The Education Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of being 'outrageous' and 'offensive' after claiming that some schools in County Durham 'smell of defeatism.'
The Conservative MP made the remarks during a speech about under-achieving - and highlighted East Durham as a place with low ambition.
Teachers and MPs have furiously denied the claim, saying that Mr Gove has spoken without even visiting the area.
Watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.
More top news
Plans to stop the Teesside super-hospital project seen temperatures rising among politicians and campaigners.
Birds of Paradise is a tribute to the elegance of feathers used by fashion industry giants like Alexander McQueen Christian Dior and Gucci.
School boy, Dylan Cosgrove is backing Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's bonfire safety campaign after a firework prank went horribly wrong.