Durham County Council was the first local authority that Labour ever won. It is the jewel in the crown of the Labour Far Right.
Even Newcastle is giving free school meals this half-term holiday. Conservative Darlington is doing so. But not Durham.
George Galloway's taking of the Leader's seat, on the night that Labour lost Overall Control after more than a century, would establish the replacement of Labour in the heartlands.
Roger Liddle is both an active Labour Peer and an active member of Cumbria County Council, so being both an MSP for South Scotland, and a County Councillor in Durham, would be perfectly feasible.
Some MSPs have been members of councils that were either further from Edinburgh than Durham was, or far harder to reach than a couple of hours down the East Coast Main Line.
While the next elections to Durham County Council are due to be held on 6th May 2021, they are widely expected to be put back a year. The elections to the Scottish Parliament will have come and gone by then.