Tuesday, 27 June 2017
The Conservatives need to retain or regain marginal seats in the South West, in the North West, and here in the North East.
They have promised an extra billion pounds to Northern Ireland.
Formula requires that that translate into well over the same for Wales, and into so much extra for Scotland that a second independence referendum has today been kicked into the long grass.
All of which will go down just swimmingly in the South West, in the North West, and here in the North East.