I note that Wansbeck MP Mr Ian Lavery would not say no to running for Mayor of the North East.
I hope, if the opportunity arises, that he says yes.
He is respected and liked by those who might not agree with all his politics.
His concern for the vulnerable and disadvantaged is obviously genuine, as is his passion for the North East.
I can think of no one more likely to unite our region.
And I believe he would be an excellent advocate for us all.