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What will Theresa May do for the North East?

In her first first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May pledged to make Britain a country that works for everyone.

She reached out to working families promising to do everything she could to make their lives better.

Mrs May acknowledged life is harder for families than many people in Westminster realise, and promised to make those who were struggling a priority.

Our Correspondent Tom Sheldrick took the speech to Bishop Auckland to hear the views of people there.

Watch his report below

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What happens now to the Northern Powerhouse?

James Wharton MP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The new Chancellor Phillip Hammond says if Britain is going to prosper 'prosperity can't just be clustered in the southeast of England'.

He did not commit though to the long-term vision or future of the concept.

The future of the current Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton is unclear after Theresa May became Prime Minister.

Mr. Wharton is also the MP for Stockton South.

Phillip Hammond has been speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC radio.

Nick Ferrari: How enamoured are you of the Northern Power House initiative?

Philip Hammond: I think that it's been clear and obvious for many years that if Britain is going to be a sustainably prosperous country we have to spread the prosperity across the nation. We can't just have it clustered in the southeast of England, and the investment particularly in transport infrastructure to allow the potential of our northern cities in particular to be realized is a crucial contribution to the overall prosperity of the economy going forward, and I believe that those big transport infrastructure projects are going to be key to Britain's future.

– LBC

Newcastle MP: Labour CAN win the next general election

Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central Credit: PA

Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central, says she believes Labour can with the next general election.

She's been speaking to the Labour List website.

In an article for the Labour site she insisted that the next Labour Leader will not be chosen on personality but on policies.

Read the article here

Anne-Marie Trevelyan calls Boris's foreign secretary appointment 'a smart move'

The Berwick-upon-Tweed MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has called the move to appoint Boris Johnson as foreign secretary 'smart'.

She has been speaking to ITV's Around The House.

Ms. Trevelyan was a LEAVE campaigner during the EU Referendum and says Boris Johnson will now be at the 'heart' of Brexit discussions, once the new cabinet has settled in.

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Theresa May sets out key pledges as prime minister

Theresa May has set out her key pledges as Prime Minister in her first public address after taking office, saying her government would be driven by the needs of ordinary Britons.

Speaking outside Number 10, Mrs May said she would:

  • Fight against the burning injustice that if you're poor you die sooner
  • Give people more control over their lives
  • Prioritise ordinary Britons not the wealthy few when it comes to taxes

The former Home Secretary also pledged to forge a new role for the country following its decision to leave the European Union.

"Following the referendum we face a time of great national change," she said.

"I know because we're Great Britain that we will rise to the challenge.

"As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us."

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