The Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke directly to North East voters in his speech to the party's conference.
He said the Tory mask had slipped, when a Conservative peer called the region 'desolate' earlier this year.
Mr Miliband said, people in the region are some of the country's heroes.
He also made a surprise promise to freeze energy prices for almost two years, if Labour win the next election. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand watched the speech in Brighton.
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Labour will suspend campaigning in the local elections until further notice following the death of Baroness Thatcher, senior party sources have told the Press Association.
Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.
Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.
And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.
As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.
Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.
She will be sadly missed.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said British politics will be a "poorer place" following his brother David's decision to step down as an MP.
The former foreign secretary, and the elder of the Miliband brothers, announced this morning that he will be moving to New York to become head of a US-based charity.
ITV News political correspondent Alex Forrest reports:
Sunderland football club has said David Miliband will continue as vice chairman and non-executive director, despite quitting as a Labour MP for South Shields:
David Miliband told ITV News "I am leaving politics" as he steps down as an MP to take on a charity role based in New York.
He admitted life had been tough since losing the leadership election to his brother Ed.
Political Editor Tom Bradby began by asking him whether the move means an end to his political career:
The former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told ITV News: "I am leaving politics."
He told political editor Tom Bradby it is "not fair for me to spend my time looking backwards and inwards" about losing the Labour leadership election to his brother Ed.
He denied any falling out with his brother: "We fought a leadership election but we don't fight each other, Ed and I. That's not the Miliband way."
But he admitted: "Is it tough? Of course it's tough."
He said he "kept him [Ed] informed" about his new role.