David Miliband became MP for South Shields 12 years ago and has worked closely with the local council and the Customs House during his time there.
We asked people from the town what they made of his departure from politics and from the North East.
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Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Breezy with wintry showers, variable temperatures and a weather warning
Mostly cloudy, some bright spells, rain on and off and blustery. Milder temperatures than on Saturday