Prime Minister David Cameron

North East firms call for EU referendum before autumn 2016 to avoid damaging uncertainty

The North East Chamber of Commerce also calls for MPs to avoid "politcal game-playing" on the issue ahead of Wednesday's Queen's Speech

Mactech Inspections to send British and European workers into Asian energy sector

From left: Andrew McFarlane, Mactech managing director; Simon Thorne, Mactech general manager (standing) and Ung Gyu Kim, e-MARINE chief executive officer
The Whitley Bay-based staffing and recruitment firm have signed a deal with South Korean-headquartered e-Marine

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

Waymark software helps pioneering filmmakers New World Designs

Waymarks Paul Lofthouse (left) with Ian Wright (centre) and Steve Reeves
New World Designs are one of a handful of firms around the globe who film in 'bullet time' - an effect made famous in The Matrix trilogy

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham
The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

Northumbria University academic claims Scottish referendum saw a boom in border inspired art works

Ysanne Holt, Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University
Northumbria University Professor of Art History, Ysanne Holt, believes the Scottish referendum brought 'borderland' life into focus

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert
Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

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

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

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
Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark

Housing chiefs call on Conservative Government to rethink right-to-buy policy

The Tories plan to extend the right-to-buy to housing associations but critics say the policy will shrink the number of available homes

Family letters tell tragically short tale of one soldier's First World War

Telegram saying Cliffe has died
Former Journal reporter Charles Bowden tells the family letters that shine a light onto the suffering caused by the Great War

Peaceful protest planned in Morpeth amid over-development fears in Mitford

How the Mitford scheme would be laid out
A peaceful protest against 280 new homes will take place at Morpeth on Wednesday night amid fears the town is being over-developed

North East firms call for EU referendum before autumn 2016 to avoid damaging uncertainty

Prime Minister David Cameron
The North East Chamber of Commerce also calls for MPs to avoid "politcal game-playing" on the issue ahead of Wednesday's Queen's Speech
Toby Bailey, business development director at Red Marine (left) and Joe Orrell, managing director

Offshore engineers Red Marine to create expanded testing facility in Northumberland

The engineering specialist will quadruple the size of its current workshop in Hexham

Tyneside business centre welcomes newest tenant and celebrates major milestone

Wallsend Town Hall
Property development company Sovereign Adavo has welcomed another tenant to The Town Hall in Wallsend

Start-up businesses upcycling shipping containers with help from Stockton firm

Storage container convertors, Anna Hedworth of the Cook House and Andy Aitchison of Northern Alchemy
Mini Mobile UK is making the most of a growing trend among firms to convert shipping containers into business spaces

Shasun Pharma expect significant sales growth after actioning new company strategy

Dudley-based Shasun Pharma Solutions
The firm is focusing on new areas after the loss of a key project - a move which has so far secured 70% of its sales target for this year.
Tories could 'place North East armed forces jobs in jeopardy', claims Kevan Jones

Tories could 'place North East armed forces jobs in jeopardy', claims Kevan Jones

Prime Minister David Cameron is put under pressure over his commitment to defence spending ahead of Queen's Speech

Queen's Speech should include measures to create jobs in the North East, says MP

Queen's Speech should include measures to create jobs in the North East, says MP
Measures to improve schools and stop young people claiming benefits included in David Cameron's "one nation" plan for the next year

Housing chiefs call on Conservative Government to rethink right-to-buy policy

Housing chiefs call on Conservative Government to rethink right-to-buy policy
The Tories plan to extend the right-to-buy to housing associations but critics say the policy will shrink the number of available homes
Newcastle United look to turn over a new leaf, but they'll take their time on head coach

Newcastle United look to turn over a new leaf, but they'll take their time on head coach

Jack Colback admits that big questions should be asked about why Newcastle dropped - as the club eyes James Chester and Brit recruits

Jamie Noon believes England should relax ban on overseas players for World Cup

Jamie Noon believes England should relax ban on overseas players for World Cup
A home Rugby World Cup is a big enough exceptional circumstance for England to pick French-based players like Steffon Armitage, says Jamie Noon

Lee Charnley to draw up head coach shortlist after being handed full control of search

Lee Charnley to draw up head coach shortlist after being handed full control of search
Mike Ashley set for 'hands off' role as Newcastle United's 'football board' in place to make calls on head coach and transfers this summer
Folk singer and activist Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger comes to Gateshead on 80th birthday tour

One of the great figures in folk will be performing songs from her recent hit album at Sage Gateshead

Northern Chords proceeds to a rousing finale

Tenor Ben Johnson
Concerts in Newcastle Cathedral and Sage Gateshead will feature some of our best classical music talent

On the bottle with Helen Savage: Great value champagne and wines from the shadows of the Pyrenees

Vineyards in the Aube
Our resident wine expert turns her tastebud attention to the Drappier champagne house and the land of D'Artagnan
Vineyards in the Aube

On the bottle with Helen Savage: Great value champagne and wines from the shadows of the Pyrenees

Our resident wine expert turns her tastebud attention to the Drappier champagne house and the land of D'Artagnan

Father's Day offers the chance to sample some of the North East's top eateries

Father's Day at the Stadium of Light
If you've got a dad who lists 'food' on their favourite things list, there's loads of treats to choose from including lunch at the Stadium of Light

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble
The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show
In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, a person stands next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FOJ said U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)

Fifa in crisis after six officials arrested in Switzerland over bribes investigation

Vice-president Jeffrey Webb Jeffrey Webb believed to be among those held but not president Sepp Blatter

No homicide probe into BB King death despite claims he was poisoned

US blues musician BB King
Blues star died in Las Vegas earlier this month aged 89

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