Will Green in the Journal has reported that the concept of English Regional Assemblies is still on the socialist agenda.
It come to something when a failed Europe Minister and Welsh MP starts to instruct the people of the North East as to what is good for them.
Mr Hain said during a talk at the London School of Economics: “It could be a regional government in the North East of England – rejected, I know, in 2004 but rejected on a kind of Mickey Mouse offer where the powers were not really real and the timing wasn’t right.
“Under a Tory-led Government, I think we could easily win that referendum now.”
Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead and former chairman of the campaign for a North East assembly, said the region needed a “strong voice” to take on an increasingly powerful Scotland and a distant Whitehall.