How would the people of David Milliband's constituency react to news of his departure?
The MP has faced a tough juggling act, sorting out local problems whilst also having such a big national profile.
Many people in South Shields say that they are sorry to see him go, but thoughts are already turning to his successor, as Derek Proud reports.
You can watch his full report below.
More top news
The ideal man or the best the Black Cats could do? Martyn McFadden blogs on Sunderland's new manager.
Scotland are into the World Cup quarter-finals, but only after a nerve-shredding 36-33 win over Samoa in Newcastle.
Emma brings you Saturday night's forecast for the Tyne Tees region