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Labour supporters gather to grill leadership candidates

Newcastle is hosting one of eleven hustings that are taking place across the country in the run up to voting for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

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Later today, July 12, all candidates will speak at The Great North Museum in a hustings moderated by the Northern Echo's Political Editor, Chris Lloyd.

  • Liz Kendall
  • Andy Burnham
  • Yvette Cooper
  • Jeremy Corbyn

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Labour Party calls UKIP 'more Tory than the Tories' after Mayor of Bishop Auckland defects

Councillor Colin Race Credit: Durham County Council

The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.

They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:

On the day Nigel Farage confirmed his plans to privatise the NHS, people in Bishop Auckland will rightly be questioning the decision of one of their town councillors.

UKIP’s policies include another tax break for millionaires, higher taxes on working families, scrapping rights as at work and higher bankers’ bonuses.

They can’t be described as a party who will stand up for working people. In reality, they are more Tory than the Tories."

– Labour Spokesperson

North East Labour Party figures pay tribute to Tony Benn

North East Labour figures including the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and the MPs Andy McDonald, who represents Middlesbrough, and Grahame Morris, who represents Easington, have all paid tribute to Tony Benn on Twitter.

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Ed Miliband talks about the North East in Brighton

The Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke directly to North East voters in his speech to the party's conference.

He said the Tory mask had slipped, when a Conservative peer called the region 'desolate' earlier this year.

Mr Miliband said, people in the region are some of the country's heroes.

He also made a surprise promise to freeze energy prices for almost two years, if Labour win the next election. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand watched the speech in Brighton.

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