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Corbyn refuses to step down over no confidence vote

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Jeremy Corbyn has refused to step down despite losing a no confidence vote from his party.

The Labour leader, who was elected nine months ago, said he would not resign and "betray" those who voted for him.

His full statement said:

In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided.

The government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.

Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.

To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the government over its attacks on living standards.

Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a remain vote.

I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.

We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.

– Jeremy Corbyn

Pat Glass MP will not be candidate for next General Election

North West Durham MP Pat Glass Credit: PA

A North East Labour MP has announced that she will not be running as a candidate in the next General Election.

Pat Glass, the MP for North West Durham, revealed that a "bruising" EU Referendum is one of the reasons behind her decision.

Mrs Glass confirmed the news on twitter:


Four years since 'Thunder Thursday'

Lightning striking Tyne Bridge Credit: Marc Burton

It's four years to the day since 'Thunder Thursday'.

Torrential rain and thunder storms meant on this day in 2012 commuters had a tricky journey home after roads were left flooded and grid locked.

Flooding closed the Tyne Tunnel, left over 23,000 homes without power and trains north of Newcastle were cancelled after a landslide on the East Coast Mainline.

Newcastle's Central Motorway under water Credit: Ben Towell

A1 SINKHOLE: Latest updates

A contraflow system remains in place between junctions 67 (Coal House) and 68 (Lobley Hill) in time for this morning’s peak period to enable traffic to travel in both directions along the route. It means there are two lanes travelling southbound and one travelling north.

The hole, which is 3m deep and around 6.5m diameter and believed to be related to old mine workings in the area, is in the process of being filled with specialist concrete mixture. Contractors working for Highways England are now drilling holes to pump more material underneath the repair to prevent further collapse.

The road carries an average 90,000 vehicles a day, and drivers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

Read advice on how to try and avoid the delays here

The sinkhole is 3m deep and around 6.5m diameter Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Safety is our top priority and we have to ensure the carriageway is totally safe before drivers use it.

In the meantime I urge all drivers in the area to check conditions before they set out and to leave plenty of extra time for their journeys. I would also like to thank drivers in advance for their patience as we carry out this complex task.

– Rob Beckitt, duty operations manager at Highways England
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