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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


Government 'kicked' by EU Referendum result

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council

The leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council says the Government have been 'kicked' after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said:

In a sense, the referendum result showed that the people of Redcar and Cleveland want change, that they are no longer prepared to put up with job losses, cost of living rises and public services that are being devastated by Government cuts.

These, I have to emphasis, are matters not controlled by Europe, but the referendum provided and opportunity to kick the government, and kicked it was.

There is really important work underway in the Tees Valley and in Redcar and Cleveland to secure a long-term future of the SSI site, create new jobs, build more homes and invest in new road and rail links.

Government has made commitments to support the Tees Valley both through the devolution deal and the creation of the Mayoral Development Corporation for South Tees - they should make clear that there is no risk to these crucially important projects.

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey

Bishop of Durham 'sad' after Brexit vote

The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham Credit: ITV

The Bishop of Durham has expressed his sadness after Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

The Rt Rev Paul Butler was speaking during a visit to The Venerable Bede CE Academy in Sunderland as part of a Royal visit by the King and Queen of Lesotho. He said:

I was surprised. I thought that it would probably be just about be for Remain, but none of us could predict because we have never been down this way before. Personally I was sad when I heard the news but it is our responsibility to work for the good of the nation as a whole.

– Rt Rev Paul Butler


"There are clear concerns about immigration" Stockton North MP reacts to Brexit

Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham, said he is saddened and disappointed at the result of the EU referendum.

He went on to say in a statement sent to the press that immigration was a clear concern on the doorsteps of Stockton voters - with people worried about the impact on their jobs and their local services.

"I am saddened and disappointed at the decision to leave the EU – but the people of Stockton and across the country have made it abundantly clear that they want change and I will personally work to support their will.

“Communities, including my own in Stockton, have demonstrated that they feel left behind and cut off by the political establishment in Brussels and Westminster. This was a rejection of the status quo by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country and for whom the economy is not working.

“We’ve seen the failure of the current Government – and the coalition that went before it – to address the needs of post-industrial communities. The time for change is now and government needs to invest in the parts of Britain – like the North East – forgotten for too long.

“There have also been clear concerns about the impact of immigration. On the doorstep in Stockton people made it clear they are fearful of its impact on them and future generations. People are concerned about wages being undercut, and public services under strain. We’ve proposed changes to employment law, but only in government can we tackle issues like zero hours contracts and a ban on agencies only advertising abroad for jobs in Britain, and work to restore our public services.

“What we don’t need is a more right-wing reactionary Tory Government which will cut public services further, sweep away the rights of British workers and drive down wages.”

– Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham
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