Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders

Durham County Council to claim planning inspector was 'irrational' in rejecting its plan

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham
The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

Northumbria University academic claims Scottish referendum saw a boom in border inspired art works

Ysanne Holt, Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University
Northumbria University Professor of Art History, Ysanne Holt, believes the Scottish referendum brought 'borderland' life into focus

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart
From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy
A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington
Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Conservative Party may abandon boundary review plans

Prime Minister David Cameron
The Prime Minister is reportedly facing a backbench rebellion while Labour figures say boundary changes are an attempt to gerrymander vote

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

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

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert
Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

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"

Northumberland in top five national parks in world thanks to magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Best in the world Northumberland National Park tops Condé Nast Traveller's list of worlds best National Parks
Northumberland has been rated as one of the world’s top five national parks from top world travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

How do we solve the North East's housing problem?

A housing estate
Alison Thain and Paul Fiddaman, two experts in their field, on the measures needed to address the misfiring housing system in the region

Europe is anxious about how we will vote in the EU referendum

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP
North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says the campaign to stay in the European Union must be able to counter emotional arguments
From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert
Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic
Young Newcastle United fan Tyler Heaviside finds fame urging his team on

Young Newcastle United fan Tyler Heaviside finds fame urging his team on

Tyler Heaviside aged six captured hearts of TV fans as he's seen cheering on Newcastle United on Sky Sports

Foo Fighters fans rock out before epic show at Stadium of Light in Sunderland

Foo Fighters fans rock out before epic show at Stadium of Light in Sunderland
Thousands of rockers, young and old, have poured into the Sunderland stadium ahead of the Foo Fighters hitting the stage at 8.30pm

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event
Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions
Danny Graham hoping for a Sunderland coach who will give him a fair crack of the whip

Danny Graham hoping for a Sunderland coach who will give him a fair crack of the whip

Like most Sunderland players, Danny Graham is hoping Dick Advocaat returns as coach but if not, he wants to be judged on his merits

Lee Charnley has a big in-tray as Newcastle United try to turn the page on awful season

Lee Charnley has a big in-tray as Newcastle United try to turn the page on awful season
Newcastle United have plenty of work to do this summer but Lee Charnley has to prioritise the head coach and a new transfer blueprint

Steve McClaren denies that link with Newcastle United cost Derby County promotion

Steve McClaren denies that link with Newcastle United cost Derby County promotion
As Steve McClaren leaves Derby he opens up on disappointment after parting company with the Rams
Father's Day at the Stadium of Light

Father's Day offers the chance to sample some of the North East's top eateries

If you've got a dad who lists 'food' on their favourite things list, there's loads of treats to choose from including lunch at the Stadium of Light

Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby set to release debut EP

Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby
Indie-folk singer Jake Houslby will be celebrating the release of Yannina at a special gig at St Ann's Church in Newcastle on Saturday June 6

Peter Davison shares his Doctor Who memories as Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to the Newcastle

Peter Davison
The fifth 'Time Lord' is to perform the narrator's role as the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to the Arena
Father's Day at the Stadium of Light

Father's Day offers the chance to sample some of the North East's top eateries

If you've got a dad who lists 'food' on their favourite things list, there's loads of treats to choose from including lunch at the Stadium of Light

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble
The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show

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

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

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Hotspur House, The home of Jo Dixon in Allendale, Northumberland

Property gallery: Historic Allendale home is hot property

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

 
 

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