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Exclusive: why I walked out on Labour - the Barrow MP John Woodcock gives his first television interview

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The Barrow MP John Woodcock has told Granada Reports why he's taken the decision to quit the Labour Party.

In his only television interview since leaving the part, Mr Woodcock says he can no longer represent an area where thousands of jobs depend on building nuclear submarines while Labour is led by Jeremy Corbyn - who is a long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons.

Mr Woodcock is now standing as an independent. And he's calling for MPs of all sides to come together to form a new political party.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt has that exclusive interview

WATCH: political correspondent Daniel Hewitt's exclusive interview with John Woodcock:

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Labour to pledge £30bn investment in the North West

The shadow chancellor will speak at the party's North West regional conference in Blackpool on Saturday. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour's Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, will today pledge that the party could invest up to £30 billion in the North West when he addresses Labour's North West Regional Conference in Blackpool.

The package forms part of Labour's proposals for a £500 billion investment, and a lending boost for the whole country, bringing jobs and growth to every region and backed up with a new National Investment Bank and network of regional banks, including a 'Bank of the North'.

Wallasey Constituency Labour Party suspended

Wallasey Constituency Labour Party has been suspended after a number of complaints of bullying.

The constituency, which is represented by Angela Eagle, has seen unrest amongst members since Eagle challenged Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership.

It now means the regional Labour Party will take over the administration of the Wallasey constituency party.

The North West Labour party earlier confirmed the suspension.

Any complaints of bullying or intimidation and allegations of misconduct are always taken very seriously.

– North West Labour Spokesperson

Angela Eagle's constituency office was attacked last week when a brick was thrown through a window.

The constituency has seen unrest since Angela Eagle launched a leadership contest Credit: ITV Granada

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Latest moves involving North West Labour MPs following Brexit vote

Appointments confirmed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in his reshuffle today included Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Rebecca Long-Bailey Credit: @RLong_Bailey MP

Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood is the new shadow voter engagement and youth affairs minister

Cat Smith MP Credit: @CatSmithMP
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