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Darlington MP Jenny Chapman resigns from education team

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman is the latest MP to resign from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington Credit: PA

The shadow minister for Early Years and Childcare posted a letter on her Facebook page explaining her decisions.

In it she says she 'admires' Mr Corbyn and shares his values, but says it has 'become clear' he cannot 'hold our Labour team together.' Credit: Facebook / Jenny Chapman

Dear Jeremy

I am resigning from my position on the education team today.

I admire you and share your values. My hope is that we can unite as a party around a leader with the same sense of social justice as yours, but with the ability to bring the country together at a time of deep division.

My constituents in Darlington have made it clear to me that they cannot support the Labour Party under your leadership. If we can't win in Darlington, we can't win the country. This matters more than anybody's political position.

My town is being battered by this heinous Tory government, and much as I've supported you, this weekend it's become clear that you can't hold our Labour team together. The uncomfortable truth is that Labour needs a leader who can reach out more widely."

– Darlington MP Jenny Chapman


Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods resigns from the Labour shadow team

The Labour MP for Durham City Roberta Blackman-Woods has resigned from the Labour shadow team.

In her letter of resignation she said that she didn't believe the Labour Remain message about supporting a reformed EU was made effectively enough.

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham resigns from the Labour shadow team

The Labour MP for Stockton North Alex Cunningham has resigned as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment.

In his resignation letter he said that he is not convinced the Labour party can win the next General Election with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

North East MPs take up roles in shadow Labour team

MPs Dave Anderson, Pat Glass and Andy McDonald who have been promoted to the shadow cabinet Credit: PA

Three North East MPs have been promoted to Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet as he reshuffles his top team in the wake of mass resignations.

Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham becomes the shadow education secretary, moved from her role as shadow European minister.

Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough takes over from Lilian Greenwood as shadow transport secretary.

Dave Anderson, MP for Blaydon, becomes shadow Northern Ireland secretary following the resignation of Vernon Coaker.

Redcar MP Anna Turley resigns from the Labour shadow team

The Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turnley has resigned from the Labour shadow team.

In a letter she said that she does not believe Jeremy Corbyn - or his team 0 are providing a strong and competent leadership.


Appeal for witnesses after house fire may have been started deliberately

Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson attack in Sunderland.

The Fire and Rescue Service were called just after 7pm on Saturday 25th to a house fire on Ancona Street.

Credit: Google maps

A spokesperson for the force said:

It is believed the fire may have been started deliberately and officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.

Extra officers are in the area as part of ongoing investigations.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1069 250616 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Northumbria Police

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:

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