The number of houses in the North East without power has fallen slightly - but that won't be much comfort to the 12,000 homes still cut off by severe weather.
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The PM will sound out the possibility of new free trade agreements with Gulf states for once the UK has left the EU.
In the unexpected announcement on Monday, Mr Key said it was the "right time" to leave politics.