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North East doctors ask all parties not to use the NHS as a 'political football'

Doctors in the North East have released an open letter asking all political parties not to use the NHS as a political football during the General Election campaign.

The message is being backed by GPs and hospital consultants from the British Medical Association, who have also launched a campaign called "No More Games".

Tyne Tees Weather - Wednesday

Disappearing Gun on Trow Point, South Shields Credit: CRAIG MORGAN

Bright or sunny spells but with further scattered showers, especially across the hills where they will again be wintry at times during the morning.

Cloudier skies in the west, brighter spells will hold on in the east as we head into the afternoon.

Winds slowly easing during the day, showers becoming less wintry.

Highs 8 °C.

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Here's a summary on Monday's headlines in the Tyne Tees region.

Parliament has officially been dissolved after the Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today. The North East now has no MPs. The region's 37 incumbents are now all candidates.

The club's debt remains at £129m in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley.

Two people, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle and told police they had been the alleged victims of human trafficking and were being exploited for work.

Kenneth Nessworthy, 57, originally from Whitley Bay, has been jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children at a property in Cramlington.,

The RNLI is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards on the North Yorkshire coast.

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