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Bradshaw gets last-minute support for deputy leadership campaign

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for deputy leader of the Labour Party. Credit: PA

Exeter's MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for Labour deputy leadership, after getting the last of the 35 names he needed in a last-minute scramble for nominations.

Late yesterday he was still ten short of the number of backers he needed, but managed to get enough to get him over the line by today's midday deadline.

He is one of five candidates for the deputy post, and the winner will be announced in September.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw hopes to be Deputy Leader

Ben Bradshaw wants to be the next Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Credit: ITV News

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has confirmed he is to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

The Exeter MP said his "big tent" approach to politics was the only way Labour would attract the voters it needs to win the next election.

Announcing his intention to run, he told his local party: "Labour did badly everywhere and in Wales and England outside London we went backwards against the Tories."

"Labour must and could win the next election, but only if it broadens its appeal by adopting sensible, centre-left politics which celebrate wealth creation and entrepreneurship as vital means of delivering social justice."

"I know I face an uphill task getting enough nominations from fellow MPs to get on the ballot paper. That would be hard for anyone from a part of Britain with so few Labour colleagues."

"But it's exactly because I believe it is vital that we listen to and hear the voices of those members, candidates and defeated MPs from areas that are under-represented in Parliament and where we must win again that I have decided to have a go."

Other contenders tipped to join the battle to replace Harriet Harman include Tom Watson, West Bromwich East MP since 2001, who has reportedly been crowd-funding for his bid, and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.


Labour's deputy leader defends party's road plans

With less than a week to go until the general election Harriet Harman has been campaigning in the south west.

Ian Axton asks Labour's deputy leader about her party's plans to delay the dual A358 link between the M5 and A303.

The party has made a manifesto pledge to use the money that the Conservatives would spend on the road to freeze rail fares instead.

Labour's deputy leader visits the South West - but where is Ed Miliband?

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman is in the region today as the party looks to increase it's presence in the South West.

Labour currently hold two seats - Exeter and Plymouth Moorview but the party is targeting Plymouth for possible gains.

With the general election just around the corner, ITV West Country's Ian Axton quizzed Harriet Harman about when the Labour leader Ed Miliband would be visiting Devon and Cornwall.

You can watch more of the interview on tonight's show at 6pm.

Labour's deputy leader visits the south west

Harriet Harman is campaigning in the region today Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman is in the region today as the party looks to win seats in the south west.

The party currently holds two seats - but is targeting Plymouth for possible gains. Labour currently hold Exeter and Plymouth Moorview.


Labour candidate owed thousands in fines

The Labour Party candidate for Kingswood in South Gloucestershire has stood down after it was revealed that she owed more than £2,000 in parking fines and fees.

It's an embarrassment for the party as the constituency is one of its top target seats at the next General election. Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine has the story.

Local Election 2012: Outgoing Conservative leader blames Cameron government

Following Labour's success in Plymouth, where they gained 6 seats to take control of the council, outgoing Plymouth Conservative Council leader Vivien Pengelly says the Cameron government is to blame for Labour gaining control and will be making her feelings known to the PM.

The make-up of the council is now: Labour 31, Conservatives 26.