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Jeremy Corbyn sacks Chief Whip Rosie Winterton

Rosie Winterton (left), who helped plan Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet in 2015, has been sacked. Credit: PA

Rosie Winterton, Labour's Chief Whip for six years, has been sacked by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn thanked Winterton for her "exceptional service" as he announced that Newcastle MP Nick Brown had taken over the role.

"[Rosie Winterton] has played an outstanding role in her support for me as leader and for the Labour Party as a whole," Corbyn said.

Corbyn's pro-migrant stance alienates ex-Labour voters

Jeremy Corbyn mounted a robust defence of immigration at the annual Labour conference, saying his party would not aim to cut migrant numbers if elected to government.

But this stance is unlikely to win back support from disenchanted voters in Crewe and Nantwich - a constituency which was once solidly Labour, but is now Conservative, and voted to leave the EU.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

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Union leaders praise Corbyn for 'visionary' speech

Jeremy Corbyn was given a rapturous reception after his conference speech. Credit: Pool

Union leaders Len McCluskey and Dave Ward have praised Jeremy Corbyn's closing speech at the Labour party conference.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said Mr Corbyn was determined to rebuild trust in politics.

Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech that declared proudly this is what the Labour Party is and only a Labour government can build a better Britain.

We can leave this conference today confident that the policies needed to deliver a real alternative are taking shape.

Not reheated dogma or lukewarm concessions to the people but a genuine programme to halt rampaging inequality, a serious plan to invest in our industrial communities and share wealth more fairly, and a determination to defend our shattered public services.

– Len McCluskey

Dave Ward, leader of the Communication Workers Union, said: "Jeremy Corbyn deserves the time and space to set out his vision for our country. Today he looked and sounded like a leader.

"We urge the whole Labour Party to unite behind our leader, who holds the largest mandate in history. Let's create a society for the millions not the millionaires."

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said the speech was 'ambitious'.

He said: "We must ignore the doom mongers, the next election is not lost, but the year ahead has to be about how Labour wins back the support of voters across the country."

Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, said: "The CBI shares much of Labour's vision for a fairer society underpinned by good business.

"Labour is certainly laying out a new way forward and we urge them to iron out inconsistent messages - especially the relationship between state and industry - and clarify policies that are sometimes hard to see delivered and paid for."

Labour offers '21st Century socialism' in bid for power

Labour will offer a socialism 'fit for the 21st Century' in order to win the next election, leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged.

Mr Corbyn insisted that the party would fight for its long-terms goals of "equality of wealth and income" but "also for power".

He was speaking as the party's conference in Liverpool came to a close.

Our aim could not be more ambitious. We want a new settlement for the 21st century, in politics, business, our communities with the environment, and in our relations with the rest of the world.

Every one of us in the Labour party is motivated by the gap between what our country is and what it could be...

Our job is now to win over the unconvinced to our vision. Only that way can we secure the Labour government we need.

– Jeremy Corbyn
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