David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

David Cameron promises to cut taxes and protect the NHS

The economy and Ed Miliband will be top issues in the Conservative election campaign, the Prime Minister told his colleagues

New education secretary Nicky Morgan promises reduction in teachers' workloads

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan
Further strike action from teachers across the region could still be on the cards despite workload assurances from the new education secretary

North East can win if councils work together, says MP Guy Opperman

Conservative MP Guy Opperman
Speaking to The Journal at the Conservative conference in Manchester, Mr Opperman, Tory MP for Hexham, also insisted the party had policies which benefitted the North East

Port of Sunderland work starts on rail lines that have been unused for 20 years

Aerial view of Port of Sunderland exclusive
Network Rail have helped the Port of Sunderland to bring nearly half a mile of line back into operation

Successful applicants to Newcastle Culture Investment Fund are announced

Kate Edwards from Seven Stories Byker with a copy of Toms Midnight Garden
A fund set up in the wake of Newcastle City Council's decision to axe arts funding is to award its first grants

North East firm struggling to recruit engineers despite footing university bill

Matt Boyle, Danielle Walsh and Gerhard Fehringer
Sevcon pays students through university and guarantees them work - but says it can't find candidates from the region

Cameron puts NHS pledge at heart of conference address

Prime Minister David Cameron
Conservative leader will argue Labour can't be trusted with the NHS because they can't be trusted with the economy

Doctors in the region hit out at the Prime Minister’s pledge to open GP services seven days a week

Dr George Rae from the Beaumont park medical group in Whitley Bay
North East GPs have criticised David Cameron's plan to open GP services seven days a week by 2020\n

Major wind farm plans for Belford and Netherwitton set for rejection

Blimps flown above Rayburn Lakes by RES
Major plans for wind farms at Belford and Netherwitton are likely to be thrown out by Northumberland County Council next week

Plans for £11m Northumberland visitor and landscape centre given green light

The Sill - View from the south east showing the main visitor entrance
Plans for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland get the official go-ahead

Expansion at Pacifica Group after £2m funding round

Left to right: Ian Cameron, Dawn Dunn, Joanne Pratt, Kevin Brown
Jobs are to be created at County Durham-based Pacifica Group after getting funding through Let's Grow, HSBC and the FBNE programme

Allen Valleys folk festival set for lift off this weekend

Allen Valleys Folk Festival
The Allen Valleys Folk Festival will take place in and around Allendale from Friday to Sunday

BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival returns to Sage Gateshead

David Greig
The full programme for the annual festival of grey matter stirring has been announced, with tickets being made available from October 6

The Newcastle United footballers who went to war for their country

Newcastle United line up with Donald bell in the centre of the back row
A historian has tracked down the incredible stories of Newcastle United's First World War soldiers

Crumbling Whitley Bay sea cliffs to get extra protection

An artists' impression of how a concrete barrier will look once it's in place at cliffs on Trinity Road, in Whitley Bay
New sea defences for Whitley Bay will protect access to St Mary's Island by stopping erosion

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica
£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company
Lulu will play Sage Gateshead in May 2015

Lulu to play Sage Gateshead during her first tour in 10 years

Artist Brita Granstrom launces her exhibition The Night Swimmer at Northumbria University Art Gallery

Brita Granstrom takes the plunge with new exhibition on Tyneside

Sean Sagar, Oliver Wilson, Lloyd Thomas and Savannah Gordon Liburd in rehearsal Antigone plays Northern Stage in October

Greek tragedy Antigone comes to Northern Stage in modern day telling

Author Barbara Henderson of Spittal, Berwick

Northumberland crime writer Barbara Henderson launches second novel

A general view at the border between Scotland and England just north of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Peter Troy: People are now talking about the Barnett Formula and the West Lothian question

One of the Haenyeo, or Sea Women, from Mikhail Karikis's 2012 film SeaWomen, on show at Baltic 39

Elderly female divers the stars of Newcastle art exhibition

The new designs planned at Malmo Quay, Ouseburn including the new ramp and observatory at the Cycle Hub

First look at unusual designs for Malmo Quay site at entrance of Ouseburn

Bruce Springstein playing at the Stadium of Light

Bruce Springsteen at 65: We look back over his brilliant career

Energy, Marine and Offshore Industry

Business Supplement: Energy, Marine and Offshore Industry

The North East's food and landscape make a winning formula

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

David Cameron promises to cut taxes and protect the NHS

The economy and Ed Miliband will be top issues in the Conservative election campaign, the Prime Minister told his colleagues

New education secretary Nicky Morgan promises reduction in teachers' workloads

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan
Further strike action from teachers across the region could still be on the cards despite workload assurances from the new education secretary

North East can win if councils work together, says MP Guy Opperman

Conservative MP Guy Opperman
Speaking to The Journal at the Conservative conference in Manchester, Mr Opperman, Tory MP for Hexham, also insisted the party had policies which benefitted the North East

Allen Valleys folk festival set for lift off this weekend

Allen Valleys Folk Festival
The Allen Valleys Folk Festival will take place in and around Allendale from Friday to Sunday
Aerial view of Port of Sunderland exclusive

Port of Sunderland work starts on rail lines that have been unused for 20 years

Network Rail have helped the Port of Sunderland to bring nearly half a mile of line back into operation

Darlington social enterprise Patchwork People licence Labelled model across the country

Marj Newman (left) and Gill Walker outside the Labelled shop in Darlington
The North East-born social enterprise helps young people with learning disabilities to gain skills

North East Business Awards: Fast-growing companies honoured

The Journal is seeking to highlight the achievements of North East firms that experienced significant growth in everything from turnover to headcount

Expansion at Pacifica Group after £2m funding round

Left to right: Ian Cameron, Dawn Dunn, Joanne Pratt, Kevin Brown
Jobs are to be created at County Durham-based Pacifica Group after getting funding through Let's Grow, HSBC and the FBNE programme
Tyneside business leaders pledge support to tackle NEETs with new projects

Tyneside business leaders pledge support to tackle NEETs with new projects

Business leaders in the North East have launched four projects to help inspire Tyneside's unemployed youngsters

College in South Tyneside set to be demolished to make way for 118 home estate

College in South Tyneside set to be demolished to make way for 118 home estate
South Tyneside College's former campus is set to be transformed into a new housing estate after councillors unanimously backed the scheme

Arson investigation after Gateshead garage is torched after break in

Arson investigation after Gateshead garage is torched after break in
Police have launched an arson investigation after a garage was broken into and set on fire in Gateshead
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas book cover

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

The world premiere production of the stage adaptation of Jon Boyne's best-selling novel will be at the venue in May 2015

Lulu to play Sage Gateshead during her first tour in 10 years

Lulu will play Sage Gateshead in May 2015
The iconic and Grammy-nominated sixties singer will be playing a series of live dates in support of her new album

Review: The Worst Princess, touring until October 31

The Worst Princess is going on tour
A charming new production, commissioned by the Durham Book Festival, will be coming to a venue near you in October

The North East's food and landscape make a winning formula

Tourists are being encouraged to embark on a series of North East food trails to tickle their taste buds

Newcastle Theatre Royal visitors can now enjoy afternoon tea after the show

Theatre Royal afternoon tea
Newcastle Theatre Royal offers afternoon tea to round off the performance for matinée customers

James Close: Not so bad to go global occasionally for top quality ingredients

Local venison with Provence figs, baby artichokes and elderberry vinegar
Top chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant talks local produce and shares his very special venison recipe
Days numbered - car tax disc

Tax disc changes: How you will be affected and what you need to do

From the start of October, the paper tax disc will be no more. Here's our quick guide to how this change will change how you tax your vehicle

Missing Alice Gross: Latest updates as murder inquiry launched after police discover a body

Alice Gross
Police Commander Graham McNulty said his officers are now investigating a "dreadful crime"

Videos & Photos

Artist Brita Granstrom launces her exhibition The Night Swimmer at Northumbria University Art Gallery

Brita Granstrom takes the plunge with new exhibition on Tyneside

Allen Valleys Folk Festival

Allen Valleys folk festival set for lift off this weekend

Scottish singer songwriter, Paolo Nutini is embarking on his biggest tour yet, including a date at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle in October 2014

Paolo Nutini is going his own way... and coming to Tyneside too

 
 

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