On a mission

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The Independent Online
Paddy Ashdown was the guest last night of a family living on a rundown estate in Newcastle upon Tyne who have survived on benefits.

The Liberal Democrat leader said his visit was a fact-finding mission and he was expecting to meet local people and visit a social club. "I am hoping to find out how the people of the North-east are facing up to their problems, particularly unemployment which blights so many lives."

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