The third annual Sunderland Pride celebrations will take place this afternoon. People taking part will march from Sunderland Civic Centre at 2pm to Park Lane Village, where there will be entertainment into the evening. Organisers said the event celebrates equality and diversity on Wearside.
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The constituency of Washington and Sunderland West includes the UK's largest car plant, which was opened by Nissan in 1984.
This seat was formed prior to the 2010 General Election, taking in Sunderland city centre and the Ryhope area to the south.
The constituency of Stockton South includes relatively affluent areas like Yarm and Eaglescliffe.