Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes

Newcastle City Council leader calls for more power over academies and free schools

In wake of crisis-hit Durham Free School, Coun Nick Forbes says councils should be able to intervene sooner in all schools

Northumberland County Council's Labour administration accused of privatising planning over proposed reforms

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
Leaders want to cut number of applications heard by planning committee in public and scrap area-specific decision-making

Cold food protest 'almost caused riot' at crisis hit HMP Northumberland

HMP Northumberland
The tactical response unit was called to HMP Northumberland after a stand off triggered by a prisoner's protest over food

MP meets with Durham Free School parents as deadline to save it looms

MP Roberta Blackman-Woods at Durham Free School
Roberta Blackman-Woods has pledged to take the views of pupils, parents and teachers fighting to keep their school open to the Education Secretary

Hilton Dawson - from schoolboy protestor to the North East party leader

Hilton Dawson of the North East Party
Will political veteran triumph against the odds again and win influence for the North East

The North East needs 'a million more people' says Sir John Hall

Sir John Hall
Metrocentre entrepreneur sir John Hall says the North East needs to 'think big' to attract new industries

£417,000 lottery boost for Northumberland bay's nature reserves

Computer generated image of the proposed Hauxley Nature Reserve visitor centre
A cash award from the Heritage Lottery Fund gives the go ahead for a new visitor centre at Hauxley Nature Reserve at Druridge Bay

McDonald's new chief executive and president is a North East university graduate

Steve Easterbrook, the new president and chief executive of McDonald’s
Steve Easterbrook studied at Durham University and has now been appointed to the top job at McDonald's

Up to 30 teachers jobs to go at two Gateshead academy schools

Students at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley receive their A-Level results
Up to 22 teaching jobs and 9 support staff to go at Thorp Academy in Ryton, while 8 jobs to go at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley

MP Guy Opperman takes up Matfen's fight for superfast broadband

MP Guy Opperman
Hexham MP Guy Opperman has taken up Matfen's fight for superfast broadband, after it was missed out of an initial rollout

Church concerns over pioneering Newcastle three-parent technique mitochondrial

A scientist at work on inherited mitochondrial diseases
Newcastle university scientists defend their research that could help prevent catalogue of diseases

Greenbelt campaigners say Woolsington Hall transformation will set a 'dangerous precedent'

Aerial photo of Woolsington Hall
Sir John Hall's Cameron Hall Developments wants to develop the Newcastle land for homes and a five-star hotel

Labour's Chuka Umunna vows to raise living standards in North East and back world-class industries

Chuka Umunna MP
Shadow Business Secretary rejects calls for Labour to abandon planned spending cuts in interview with The Journal

Delavals looks to crowdfunding for next round of investment

Left to right, John Gilfillan of Delavals with Simon Johnson of NEL at Seaton Delaval Hall
Delavals Brewers aims to raise £400,000 through a crowdfunding platform to support its future plans

Bede Gaming sign up first major Tier One client in deal with Rank Group

Dan Smith of Bede Gaming updated
The Newcastle firm will supply a new core digital platform for Rank Group, which has more than two million customers in the UK.

Lindisfarne welcome Rod Clements back and announce Newcastle gig in the summer

Steve Daggett, Charlie Harcourt, Rod Clements, Dave Hull-Denholm, Ian Thomson and Paul Thompson
The legendary North East folk rock band enters a new chapter with this new line up and a string of live performances planned for 2015
Housing

Hilton Dawson: It's time to end this 24-year scandal of council tax

Journal columnist and North East Party chairman Hilton Dawson on the tax that was deliberately set up to be unfair

Paul Brannen: If we continue down the road we are on we will become dependent on imported milk

Milk bottles
North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says it is right that dairy farmers milk cows; it is not right if supermarkets and customers milk dairy farmers

£417,000 lottery boost for Northumberland bay's nature reserves

Computer generated image of the proposed Hauxley Nature Reserve visitor centre
A cash award from the Heritage Lottery Fund gives the go ahead for a new visitor centre at Hauxley Nature Reserve at Druridge Bay

Property video and gallery: Detached Gosforth home offers quiet seclusion

41 The Drive in Gosforth
This unique-looking four-bedroom detached house was built in the 1940s near to Newcastle's Town Moor
Paul Watts and Julie Price of the AMA Group in Peterlee

Clothing company poised to seal second major national contract

The AMA Group believe the contract - hoped to be finalised within weeks - will bring in £3m over three years

High5it proves a hit with football fans

Adam Barnes, who has developed a football App called High5it
Former Newcastle Eagles player Adam Barnes has designed an app that allows fans to show their appreciation of their favourite footballers

Monday interview: Sarat Pediredla, Hedgehog Lab MD

Hedgehog Lab, Managing Director, Sarat Pediredla
Workaholic boss of Hedgehog Lab on how getting cancer in his twenties spurred him to focus on his business

South Shields business thrills audiences across the globe

David Birchall, technical director at Db Show Control & Automation
Db Show Control & Automation, which helps design some of the most exhilarating multimedia show experiences, has won an £800,000 contract in China.\n
Former Newcastle United stopper Stuart Pearce fears risk of deadly asbestos

Former Newcastle United stopper Stuart Pearce fears risk of deadly asbestos

England legend Stuart Pearce - now Nottingham Forest boss - said he could have been exposed as an electrician

Alan Barnes meets kind stranger who set-up fund for him for first time

Alan Barnes meets kind stranger who set-up fund for him for first time
Gateshead 67-year-old Alan Barnes vows he will be 'friends for life' with young mum Katie Cutler who started fundraising page

Delight as Whitley Bay street scoops Postcode Millions fortune

Delight as Whitley Bay street scoops Postcode Millions fortune
More than 100 people living in Whitley Bay are celebrating after winning thousands of pounds through the Postcode Millions
Sammy Ameobi admits he is fighting for his future at Newcastle United

Sammy Ameobi admits he is fighting for his future at Newcastle United

Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi back on the goal trail against Hull but needs more positive displays to win new contract at St James' Park

Newcastle head coach John Carver believes good times are ahead now he's the boss

Newcastle head coach John Carver believes good times are ahead now he's the boss
John Carver insists Newcastle United's players feel better now that they know who the gaffer is for the rest of the season

Remy Cabella needed a moment of glory in a see-saw season - and he delivered

Remy Cabella needed a moment of glory in a see-saw season - and he delivered
Relief for Newcastle United - after seven defeats in nine, comfortable victory gives John Carver's regime lift-off
Some of the Irish dance stars performing in Murphy's Legacy at Sage Gateshead

Review: Murphy’s Legacy, Hall One, Sage Gateshead

New Irish dance show Murphy's Legacy brought some of the genre's top performers to Sage Gateshead's Hall One

North East pair create new picture book listing 15 things NOT to do with a baby

Author Margaret McAllister and Illustrator Holly Sterling at the book launch of 'Things not to do with a Baby' at Seven Stories in Byker
Two North East women, an author and an illustrator, have joined forces to create a new picture book for children

Alexander Armstong and Jonathan Yeo talk about their enduring friendship

Alexander Armstrong and artist Jonathan Yeo at the Lit & Phil for a Q&A
A celebrity portrait painter and the host of Pointless came to Newcastle with the Duchess of Cornwall. What happened next?
Wild Mushrooms with Black Grouse Porter from Rhian Cradock at The Feathers Inn

Regional recipes from Northumberland and County Durham to tickle the tastebuds of tourists

Food trails in County Durham and Northumberland inspire recipes visitors can take home with them

Charles Evans has a post-Christmas yearning for a curry

The Taj Mahal Restaurant in Amble
Warkworth Castle and an Indian restaurant in Amble comprise a good day out for our foodie artist Charles Evans

Detox cocktails on the menu at Tyneside bar Tiger Hornsby

Tiger Hornsby
Mixologists at quayside bar Tiger Hornsby have come up with a range of healthy mocktails such as Kale Mary and Bounty Martini

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane launched into foul-mouthed road rage rant, says taxi driver

Fateh Kerar says retired football star launched tirade after being told to smile

Justin Bieber apologises for bad behaviour

The singer says his "arrogant and conceited" attitude was to cover up his feelings

Videos & Photos

41 The Drive in Gosforth

Property video and gallery: Detached Gosforth home offers quiet seclusion

The Journal Culture Awards 2014 - nominations are now open

Wild Mushrooms with Black Grouse Porter from Rhian Cradock at The Feathers Inn

Regional recipes from Northumberland and County Durham to tickle the tastebuds of tourists

 
 

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