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Labour MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, is to seek re-election following the announcement of a general election on 8 June.
He said: "Despite the Prime Minister's constant denials that there would be no general election until 2020, her decision to call one comes as no surprise.
"I look forward to taking my personal record of service and a policy platform based on fairness for all our citizens to the people of Stockton North as I ask again for their support to be returned as their Member of Parliament for a third term."
The Conservative MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has backed the snap general election called for 8 June.
She said: "In Theresa May, the Conservative Party and the nation has a trustworthy and proven leader intent on uniting the nation and strengthening our hand at the negotiating table with the European Union.
"Theresa May is the best person to get the right deal for the UK, with a strong, united government and country behind her."
The driver of a car involved in a crash in Durham five days ago remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The accident happened at about 11:35 on Thursday when a Hyundai i10 collided with a BMW X3 on Shincliffe Lane, at the entrance to Shincliffe Mill garden centre.
Police believe the Hyundai, driven by an 81-year-old man from Bishop Auckland, had exited the garden centre when it turned right and hit the BMW.
The driver of the Hyundai was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where his condition is critical. The driver of the BMW, a woman in her 50s and also from Bishop Auckland, suffered a minor facial injury.
Two directors have resigned from the board of Darlington FC after what they called aundefined"disgraceful and completely unjustifiable" attack on social media.
Richard Cook said he was unable to "balance both his working and family commitments with the cultural fit of being a director of the football club".
Jonathan Jowett is also will be stepping down as a director of the club, changing his role to company secretary.
Last week it emerged the club could be denied a play-off place because their ground does not meet seating requirements.
She's a typical 10-year-old girl with a very unusual talent - Constance, from North Tyneside, can say words backwards.
Her parents, Michael and Rachel, started testing her with simple words and found she could repeat them backwards within seconds.
Constance said: "I just looked at a word in a book and flipped it over in my head, and it gradually got easier and easier until I could say them out loud."
Reforms to the GCSE grading system in England have created huge uncertainty for schools, North East teachers have warned.
The teachers, from North Tyneside and County Durham, told the conference of the NASUWT union the new 9-1 GCSE grades will increase the pressure on pupils and narrow the range of educational opportunities for youngsters.
Maths teacher Paul Daly (below) said: "We still haven't got our head around what the grade boundaries are because no-one will provide us with any."
The system is being phased in from this summer, starting with maths and English, with grades 9-1 replacing grades A*-G. The government maintains the changes will drive up standards.
The Shields Gazette
A four-year-old girl died from an "unsurviveable" head injury when she was knocked down by a pick-up truck driven by her mother, who was using her mobile phone.
Ava Henderson and her brother Lewis, eight, were playing in a compound off Amos Ayre Place in Simonside, South Shields, on Friday, May 27, last year as her family prepared to spend the bank holiday weekend in a caravan in the Tyne Valley.
There's been plenty of general election reaction on our BBC North East & Cumbria Facebook page.
As you'll no doubt know by now, Prime Minister Theresa May called the surprise 8 June vote with an announcement at Downing Street at 11:00.
We need to vote Tory this time to allow Brexit to go through smoothly."
Labour got no chance winning as long as JC is the leader. Sad to say."
Another roller coaster ride begins."
Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton says he did not know the 8 June general election was going to be called, but has welcomed the move.
He said: "It has been a very unsettled time. That of course leads to challenges and this is a way of really getting things clear - getting the public to state what they want for the future of this country and who they want to run this country for the next parliamentary term.
"I think it will bring a welcome stability and send a strong message."
The region's MPs have been reacting to Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of a general election on 8 June.
Mrs May said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum, but her opponents in the Labour Party have been quick to voice their opinions.
Bishop Auckland's Helen Goodman, Redcar's Anna Turley and Newcastle Central's Chi Onwuhra have all taken to social media in the last hour.
Political Editor, BBC Look North
Tom Blenkinsop's seat was hugely vulnerable, and on current polling Conservatives were strong favourites to take it."
Following Theresa May's announcement just a few minutes ago that a snap general election will be held on 8 June, the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has announced he will not be standing.
He said: "I have made no secret about my significant and irreconcilable differences with the current Labour leadership. It is because of these differences I feel I cannot in good faith stand as the Labour candidate for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
"Representing the people of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has been the proudest years of my life.
"I will do all I can in my time remaining as an MP to champion my constituents and the area that means so much to me, as I have been proud to do over the last seven years."
Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew praises his side's "fighting spirit" despite their 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal.
A North East Catholic diocese has expressed "profound sorrow" for the child abuse committed by one of its priests from Newcastle.
His victim was a pupil at St Joseph's College in Lancashire, where Higginbottom was a teacher in the late 1970s.
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle said in a statement that the Catholic Church continues to implement effective and accountable measures to protect all vulnerable groups, including children, and to bring perpetrators to justice.
Proposals to turn the derelict former Speeding’s Sailworks in Monkwearmouth into 68 student bedrooms go before a planning committee next week.
We brought you this lovely social media appeal story over the weekend:
The parents of a girl with cerebral palsy were "overwhelmed" after a social media appeal helped track down a "desperately needed" tube in 24 hours.
Molly Grace, seven, from Newcastle, is fed through a tube into her stomach and after complications arose from a wrongly-sized tube, she began vomiting.
The tube was driven more than 150 miles (240km) from Glasgow by volunteers.
"I was just shocked really, my phone has been pinging and pinging will all the shares and requests and messages of help and support, it was unbelievable, really humbling," Molly's dad Dan said.
A group has set off on a 333-mile (536km) walk from Ipswich to Newcastle to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Starting at the statue of Sir Bobby at Portman Road, Ipswich, the hike ends at his statue at St James' Park in Newcastle.
Scott Hope, Lee's brother, said he would think they were all "crackers".
One lane is blocked northbound on the A1 at J77 Kenton Bar, in Newcastle, due to a two-vehicle collision.
There is to be a special hearing next week about fines issued on Newcastle's John Dobson Street to drivers straying into bus lanes, the BBC can reveal.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal says it is dealing with a large number of appeals relating to the city centre cameras and will rule on a small number of cases which may be used to make decisions on the rest.
An adjudicator is going to visit the bus lane to inspect the signs that have been put up to warn motorists.
Between 23 February and 31 October 2016 it resulted in 62,975 penalty charge notices, making a total of £1.5m - equivalent to £5,960 a day.
Newcastle City Council said drivers should be aware all restrictions remain in place and enforceable.
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
It'll be a frosty but sunny start to Tuesday with light northerly winds.
Skies will become hazier from the north-west through the afternoon, but generally staying bright with occasional spells of sunshine.
Maximum temperatures should reach about 9C (48F).
It will become rather chilly towards the end of the day, with a thin veil of cloud pushing south-eastwards.
A man who was killed when he was struck by a car in South Shields has been named by police.
Lewis Knapp was hit by a silver Vauxhall Vectra at 04:30 on Saturday as he crossed Anderson Street near the junction with Beach Road.
The 20-year-old, of Boldon Colliery, died at the scene.
Northumbria Police said a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the crash had been released on bail.