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Helen Goodman MP: Election 'isn't about changing the government'

ITV Political Correspondent (left) and Helen Goodman MP (right) Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Aukland, tells ITV Political Corespondent Paul brand that the General Election is not about 'changing the government.'

Paul Brand: Is he [Jeremy Corbyn] a Prime Minister though?

Helen Goodman: I don't think that this election is about changing the...

Paul Brand:Prime Minister?!

Helen Goodman: ...the government.

Paul Brand: Come on, that's what an election is about, isn't it?

Helen Goodman: I think this election is about preventing the Tories from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country.

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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.

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May 'will refuse to take part in TV debates'

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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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