Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to end rough sleeping entirely if he becomes Prime Minister.

The number of people forced to sleep rough in the North East has risen from 49 in 2010 to 66 in 2018, according to official figures.

While some rough sleepers have complex needs, such as mental health issues, the increase is part of a growing problem with homelessness

Latest figures show there are 230 households in the North East in temporary accommodation provided by local councils, including a total of 150 children.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

And official figures show that 120 homeless people died in the North East over a five year period.

Mr Corbyn will highlight Labour's manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping within five years, with just a week to go until the General Election takes place.

He will say: "One person sleeping rough is one too many.

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"No one wants to live in a society where thousands of homeless people are left out in the cold on the streets.

"Labour will save lives this winter and end rough sleeping within five years. That's real change."

To make this happen, Labour has announced a series of measures including

This package will be backed up with an additional £1bn a year earmarked from council budgets to pay for staffing and support, and funding to increase local housing allowance to that the benefit pays local rents.

Mr Corbyn suffered two blows yesterday. The left-leaning New Statesman magazine called him "unfit to be Prime Minister" and refused to endorse the Labour Party at the forthcoming election.

And former Labour minister Ivan Lewis has urged voters in his constituency to vote Conservative to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Lewis, who is on the ballot paper in Bury South as an Independent candidate, said "institutionalised racism" in the Labour Party had led him to take the stance.

But there was a setback for the Conservatives as Google removed Tory election adverts which used edited BBC clips from its video-sharing platform on YouTube.

Google - which has owned YouTube since 2006 - said it had taken action following a copyright claim by the BBC.

One of the adverts the broadcaster was concerned about included an edited clip of its political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, saying "pointless delay to Brexit", followed by newsreader Huw Edwards stating "another Brexit delay".

It also used a caption saying: "A hung parliament = gridlock. Stop the chaos. Vote Conservative."

The BBC argued that the adverts could "damage perceptions of our impartiality".