In what's thought to be a first, North East MPs will be given regular meetings with the Cities Minister Greg Clark in lieu of the region having no other representation in government.
Currently, no cabinet members (apart from William Hague in North Yorkshire) are from the North East, with the role of Regional Minister for the North East being abolished under the coalition government.
But today several Labour MPs from our region met with Mr Clark to discuss having meetings every 6 - 8 weeks, which he is said to have agreed to.
The invitation will also be open to the Tory MPs in Hexam and Stockton South, as well as the Lib Dems in Redcar and Berwick. It's thought the primary focus of the meetings will be the economy of the North East.