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Bridget Phillipson backs Angela Eagle bid

Angela Eagle launches Labour leadership bid Credit: PA

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has backed Angela Eagle's bid to become the next Labour leader.

Ms Eagle launched her bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn on Monday.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott is part of her campaign team and other North East MPs were at the launch to give their backing - including Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson.

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South Tyneside Council: Labour HOLD

Labour has taken all 18 seats up for grabs this time on South Tyneside Council.

Three new faces joined the Council.

These were:

**Joan Margaret Keegan who was elected as the new Labour councillor for the Monkton ward.

**Liz McHugh who represents Labour in the Hebburn North ward

**Labour Councillor David Townsley who takes over from Conservative Councillor Jeff Milburn in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward.

The new political make-up of the Council is:

Labour - 53

Independent – Putting People First party - 1

  • The overall turnout was 33.8 per cent, compared to 58.8 per cent in 2015
  • 38835 votes were cast out of a total electorate of 114981.

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Around The House: Tonight at 10.45pm

Paul Brand presents this month's Around The House from Westminster Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Paul Brand and studio guests Chi Onwurah MP and Baroness McIntosh discuss the response to the flooding - and what Labour's long reshuffle means for the North East.

Paul Brand with guests Baroness McIntosh (Conservative) and Newcastle Labour MP Chi Onwurah. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Around The House is tonight (Thurs 21 January) on ITV at 10.45pm.

Shadow Chancellor claims Redcar visit changed his policy on deficit

The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has claimed a visit to Redcar changed his policy on the country's deficit.

Speaking after the party did a u-turn over supporting a charter that would commit future governments to running a surplus, he said meeting steelworkers' families brought home the cost of austerity.

There have been intense rows within the Labour party over the leadership's decision to back George Osborne's fiscal charter, before changing tack to oppose it weeks later.

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