Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Money criticised for 'pathetic' £1m charity amid reports of a £2bn stock market listing

Gosforth-based bank expected to be floated on the stock market this week, just days after closure the Northern Rock Foundation

Back the North to improve the nation's economy, Tories told

Conservative MP Guy Opperman
North East councils and business leaders bring their message to the Conservative conference

Questions remain over death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine found with stab wounds

Peter Thomas Maine, 56, from Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, was found with stab wounds
Detectives have handed a bundle of evidence to the family of Peter Maine, 56, as they continue to probe how the solicitor suffered fatal stab wounds

David Taylor-Gooby: So the Labour conference was workmanlike - what's wrong with that?

David Taylor-Gooby
Journal columnist was a visitor at Labour's conference in Manchester and says there was much to praise at the fringe meeetings

George Osborne pledges to close North-South wealth gap at Tory conference

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
The Chancellor George Osborne vowed to back the North as he announced a benefits freeze for millions of people

Leading oncologist urges health watchdog to approve Newcastle-trialled cancer drug

A consultant analyzing a mammogram
Consultant medical oncologist Dr Mark Verrill urges health watchdog to approve funding for pioneering breast cancer treatment

Conservative Party defend East Coast Main Line privatisation

A train on the East Coast Main Line in Northumberland
Ed Miliband is a prisoner of the rail unions, claims Conservative Party Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Japanese stem cell firm acquires Durham University spin-out Reinnervate Ltd

Professor Stefan Przyborsk in his laboratory at Durham University
Combination of cells with technology developed in the North East could have huge implications for medical research and drug development

Battle lines drawn over new wind farm bid in Northumberland

David Biestofield and John Waters of Eglingham
Battle lines have been drawn over plans for nine wind turbines close to the 28 already in operation North of Alnwick

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

16 year old carer Kat Moore from Gateshead gives us a insight into her life

Kat Moore, 16 from Gateshead who helps care for her mum Claire who has mental health problems.
We hear the stories of a mum and daughter from Gateshead who have found their roles reversed as daughter becomes carer

New course puts students in the heart of a creative hub in Newcastle city centre

Left to right , Peter McArdle, Dan Gibson, A >> lex Breeze and Zoe Anderson, in The Commercial Union Building on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle
Breeze Creatives explain why they are bringing arts education into the midst of a creative hub in Newcastle city centre

Sweet success for Sunderland's Kitty Hope after blood, sweat and tears

Kitty Hope on TV's Sweets made Simple
A childhood dream has come true for one Sunderland businesswoman after a lot of blood, sweat and tears

Northumberland island curio goes on show in London

Coquet hide
Festival will showcase Coquet Island wardens' 6ft by 6ft eccentric hide creation

Andy Burnham MP vows to end care home abuse of the elderly

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham
Shadow Health Secretary says he'll fight to end abuse after his grandmother was victim in nursing home

Labour will save 1,100 police jobs, Shadow Home Secretary will announce

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is to announce plans to boost police funding by £70million to save jobs
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

Dawn FrenchDawn French

Review: Dawn French's Thirty Million Minutes at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

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RSC'S Henry IV Part Two

Review: Henry IV Part II, Newcastle Theatre Royal until October 4

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Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale

Property gallery: One of a kind Rowlands Gill home retains many wartime era features

Peter Thomas Maine, 56, from Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, was found with stab wounds

Questions remain over death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine found with stab wounds

Detectives have handed a bundle of evidence to the family of Peter Maine, 56, as they continue to probe how the solicitor suffered fatal stab wounds

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

The new designs planned at Malmo Quay, Ouseburn including the new ramp and observatory at the Cycle Hub
Trio of architects, from the UK and France, will work on designs for key Newcastle Quayside site

County Durham teenager helping female entrepreneurs on gap year in Tajikistan

Chris Brown, from Durham, with children at the kindergarten in Tajikistan
County Durham teenager Chris Brown talks about helping female entrepreneurs in Tajikistan during his gap year

Japanese stem cell firm acquires Durham University spin-out Reinnervate Ltd

Professor Stefan Przyborsk in his laboratory at Durham University
Combination of cells with technology developed in the North East could have huge implications for medical research and drug development
Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company

Dianne Sharp column: Business community can be heartened by the party conference season

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI
Regional head of CBI welcomes commitments on skills, deficit reduction and the EU

Sunderland brothers behind men's fashion store celebrate 20th anniversary with significant growth

Andy Mckenzie (left) with brother Duncan McKenzie
Duncan and Andrew McKenzie have successfully grown Aphrodite 1994 over the last 20 years

Profits fall 80% at Wellstream International

Bruce Heppenstall updated
A year of heavy investments has knocked pre-tax profits at Newcastle's Wellstream International
Questions remain over death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine found with stab wounds

Questions remain over death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine found with stab wounds

Detectives have handed a bundle of evidence to the family of Peter Maine, 56, as they continue to probe how the solicitor suffered fatal stab wounds

Wallsend man appears in court over the murder of Uriel Moskwa in North Shields

Wallsend man appears in court over the murder of Uriel Moskwa in North Shields
Scott Jefferson, 22, from Stanley Street, Wallsend appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court

Wish 2014: Dinnington Scout Group need cash to finish new hut

Wish 2014: Dinnington Scout Group need cash to finish new hut
Members of 1st Dinnington Scout group are looking forward to using their newly-built headquarters, but need cash to finish it off
Don Hutchison: Captaincy is the most important call in football - and Fabricio Coloccini isn't right

Don Hutchison: Captaincy is the most important call in football - and Fabricio Coloccini isn't right

Wayne Rooney's red card shows why he shouldn't be skipper, but Newcastle United need to reassess their captaincy call too

Don Hutchison: Sunderland don't look as if they have enough goals in them

Don Hutchison: Sunderland don't look as if they have enough goals in them
Gus Poyet will be a bit worried about the way that Sunderland have started the season, there's not enough creativity there

AS Roma ready to sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for knockdown price

AS Roma ready to sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for knockdown price
Serie A club ecstatic at form of the man Newcastle United deemed surplus to requirements
Author Barbara Henderson of Spittal, Berwick

Northumberland crime writer Barbara Henderson launches second novel

Berwick novelist Bea Davenport has set her second novel at the time of the miners' strike of 1984-5

Elderly female divers the stars of Newcastle art exhibition

One of the Haenyeo, or Sea Women, from Mikhail Karikis's 2012 film SeaWomen, on show at Baltic 39
An exhibition called Listening is devoted to works of art that involve listening as well as looking

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

Bruce Springstein playing at the Stadium of Light
The Boss has thrilled audiences in the North East - and has been a guiding light for one Journal writer

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
Heather McCartney at the MCG

Model Heather McCartney apologises for stripping naked at Aussie cup final but admits: 'I've no regrets'

Heather McCartney became an internet hit after tearing off her clothes in a corporate box at Melbourne Cricket Ground, has apologised for causing any offence

Videos & Photos

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 Benevolent Awards Ceremony: The winners are named

Lochhaugh Lodge, the home of Ann Contin, in Rowlands Gill which is for sale

Property gallery: One of a kind Rowlands Gill home retains many wartime era features

 
 

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