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Grahame Morris MP appointed as shadow secretary for communities and local government

Grahame Morris MP Credit: UK Parliament

Grahame Morris has been appointed as shadow secretary for communities and local government, and shadow minister for the constitutional convention.

Jeremy Corbyn has been fighting through a rebellion of his front bench MPs, after several members of his shadow cabinet resigned.

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'Jeremy Corbyn not to blame for poor Remain campaign' say MPs

Two new shadow cabinet members have defended Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's involvement in the Remain campaign, saying his actions were anything but "half-hearted."

Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham, and Andy McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough spoke to our Political Correspondent Paul Brand following their appointments today.

Both have taken up roles in Labour's front bench team; Pat Glass as Shadow Education Secretary and Andy McDonald as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

Paul Brand asked them both 'Do you think Jeremy Corbyn put his whole heart into the EU Referendum Remain campaign?'

Pat Glass and Andy McDonald

So where next for the Labour party - in a region which holds many of its key seats?

We've been to Sedgefield - the former constituency of Tony Blair - which he served as MP, and during his time as Prime Minister.

But could the party achieve success, under Jeremy Corbyn? Our correspondent, Frances Read, has this report.

Sharon Hodgson MP resigns as Labour's Shadow Minister for Children

Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderladn West Credit: PA images

Sharon Hodgson, the MP for Washington and Sunderland West, is now the fifth North East MP to resign from Labour's front bench team.

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