Tony Blair is on Tyneside to visit a sport complex in Gosforth which has benefitted his from foundation.
He met with volunteer coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre.
More top news
Answers to some of the most regularly-asked questions about voting in the General Election.
In some wards of Newcastle, 47% of families are reported as living in poverty.
At Ayresome Primary school in Middlesbrough Lego is being used to teach children as soon as they start school.