What we need is proper devolution for the regions on a par with the powers that the Scottish Parliament has, this also means increased powers for Wales and London. The present Labour hotchpotch is not acceptable and the cynical Tory plans will (like Jackie Ashley suggests) mean the effective end of the UK as a union.
Labour tried to fudge real devolution by offering something far too weak to the voters of the North East, which is why they rejected it. They didn't want a talking shop, they wanted real power devolved and who could blame them?
If the Tories get their way on an English parliament, how long before the disenfranchised voters of the North get fed up (like the Welsh and Scots did) with being run by the Tories from their South East powerbase?