Kevin Maguire, the associate editor of the Daily Mirror, broke the story of David Miliband's departure last night.
He is also from David Miliband's constituency in South Shields and spoke to Ian about last night's announcement.
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The two cities have been awarded a combined £393,400 to develop technology to help make motoring easier in the region
His Royal Highness rounded off his visit to the region by giving a speech at Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle.
Sunshine and showers tomorrow - but it is the calm before the storm.