The Government has announced that more than £100m is being given to North East businesses in an attempt to sustain more than 30,000 jobs.
The North East has received the highest amount of Regional Growth Fund money per person for any UK region.
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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.