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North East Labour MPs react to resignation news

Seven Labour MPs have resigned from the party to sit in the House of Commons as independents Credit: PA Images

Some of our region's Labour MPs have been giving their reaction to the news that seven of the party's MPS have resigned to form a breakaway political group.

The split is the most significant to hit the party since the 1980s. Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and his handling of Brexit were cited as reasons for their breakaway from Labour.

Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Grapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffrey are now all standing as independent MPs after leaving Labour.

North East Labour MPs have been reacting to the news.

Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, tweeted that she was "disappointed" in today's developments.

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Grahame Morris, MP for Easington, retweeted a tweet from Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth which claimed the group's move would aid the Conservatives.

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Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, said in a strongly-worded Tweet that the Labour leadership had to take a look at itself. She added that the party had to "listen" on Brexit and anti-semitism issues.

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In an apparent show of support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Laura Pidcock, MP for North West Durham, retweeted a series of his tweets. The latest of which said "now more than ever" was the time for unity.

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Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, retweeted a tweet from shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry which contained a link to an open letter she wrote. The letter said the actions of the seven MPs was a "distractive and divisive exercise."

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Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said that it was a "very sad day in the history of our party."

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