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Iain Wright MP will not seek re-election

Iain Wright MP Credit: PA

Iain Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool, has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

In a tweet he said it had been 'an enormous privilege' to serve his home town.

Concern for missing County Durham woman

Catherine Garsed

Police in County Durham are appealing for help to trace missing Catherine Garsed. She was last seen wearing a blue hoody.

Officers believe she could be in Edinburgh.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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May 'will refuse to take part in TV debates'

Theresa May

Theresa May will refuse to take part in televised leaders' debates in the run-up to the June 8 general election, Number 10 sources have indicated.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn threw down the gauntlet to the Prime Minister with a direct challenge on Twitter saying: "If this General Election is about leadership, as Theresa May said this morning, she should not be dodging head-to-head TV debates."

But a Downing Street source indicated that the Prime Minister would flatly reject any proposal for a TV showdown, telling the Press Association: "Our answer is No."

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused Mrs May of "bottling" the debates and urged broadcasters to "empty chair" her if she refused to take part.

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