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Labour win Redcar from Liberal Democrats

Winner: Anna Turley, holding a celebratory bunch of flowers, is the new Labour MP for Redcar. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Labour have won the former safe seat of Redcar back from the Liberal Democrats. Anna Turley is the town's new MP.

Redcar result breakdown:

Anna Turley (Lab) - 17,946 (43.86%, +11.11%) Josh Mason (Lib Dem) - 7,558 (18.47%, -26.70%) Chris Gallacher (UKIP) - 7,516 (18.37%, +13.90%) Jacob Young (Con) - 6,630 (16.20%, +2.40%) Peter Pinkney (Green) - 880 (2.15%) Philip Lockey (NE Party) - 389 (0.95%)

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Smuggler's death sentence is 'inhumane', says Branson

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has offered his support to a Teesside woman on death row in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was sentenced to death by firing squad in January 2013 for smuggling cocaine into the country.

From her cell on death row the 57-year-old grandmother wrote to the billionaire businessman asking him to support an appeal.

Mr Branson has now responded saying he fully supports Ms Sandiford, and he described the death sentence as inhumane:

I strongly believe that the death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment, and every execution is one execution too many.

We are following Lindsay Sandiford’s and other cases closely and fully support efforts that are currently underway to aid her appeal.”

– Sir Richard Branson

FCO 'closely following developments in Indonesia'

"We are closely following Lindsay Sandiford’s case in Indonesia. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to Ms Sandiford and her family at this difficult time, if it is requested."

"It is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We believe it undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.

"We are closely following the developments in Indonesia. We have repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter and we will continue to do so. We cannot comment in detail on individual cases."

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson
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