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Watch: Chilcot report findings

Bereaved families from the North East have been digesting the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, seven years after the inquiry began.

The report runs to more than 6000 pages and delivers a scathing verdict on the justification of the war, with former Prime Minister and Sedgefield MP Tony Blair bearing the brunt of the criticism.

Watch the report from our Correspondent Frances Read:

North East UKIP member 'considering running for leader'

UKIP member Phillip Broughton has said he is considering running for leadership of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down earlier this week.

Broughton, a former professional wrestler, stood as UKIP's Hartlepool candidate in the 2015 General Election.

Broughton says there's an obvious vacancy as the party's only MP Douglas Carswell has already said he doesn't want the job.

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“I think Nigel has done an amazing job for UKIP. He has made us the third biggest political party in the country, has done an amazing job in giving us our independence back and taking us forward as a nation. A man of passion, belief, who stands by his principles and an all round great guy. Now of course we need to look at who should stand for the leadership of the party and I must say, I am considering it.

We have only got one MP in Douglas Carswell and he has already said he doesn’t want the job. I think I have got the energy and I’ve done a lot of hard work in Hartlepool, I got the fourth best result in the country for UKIP in the general election and came within a whisker of winning and I’ve got a lot to offer.

I’ve been involved in politics and I also have a lot of life experience. I’m considering running, but also for 2020 or if a general election is called soon, but it is still early days. I’m passionate about Hartlepool.”

– Phillip Broughton

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Darlington Labour MP slams Corbyn

Darlington's Labour MP has spoken out about why she resigned from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet last week.

Jenny Chapman says the party needs change at the top, if it's to stand any chance of winning elections in the North East.

I'm convinced that Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party means that the Labour party can't win in seats like Darlington and we need to win in seats like Darlington to form a government.

The North East is being battered by the Tories and the Labour party has got to do so much better.

– Jenny Chapman MP
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