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Tony Blair's former Sedgefield constituency faces abolition under proposals

The North East could lose four of its existing 29 electoral constituencies under proposals put forward by the Boundary Commission.

This could include the abolition of certain historic constituencies, including Wansbeck in Northumberland, and Tony Blair's former ward of Sedgefield.

The proposed changes have implications for future elections. Credit: PA

The Boundary Commission proposals also suggest that only three of the region's 29 current constituencies would remain unchanged, although many of these alterations would be relatively minor.

The proposals would fulfill a Conservative commitment to reduce the number of MPs across the country from 650 to 600.

A 12 week consultation starts today, and is due to end on December 5th.

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NECC react to Devo Deal scrapping

The North East Chamber of Commerce have reacted to the news that plans for a devolution deal covering the North East are now off the table.

The announcement was made by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.

They say it's 'bad news' for the North East economy.

“We’re at a loss to understand why, after a year of negotiations, it has not been possible to strike a deal. It’s extremely disappointing and bad news for the North East and UK economy. We sincerely hope something can be salvaged and will play whatever part we can to help. It’s positive that a deal is going forward in Tees Valley though and we look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with the combined authority there as that’s implemented.”

– Statement by Ross Smith, Director of Policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce

North East Chamber of Commerce's surprise over lack of devolution deal after 12 months negotiating

The North East Chamber of Commerce has said they're surprised that "after more than a year of negotiations, politicians are unable to come up with a devolution deal for the north east of England.

It comes after today's news that devolution deals are officially 'off the table'.

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