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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'.

Ashton MP joins grammar schools protest

Labour party members across the north west have been gathering names for a petition against the government's plans for grammar schools.

It follows a call for a day of action against the proposals by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party's conference in Liverpool last week.

Ashton-under-Lyne MP and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner joined the protest in the town.

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Rochdale MP: 'We should have some sympathy for Vaz'

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has spoken in support of Labour MP Keith Vaz, who is facing allegations he paid for the services of male escorts.

More: 'Escorts scandal' Vaz to face Home Affairs committee MPs

He told Good Morning Britain he believes there is a public interest in the story surrounding the Leicester East MP but says there should be "some sympathy for Keith" in the way he's been treated in the media.

The Rochdale MP also said Vaz makes a "positive contribution" to British politics and serves his constituency well.

Danczuk is currently suspended by the Labour party as MP for Rochdale following allegations he sent sexually explicit messages to a 17-year-old girl.

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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Wallasey MP Angela Eagle silent on Labour leadership bid as local party sends message of support to Jeremy Corbyn

A source close to Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has said she would challenge Jeremy Corbyn's leadership "when the time is right".

It comes after her constituency Labour party said on its website they had passed a motion of support for Mr Corbyn 'with an overwhelming majority',

"Last night at our branch meeting Wallasey branch Labour Party passed, with an overwhelming majority, a motion of support for Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party .

"As such we wish to send our message of support to our Leader Jeremy Corbyn at this time as we work together on the larger issues effecting our society.

– wallaseybranchlabourparty.com

Mr Corbyn has resisted calls to step down as Labour leader after MPs voted by 172-40 that they had no confidence in him.

After the mass resignation of the bulk of Mr Corbyn's front bench team, the former shadow business secretary was understood to be considering a formal challenge to his position.

"Angela has made her position 100% clear but she will challenge when there is absolutely nothing left to fight for," the source said.

"There will be a challenge unless he goes."

On Mr Corbyn and activists such as Momentum who support him, the source said: "When people get weaker, they shout louder."

D-day for Burnham and rivals in Labour leadership contest

The four candidates have been campaigning for votes all Summer Credit: PA

The Labour Party announces the winner of its Leadership Ballot later today. North West MP Andy Burnham had been tipped to win the contest early in the campaign. But that was before the surge in support for left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn. He is now believed to be the front-runner to be party leader despite warnings from senior Labour figures that the North London MP will make the party unelectable.

Andy Burnham started the race as favourite to win but has been replaced by Jeremy Corbyn in polls Credit: PA
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