Police have named a man who died in a house fire in County Durham. The body of 45 year old Lakhbir Uppal, who lived in the property, was found in the bedroom of the ground floor flat in Sedgefield yesterday morning. Investigations are continuing, but the fire isn't regarded as suspicious.
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The longest general election campaign in modern history begins with the dissolution of Parliament today.
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.