Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband live

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election

As the countdown to the 2015 General Election gets underway, we will be here every Wednesday to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the House of Commons

'Abandon austerity and borrow' North East Labour MPs urge Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband with his press secretary Bob Roberts
All the major parties have made the "tragic" decision to continue with austerity, North East MPs on the Labour left have warned

Strong first quarter for Newcastle-headquartered Sage Group

Software firm Sage reports rising revenues and pro-active moves to tackle weak points as it remains on track to hit targets

North East 'worst for teenage smokers' despite smoking rates falling nationally

A woman smoking
Researchers who gathered the data blamed social factors including ethnicity, class, and whether parents smoked as playing a part

Durham Oriental Museum teams up with mental health charity to create its latest exhibition

Lauren Barnes looking over the exhibition created by people with health issues at the Oriental Museum Durham
Service users from Sunderland based The Art Studio are exhibiting their work at the Durham museum for three months

Filtronic hit by challenging trading conditions

Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic
Components manufacturer says results are likely to be affected by delays and curtailment of orders destined for Russia

Durham MP Roberta Blackman Woods demands answers over free school fiasco

Durham Free School in Gilesgate updated
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman Woods has demanded the full details behind the failure at Durham Free School

Exhibition will mark history of Wearside mental care hospital Cherry Knowle

Cherry Knowle Hospital in Ryhope, Sunderland, in 2002
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for pictures and memories of Cherry Knowle Hospital in Sunderland

Greggs chairman Ian Durant says business is no longer a man's world

Ian Durant
Greggs chairman Ian Durant was among those to address students at South Tyneside College on the need for gender equality

Countdown begins with 100 days to the next general election

A ballot box at a polling station
Experts talk of who might win and what result would be best - or worst for the North East

Recite Me chief executive encourages funding route after major sales boost

Ross Linnett, of Recite Me Ltd, was among those to join David Cameron on a trade visit to China in December 2013
Ross Linnett has seen his business profile rise through trade visits to China and an invite to Buckingham Palace

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

Auction find reveals Northumberland First World War evacuation plans in Alnwick

Alnwick training camp
Alnwick drew up a detailed blueprint for the response if the enemy had landed on Northumberland's beaches during WW1

When the Tyneside Scottish marched to Alnwick to prove their mettle

The 7th Northumberland Fusiliers on a march along Alnwick Moor
The march through Northumberland of the Tyneside Scottish to the duke of Northumberland's land is to be marked at weekend
Guests enjoy their haggis at the Blackfriars Restaurant Burns night in Newcastle

Keith Hann: The only Burns Night we need in England is on November 5

Journal columnist Keith Hann, who bemoans the growing trend to celebrate other people's festivities

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband live
As the countdown to the 2015 General Election gets underway, we will be here every Wednesday to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the House of Commons

Durham Oriental Museum teams up with mental health charity to create its latest exhibition

Lauren Barnes looking over the exhibition created by people with health issues at the Oriental Museum Durham
Service users from Sunderland based The Art Studio are exhibiting their work at the Durham museum for three months

'Abandon austerity and borrow' North East Labour MPs urge Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband with his press secretary Bob Roberts
All the major parties have made the "tragic" decision to continue with austerity, North East MPs on the Labour left have warned
ScS chief executive officer David Knights (left) with the company's chief financial officer, Ron Turnbull

First day of trading for Sunderland-headquartered ScS

The Sunderland furniture retailer will raise at least £35m for its private equity owners by trading on the London Stock Exchange

Recite Me chief executive encourages funding route after major sales boost

Ross Linnett, of Recite Me Ltd, was among those to join David Cameron on a trade visit to China in December 2013
Ross Linnett has seen his business profile rise through trade visits to China and an invite to Buckingham Palace

Business Supplement: Annual Deals Survey 2014

This 8-page supplement reports on pwc's 2014 annual deals survey

Strong first quarter for Newcastle-headquartered Sage Group

Software firm Sage reports rising revenues and pro-active moves to tackle weak points as it remains on track to hit targets
Duchess of Cornwall visit: LIVE updates from the Royal visit to Newcastle

Duchess of Cornwall visit: LIVE updates from the Royal visit to Newcastle

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall will take a tour of Maggie’s Newcastle, based at the Freeman Hospital, visit Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and join artist Jonathan Yeo at the Laing Art Gallery

Drivers claim government subsidy on Nissan Leaf above any other electric car

Drivers claim government subsidy on Nissan Leaf above any other electric car
The Sunderland-made car has seen almost 6,400 people claim the £5,000 plug in car grant since the scheme began

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election
As the countdown to the 2015 General Election gets underway, we will be here every Wednesday to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the House of Commons
Newcastle United LIVE: All the latest news and views on everything NUFC

Newcastle United LIVE: All the latest news and views on everything NUFC

Relive everything from our Newcastle United blog, featuring news, views and opinions from around the world, for January 28, 2014

Newcastle transfer rumours: Sissoko open to exit and Wear rivals favourites for target

Newcastle transfer rumours: Sissoko open to exit and Wear rivals favourites for target
The latest transfer gossip around the web surrounding Newcastle United including potential exits of two key players

Newcastle United freeze season ticket prices - and cut costs for some young fans

Newcastle United freeze season ticket prices - and cut costs for some young fans
The Magpies have reduced prices for younger fans by £50, but non-season ticket holders may not be able to buy tickets for the big games
Joshua Jenkins as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Theatre Royal stages sensational adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel about a dead dog and a very special boy

BAFTA accolade for former Sunderland University student A J Riach

A J Riach was named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014
Teesside-born A J Riach has gone from film student to award-winner in five years, and he's looking to bring his next project home

North East orchestra goes underground - again!

Cobwebs Orchestra performing in the Victoria Tunnel
The Cobwebs Orchestra is to follow up its Victoria Tunnel concert with a series of concerts in other dark places
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Raby Hunt recipe for Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta

Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta
Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant on the merits of Yorkshire rhubarb

Gateshead's Six restaurant celebrates being ... six!

One of the chef team at Six, Baltic's top floor restaurant
Baltic's acclaimed top floor restaurant has announced a series of special dining experiences to mark its sixth birthday

Coronation Street stars out in force for Anne Kirkbride's funeral

60-year-old actress, who starred in the ITV soap for 44 years, died last week

Jury fails to reach verdict over allegations of electoral fraud against former Ukip candidate

Ukip councillor Matthew Smith arrives at Norwich Crown Court in Norwich, Norfolk, where he was due to stand trial accused of offences linked to alleged electoral fraud
Matthew Smith was cleared of seven counts relating to forged signatures on nomination forms

Videos & Photos

Lauren Barnes looking over the exhibition created by people with health issues at the Oriental Museum Durham

Durham Oriental Museum teams up with mental health charity to create its latest exhibition

Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS

North Shields energy centre is blazing a trail for offshore training

Helen Gavin at her home in Felton

Property gallery: Felton family home is the perfect escape in the country

 
 

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