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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.


Around The House: Tonight at 10.40pm

Around The House at 10.40pm tonight (Thursday 10 September) on ITV Tyne Tees Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Paul Brand returns with a new series of our political programme from Westminster.

Joining him to discuss the refugee crisis and the Labour leadership election are Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman, North Yorkshire Conservative Kevin Hollinrake and Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith.

Around The House is at 10.40pm tonight on ITV.

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


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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