Labour block Jamie Driscoll from North East mayoralty contest

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John McDonnell blamed ‘out of control’ factionalism for leaving the North of Tyne mayor off longlist

A left-wing regional mayor has been blocked from being Labour’s candidate to contest the North East mayoralty, sparking fresh allegations of “factionalism” within the party.

Jamie Driscoll, the serving mayor for the North of Tyne – an area that includes Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, said on Friday that he had been “barred” from running for the new mayoral authority without explanation.

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