Councils in the North East have voted to form a new Combined Authority, that would gain more powers and funding from central government.
The seven local authorities, from Northumberland to Durham, will establish the new Authority, to make decisions jointly in areas from public transport to training for young people.
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Dry with sunny spells, keen frost and freezing fog patches overnight. Sunshine on Tuesday but more cloud, less cold towards midweek
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Any overnight mist should lift on Monday morning into good spells of wintry sunshine and patchy cloud. Frosty everywhere. Odd icy patch.