Gordon Brown in Meadowell, North Tyneside
At lunchtine I was in the Meadowell Centre in North Shields for a visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The centre epitomises the very strong community network that exists on North Tyneside. My table included Barnados, 2 local community centres and a pastoral project helping disaffected young people.
Gordon came to every table (with Sarah) to listen to the work that is taking place in the area, and to take on board how national government can support some excellent local projects.
I've heard Gordon speak directly at several events, and today he was easily at his most relaxed and authoritative best. He got a great reception from the floor.
Afterwards for me, it was on to Charltons in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland to talk to local residents, and then to the St Marys Centre in Middlesbrough for a 2nd hustings session organised by the PCS trade union in advance of the Europena elections. But more of that anon.