UPDATE: Corbyn congratulates Lancashire for standing up to fracking

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has congratulated the people of Lancashire for standing up to fracking.

Mr Corbyn, along with deputy Labour leader Tom Watson and a raft of the UK’s most influential Labour politicians, are attending the North West Labour party conference in Blackpool.

He said that he was “worried” about fracking and congratulated the people of Lancashire, along with the county council, for standing up to the government’s efforts to force through permission to drill for shale gas.

Corbyn also told the conference that he will fight the Trade Union bill and cuts to tax credits for working families.

The North West Labour Party conference sees the party return to the resort for the fifth year in a row.