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

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

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

Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street
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

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

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

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
Best in the world Northumberland National Park tops Condé Nast Traveller's list of worlds best National Parks

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

Northumberland has been rated as one of the world’s top five national parks from top world travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller

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

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

Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

Paul Linford: Whoever comes next for Labour must be someone the public can believe him

Andy Burnham
Paul Linford on the upheaval engulfing the parties who lost out at the election - and the choices that lie ahead for Labour
Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington

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

Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

North East businesses offered chance to get in front of investors

Simon Green, director of Venturefest North East
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
North Shields FC open-top bus parade RECAP: Wembley winners show off FA Vase Trophy

North Shields FC open-top bus parade RECAP: Wembley winners show off FA Vase Trophy

The North Shields FC team will tour North Tyneside in an open-top bus parade for two hours to celebrate their Wembley win

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley won't leave even if the club are relegated

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley won't leave even if the club are relegated
Rob Lee tips Newcastle to stay up but believes the club will be in the same mess in 12 months' time unless they splash out on new players

Newcastle United need more than a PR trick to make it through Survival Sunday

Newcastle United need more than a PR trick to make it through Survival Sunday
John Carver may have pulled an old trick on his Newcastle players, but it's not fooling anyone ahead of Sunday's crucial clash
The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble

Something fishy at The Journal's Taste of the County

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

Why novel writing isn't Dead Simple the Peter James way

Author Peter James
As the 14 million-selling Dead Simple opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal, we meet the man who wrote the book

Auckland Castle exhibition celebrates our most successful football team

Georgina Ascroft inspects a 1950's Subuteo table football set in the colours of Bishop Aukland FC at the start of The Birth of the Blues Exhibition at Auckland Castle
The Birth of the Blues looks at the history and triumphs of Bishop Auckland FC, 10 time winners of the FA Amateur Cup
The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble

Something fishy at The Journal's Taste of the County

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

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
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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