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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Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.