A ballot box at a polling station

Countdown begins with 100 days to the next general election

Experts talk of who might win and what result would be best - or worst for the North East

Booming construction sector set to create 17,500 jobs in the North East

New houses under construction
A raft of sizeable developments, prospective projects and private housing demand is driving the recruitment across the region

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

North East school leaders spark debate over making school day longer

Dr Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, and Kieran McGrane, headteacher at Ponteland High School
A new online forum has shown headteachers have come out largely in favour of a longer school day, but some have their reservations

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn
Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say

Sports Direct increases Debenhams share option

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley's company now has the right to buy 16.6% of department store, but will remain a 'supportive stakeholder'

Luxury Northumberland hotel Otterburn Hall sells for £300,000 at auction

Otterburn Hall Hotel
Otterburn Hall Hotel went under the hammer at an auction at Newcastle's Marriott Hotel

Thieves steal Allen Banks camera set-up to capture antics of otters in Northumberland

An otter family captured on video by rangers at the National Trusts Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley
The National Trust camera, which just days ago captured the first video footage of a family of otters, was stolen from the banks of the River Allen

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete
Panoramic photos show how the luxury champagne bar on Dean Street is gradually taking shape

Malhotra Group buys Whitley Bay's Rex Hotel out of administration

The Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay
The landmark Rex Hotel on Whitley Bay's seafront had fallen into administration due to "spiralling" debts

Abolish fees to get more North East young people into universities, say education leaders

MP Pat Glass
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass said fees of up to £9,000 a year are putting off many North youngsters from going to university

ScS private equity owners line up £35million stock market listing

ScS
The Sunderland-based furniture retailer ScS is set to float on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January

Lord Beecham: Thatcher's government cared more about local democracy than the Coalition

Lord Beecham
Lord Beecham says pressure on essential services is "palpable" and he has never seen councils in a more 'desperate plight'
Otterburn Hall Hotel null

Otterburn Hall auction RECAP: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle

Bidders are expected to pay up to £300,000 at an auction for the former four-star hotel in Northumberland, which closed suddenly three years ago

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay
Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp: The skills gap is the biggest threat to continued growth

Regional director of CBI says that economic growth needs to benefit more people, but that flexibility in the labour market is key

Booming construction sector set to create 17,500 jobs in the North East

New houses under construction
A raft of sizeable developments, prospective projects and private housing demand is driving the recruitment across the region

Former Sunderland AFC footballer tackles prejudice and discrimination across workplaces

Kieron Brady pictured playing for Sunderland AFC in the 1990s
Kieron Brady's consultancy business has recently launched an e-learning product aimed at employers

UK first as Career College launches in South Tyneside

South Tyneside College in South Shields
An innovative partnership in South Tyneside is set to lead the way on a new approach to skills training and further education
North East weather: Met Office warn of a cold snap to start on Wednesday

North East weather: Met Office warn of a cold snap to start on Wednesday

Will it snow in Newcastle this week? Parts of the North East can expect snow showers and gusty Arctic winds in the next few days

Northumbria Police 'no crimed' alleged rapes to be reviewed by North East volunteers

Northumbria Police 'no crimed' alleged rapes to be reviewed by North East volunteers
In a ground-breaking new initiative volunteers will scrutinise Northumbria police and courts' handling of rape cases from today

HMP Northumberland slammed as 'failing miserably' by prison reformers

HMP Northumberland slammed as 'failing miserably' by prison reformers
Comments from prison reformers the Howard League follow damning report on HMP Northumberland by Government inspectors
Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver and team will get bonus if they deliver a top 10 finish

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver and team will get bonus if they deliver a top 10 finish

John Carver fighting for future and a bonus after being handed reins until end of the season with Newcastle United

Europe a priority for trophy-hungry Newcastle Falcons, says Alex Tait

Europe a priority for trophy-hungry Newcastle Falcons, says Alex Tait
Alex Tait says ending 11 dry years on the trophy front is motivation enough for Newcastle Falcons in Europe

Steve Watson feels Newcastle United must get 'buzz' around St James' Park again

Steve Watson feels Newcastle United must get 'buzz' around St James' Park again
Popular Geordie favourite Steve Watson refuses to write off a return for the Entertainers at St James Park
John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle

Folk trio Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are bound for the North East

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are joining forces for a rare tour coming to County Durham

North East new music: Five gigs to keep you entertained in February

Coquin Migale
If you love live music here's a round-up of North East gigs taking place in February

Half term at Beamish Museum will be filled with fascinating North East tales from the First World War

Beamish Open Air Museum
From a Victoria Cross hero to a footballer-turned-soldier, visitors to Beamish will discover amazing stories from the region's WW1 history
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Raby Hunt recipe for Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta

Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta
Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant on the merits of Yorkshire rhubarb

Gateshead's Six restaurant celebrates being ... six!

One of the chef team at Six, Baltic's top floor restaurant
Baltic's acclaimed top floor restaurant has announced a series of special dining experiences to mark its sixth birthday

Costa Concordia captain sentence plea

Francesco Schettino being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship

Greek singing star Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Demis Roussos
70s star's flamboyant style inspired satirists

Videos & Photos

Police Marine Unit recover a body from the river Wear in Durham

Journal opinion: A night out cannot end like this

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

 
 

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