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North East peers launch attack on Government farming policies

Matt Ridley

Viscount Ridley leads call for an end to wasteful public subsidy for organic farms

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today over staff shortages

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today
Extra staff were drafted in earlier this year to help the agency deal with a 30,000 backlog in applications

Parks flying the flag for a greener North East with dozens of awards

Councillor Tracey Dixon joins Allan Maving, from the Councils Green Space Team, to celebrate the Green Flag Award for South Marine Park
A total of 39 parks have been presented with prestigious Green Flag Awards in the North East

Fears over impact of Scottish independence on access to healthcare for Berwick residents

Sheila Broadbent and her son Jack from Norham, North Northumberland
Concerns have been voiced over whether people in Berwick will still be able to access healthcare services in Scotland should it become independent

Sunderland closing in Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez
Reports in Spain claim Cristian Rodriguez's agent has flown to London to discuss a move to Sunderland

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Newcastle United's Loic Remy
Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?
Michaela Strachan, opens the new Farmyard attraction at Adventure Valley in County Durham.

Springwatch star Michaela Strachan enjoys some animal magic in Durham

TV presenter unveils new attractions at Adventure World and meets its world record-breaking tortoise Bertie

Sunderland Airshow 2014 "could have had over one million visitors"

Annual event, in its 26th year, brought almost half a million people to the Wearside coast on Saturday alone

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today over staff shortages

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today
Extra staff were drafted in earlier this year to help the agency deal with a 30,000 backlog in applications

Third judicial review of Northumberland turbine is given approval

Northumberland wind farm protestor Andrew Joicey
A third bid for judicial review has been lodged following approval of plans for a single wind turbine near Berwick
John Paul Gardner of martial arts group Bad Boy Europe

Bad Boy expands European sales from North East base

North Tyneside mixed martial arts brand Bad Boy says growing interest in MMA sports across European is fuelling demand for its products

Tyneside care home operator creates 100 jobs in Wakefield

A computer generated image of what Holyrood House will look like
Crown Care, the care home division of Tyneside-based Ladhar Group, has opened a luxury home in Wakefield

Business Supplement: Apprenticeships - Filling the skills gap

Apprenticeships - Filling the skills gap
The North East has a bigger skills gap than most other regions: a previous reliance on now diminished heavy industries and a high proportion of long-term unemployed are just some of the reasons given by experts

Hartlepool-based Stadium Group acquires wireless specialist for £8m

Charlie Peppiatt, chief executive officer of Stadium
A key acquisition by Teesside-based Stadium Group will see the firm take advantage of the ever-growing mobile wireless market.
Newcastle United's Loic Remy

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?

Sunderland closing in Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez
Reports in Spain claim Cristian Rodriguez's agent has flown to London to discuss a move to Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland
Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much
Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood

Durham lose their opening One-Day Cup clash against Somerset

Paul Collingwood took heart from Durham’s performance after they suffered a losing start to their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign at Taunton

Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon has chance of a lifetime at the Commonwealth Games

Sunderland Strollers' Alyson Dixon
The Commonwealth Games athletics programme starts on Sunday and there is serious North East interest, as Mark Douglas reports

Sunderland will not give up on Marcos Alonso pursuit despite signing Patrick van Aanholt

Marcos Alonso of Sunderland in action
Sunderland want to make recruitment progress this week and are eyeing Jack Rodwell, Abel Hernandez and Alonso
Alphabetti Spaghetti owner Ali Pritchard

Alphabetti Spaghetti founder on his big plans for the stage

Ali Pritchard honed his drama skills at Northumbria University and is now putting them into practice

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station
The Kingdom buffet restaurant had operated on the first floor of the £20m Haymarket Metro Station building since 2012

Festival returns to Darlington with lots of thrifty delights

John Orchard, left, with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, co-founders of the Festival of Thrift
If it isn't the thriftiest festival in the country, it certainly should be. David Whetstone looks ahead to the second Festival of Thrift
Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

The Kingdom buffet restaurant had operated on the first floor of the £20m Haymarket Metro Station building since 2012

Offshore 44 becomes Hop & Cleaver on the Quayside

The Hop and Cleaver, on Newcastle Quayside.
Ladhar Leisure spending £700,000 on revamp and creating 30 jobs

North East pair out to tempt us with Peruvian street cuisine

The latest on the list of international street delicacies come from Peru and marmalade doesn't get a look-in

Videos & Photos

Michaela Strachan, opens the new Farmyard attraction at Adventure Valley in County Durham.

Springwatch star Michaela Strachan enjoys some animal magic in Durham

Councillor Tracey Dixon joins Allan Maving, from the Councils Green Space Team, to celebrate the Green Flag Award for South Marine Park

Parks flying the flag for a greener North East with dozens of awards

Ron Freeman from Newbiggin by the Sea, who has just won the Birdman of Worthing title

Champion Birdman Ron Freeman has smashed two world records

 
 

Commonwealth Games quiz: test your knowledge of dancing delicacies and top teams

Commonwealth Games 2014: Test your knowledge of the Glasgow games with our Friday quiz

Watch: Tulisa speaks of "outrage" at V Festival assault conviction and says she plans to appeal

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement to the waiting media as she leaves Stratford Magistrates Court in London where she was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Essex
26-year-old singer was found guilty of hitting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan in the face at the V Festival last year

Air Algerie flight AH5017 crashes with 116 on board

Air Algerie flight carrying over 100 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappears in northern Mali
Passenger jet AH5017 was travelling from Burkino Faso to Algeria when it lost contact with aviation authorities

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