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Jeremy Corbyn denies facing pressure and calls for unity

Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: ITV News

Jeremy Corbyn has denied that he is under pressure, amid repeated calls from fellow Labour MPs to stand down as party leader.

Speaking at the Durham Miners' Gala, he said: "There is no pressure on me - none whatsoever. Real pressure is when you don't have enough money to feed your kids."

The Labour leader called for party and national unity, saying that there is a need for "solidarity amongst all of us".

"We need a government that will bring the country together, that will invest in all regions of the country," he said. "We bring people together by investing in them."

Mr Corbyn also spoke out against the recent spate on racially-motivated attacks following the Brexit vote, saying "an attack on a minority is in reality an attack on all of us".

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