Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street

Rory Stewart believes 'we will give rural communities enormous strength'

Newly-appointed Defra minister pledged to help small businesses innovate and empower parish councils to influence planning policy

Former Berwick vicar and wife mark 100th anniversary of Britain's deadliest ever rail crash

Firemen hose down burnt out carriages at Quintinshill 100 years ago
The Rev Canon Alan Hughes and artist Susan are taking part in services to commemorate the Quintinchill collision which killed 227 people

Shake up on De La Rue board as Gill Rider to leave in summer

De La Rue products
The bank note printers are bringing two new non-executive directors on to the board as Dr Rider steps down as chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Mary Poppins due for seven-week run at Theatre Royal in Newcastle next year

A scene from Mary Poppins by the North American Touring Company - Jolly Holiday
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have announced a Newcastle run for their award-winning Mary Poppins production

Morpeth park's historic at-risk buildings saved by cash boost

Owner Tim Maxwell at the old greenhouse in the grounds of Felton Park Hall in Northumberland
A greenhouse structure at Felton Park is one of only two surviving examples of its kind in the North East and was placed at risk by Historic England

North East motor dealerships Jennings and Springfield Cars drive up sales and profits

(l-r) Nas Khan, MD of Jennings Motor Group, John Mason from Mitsubishi Motors UK, and Norman Shepherd, franchise manager of Jennings Mitsubishi
Despite growing turnover 18%, Jennings' director Nas Khan described last year as "a game of two halves"

Manny's aims to take slice of Newcastle pizza market

From left: Alok Loomba and Sarah Smith, Sintons; Katie Lewis, manager, and Olly Henderson, owner, Mannys New York Pizza Deli
Olly Henderson, the North East entrepreneur behind Capology, has launched a New York style pizza deli

Milestone for e-Therapeutics as first patient is enrolled into second phase cancer drug trial

Professor Malcolm Young of e-therapeutics based in Newcastle
The business is investigating its cancer drug's safety and effectiveness in liver and pancreatic cancers - as a solo or combination treatment.

County Durham economy must be allowed to grow, says Northern Powerhouse Minister

James Wharton arrives in Downing Street
James Wharton understands 'frustration' at County Durham Plan rejection and metro mayor job is "fundamentally what is on offer" for North East

Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead

Jennifer Morone speaks at Thinking Digital 2015
Talks from the woman who turned herself into a corporation and the man who encourages childlike creativity feature on final conference day

Hundreds attend Crowne Plaza Hotel speed dating-style recruitment event

Potential employees of the new Crowne Plaza Hotel - Stephenson Quarter, take part in a speed dating-style recruitment event
More than 400 people met managers of the new hotel, hoping to get one of the 140 roles which are now being advertised

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Shortlist of top North East firms revealed

Winners from the 2014 CIPD Awards
Judges have decided on 29 finalists for the awards night at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, which takes place on June 11

Newcastle architect's Go Digital boost to create happier homes for dementia sufferers

Roger Maier of CEAD Architects is developing a process to help carers and patients take a 3D virtual tour round his buildings
"When you are a new business, it really makes a difference to have this kind of support," said Roger Maier, of CEAD Architects

Newcastle City Council leader wary of George Osborne's elected mayor devolution offer

Leaders of the Core Cities UK group, of which Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council is vice chair at their Devolution Declaration launch event in London
Nick Forbes believes cities are being played off against Manchester, as Newcastle and Leeds unite in caution over mayoral deal pledge

Raise The North group calls for people from the region to seek independence

Prime Minister David Cameron
Campaigners are calling for the people of the north to breakaway from England and form an independent state

More of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn's keepsakes are sold at auction

Jackie Milburn
Newcastle legend's England caps and medals go for £4,500 at London sale at a Graham Budd auction, on top of the cash fetched for his hat-trick ball
Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street

Rory Stewart believes 'we will give rural communities enormous strength'

Newly-appointed Defra minister pledged to help small businesses innovate and empower parish councils to influence planning policy

Morpeth park's historic at-risk buildings saved by cash boost

Owner Tim Maxwell at the old greenhouse in the grounds of Felton Park Hall in Northumberland
A greenhouse structure at Felton Park is one of only two surviving examples of its kind in the North East and was placed at risk by Historic England

County Durham economy must be allowed to grow, says Northern Powerhouse Minister

James Wharton arrives in Downing Street
James Wharton understands 'frustration' at County Durham Plan rejection and metro mayor job is "fundamentally what is on offer" for North East

Why I am giving up my Newcastle United season ticket... and feel relieved

St James' Park in Newcastle
The Journal's Graeme Whitfield on why, after 20 years, he has cancelled his Newcastle United season ticket
Simon Green, director of Venturefest North East

North East businesses offered chance to get in front of investors

Panel of more than 25 investors will gather at October's Venturefest North East event and organisers are looking for businesses who want to pitch

Shake up on De La Rue board as Gill Rider to leave in summer

De La Rue products
The bank note printers are bringing two new non-executive directors on to the board as Dr Rider steps down as chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Newcastle Central Station regeneration triggers further investment into city centre

Newcastle Central Station
The £20m regeneration of Newcastle Central Station is triggering a chain reaction of further investment

Newcastle's Eldon Leisure new gym and ten-pin bowling alley prepares for opening day

The new bowling at Eldon Leisure centre which is set to open
The new fitness zone and bowling alley at Eldon Leisure form part of a £3m investment plan by North Country Leisure
Peter Hedley murder: Clare Humble found guilty of murder and jailed for 20 years

Peter Hedley murder: Clare Humble found guilty of murder and jailed for 20 years

Clare Humble, from Bedlington killed her partner before setting his body on fire and dumping it in Newburn woodland

Uri Geller bids to save Newcastle United from brink of relegation

Uri Geller bids to save Newcastle United from brink of relegation
The paranormalist and psychic, who claims to have once ended the Magpies' London jinx, hopes to help them beat the drop

World renowned speakers to star in 2015 Lumiere light festival in Durham

World renowned speakers to star in 2015 Lumiere light festival in Durham
A one-day international conference has been announced as part of the Durham Lumiere light festival for November 13
Sunderland AFC LIVE: Latest news as Dick Advocaat meets the media ahead of Chelsea game

Sunderland AFC LIVE: Latest news as Dick Advocaat meets the media ahead of Chelsea game

All the latest Sunderland news as head coach Dick Advocaat hold his press conference ahead of his side's end of season trip to Chelsea

Mark Stoneman recovers from a terrible start to be our Durham player of the week

Mark Stoneman recovers from a terrible start to be our Durham player of the week
The signs were far from promising when Mark Stoneman made a duck against Northamptonshire, but he is our player of the week

Newcastle United feedback: Steve McClaren is not the right man to lead the Magpies

Newcastle United feedback: Steve McClaren is not the right man to lead the Magpies
Andrew Fowler answers Newcastle fans' questions on all things black and white as well as whether Steve McClaren is the right man for the job
A scene from Mary Poppins by the North American Touring Company - Jolly Holiday

Mary Poppins due for seven-week run at Theatre Royal in Newcastle next year

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have announced a Newcastle run for their award-winning Mary Poppins production

Ex-Sage Gateshead boss Anthony Sargent has new role in Toronto

Anthony Sargent, General Director of Sage Gateshead announces he is to leave the Sage
The recently departed founding general director of Sage Gateshead is off to Canada to run a major festival

Review: Mark Knopfler at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Mark Knopfler, in concert at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
The evolution of Mark Knopfler from Eighties soft rock superstar to peerless songwriter was evident at the Arena
Ewan McCann from Three Kings Brewery

Three years in for Three Kings - and the signs are good in North Shields

Three Kings Brewery is looking to expand for the second time in three years. Ewan McCann talks us through the development

Newcastle vegan cheese company about to launch unique product in the UK

Ami Tadaa, of Heaton, Newcastle, who is launching the UK's only cashew nut cheese company for vegans called Tyne Chease
A vegan cheese that tastes as good as its dairy cousin? Ami Tadaa believes she’s cracked the secret with her cashew nut-based varieties

The Beach House bistro in Sunderland brings a taste of Spain to Wearside

The Beach House Tapas
Sombreros and tapas are firmly on the menu during selected Fridays throughout May, June and July
Civil partners of four years Paul Higgins (right) and Richard Lucey, who have been in a relationship together for 19 years, arrive to cast their votes at their polling station in Cabra, Dublin for the referendum on gay marriage

Emigrants return to Ireland as polls open in gay marriage vote

More than 3.2 million voters in the Republic have been asked for their say, with polling stations open from 7am to 10pm

Tory MP Eric Pickles to be given a knighthood

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
Former Communities Secretary to be made Knight Bachelor in recognition of public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government

Videos & Photos

Mark Knopfler, in concert at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Review: Mark Knopfler at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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Dennis Jobling at The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at Newcastle University

A Gallery of Wonder is to tour agricultural shows

Jan Papadopoulos at her home in Low Fell

Property gallery: Impressive Low Fell home sits next to Saltwell Park

 
 

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