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In six months time, the people of Scotland will decide whether or not to remain part of the UK. But the powers they decide on directly affect the powers the North East will be left with.
Without Scotland's contingent of Labour MPs, a Conservative government in Westminster would become much more likely - which could leave the North East, largely a Labour heartland, with less of a voice.
Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports:
The North East of England may be affected more than most other regions of the UK by Scottish independence, if the people of Scotland choose to vote Yes in the referendum in exactly six months time.
Political Correspondent Paul Brand looks at the economic impact on the North East: