Reaction as North East and North Yorkshire back Brexit

The North East and North Yorkshire has voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU with only Newcastle, Harrogate and York voting to remain.

See what politicians, businesses and organisations are saying in the wake of the UK exiting the EU

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Wharton 'disappointed' at Boris leadership u-turn

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has expressed his disappointment at Boris Johnson's decision to pull out of the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

The Stockton South MP said yesterday's announcement was disappointing as Mr Johnson had given him assurances regarding the future of the party and Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Mr Wharton said he would be speaking to all the party's leadership candidates before deciding who to back.

Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:


Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.

North East 'must not lose out' after Brexit

The North East must not lose out as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union, according to the Shadow Europe Minister.

Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, had campaigned to Remain in the EU and now says the 'Leave' camp need to deliver on guarantees it given to the region during the referendum.

Mrs Glass told ITV News:

Nigel Farage said that the North East would not lose out from the money that comes from the EU. We've got to hold those people's feet to the fire and make sure that happens.

– Pat Glass MP

Government 'kicked' by EU Referendum result

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council

The leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council says the Government have been 'kicked' after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Councillor Sue Jeffrey, Labour Leader for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said:

In a sense, the referendum result showed that the people of Redcar and Cleveland want change, that they are no longer prepared to put up with job losses, cost of living rises and public services that are being devastated by Government cuts.

These, I have to emphasis, are matters not controlled by Europe, but the referendum provided and opportunity to kick the government, and kicked it was.

There is really important work underway in the Tees Valley and in Redcar and Cleveland to secure a long-term future of the SSI site, create new jobs, build more homes and invest in new road and rail links.

Government has made commitments to support the Tees Valley both through the devolution deal and the creation of the Mayoral Development Corporation for South Tees - they should make clear that there is no risk to these crucially important projects.

– Councillor Sue Jeffrey

Bishop of Durham 'sad' after Brexit vote

The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham Credit: ITV

The Bishop of Durham has expressed his sadness after Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

The Rt Rev Paul Butler was speaking during a visit to The Venerable Bede CE Academy in Sunderland as part of a Royal visit by the King and Queen of Lesotho. He said:

I was surprised. I thought that it would probably be just about be for Remain, but none of us could predict because we have never been down this way before. Personally I was sad when I heard the news but it is our responsibility to work for the good of the nation as a whole.

– Rt Rev Paul Butler


"There are clear concerns about immigration" Stockton North MP reacts to Brexit

Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham, said he is saddened and disappointed at the result of the EU referendum.

He went on to say in a statement sent to the press that immigration was a clear concern on the doorsteps of Stockton voters - with people worried about the impact on their jobs and their local services.

"I am saddened and disappointed at the decision to leave the EU – but the people of Stockton and across the country have made it abundantly clear that they want change and I will personally work to support their will.

“Communities, including my own in Stockton, have demonstrated that they feel left behind and cut off by the political establishment in Brussels and Westminster. This was a rejection of the status quo by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country and for whom the economy is not working.

“We’ve seen the failure of the current Government – and the coalition that went before it – to address the needs of post-industrial communities. The time for change is now and government needs to invest in the parts of Britain – like the North East – forgotten for too long.

“There have also been clear concerns about the impact of immigration. On the doorstep in Stockton people made it clear they are fearful of its impact on them and future generations. People are concerned about wages being undercut, and public services under strain. We’ve proposed changes to employment law, but only in government can we tackle issues like zero hours contracts and a ban on agencies only advertising abroad for jobs in Britain, and work to restore our public services.

“What we don’t need is a more right-wing reactionary Tory Government which will cut public services further, sweep away the rights of British workers and drive down wages.”

– Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP: "Boris probably will put his name forward to be PM"

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Berwick-upon-Tweed) has told ITV Tyne Tees that she expects Boris Johnson to put his name forward to be the next Prime Minister.

David Cameron announced he is to resign as Prime Minister and that a new leader will be named by October.

Redcar MP says she is 'disappointed' with EU referendum result

Anna Turley Redcar MP Credit: PA

Anna Turley - the Labour MP for Redcar - has said she wants to make sure that Brexit truly does "liberate us in this region".

She's said she is "disappointed" in the result though.

“Obviously I am disappointed about the result. It was not what I believed was best for the future of our country and our economy. But people have spoken loud and clear. I heard and understood the concerns, indeed the anger, people had throughout this process (and before) and the local result was not unexpected.

Now my priority will be to focus on helping to get best deal for Britain from Brexit. Now we have made this decision, we have got to try and stabilise the economy and build one that works for our region. We need to make sure that Brexit truly does liberate us in this region, as people have voted for, not do us further damage.

Britain is a great country. Teesside is a great area. We have to pull together now to get the best deal. I will be going back down to parliament on Monday and will redouble my efforts to make sure the decisions made work for us.

– Anna Turley - the Labour MP for Redcar
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