South Shields MP, David Miliband says the region's economy should be regarded as a national asset rather than a problem during a debate in the House of Commons.
Mr Miliband went on to heavily criticise the failure of the coalition government to invest in local transport and energy projects but the record of the last Labour government also came under attack with the Redcar MP accusing it of abandoning Teesside.
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The constituency of Selby and Ainsty is a largely rural North Yorkshire seat between York, Harrogate and Pontefract.
York Outer was created for the 2010 election, replacing the City of York seat.