Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution

Newcastle constituency one of the worst places in the UK for voters falling off the electoral register

Ballot Box
The constituency of Newcastle East sees a 13.8% fall in registered voters causing concern before the May general election

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith
Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Anger as Berwick county councillors absent from budget debate

Isabel Hunter of Berwick
Anger has been voiced in Berwick after its three county councillors were absent for the setting of Northumberland's budget

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

North East airports could benefit from local cut in air passenger duty, Ministers suggest

Newcastle Airport
Hope offered to North East airports threatened by tax cuts in Scotland but still no firm proposals for the North East

North East business leaders want meeting with Government over Durham plan snub

James Ramsbotham
North East Chamber of Commerce says rejection of the Durham plan is consigning the region to "a future of low growth and aspiration"

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution

Newcastle constituency one of the worst places in the UK for voters falling off the electoral register

Ballot Box
The constituency of Newcastle East sees a 13.8% fall in registered voters causing concern before the May general election

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

We go on a site visit as work proceeds at Durham Cathedral to turn rooms off the cloister into a major visitor attraction

Anger as Berwick county councillors absent from budget debate

Isabel Hunter of Berwick
Anger has been voiced in Berwick after its three county councillors were absent for the setting of Northumberland's budget

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

North East airports could benefit from local cut in air passenger duty, Ministers suggest

Newcastle Airport
Hope offered to North East airports threatened by tax cuts in Scotland but still no firm proposals for the North East
The House of Commons, London, during Prime Minister's Questions

Gordon Brown: Forget serving us, it's time that MPs started representing us

Newcastle lawyer Gordon Brown says we deserve more from our MPs - and it's time they remembered why they are in Parliament

Hilton Dawson: We can take heart from our response to the squalid Pegida demo

Protesters during the first Pegida Rally anti-Islam demonstration in the country in Newcastle city centre
Former Labour MP and now North East Party leader Hilton Dawson on why Pegida chose Newcastle - and why they were seen off

Steven Mason: Why Northumberland's planning regime has to change

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Northumberland County Council's lead executive director on why the county must revamp the way it decides on planning applications

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution
The $25m Challenger 350 that Annitsford-based Naljets have added to their fleet

Newcastle private jet operators take delivery of $25m Challenger 350 jet

Naljets have added the executive jet to their existing fleet used to transport businesspeople and stars around the world

Breakup of the Eurozone could boost British competitiveness, top economist says

Roger Bootle
Top city economist Roger Bootle was in the region to address business leaders at a Deloitte dinner

North East MEP plants first tree in a new commercial conifer woodland

From left, Paul Brannen MEP with Simon Hart from Egger and landowner Iain Kyle
Stripped back Wallshield application receives go-ahead after concerns over visual impact and wildlife habitats

Monday Interview: Richard Sice from Fast Track China

Richard Sice, from Fast Track China (UK) Ltd, on Prestwick Court, Newcastle.
Richard Sice explains how his company is helping others overcome the barriers to international trade
Warnings issued to motorists who take prescription drugs ahead of a driving law shake-up

Warnings issued to motorists who take prescription drugs ahead of a driving law shake-up

Solicitors from TLW are warning drivers in the North East taking medication to be "mindful of the risks"

Alan Shearer statue: Newcastle United legend finally set to get sculpture in city

Alan Shearer statue: Newcastle United legend finally set to get sculpture in city
The artwork of the former number nine has been paid for by Shepherd Offshore and is expected to be completed in four months

Washington convicted burglar to have case reviewed after allegations juror researched him online

Washington convicted burglar to have case reviewed after allegations juror researched him online
Paul Quinn, from Washington, was locked up last year after being convicted of a house raid belonging to an elderly woman
Massadio Haidara declares himself fit to face Manchester United after injury scare

Massadio Haidara declares himself fit to face Manchester United after injury scare

Massadio Haidara was carried off on a stretcher during 1-0 win over Aston Villa but vows to face Louis van Gaal's side at St James' Park

Papiss Cisse rubbing shoulders with Newcastle greats but focused firmly on top 10 bid

Papiss Cisse rubbing shoulders with Newcastle greats but focused firmly on top 10 bid
Papiss Cisse now in Newcastle United's top seven all-time Premier League goalscorers, but milestones not as important as league points

Newcastle United head coach John Carver having to manage Papiss Cisse's knee

Newcastle United head coach John Carver having to manage Papiss Cisse's knee
Newcastle United goal hero Papiss Cisse must be handled carefully, and keep scoring, says John Carver after his winner against Aston Villa
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson announces rock opera date at Sage

Prog rock pioneer Ian Anderson is bringing Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera to Sage Gateshead in the autumn

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

We go on a site visit as work proceeds at Durham Cathedral to turn rooms off the cloister into a major visitor attraction

Budding critics get their teeth into Northern Stage's new season

Left to right are Charlotte Hall, Rosie Willan, Emma Swan, Rob Ash, Noerthern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell, Lucy Jones, Rosa Garland, Jade Holroyd and Peter Cumiskey
A group of aspiring critics are benefiting from a new scheme set up by New Writing North and Northern Stage
Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

Guest chefs step into the Ouseburn Cook House

The Cook House in Ouseburn Valley
Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell are taking over an unconventional Tyneside eaterie for two special nights

First look inside Glass House - Newcastle's luxury whiskey, wine and champagne bar

The new kid on the Newcastle nightlife block has finally opened its doors after months of planning and preparation
The two-tone dress (left) alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals, that has sparked a global debate on Twitter over what colour it is

What colour is The Dress and why is it sending Twitter into meltdown?

Some people see white and gold, others see blue and black - what's your view?

Gary Glitter set to die in prison after being jailed for 16 years for sexual abuse

Metropolitan Police handout photo of Gary Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, who has been convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13
70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced after being found guilty of abusing three schoolgirls

Videos & Photos

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

The home of Hylton Smith, from Rowlands Gill, which is for sale

Property gallery: Derwent Valley views and versatility in split-level property

The North East Excellence Awards 2015.

North East Hotel Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the industry

 
 

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