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Interview with Durham's first team coach, Jon Lewis

ITV Tyne Tees' Simon O'Rourke has been catching up with First Team Coach Jon Lewis, ahead of Durham's cricketers' Royal London One-Day Cup Final.

They face Warwickshire at Lords tomorrow and Simon was able to grab Jon just before the team got on the bus at Chester-le-Street this morning.

Never mind Scotland, what about England?

Never mind Scotland, what about England? - Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

With the Scottish question settled, minds are now turning to the English one. With promises of greater powers for the Scottish people now that they're staying, just what do you offer the English?

Many backbench MPs have been asking that for days, but have been keeping it quiet until the referendum was over. They're livid that the party leaders promised so much devolution to Scotland when the polls were looking tight, before discussing it with parliament. This morning the Prime Minister admitted that in considering more power for Scotland, there has to be consideration of England too.

Some of the main sticking points that will be examined in the coming days are whether Scottish MPs should be allowed to vote on English-only matters, and whether England should get its own parliament.

More than that, there is the incredibly complex and contentious issue of devolution for England's regions. A poll commissioned by ITV before the referendum shows 55% of people in the North East want an increase in powers for the region. But what should that look like?

The difficulty is that regional assemblies were rejected in 2004, and resoundingly. Equally, elected mayors have been a little hit and miss. What other models do you consider?

The parties speak about various options, including devolving powers to cities or Local Enterprise Partnerships. But that's a far more localised model of power than in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Can a city like Newcastle really hope to compete with a whole nation like Scotland?

There are no easy answers, and right now MPs are only just beginning to contemplate the question. After all, it is one that has never been asked quite like this before.


North East residents want more decision making power

An exclusive poll for ITV News Tyne Tees that was carried out with ComRes has revealed that more than half of people in the North East would like more decision-making powers with the prospect of further power being given to Scotland.

The poll was carried out before the referendum vote. It was conducted by ComRes, who interviewed 510 adults living in the ITV News Tyne Tees region online between 4th and 11th September 2014. Data was weighted to be representative of all adults in the region.

Levels of support for more devolution in the North East

  • In the wake of more powers likely being devolved to Scotland, more than half of Tyne Tees residents (55%) think that the amount of decision making powers the North East of England has should be increased.
  • Three in ten residents (29%) think that the amount of decision making powers should stay the same.
  • Men (63%) are more likely than women (47%) to support increasing the North East’s decision making powers.

The full results are shown in the image below:

Results of the exclusive ITV Tyne Tees/ComRes poll Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Weather: Clearer and cooler

For over a week now the east of the region has been blanketed in cloud and mist.

Easterly breezes have had us stuck in a rut - blowing in murky conditions from the North Sea.

However tomorrow a cold front will move in from the north. This will initially bring cloud and patchy rain - but behind it follows clearer air.

So at last the sun will shine again!

A cold front brings clearer air

Once the cold front clears an area of high pressure will settle in for Sunday.

This means another calm day - but with clearer skies in the east and fresher temperatures in the west.

High pressure brings brighter weather in the east


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