Reflections on election defeat on eve of event

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Three leading Labour MPs will be reflecting on what went wrong for their party at May’s General Election when they attend a meeting in Ashington.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, and Grahame Morris, MP for Easington, will be addressing the meeting at Ashington Football Club on Friday, June 12, which is the eve of this year’s Northumberland Miners’ Picnic.

All three first entered Parliament five years ago and were among those hoping to see the Labour Party again elected to govern the country at the recent election.

But it ended in a humbling defeat to the Conservatives and the resignation of the party’s leader, Ed Miliband.

The three MPs will be the main speakers at the Friday night meeting, which is organised by the Northumberland branch of the National Union of Mineworkers.

The following day, the Miners’ Picnic will begin at 10.15am at Woodhorn Museum, with a service led by the Venerable Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.

The service will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the monument commemorating the disaster in which 13 men died in an underground explosion at Woodhorn Colliery in 1916.