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Wharton 'disappointed' at Boris leadership u-turn

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has expressed his disappointment at Boris Johnson's decision to pull out of the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

The Stockton South MP said yesterday's announcement was disappointing as Mr Johnson had given him assurances regarding the future of the party and Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Mr Wharton said he would be speaking to all the party's leadership candidates before deciding who to back.

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Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:

Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.

North East 'must not lose out' after Brexit

The North East must not lose out as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union, according to the Shadow Europe Minister.

Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, had campaigned to Remain in the EU and now says the 'Leave' camp need to deliver on guarantees it given to the region during the referendum.

Mrs Glass told ITV News:

Nigel Farage said that the North East would not lose out from the money that comes from the EU. We've got to hold those people's feet to the fire and make sure that happens.

– Pat Glass MP

Government 'kicked' by EU Referendum result

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council

The leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council says the Government have been 'kicked' after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said:

In a sense, the referendum result showed that the people of Redcar and Cleveland want change, that they are no longer prepared to put up with job losses, cost of living rises and public services that are being devastated by Government cuts.

These, I have to emphasis, are matters not controlled by Europe, but the referendum provided and opportunity to kick the government, and kicked it was.

There is really important work underway in the Tees Valley and in Redcar and Cleveland to secure a long-term future of the SSI site, create new jobs, build more homes and invest in new road and rail links.

Government has made commitments to support the Tees Valley both through the devolution deal and the creation of the Mayoral Development Corporation for South Tees - they should make clear that there is no risk to these crucially important projects.

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey
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