Tory and NE peer Lord Bates says he's sure Lord Howell made a slip of the tongue and meant 'delightful' not 'desolate' in ref to North East!
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The group say A&E departments in County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire are under threat.
Examples include the switching of ‘bairn’ for ‘baby’, along with ‘kets’ for sweets and ‘netty’ for toilet
North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has unveiled its shortlist of awards for those it says have gone 'over and beyond the call of duty'