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Labour supporters gather for leadership result

Labour supporters have gathered in Bristol awaiting the announcement of the party's new leader.

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The party is set to announce the results of the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith imminently.

Mr Corbyn, who is widely expected to win the contest, has called on MPs to rally around whoever is elected by the party's members.

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Man avoids jail after sending death threat to Labour MP

Geoffrey Farquharson wearing a Vote Leave T-shirt Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man who admitted leaving homophobic and racist abuse on the answer phone of Ben Bradshaw has avoided a jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquarhson from Fore Street in Exeter made the call to the MP's office shortly before the murder of Jo Cox.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said he was not unduly concerned by the death threat Credit: PA

Farquarhson was handed 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Bradshaw or going anywhere near the Labour Party office.


Thangam Debbonaire latest Bristol Labour MP to resign from shadow front bench

Thangam Debonnaire, the Labour MP for Bristol West, has become the latest to resign from the front bench. Credit: PA Images

The Bristol MP for Labour West Thangam Debbonaire has become the latest to resign from the shadow front bench.

In a statement she said:

"I have resigned today from the shadow front bench."

"I was delighted when Jeremy Corbyn asked me to serve as his Shadow Arts and Culture Minister. I gave the role my all and I know many arts and culture organisations valued the opportunity to be consulted about Labour’s position on the arts."

"I have spent the last few months working hard for the constituency; for my boss Maria Eagle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and for a vote to ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum last week."

"In Bristol West, we voted overwhelmingly for ‘Remain’, and I know that activists worked their socks off for the campaign. I was therefore very disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn did not put his heart and soul into arguing for our membership of the EU."

"Furthermore, David Cameron’s resignation is likely to spark a general election. We need to be ready to win it. I believe that, with Jeremy Corbyn in charge, we would not be in a position to win over the general public."

"And I know he is not the right person to show strong leadership through Brexit negotiations."

"My resignation letter makes it clear how sincere my respect for Jeremy is and how difficult this decision has been."

"Many constituents have contacted me over the weekend, both in defence of Jeremy and in asking him to resign. Given that opinion is evenly split, I feel I can confidently follow my own views on this matter. I do understand that some people will be disappointed with my decision."

"I know that in time we can move forward as a strong, united Labour Party, working hard for Bristol and the country."

– Thangam Debbonaire, Lab, Bristol West
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