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
31-year-old Abdulrahman Alcharbati, of Westholme Gardens in Benwell, has been charged with eight offences.
Hartlepool sisters Olivia and Georgia Crawford, who perform as LIV'n'G, have revealed the video to their song for Bradley Lowery
Our run of disappointing weather continues - but for how long?