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Exeter MP: Jeremy Corbyn has 'never had to make a difficult decision'

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has made his strongest attack so far on the party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Asked by Ian Axton about Mr Corbyn's opposition to airstrikes on Syria, Mr Bradshaw described the leader as being on a learning curve and "never having had to make a difficult decision".

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It's after Mr Corbyn said he was “not happy” that armed officers and special forces had an order to kill extremists.

In response Mr Bradshaw tweeted: “Please tell me it’s not true Jeremy has said that faced with Kalashnikov wielding genocidal fascists our security forces should not shoot.”

The tweet has since been removed.

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Ben Bradshaw misses out on deputy leader role

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, Labour Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP has missed out on the deputy Labour leadership.

Ben Bradshaw was up against four other candidates but failed to make it through the first round. Mr Bradshaw got just over 39,000 votes - which was less than 10%.

It was West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson who went on to become the Labour's party deputy leader.

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Yvette Cooper due to visit Plymouth

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper. Credit: Isabel Infantes / PA Images

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper is due in Plymouth this lunchtime.

The Shadow Home Secretary will be holding a question and answer session at party headquarters on the Hoe.

Two of the other Labour leadership candidates have already visited the city.

Whilst frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn plans to hold a rally next Friday.

Ben Bradshaw talks the Labour leadership battle

Ben Bradshaw says checks must be made to ensure supporters are genuine Credit: PA

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has told ITV West Country that up to ten per cent of new party members in his constituency have no record of supporting the Labour Party.

He made his comments as ballot papers started arriving through the letterboxes of the 450,000 people registered to take part in the vote.

It's great we are getting all these new people joining the party and registering as supporters but we do need to check that they are genuine supporters and not supporters of other parties that are just trying to take part in the leadership election to do us damage. We found in Exeter that around ten per cent of the new registered supporters have always been people who've been very hostile to Labour - we know this from our canvassing records - and have voted for other parties.

– Ben Bradshaw
Mr Bradshaw said he was prepared to work with any of the leadership candidates Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Mr Bradshaw insisted he was prepared to work with any of the leadership candidates, including left-winger Jeremy Corbyn, the overwhelming leader in the contest.

But he backed Gordon Brown's comments at the weekend.

I thought it was an excellent speech - Gordon was making the very obvious point that principles and values are essential in politics but they are impotent if we are not prepared to and can't win elections.

– Ben Bradshaw

Bristol MP backs Andy Burnham as next Labour leader

Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has backed MP Andy Burnham as the next Labour leader.

The representative for Bristol East was speaking after attending a rally hosted by the leadership candidate in the West Country this weekend.

Jeremy Corbyn the MP for Islington North is favourite for the position.

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham. Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Images
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