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Around The House: Teesside MP defends EU Referendum Bill

Stockton South MP James Wharton says critics of his EU Referendum Bill are wrong to claim that he should have used the chance of a Private Member's Bill to back a local issue.

The EU Referendum Bill would set a timeline for a vote on whether Britain should stay in the European Union.

Speaking on Around The House, the Conservative MP said he was surprised to have come first in the ballot to be allowed to put forward a Bill of his choice, but insisted that a local issue would never get through Parliament.

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Around The House: Union leader calls for Living Wage

The new Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress in the North has said her priority is to secure the Living Wage - £7.45 per hour, compared with the current Minimum Wage of £6.19 per hour - for workers at as many companies as possible.

Beth Farhat discussed the challenges of her role as the new face of the Northern TUC with Helen Ford, on our political programme Around The House.

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Political discussion from Westminster: Tonight at 11.35pm

Helen Ford presents Around The House from Westminster Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On tonight's political programme Around The House, Helen Ford discusses the row over party funding and the political significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels with a panel of guests, including Durham Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Also in the programme, Stockton Conservative James Wharton reflects on introducing the controversial EU Referendum Bill.

Helen Ford also talks to Beth Farhat about her new role as General Secretary of the Northern TUC.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm

Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.

Among tonight's guests are the new Regional Secretary of the Northern TUC, Beth Farhat and Stockton Conservative MP James Wharton, who discusses the controversial EU Referendum Bill that has thrust him into the political spotlight.

Also in the programme, a panel including Durham Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods considers the current row over party funding and whether an icon of early Christianity - the Lindisfarne Gospels - has also become a political symbol.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 11th July) on ITV.