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Devolution deal 'great news for North East'

Policy North, an independent think thank based in the North East, has described a revised devolution deal north of the Tyne as great news for the region.

We have been extremely pleased to see this new devolution deal taking shape which will help ensure the North East finally gets the powers and investment it deserves.

The old model of running the North East from London simply no longer works. It will take brave leadership to forge this new deal but it is the only way to stop our region being left behind.

This is good news for jobs and investment in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle."

– Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

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North East Labour MPs insist they 'don't quit, don't split'

Labour MPs from the North East insist they won't be driven out of the party following Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as leader.

Redcar MP Anna Turley and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland's Tom Blekinsop say they will not split or quit.

Both have been critics of Mr Corbyn, who has refused to rule out de-selection for some Labour MPs at the annual party conference.

Anna Turley says talking about de-selection is "nonsense".

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