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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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Tim Farron: General Election is 'great opportunity'

Tim Farron said an election would be a 'great opportunity'. Credit: ITV News

A snap General Election would provide a "great opportunity" for Britain to "change the direction" of the country.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said a potential election represents a chance for the UK to alter which path it takes during Brexit negotiations.

Speaking to ITV News, he said: "It's a great opportunity for the British people to choose to change the direction of our country.

"To oppose a hard Brexit, to keep us in the single market and to make sure that we actually have a strong and decent opposition - which only the Liberal Democrats now offer."

He added that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn had "effectively decided" not to be an alternative government.

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PM's top spin doctor resigns after early election call

Theresa May is thought to have given a close ear to her former advisers. Credit: PA

Theresa May's director of communications has surprisingly announced she will resign her position amid the PM's call for an early election.

Katie Perrior, who was appointed to the role as Mrs May took power last July, leaves a team that includes May's influential former special advisers Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

Ms Perrior was a surprise appointment as the former iNHouse Communications boss had no background in journalism.

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