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Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:

Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.


Corbyn crisis: North East MPs react

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

A cascade of Labour shadow cabinet members are resigning in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

There has been continued criticism of the Labour leader's 'lacklustre' campaigning for Remain in the run-up to the EU referendum.

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods was unhappy about Jeremy Corbyn sacking Hilary Benn from the shadow cabinet.

Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, wants change.

Sedgefield's Phil Wilson went as far to write an article in a national newspaper.

But Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery supports Corbyn staying as leader.


Weather: Saturday

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A largely dry and bright start.

Scattered showers will develop during the morning, these becoming heavy and thundery, and persisting into the afternoon.

Some sunny spells are likely between showers.

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North East 'must not lose out' after Brexit

The North East must not lose out as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union, according to the Shadow Europe Minister.

Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, had campaigned to Remain in the EU and now says the 'Leave' camp need to deliver on guarantees it given to the region during the referendum.

Mrs Glass told ITV News:

Nigel Farage said that the North East would not lose out from the money that comes from the EU. We've got to hold those people's feet to the fire and make sure that happens.

– Pat Glass MP
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