How would Scottish independence affect us?

It is six months until the referendum on Scottish independence, and while people in the North East of England share a border with Scotland, they will not have a vote. However, its consequences could be greatest for this region.

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Would Scottish independence leave the North East of England as a political backwater?

In six months time, the people of Scotland will decide whether or not to remain part of the UK. But the powers they decide on directly affect the powers the North East will be left with.

Without Scotland's contingent of Labour MPs, a Conservative government in Westminster would become much more likely - which could leave the North East, largely a Labour heartland, with less of a voice.

Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports:

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