of 77.6% in Labour leadership election

The result of the Labour leadership election will be revealed this morning.

The election of the Labour party's new leader saw a turnout of 77.6%.

With an electorate of around 660,000 members, union affiliates and registered supporters, this suggests that more than half a million people have cast their vote.

It makes it all but certain that Mr Corbyn will increase his overall tally of votes from the 251,417 figure he achieved in 2015, when 422,871 (76.3%) of the 554,272 eligible voters took part.

Expectations are high in Liverpool that he will also improve his 59.5% share of vote from 2015, when the vote was split between four candidates rather than two.

The result of the contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith will be announced shortly before noon.


Watch: Union accuses fire chiefs of forcing firefighters to sign deal

There's anger at claims one of our fire services plans to sack every single one of its firefighters, and only re-employ those who agree to a new contract.

Greater Manchester's fire service has around1250 frontline firefighters.

The service says it has to save £14 million and that these new contracts, which include changes to shift times, will save £10 million.

But the Fire brigades union says the plans are appalling and it says 250 full time jobs will go completely.

Matt O'Donoghue has tonight's stop story.

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