Prime Minister David Cameron

EU referendum: Should we leave the European Union or stay in?

North East Labour MEPs give five reasons to stay and UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott gives his five reasons to leave

Housing chiefs call on Conservative Government to rethink right-to-buy policy

Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark
The Tories plan to extend the right-to-buy to housing associations but critics say the policy will shrink the number of available homes

Sports Direct ahead of expectations on profit before tax, conference will be told

Sports Direct
Retailer Sports Direct to host event for 900 staff and partners, updating them on the company's current and future performance

Heatherslaw Water Mill celebrates 40th anniversary of restoration

Heatherslaw Mill
Heatherslaw Water Mill in Northumberland is marking the 40th anniversary of its restoration and opening to the public

Profit, revenue and passenger numbers up at Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport updated
Strong results influenced by improved economic conditions and a growth in business travel

Family letters tell tragically short tale of one soldier's First World War

Telegram saying Cliffe has died
Former Journal reporter Charles Bowden tells the family letters that shine a light onto the suffering caused by the Great War

Offshore engineers Red Marine to create expanded testing facility in Northumberland

Left to right: Joe Orrell, managing director at Red Marine and Toby Bailey, business development director
The engineering specialist will quadruple the size of its current workshop in Hexham

Start-up businesses upcycling shipping containers with help from Stockton firm

Storage container convertors, Anna Hedworth of the Cook House and Andy Aitchison of Northern Alchemy
Mini Mobile UK is making the most of a growing trend among firms to convert shipping containers into business spaces

North East firms call for EU referendum before autumn 2016 to avoid damaging uncertainty

Prime Minister David Cameron
The North East Chamber of Commerce also calls for MPs to avoid "politcal game-playing" on the issue ahead of Wednesday's Queen's Speech

Durham County Council to claim planning inspector was 'irrational' in rejecting its plan

Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

North East Exporters' Awards shortlist is announced

North East Exporters Awards 2014
North East Exporters' Awards will recognise companies that do the most to boost the regional economy through overseas trade

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic

Bernard Trafford: A cup of tea and a welcome glimpse back in time

Crowds pictured as the Santa Special Train arrives at Llangollen Railway's Carrog, Lapland Station
Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why a little nostalgia is good for us

Jonathan Arnott: Some issues are best decided by people, not politicians

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott
North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says our outdated voting system is creaking at the seams.

Northumberland National Park Foundation set up to help raise funds for cuts-hit attractions

Alwinton Show is known for the beautiful views it offers of the Coquet valley
'Passionate' Northumbrians sign up as trustees to help region's top landscape, it's people and businesses - starting with The Sill landscape centre

Appointments: Bannatyne’s health club has appointed Nicola Turner as new general manager

Right to left: Graham Smith, fitness manager, Linda Wood, administrator, Ray Minghella, cluster sales manager, Christina Allen, cafe bar manager, Daisy Bell, reception manager and Samantha Marshall, senior fitness adviser
Bannatyne’s health club in Chester-le-Street has appointed Nicola Turner as its new general manager

Appointments: Peter Gilson to manage North East Social Investment Fund

Peter Gilson To Manage North East Social Investment Fund
One of the North East’s most experienced investment managers has been chosen to run a new, social enterprise fund
Great North 10K: 'Big Pink Dress' runner Colin Burgin-Plews reveals marathon agony

Great North 10K: 'Big Pink Dress' runner Colin Burgin-Plews reveals marathon agony

Care home chef Colin Burgin-Plews, who runs in a big pink dress, hopes to build on his £8,000 fundraising for Breast Cancer Campaign

Last remaining Sunshine Fund Great North Run places up for grabs

Last remaining Sunshine Fund Great North Run places up for grabs
Fit fundraisers urged to snap up the last slots on Team Sunshine Fund for September's event and raise money for disabled children

River rescue at Low Force waterfall in County Durham after man spotted in the River Tees

River rescue at Low Force waterfall in County Durham after man spotted in the River Tees
A full-scale rescue operation is taking place after a member of the public saw a man struggling in the River Tees in the Low Force waterfall area
Paul Dummett: Strain of ill equipped Newcastle squad was felt by both players and John Carver

Paul Dummett: Strain of ill equipped Newcastle squad was felt by both players and John Carver

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett speaks openly about problems at club this season with John Carver's future still in the air

Dick Advocaat exits the Sunderland stage, turning the spotlight on Lee Congerton

Dick Advocaat exits the Sunderland stage, turning the spotlight on Lee Congerton
Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton has to find the man to replace Dick Advocaat, and it is an appointment he must get right

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore nominated for national U21 Player of the Year award

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore nominated for national U21 Player of the Year award
Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore has been the star of the Black Cats' development side, and his performances have not gone unnoticed

Review: Mozart’s Requiem, Northern Chords, Newcastle Cathedral

Jonathan Bloxham with Newcastle High School for Girls pupils
A concert called Unfinished finished in glorious style with a cathedral performance of Mozart's Requiem

Review: Dead Simple at Newcastle Theatre Royal

A scene from Dead Simple, at Newcastle Theatre Royal
Peter James crime thriller has the Theatre Royal audience on the edge of its seats as they wonder whodunit

On the bottle with Helen Savage: Great value champagne and wines from the shadows of the Pyrenees

Vineyards in the Aube
Our resident wine expert turns her tastebud attention to the Drappier champagne house and the land of D'Artagnan

Father's Day offers the chance to sample some of the North East's top eateries

Father's Day at the Stadium of Light
If you've got a dad who lists 'food' on their favourite things list, there's loads of treats to choose from including lunch at the Stadium of Light
An activist with a giant mask of FIFA President Sepp Blatter stands in a cage as others hold posters during a protest by the Avaaz organization in front of the Hallenstadtion in Zurich, Switzerland. The organization protests against the corruption within the FIFA and against Qatar's slave labor law ahead of the FIFA congress with the president's election that is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich.

FIFA crisis: UEFA could boycott World Cup if Sepp Blatter is re-elected

Embattled FIFA chief refusing to quit and still intends to stand for re-election in Friday's presidential vote

Nearly three-quarters of supermarket chickens contain potentially deadly bug

File photo dated 29/08/14 of a raw chicken as the latest rates of campylobacter contamination of fresh shop-bought chickens will be published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 28, 2015. In February, the FSA reported that contamination had increased since November, with every major retailer failing to meet targets to reduce the bug. The FSA said then that the cumulative results from the first three quarters of its year-long survey of fresh chickens found 73% tested positive for the presence of campylobacter, up from 70% in November and 59% in August. The FSA's survey - the full set of results of which is published today - has tested around 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller independent stores and butchers. Campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking and can be limited by careful hygiene but it is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year. See PA story CONSUMER Chickens. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Food Standards Agency putting pressure on supermarkets after year-long study found major retailers failing to reduce rates of campylobacter.

Videos & Photos

Andrew Rimmer with the Northumberland County Show 2015 Dairy Champion, Haresfoot Napier Bella

Exceptional sheep and cattle entries at the Northumberland County Show 2015

FooFighters performing live at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland

Review: Foo Fighters, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

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Hotspur House, The home of Jo Dixon in Allendale, Northumberland

Property gallery: Historic Allendale home is hot property



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