The twin brother of PC David Rathband has spoken about the police officer ahead of a memorial service at the weekend. Darren Rathband spent time with his twin in Australia a few weeks ago. He says his brother's death has left a hole in his family's lives.
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The boundaries of this constituency were drawn before the 2010 General Election, taking in most of central Gateshead.
Easington is a safe Labour seat in a former mining area.
Another constituency with a coal mining past, Durham North is centred on Chester-le-Street and includes surrounding villages.