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Cheshire MP Laura Smith quits shadow role over Brexit amendment vote

Junior minister Laura Smith explained her decision on Twitter. Credit: Twitter/LauraSmithMP

The Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich has resigned from her role on Labour's front bench over a vote on House of Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Junior minister Laura Smith resigned from the shadow cabinet along with four parliamentary private secretaries ahead of the vote on staying in the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Lords Brexit Bill amendment had called for the government to make it a negotiating objective to remaining in the EEA.

Ms Smith explained her decision on Twitter.

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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.

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.

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