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

Oil price drop leads to job losses at North East firm

Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith
Effect of low oil prices leads to job losses at Washington firm Oil Consultants, and is also noted by manufacturers' group EEF

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Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost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

Trinity Mirror reports robust performance in 2014

Simon Fox
The publishers of The Journal, The Chronicle and The Sunday Sun saw revenue decline by 4.1% last year compared to 6% in 2013

'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

Oil price drop leads to job losses at North East firm

Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith
Effect of low oil prices leads to job losses at Washington firm Oil Consultants, and is also noted by manufacturers' group EEF

Glamorous opera star turns teenage boy for Theatre Royal debut

Helen Sherman
Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman talks about her operatic mischief-making in The Marriage of Figaro

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

Trinity Mirror reports robust performance in 2014

Simon Fox
The publishers of The Journal, The Chronicle and The Sunday Sun saw revenue decline by 4.1% last year compared to 6% in 2013

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
Simon Fox

Trinity Mirror reports robust performance in 2014

The publishers of The Journal, The Chronicle and The Sunday Sun saw revenue decline by 4.1% last year compared to 6% in 2013

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

The House of Commons, London, during Prime Minister's Questions
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
Simon Fox

Trinity Mirror reports robust performance in 2014

The publishers of The Journal, The Chronicle and The Sunday Sun saw revenue decline by 4.1% last year compared to 6% in 2013

Oil price drop leads to job losses at North East firm

Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith
Effect of low oil prices leads to job losses at Washington firm Oil Consultants, and is also noted by manufacturers' group EEF

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

The $25m Challenger 350 that Annitsford-based Naljets have added to their fleet
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
Tributes paid to rowing coach who died after falling into River Wear in Durham city

Tributes paid to rowing coach who died after falling into River Wear in Durham city

Bill Grant, from Sunderland, was a "stalwart" of Durham Amateur Rowing Club and was known for helping others

Newcastle United's foundation lend their support to dementia charity

Newcastle United's foundation lend their support to dementia charity
The club's foundation will work closely with Sporting Memories to collect Toon fans' memories of their time following United

Newcastle's top neuromuscular scientist wins prestigious European award

Newcastle's top neuromuscular scientist wins prestigious European award
Professor Kate Bushby has won the 2015 Eurodis Scientific Award for her work on rare genetic conditions
Sunderland must not dwell on their injustice at Manchester United, says Patrick van Aanholt

Sunderland must not dwell on their injustice at Manchester United, says Patrick van Aanholt

Patrick van Aanholt insists Sunderland must channel all their energy into tomorrow night's crucial relegation clash at Hull City

Newcastle would be staring relegation in the face without Papiss Cisse's priceless goals

Newcastle would be staring relegation in the face without Papiss Cisse's priceless goals
Never mind Papiss Cisse's goal tally - without 10 of his strikes and his assist against Leicester City, United would be in the bottom three

Plymouth Raiders 99-104 Newcastle Eagles: Fab Flournoy's boys reach BBL Trophy final

Plymouth Raiders 99-104 Newcastle Eagles: Fab Flournoy's boys reach BBL Trophy final
Newcastle Eagles secure 230-178 aggregate victory over Plymouth Raiders to reach the final of the BBL Trophy
Helen Sherman

Glamorous opera star turns teenage boy for Theatre Royal debut

Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman talks about her operatic mischief-making in The Marriage of Figaro

Ian Anderson announces rock opera date at Sage

Ian Anderson
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
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

Family said they were "prepared for the worst" as searches resume for the missing 16-year-old

16-year-old Rebecca Watts, known as Becky, was last seen at her house in Crown Hill in St George, Bristol, on the morning of February 19

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

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

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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