No I think not, Blair prided himself for being from the NE, despite being born in Edinburgh, yet still gave very little to his constituencie and the NE. Their are some MP's who do go out and give back to their constituencies, but it seems that never happens here in the NE.although you're right things are a bit more gothic-centric than that. my girlfriend is from ... newcastle! perhaps if government ministers like adonis were from newcastle then newcastle would get better transport links. generally the constituencies of senior ministers tend to benefit hugely from the fact they have their mps as ministers. just look at what was lavished on huntingdon or hull to see what i mean, or listen to the jokes on yes minister about why there were two motorways from london to oxford and none to cambridge from london (i know this is factually incorrect).