The North East's new Conservative MPs say they will work as a team to ensure Boris Johnson's government keeps its promise to invest in the North.

Tory Ian Levy, who won in the former Labour stronghold of Blyth Valley, will this week meet Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to discuss opening a passenger rail line between Ashington, Blyth and Newcastle.

Conservatives promised to restoring passenger services, which ended in 1964, during the general election campaign. Conservative Guy Opperman, who has represented Hexham since 2010, will also attend the meeting.

Dehenna Davison, the newly-elected Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland - and the first Tory every to represent the constituency - has  already made contact with Health Secretary Matt Hancock about her campaign to restore A&E services to Bishop Auckland Hospital.

Dehenna Davison, the Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland

Speaking in Westminster, she said: "On my first day here I received a text message from Matt Hancock asking for a bit more detail. So we've already been in touch and I'm hoping to get a meeting with him, probably not before Christmas now but hopefully first thing in the new year.

"We know it's not going to be easy. It's going to be a long term project but I'm confident we can make progress. I'll be working my backside off to make it happen.

"We've been given this opportunity to make a change in the North East. We have a lot of work to do. We have already agreed that we are going to work together as much as we can to try to get those results."

Guy Opperman said: "It is quite clear that North East MPs will be seeking infrastructure and other advances for the North, and there are a multitude of examples for that."

Newly-elected Darlington Tory MP Peter Gibson and Sedgefield Tory MP Paul Howell are expected to focus on the need to improve road infrastructure and connectivity in and around their part of county Durham.

Boris Johnson visits newly-elected conservative MPs and supporters at Sedgefield Cricket Club

Boris Johnson vowed to work "flat out" to deliver on his new Government's priorities in the first meeting of the Cabinet since last week's election victory. He said there would be no let-up in the "frenetic" pace, telling ministers: "You ain't seen nothing yet, folks."

Addressing Cabinet, Mr Johnson sought to drive home his message that the Government must now repay the trust of the voters who returned the Tories to power - many of them having voted Conservative for the first time in their lives.

He said: "It was quite a seismic election but we need to repay their trust and work 24 hours a day, work flat out, to deliver on this."

Ministers are re-working the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) - due to come before the Commons this week - to "legally prohibit" any further extension while talks on a free trade agreement continue.

Opposition parties said the move was putting the UK on course for a "cliff-edge" no-deal break with the EU in just 12 months' time.

Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: "This Tory Government's reckless approach to Brexit will send the country straight off the no-deal cliff.

"The only way Johnson can meet the December 2020 timetable is by giving up all his previous promises to Leave voters and agreeing to all the demands of the EU."

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is now due to be brought before the Commons on Friday - and could receive its first reading and be voted on at second reading in one day, if the Speaker agrees.