Government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn

North East schools plan praised by poverty tsar Alan Milburn

Ambitious plans to improve North East schools have been backed by a former MP, but Alan Milburn said the region faced massive challenges

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith at Berwick Ambulance Station
Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

North East Business Executive of the Year shortlists announced

North East Business Executive of the Year Award winners from 2013
The waiting is over - the shortlist of finalists in one of the region's biggest awards is finally unveiled

Northumberland County Hall move decision called in by opposition groups

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council's decision to progress plans to move from its Morpeth base has been called in by opposition groups

Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary says the A1 north of Newcastle may not be dualled

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh
Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh highlights 2006 study which rejected long-awaited dualling plan

Journal Nostalgia: A World War I victory party in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, in 1919

Victory Tea, Pilgrim Street, 1919, by John Joseph Potts
Sarah Richardson, of Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery, recalls a World War I party as seen in a wonderful watercolour

Newcastle University aims to bring together researchers from across the North

Chris Day pictured at Newcastle University Medical School
A new northern powerhouse for health sciences is set to become a ‘Crick of the North’, explains Professor Chris Day, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Newcastle University

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Playwright Lee Hall
Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

Consett's Tanfield Foods acquired by Aunt Bessies and Campbell's producers Symington's

Roger McKechnie who founded Tanfield Food Co but stood down as director in 2011
The North East ambient foods manufacturer was founded by Phileas Fogg entrepreneur, Roger McKechnie

Robust trading statement published by Newcastle's Go-Ahead Group

A Go North East Bus, part of the Go-Ahead company
Newcastle-headquartered firm Go-Ahead Group published the statement for the period from June 29 to October 20 2014, ahead of its annual general meeting on Friday

NHS spending on private ambulances has soared in the North East

An ambulance
North East Ambulance Service’s spending on private ambulances has risen a staggering 353% in just three years

Barnard Castle venue honoured by planners at awards ceremony

Wooler Hub
The Royal Town Planners Institiute in the North East has been handing out gongs

Stadium of Light to host North East's Top 200 event

The Stadium of Light
Top 200 event will highlight success stories from around the North East

Les Walton: Are educational theories just a way to come up with excuses for our failure?

School pupils sitting an A-level exam
The chair of the Northern Education Trust draws on his own memories and experiences to challenge how we use educational theories

Northumberland beaver discovery sheds light on the missing link in river management

Kevin O'Hara on a beaver fact-finding trip in Bavaria, Germany
Gnawed birch wood found at the eroding bankside of the Scaup burn at Kielder Forest proves beavers were living in region in 14th Century

Former Northumbria Police officer claims illegal fox hunts are widespread in the region

Andy Swinburne in silhouette to conceal his identity due to his work undercover looking for illegal fox hunters
Undercover wildlife crime investigator at centre of Northumberland fox hunting case appeals for public's health in securing more court successes
Singing sensation Caro Emerald

Review: An Evening with Caro Emerald at Newcastle City Hall

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Joe and Wendy Witherspoon at their home, Rockville in Birtley

Property gallery: Birtley stone-built family home is perfect for families

Nicky Parfitt-Parker of Anderson Garland with valuable marvel comics which are for auction

Newcastle rare comic auction expected to fetch top prices

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Is immigration row sending the PM towards an EU exit strategy?

The Blyth Boathouse

Secret Diner Review: Blyth Boathouse, Quay Road, Blyth, Northumberland

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Review: North East Last Night of the Proms at Newcastle City Hall

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Single carriageway section of the A1 in Northumberland

The Journal Opinion: All we can do is keep up the pressure to dual the A1

Generator CEO, Jim Mawdsley

The Monday Interview: Jim Mawdsley, chief executive of Generator

Exhibits from Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers which are on show at the Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum adds feather to its cap as only UK venue to host top exhibition

Matthew Parris opening his late uncle's art exhibition at Grey College, Durham University

Former Tory MP and Times columnist unveils retrospective of work of 'painfully shy' uncle

Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith at Berwick Ambulance Station

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

Northumberland County Hall move decision called in by opposition groups

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council's decision to progress plans to move from its Morpeth base has been called in by opposition groups

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Playwright Lee Hall
Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

NHS spending on private ambulances has soared in the North East

An ambulance
North East Ambulance Service’s spending on private ambulances has risen a staggering 353% in just three years
North East Business Executive of the Year Award winners from 2013

North East Business Executive of the Year shortlists announced

The waiting is over - the shortlist of finalists in one of the region's biggest awards is finally unveiled

Helideck contract propels County Durham firms

Steve Hadwin, offshore industrial fire tutor, Paul Hutchinson, D&S Construction Services project manager and Chris Brown, technical services manager
Revenues are set to reach £2.5m by April 2015 at D&S Services and D&S Construction

Dianne Sharp column: A balanced UK economy needs stronger supply chains

Dianne Sharp, the new regional director for the CBI
With the right strategy we can build our supply chain capacity, says regional head of CBI Dianne Sharp

Boldon company Playlists.net acquired by Warner-owned company

Founder & chief executive of Playlists.net, Kieron Donoghue
Newcastle start-up was among the first to capitalise on the opportunities presented by Spotify and streaming music
North Tyneside reptile hotel offers spa, massage and nail clipping for exotics

North Tyneside reptile hotel offers spa, massage and nail clipping for exotics

Lizards, snakes and more find a home-from-home at luxury 'reptile hotel' Dragons Den Exotics in Camperdown

The victims' stories: I was raped at knifepoint but I refuse to be ashamed

The victims' stories: I was raped at knifepoint but I refuse to be ashamed
Newcastle rape victim Paige Bilclough bravely speaks out to tell how her horrific ordeal hasn't stopped her achieving her dreams

Gateshead thug walks free despite knocking out pal then telling police: "I should have hit him harder"

Gateshead thug walks free despite knocking out pal then telling police: "I should have hit him harder"
Philip Dixon left Steven Foster out cold and nursing a dislocated elbow after the unprovoked attack outside a Gateshead pub
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Cheick Tiote will be fit for Spurs clash

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes Cheick Tiote will be fit for Spurs clash

Newcastle United chief Alan Pardew thinks it might be a blessing disguise that Cheick Tiote missed the Leicester City win

Ricky Alvarez could be fit for Sunderland's trip to Crystal Palace, reveals Gus Poyet

Ricky Alvarez could be fit for Sunderland's trip to Crystal Palace, reveals Gus Poyet
Ricky Alvarez's recovery is ahead of schedule and he could be ready to return when the Black Cats head to Selhurst Park at the start of next month

Alan Pardew warns Premier League that Gabriel Obertan might be 'unplayable' this season

Alan Pardew warns Premier League that Gabriel Obertan might be 'unplayable' this season
Newcastle United would have listened to offers for Gabriel Obertan last season but Alan Pardew says he wanted him as part of the squad
Singing sensation Caro Emerald

Review: An Evening with Caro Emerald at Newcastle City Hall

Dutch songstress Caro Emerald had her audience in Newcastle dancing in the aisles as Sophie Biddle reports

Review: Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny's Mozaik, Tyneside Irish Centre

The Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle
Mozaik, with Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, bring the sounds of the world to an appreciative audience

Secret Diner Review: Blyth Boathouse, Quay Road, Blyth, Northumberland

The Blyth Boathouse
The Secret Diner made his debut in Blyth with high hopes for an evening of sea food
The Blyth Boathouse

Secret Diner Review: Blyth Boathouse, Quay Road, Blyth, Northumberland

The Secret Diner made his debut in Blyth with high hopes for an evening of sea food

Jesmond bar Osbornes joins forces with Ninety Nine for new boxing venture

Osbornes and Ninety Nine are joining forces
International dishes will be on the menu - and served innovatively in a box which turns into a plate.

Wallington Food and Craft Festival brings countryside and culture together

(l-r) Annalise and Sydney from Barmston Village Primary School collecting hazelnuts in Washington Old Hall's nuttery
Both Wallington House, Gardens and Estate and Washington Old Hall will be celebrating autumn’s rich bounty this weekend
Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius given five-year jail sentence for killing Reeva Steenkamp

South African sprinter also given three years for firearms offences, but could be home in 10 months

Videos & Photos

Nicky Parfitt-Parker of Anderson Garland with valuable marvel comics which are for auction

Newcastle rare comic auction expected to fetch top prices

Last Night Of The Proms at Newcastle City Hall

Review: North East Last Night of the Proms at Newcastle City Hall

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Joe and Wendy Witherspoon at their home, Rockville in Birtley

Property gallery: Birtley stone-built family home is perfect for families

 
 

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