"Unite the party" : the message to Jeremy Corbyn from the North East

Jeremy Corbyn gives his acceptance speech Credit: ITV News

North East politicians have urged Jeremy Corbyn to unite the party after his landslide victory in the Labour leadership contest and say they must now focus on winning the 2020 General Election.

Mr Corbyn won the leadership contest in the first round, beating Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. Almost 60 per cent of voters chose him as their first preference.

The Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson voted for Ms Kendall. He told ITV Tyne Tees he wants to hear how Mr Corbyn plans to win voters across the North East.

The Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Joyce McCarty, is a supporter of Mr Corbyn. She acknowledged the left winger's election might lead to 'a few ripples' but said his job is to bring the party together following his clear victory.

Helen Ford reports:

Labour's MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, voted for Andy Burnham but originally nominated Jeremy Corbyn.

She told ITV News Tyne Tees she never expected him to be elected as leader but does not regret her decision: