Leading Labour figures from the North West are to head an inquest into how and why the party suffered catastrophic losses at the general election.

The Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell will sit on the panel alongside defeated former Leigh MP Jo Platt.

The review team will interview all the party's MPs who lost seats when its so-called 'red wall' crumbled.

Ms Powell said the inquiry would take a “real and meaningful look” at why the party had “fallen short” at four consecutive elections.

“We have lost the last four elections and we all have to accept that our offers to the country have been insufficient,” said the Manchester Central MP.

Ms Powell was interviewed by Rob Smith earlier today:

The review will be led by former Labour leader and MP for Doncaster North Ed Miliband.

The team will also include Sienna Rodgers, editor of Labourlist, a website favourable to the party, and James Meadway, former economic adviser to shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

A trade union representative, as well as a local organiser, is also expected to join the panel.