Northern Region TUC Secretary Beth Farhat

London creates jobs four times faster than the North East - but businesses report huge 2015 boost

TUC analysis of 2010-2014 sees region lag behind capital, but a 2015 NECC survey sees firms report fastest workforce growth in two decades

Jamie Oliver helps North East parents learn how to cook - and beat obesity timebomb

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
Radical new approach to making parents realise the importance of a balanced diet introduced at schools in the North East

Durham University astronomers discover 'supermassive' black holes

A Hubble Space Telescope colour image of one of the nine galaxies targeted by NuSTAR
Durham University led the research which discovered five huge black holes that had previously been hidden by dust and gas

Northumberland student is riding the waves as Tall Ships ambassador for Blyth 2016

Emily Runciman on the Black Diamond of Durham
Ashington's Emily Runciman sailed to Belfast onboard the Black Diamond of Durham after winning a county bursary

Northumberland arts projects receive £250,000 cash windfall

Hadrian's Wall
A Roman 'mansio' will tour Hadrian's Wall next year following a successful bid by Hexham organisations to the Arts Council England

Lib Dems accuse Labour-led North East Combined Authority of 'behind-closed-doors' decisions

Lord John Shipley
North East Lib Dems say a lack of political opposition on the NECA, which is poised to take on new powers, is leading to a lack of transparency

MJ Gleeson plc on track to exceed targets after seeing growth in both its divisions

Gleeson Homes has opened a second north east office at Wynyard Park. Pictured is the Gleeson Team, with Regional Director, Ed Alder on the far right of the picture
Urban regeneration and strategic land specialist hopes to build at least 1,000 homes per year within the forseeable future

Construction starts in Newcastle City Centre for £25m dining quarter at intu Eldon Square

A CGI of the new entrance into intu Eldon Square's dining area Grey's Quarter
Scores of jobs in Newcastle City Centre have been created in the construction phase for Grey's Quarter which will have 20 restaurants when it opens

Brave men of a Tyneside battalion get fitting memorial in France

Dozens of North East families, veterans and dignitaries travel to the site of the Battle of the Somme to remember World War One soldiers

Housebuilder Persimmon plc grows revenues by 12% during strong first-half trading

Persimmon Homes development at Angel Way, Birtley
An increasingly competitive mortgage market, growing customer confidence and a rise in employment contributed to significant growth

Redundancies at Hargreaves after 'challenging' times in coal sector

Hargreaves Services
Durham's largest private sector employer sees revenues suffer in struggling coal market

Sales up 7% at Close House Golf Club owned by multi-millionaire Graham Wylie

Lee Westwood during the official opening of his Filly course at Close House in Northumberland with owner Graham Wylie
The Northumberland firm has been growing its membership steadily since 2011 and now has 400 members, helping to grow sales to £2.53m

Star Pubs and Bars to invest a further £2.5m in North East pub refurbishment schemes

From left, lessees David Smith, Claire Hall and David Hall at The Spread Eagle in Preston Village, North Shields
11 pubs in the region will receive a get a new lease of life as Heineken's pub company moves towards a more food-focused vision

Wind farm projects in North East cancelled after Government subsidy removal

A wind farm
Developments in Northumberland will go ahead during 'grace period' allowed by Government

North Sea is the oyster for under water North East artist Chris Rose

Chris Rose during his diving training
Chris Rose has won an award will will see him plunge to the bottom of the North Sea to tell the story of the marine world through art

Family firm T Manners wins £4m contract at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth

Left to right: Peter Spoors of T Manners, Neil Turner of Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Gill Hewlett, headteacher at Kings Priory School in Tyneside
The Bishop Auckland firm is currently carrying out work on the school's sixth form that will create a new coffee, learning resources and free wi-fi
Chris Rose during his diving training

North Sea is the oyster for under water North East artist Chris Rose

Chris Rose has won an award will will see him plunge to the bottom of the North Sea to tell the story of the marine world through art

Brave men of a Tyneside battalion get fitting memorial in France

Dozens of North East families, veterans and dignitaries travel to the site of the Battle of the Somme to remember World War One soldiers

Could Ian Lavery become North East Mayor and who does the Wansbeck MP want to lead the Labour Party?

Ian Lavery
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery talks about Labour's failure at the General Election and who he is backing to be the party's next leader

Former Killhope Museum director wins annual Pendlebury Award

Award winner Ian Forbes, centre, with North Pennines AONB Partnership director (left) and Eddie Tomlinson, chairman of the partnership
The Pendlebury Award recognises decades of effort for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Beth Farhat, Northern Region TUC Secretary

Beth Farhat column: Northern Powerhouse has suffered a power failure

Chancellor needs to use budget to re-balance the economy, says regional secretary of the TUC Beth Farhat

Surveys point to increasing confidence in North East economy

Ross Smith, Director of policy NECC
North East Chamber of Commerce says firms are recruiting at the fastest rates since its quarterly survey began

Merged North East shipping insurers grow combined income by 39.5%

Paul Jennings and Alan Wilson, joint managing directors of North P&I Club
Sunderland Marine Insurance and NEPIA merged last year and are now based in the one office in Newcastle

Newcastle architects FaulknerBrowns win national prize for new sports arena

Multi-Sports Arena in Derby
Judges praise 'well-executed' project designed by Newcastle architects that owes its success to carefully integrating architecture and engineering
More storms on the way and four other things you need to know today

More storms on the way and four other things you need to know today

Five North East stories including Newcastle United transfer talk and a body pulled from the River Wear in Bishop Auckland

North East braced for more thunderstorms with weather set to divide UK

North East braced for more thunderstorms with weather set to divide UK
Summer sun is to return to the South but heavy rain and storms are likely in much of the North and West of England, say forecasters

Newcastle toddler undergoing tests in America as fight to save his life goes on

Newcastle toddler undergoing tests in America as fight to save his life goes on
Worried family had to wait to see if test results showed Newcastle toddler Kian Musgrove was still cancer free
Sunderland and Inter Milan still at loggerheads over Ricky Alvarez move

Sunderland and Inter Milan still at loggerheads over Ricky Alvarez move

With Sunderland and Inter Milan both digging their heels in, Argentina international Ricky Alvarez remains in limbo

Newcastle United ban mobile phones from working areas at training ground but Steve McClaren aiming to stay on message

Newcastle United ban mobile phones from working areas at training ground but Steve McClaren aiming to stay on message
Newcastle were a club that lacked focus and discipline last season and McClaren is doing his best to address that in his first few weeks in charge

Newcastle United chiefs waiting to hear from PSV Eindhoven star after advanced talks

Newcastle United chiefs waiting to hear from PSV Eindhoven star after advanced talks
Georginio Wijnaldum's representatives have held talks with Newcastle as Magpies hope to make breakthrough in summer transfer window
Bamburgh Castle by Bill Stephens was judged the overall winner

New Cramlington Emergency Hospital photo competition - the winners

A competition to find photographs for a new Northumberland hospital attracted nearly 1,000 entries

National Trust invites people to its Big Beach Picnic

A family having a picnic on the beach
If the sun is shining and you love al fresco dining, there are two stretches of North East coastline you should head for

Two North East restaurants among country's best

Michelin rated chef James Close
Newcastle's House of Tides and the Michelin-starred Raby Hunt are on a list of the Top 100 UK restaurants
A family having a picnic on the beach

National Trust invites people to its Big Beach Picnic

If the sun is shining and you love al fresco dining, there are two stretches of North East coastline you should head for

Two North East restaurants among country's best

Michelin rated chef James Close
Newcastle's House of Tides and the Michelin-starred Raby Hunt are on a list of the Top 100 UK restaurants

Food a vital ingredient of Ouseburn Festival

Ouseburn festival
More than 20 food and drink producers will be at Newcastle's Malmo Quay during the weekend Ouseburn Festival

Morning news headlines: EU shock as Greeks reject austerity, Tributes to sea rescue grandfather

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Richard Dawson performs at the Culture Awards 2014 at Sunderland Minster

Culture Awards: Richard Dawson blows audience away with walkabout a cappella performance

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Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured is David Almond reading from his Opera Miracle

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