- Tyne Tees
The row over a comment from a Conservative peer that parts of the North East are "desolate" could actually help the region. That's the opinion of one of the people whose job is to attract visitors to Northumberland.
Northumberland Tourism Development Manager Jude Leitch said she wanted to thank Lord Howell for his comment, in a debate over fracking, because of the opportunity it had given people to sing the praises of the region.
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A much improved feel to the day on Monday
Fresh start, lots of sunshine. Cloudier at the coast, one or two spots of drizzle here
This weekend we see significantly better weather than we have had of late, even though Saturday's a bit slow. Improving weather situation