Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

North East airports could benefit from local cut in air passenger duty, Ministers suggest

Newcastle Airport
Hope offered to North East airports threatened by tax cuts in Scotland but still no firm proposals for the North East

North East business leaders want meeting with Government over Durham plan snub

James Ramsbotham
North East Chamber of Commerce says rejection of the Durham plan is consigning the region to "a future of low growth and aspiration"

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council
Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Metrocentre and Eldon Square operators see pre-tax profits rise to £593.7m

Metrocentre
Intu Properties plc updated on restaurant redevelopment plans at Metrocentre and Eldon Square were progressing

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

North East airports could benefit from local cut in air passenger duty, Ministers suggest

Newcastle Airport
Hope offered to North East airports threatened by tax cuts in Scotland but still no firm proposals for the North East

Budding critics get their teeth into Northern Stage's new season

Left to right are Charlotte Hall, Rosie Willan, Emma Swan, Rob Ash, Noerthern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell, Lucy Jones, Rosa Garland, Jade Holroyd and Peter Cumiskey
A group of aspiring critics are benefiting from a new scheme set up by New Writing North and Northern Stage

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council
Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve
Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

North East airports could benefit from local cut in air passenger duty, Ministers suggest

Newcastle Airport
Hope offered to North East airports threatened by tax cuts in Scotland but still no firm proposals for the North East

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East
The North East Excellence Awards 2015.

North East Hotel Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the industry

Prizes are given for staff who help keep the North East hospitality industry at the top of its gain

Borderway UK Dairy Expo highlights the sector's best during challenging times

Champion of Champions at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2014, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody
Thousands of visitors from around the world are expected to turn out for the UK's largest dedicated show of dairy cattle

CIPD Awards 2015: Can your company cut it in hunt for HR champs?

The prestigious annual CIPD awards will honour those companies across the North East in the HR&D profession

North East business leaders want meeting with Government over Durham plan snub

James Ramsbotham
North East Chamber of Commerce says rejection of the Durham plan is consigning the region to "a future of low growth and aspiration"
Top North East tourist attractions receive investment to bring another 150,000 visitors a year

Top North East tourist attractions receive investment to bring another 150,000 visitors a year

Linidisfarne Castle, Hadrian's Wall and the Captain Cook Museum to benefit from Chancellor's plan to create a Northern Powerhouse

Washington ex-soldier spared jail for dealing cannabis

Washington ex-soldier spared jail for dealing cannabis
Marc Turpin from Washington turned to the drug as a pain killer after he was discharged from Army but started selling it court was told

Alnwick Young Farmers stage first charity ball in a decade

Alnwick Young Farmers stage first charity ball in a decade
Alnwick Young Farmers staged their first ball in a decade at the Alnwick Garden on Friday night
Left to right are Charlotte Hall, Rosie Willan, Emma Swan, Rob Ash, Noerthern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell, Lucy Jones, Rosa Garland, Jade Holroyd and Peter Cumiskey

Budding critics get their teeth into Northern Stage's new season

A group of aspiring critics are benefiting from a new scheme set up by New Writing North and Northern Stage

Review: Beethoven One, Royal Northern Sinfonia and soloists at Sage Gateshead

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Beethoven was upstaged in a concert also featuring works by Sibelius and Shostakovich at Sage Gateshead

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve
Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

Guest chefs step into the Ouseburn Cook House

The Cook House in Ouseburn Valley
Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell are taking over an unconventional Tyneside eaterie for two special nights

First look inside Glass House - Newcastle's luxury whiskey, wine and champagne bar

The new kid on the Newcastle nightlife block has finally opened its doors after months of planning and preparation
The two-tone dress (left) alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals, that has sparked a global debate on Twitter over what colour it is

What colour is The Dress and why is it sending Twitter into meltdown?

Some people see white and gold, others see blue and black - what's your view?

Gary Glitter set to die in prison after being jailed for 16 years for sexual abuse

Metropolitan Police handout photo of Gary Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, who has been convicted of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13
70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced after being found guilty of abusing three schoolgirls

Videos & Photos

The North East Excellence Awards 2015.

North East Hotel Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the industry

NE Business Awards, Marriott Gosforth.

The Tyneside and Northumberland Business Awards 2015: the night in full

First look inside Glass House - Newcastle's luxury whiskey, wine and champagne bar

 
 

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