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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


Corbyn to reach out to Labour's North West heartland

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sings 'The Red Flag'. Credit: Press Association.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will give a key speech to North West party members today.

More than 800 delegates, including a raft of the party's most influential politicians will hear him speak at the regional conference.

Among those in the audience will be local MPs - many of who supported Andy Burnham, the Leigh MP, in the recent leadership campaign.


Miliband to give keynote speech at Labour conference

Labour leader Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband will give his keynote speech later at the party's Conference in Manchester. Miliband is expected to pledge more funding to bolster the health service today as he unveils a 10-year plan to rebuild Britain.

There is widespread speculation the Labour leader will use his final conference speech before the general election to signal that money will be redirected to the NHS - and possibly to social care. But he will stress the party's commitment to fiscal discipline, insisting a "world class" country can be achieved without "big spending".

Doubling the number of people buying their first homes to 400,000 each year is among six "goals" being set out by Mr Miliband to help young people. Boosting apprenticeship take-up until it matches the number going to university, halving the number of low-paid workers and creating amillion new "green" technology jobs also form part of what the party is calling a "national mission".

Despite leading the opinion polls, the Labour pair continue to trail David Cameron and George Osborne over who is most trusted with the economy.

Mr Miliband is expected to dangle some immediate policy carrots before the electorate - with the NHS tipped to be the focus after Mr Balls told the Manchester gathering the party would do "whatever it takes" to protect it.

A "world class health and care service" is another of Mr Miliband's six stated 2025 goals - completed by raising the pay of "everyday" workers to ease the cost of living.

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