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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.


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

Michael Foot memorial unveiled in Plymouth

A memorial to former Labour Party leader Michael Foot has been unveiled in Plymouth.

The memorial, in Freedom Fields Park, was paid for by donations from a public appeal.

The former Labour leader died in 2010 Credit: Seth Conway/ITV News

"The support the appeal has received from Plymouth businesses has been incredible and testament to how popular Michael was" said Luke Pollard, one of the organisers.

Chairman of the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal Peter Jones at the opening of the memorial Credit: Seth Conway/ITV News

Mr Foot served as MP for the city from 1945 to 1955, before going on to win a seat in south Wales in 1960.

"Michael loves benches where he could sit down in a park and read" said appeal chairman Peter Jones.

"It's fantastic that the memorial overlooks Plymouth Sound... he felt that the sea defined the city".

Michael Foot memorial appeal raised £40,000

A memorial to former Labour leader Michael Foot will be unveiled in Plymouth later today at 3.30pm, five years after his death.

£40,000 has been raised for a memorial granite bench which will stand in Freedom Fields.

Labour leader Michael Foot on his morning walk. Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Mr Foot who passed away in 2010, was the MP for Plymouth Devonport for many years and was born in a house which overlooked the park.

The Labour leader was also a keen Plymouth Argyle fan.


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.

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