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MP says devolution plans for North East are a step forward

A Newcastle MP has welcomed the news that plans for North East devolution have moved a step closer.

Proposals were put to the Government several months ago and it's understood talks are now moving to the next stage.

An agreement would see the region have a directly elected mayor, and would bring about a major change to the way decisions affecting the North East are made.

Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, says it's a step forward but it's important to see what powers are given to the region.

Newcastle MP 'can't regret' nominating Corbyn for Labour leader

The Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah has been speaking about her decision to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the post of Labour leader.

Ms Onwurah, who voted for Andy Burnham, says she 'can't regret' the nomination, as it helped to 'give a voice' to thousands of voters.

Following Mr Corbyn's sweeping victory in the contest, she urged the new leader to bring the party together:


Chi Onwurah "saddened" by Umunna decision

Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah has said that she is saddened by the decision of Chuka Umunna to pull out of the party’s leadership race.

Ms Onwurah, who has worked closely with Mr Umunna in the past, said it was “a tragedy” that he had withdrawn from the leadership race and thought that Mr Umunna had “a lot to offer the Labour party.”

She went on to add that Mr Umunna was representative of a new Britain and that his withdrawal should be seen as a warning as to how candidates are treated.

Mr Umunna announced his intention to quit the leadership race earlier today, saying he was uncomfortable with the level of media scrutiny.


North East MP welcomes supermarket decision on children's toys

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah Credit:

Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah has welcomed the announcement by Morrisons that it will remove signs for 'boys' and 'girls' toys, and phase out blue and pink.

Morrisons says it is planning to display toys according to price, and the changes will be in place next year.

Chi Onwurah - who has backed the 'Let Toys Be Toys' campaign - greeted the news as a "good step forward", but said there is still a long way to go with other retailers.

Morrisons statement on toys

" Morrisons has updated the signage in many of our stores and removed the reference to "boys" and "girls" toys. We are aware that the old signage remains in some stores and are working to address this.

"Our new signage retains colour coding based on our experience that this helps customers to navigate the aisle and quickly find the toys they are looking for. We are listening carefully to the views of all of our customers and the Let Toys be Toys campaign.

– Morrisons spokeswoman

Morrisons backs calls to end gender stereotypes in toys

Supermarket chain Morrison's became the first in the country to back MP Chi Onwurah's calls to ban sexist toys.

Morrisons has said it will look at how girls and boys toys are displayed in its stores.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, has led efforts to force an end to gender stereotyping which can see girls offered pink toys and boys offered blue toys.

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