Breaking News: Fire crews are battling a blaze near The Gate in Newcastle City Centre. Tyne and Wear fire service was called at 12.20 this lunchtime. Four appliances are currently fighting the blaze. We've had unconfirmed reports that the Co-Op fire is alight.
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The constituency of Washington and Sunderland West includes the UK's largest car plant, which was opened by Nissan in 1984.
This seat was formed prior to the 2010 General Election, taking in Sunderland city centre and the Ryhope area to the south.
The constituency of Stockton South includes relatively affluent areas like Yarm and Eaglescliffe.