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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Andrea Leadsom's controversial motherhood comments about Theresa May.
"She [Leadsom] shouldn't be raising it as a way of criticism, it shouldn't raised as a matter of public debate," he said in an interview with ITV News.
"A man would never be asked those questions - why should a woman be asked those questions?"
Jeremy Corbyn has denied that he is under pressure, amid repeated calls from fellow Labour MPs to stand down as party leader.
Speaking at the Durham Miners' Gala, he said: "There is no pressure on me - none whatsoever. Real pressure is when you don't have enough money to feed your kids."
The Labour leader called for party and national unity, saying that there is a need for "solidarity amongst all of us".
"We need a government that will bring the country together, that will invest in all regions of the country," he said. "We bring people together by investing in them."
Mr Corbyn also spoke out against the recent spate on racially-motivated attacks following the Brexit vote, saying "an attack on a minority is in reality an attack on all of us".
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Labour leadership challenger Angela Eagle has told Peston on Sunday that she is fighting to save her party.
Deputy leader said there was "no realistic prospect of reaching a compromise" over leadership because of Corbyn's refusal to stand down.