Ed Miliband joined presenters Pam Royle and Kenny Toal in the studio to talk jobs, energy prices and the cost of living in the North East.
The Labour leader defended his commitment to the region, and the lack of North East MPs in his shadow cabinet.
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He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.
Callum Young, who will now be 23, was last seen on August 27 last year at his home in Hylton Road.