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Labour in meltdown over leadership

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Jeremy Corbyn has promoted key allies in an attempt to shore up his position as Labour leader but the revolt against him continued with further resignations and a threat by senior peers to boycott shadow cabinet meetings.

The Labour leader lost 12 members of his top team on Sunday and a series of junior frontbenchers quit on Monday as months of frustration at his leadership exploded into a full-blown coup attempt.

As Mr Corbyn moved to replace the members of the frontbench team who had quit, resignation letters continued to pile up on his desk.

The party's leadership in the Lords appeared to back the effort to oust Mr Corbyn - who has vowed to fight on - although they will not resign their shadow cabinet seats.

Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott have been given new roles Credit: PA

The embattled party leader appointed loyalist MPs into key roles in his shadow cabinet as he attempted to hold on to his position, including a number of MPs from the 2015 intake.

Former shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry will replace Hilary Benn, who was sacked as shadow foreign secretary in the early hours of Sunday morning.

And Diane Abbott replaces Heidi Alexander, who quit as shadow health secretary - one of 11 shadow cabinet ministers to resign in a day.

Other appointments confirmed by Mr Corbyn in his reshuffle were Pat Glass as shadow education secretary, Andy McDonald in the transport brief, Clive Lewis takes defence, Rebecca Long-Bailey will be shadow chief secretary and Kate Osamor is the new shadow development secretary.

The shadow environment, food and rural affairs portfolio has gone to Rachel Maskell, Cat Smith is the shadow voter engagement and youth affairs minister and Dave Anderson becomes shadow Northern Ireland secretary.

EU Exit in the South - so what next?

A new week- a new relationship with Europe Credit: PA

We've had a weekend to mull over the result of the EU referendum, so how are you feeling about it this morning?

The shock of the result may have subsided, but now it's time to face the reality of this momentous decision.

In Westminster, both the main parties have imploded - this morning the Conservatives are lining up their candidates following David Cameron's decision to resign.

Boris Johnson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May lead the pack, with rumours a plot dubbed ABB ( Anyone But Boris) has begun, organised by those loyal to the outgoing PM.

Johnson and May are likely to go head-to-head Credit: Library Image -PA

But the Labour Party too is in turmoil, with Jeremy Cobyn this morning promoting key allies in an attempt to shore up his position as Labour leader, following the resignation of 12 members of his top team on Sunday.

Jeremy Corbyn outside his home this morning Credit: PA

But outside Westminster, decisions will need to be made that affect everyone, with concerns that major infrastructure plans in the South, like HS2 and the future of airport expansion, will be put on hold.

There remains uncertainty in the money markets, and British businesses are now considering the impact of the Leave decision for their future strategy.

What next for HS2? Credit: PA

The South and South East is home to thousands of families who've moved to the UK from other European countries - many from Poland. Many say they feel they're facing an uncertain future.

We'll be looking at all these issues in Meridian Tonight at 6pm tonight, and throughout the day on our website.

We welcome your comments and opinions- Let us know what you're thinking at meridiantonight@itv.com or on our Facebook page

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South becomes battleground for Tory leadership

Boris Johnson and Theresa May lead the pack Credit: Library Image - PA

Boris Johnson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May are leading a pack of at least 10 senior Conservatives tipped to be contenders in the battle to succeed David Cameron.

The Brexit campaign frontman summoned friendly Tory MPs to his Oxfordshire home on Sunday in likely preparation for a run at the party's leadership, as the Home Secretary was reportedly sounding out colleagues.

The Maidenhead MP is reported to be the main contender to take on Boris Johnson Credit: PA

Mrs May is thought to be the main contender to take on the former London mayor and a plot dubbed "ABB" (Anyone But Boris) has reportedly begun, organised by ministers and aides loyal to Mr Cameron.

Other challengers could also include pro-Remain MPs Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd who represents Hastings and Rye.

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd has thrown her hat in the ring Credit: PA
South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt is considering his position Credit: PA

Despite once saying the Health Secretary brief was his "last big job in politics", South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt is also reported to be among those considering a shot at the leadership.

Prominent Brexit campaigners Andrea Leadsom, minister for energy and climate change, and work and pensions minister Priti Patel are expected to stand, according to reports.

Meanwhile former defence secretary Liam Fox was the first potential contender to break cover, admitting he is "thinking about" standing to replace Mr Cameron.

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Mr Johnson was pictured welcoming Remain campaigners Jake Berry, Amanda Milling and Ben Wallace, alongside Leave's Nigel Adams to his Oxfordshire home on Sunday.

Mrs May, touted as the "stop Boris" side's candidate, was also reported to be canvassing support among MPs ahead of the battle to replace the PM.

She has been silent since Friday's bombshell EU referendum result sent shockwaves through Britain's political system as the country questioned how Brexit could be delivered.

David Cameron announcing his resignation on Friday Credit: PA

Mr Cameron announced his intention to leave Number 10 in the wake of the referendum defeat and said he would like his successor to be in place by the time of the Tory party conference in October.

EU Referendum result could delay runway decision

EU referendum result could delay runway decision Credit: ITV News Meridian

There's a warning the Brexit vote could delay a decision on expansion at Gatwick Airport. Campaigners say the Prime Minister's resignation may well stall plans to make an announcement early next month.

It was previously suggested that ministers could announce a decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick before the summer Parliamentary break at the end of July.

But David Cameron's announcement that he will step down by October following the Brexit vote could mean a further delay in the process.

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