John Fenwick, Tom Pullman and Vin Riley on politics in the north-eastAditya Chakrabortty’s article on the impending election of the first metro mayor for the North of Tyne (Newcastle can be the capital of a new, radical British politics, 19 April) makes interesting reading about a matter that has so far been well under the radar, but a few points need to be added.

First, the North of Tyne is politically more diverse than Aditya assumes: Northumberland has a Tory council and the MPs for Hexham and Berwick are also Conservatives (with large majorities), so the Labour candidate for mayor, Jamie Driscoll, will have to appeal beyond the core Labour vote if he is to win. Second, the choice facing Labour members in nominating their candidate was very narrow: between two people who are both Newcastle councillors and both men, hardly reflecting the diversity of the area.

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