LABOUR MPs from across the region came together for a political rally calling for a "people's vote" on Brexit on Saturday.

MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, MP for Redcar, Anna Turley and MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson were joined by honorary vice president at the North-East England Chamber of Commerce, Richard Swart, and Jamie Dickinson, leader of For our Future’s Sake - an anti Brexit campaign for young people - at Sedgefield Parish Hall, in County Durham.

More than 100 people turned out for the event which was part of a national day of action by Labour MPs across the UK calling for a second referendum.

The rallies follow the 750,000-strong People’s Vote march in London in October and are calling for action before the parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday.

Organisers also announced a campaign for a “globalisation fund”, claiming it should be the “new deal” for communities left behind by austerity. Mr Wilson said the rally had been hugely positive in the Leave constituency.

He said: “What we are saying is that we know more now and we now know what Leave means because we have got Theresa May’s deal.

“We did not really know what it looked like in 2016 and what we are saying is that people should have a final say on whether to go ahead with this because now we know what we did not know then.

“I just think it started with the people so it should end with the people.

“Back in 2016, people were told there would be £350m a week for the NHS which would be taken back under control but under Theresa May’s deal, we still have to take EU regulation without having a say. Trade deals are not happening either.”

“The most important thing for me, because even the government says we will be worse off under the current Brexit deal, is that we are no worse off. I don’t think people voted to make themselves poorer,” he added. “I think people are really concerned and I can feel the mood change towards people saying ‘Hang on a minute, this is not what we voted for'.”

Mr Wilson said politicians had to be “honest” with the people which had not happened during the referendum.

He said: “We want to see an end to austerity and an investment in public services to generate high-skilled jobs and look after the NHS but we can only do that with money and the only way to do that is by being in the EU - we are going to be worse off in we leave. That's really the reason we need to stay.

Mr Wilson said a globalisation fund would give the UK £4.6bn a year which he said should be used to benefit areas like the North-East which had been “missing out”.

He added: “Everything seems to be happening in London but we need to take these benefits and use them for the whole of the country.”