Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey

Plan to help North East households struggling with fuel bills will improve two million homes

The North East has one of the highest rates of 'fuel poverty' in the country, energy secretary Ed Davey said

Bedlingtonshire Community High School slammed by Ofsted inspectors

Pupils sitting an exam updated
The Northumberland school has been heavily criticised by inspectors for its quality of teaching and pupil performance

Priceless Scottish treasures are on their way to Bede's World in Jarrow

Bede's World volunteers set off to Scotland
Bede's World in Jarrow has been allowed to select for display incredible artefacts from the Burrell Collection

North East expectant mums should be warned against drinking any alcohol during pregnancy

Generic photo of a pregnant woman with a glass of wine
Health bosses say inconsistent messages are leaving expectant North East mums-to-be confused

MPs urge Government to rescue the Durham County Plan

Chancellor, George Osborne visits Nifco's factory in Eaglescliffe to outline 'Long Term Economic Plan for the North East'
MPs are leading a 90-minute Commons debate to urge Ministers to support plans to create 30,000 jobs in County Durham

Team Valley security specialist Petards wins order worth £1.5m from Siemens

Petards eyeTrain systems are used on Electrostar trains, like this one in use at the Stansted Express
The firm, which employs around 80 people, last year entered into a framework agreement with Siemens which represented a 'major milestone'

Wildlife prize for Haltwhistle photographer's brown bear picture

Evening Bear by Steve Wrightson, from Northumberland
Haltwhistle photographer Steve Wrightson's striking shot has won a Scottish Seabird Centre Nature photography award

Petition handed in as boss says Berwick ambulance service 'worst in almost a decade'

North East Ambulance Service ambulance
4,000 signatures have been handed in calling for better ambulance cover at Berwick, following a recent death

County Durham components manufacturer Filtronic will make redundancies

Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic
County Durham firm Filtronic has announced it will make redundancies in the UK and overseas as part of cost-saving measures

Hampton by Hilton Newcastle hotel complex opens its doors to public

The Hampton by Hilton Newcastle team, headed up by Paolo Franchi, General Manager
The multi-million pound hotel near Newcastle Central Station has opened to guests a month earlier than initially planned

Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer line up date at Newcastle City Hall

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years
The tour will be the first time the pair, famous for the likes of Shooting Stars, have been on the road together in 17 years

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council
Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

£100,000 investment as Mecaplast confirms commitment to North East

David Cann, Mecaplast UK General Manager
The investment comes after Mecaplast last year increased the space it occupies in Peterlee, allowing it to create scores of jobs

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East
Sir Malcolm Rifkind speaks to the media in Great Smith Street, London

Denise Robertson: The overwhelming arrogance of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

Journal columnist Denise Robertson expresses her disdain for 'cash-for-access' politicians

Bedlingtonshire Community High School slammed by Ofsted inspectors

Pupils sitting an exam updated
The Northumberland school has been heavily criticised by inspectors for its quality of teaching and pupil performance

Wildlife prize for Haltwhistle photographer's brown bear picture

Evening Bear by Steve Wrightson, from Northumberland
Haltwhistle photographer Steve Wrightson's striking shot has won a Scottish Seabird Centre Nature photography award

Plan to help North East households struggling with fuel bills will improve two million homes

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey
The North East has one of the highest rates of 'fuel poverty' in the country, energy secretary Ed Davey said
New appointments at Miller Homes, from left, Kayleigh Roberts, Gareth Todd, Amy Mcardle and Liegh Faulkner

Appointments: Miller Homes grows its North East team ahead of new development launches

Miller Homes has welcomed four new faces to its North East sales team as the leading housebuilder prepares to launch a number of new developments

Appointments: Engineering specialist Haden Freeman expands with business development hire

Joe Gunton-Jones, business development manager, Haden Freeman
Business management graduate Joe Gunton-Jones joins Haden Freeman, having spent four years specialising in the offshore gas and engineering industry

£100,000 investment as Mecaplast confirms commitment to North East

David Cann, Mecaplast UK General Manager
The investment comes after Mecaplast last year increased the space it occupies in Peterlee, allowing it to create scores of jobs

Hampton by Hilton Newcastle hotel complex opens its doors to public

The Hampton by Hilton Newcastle team, headed up by Paolo Franchi, General Manager
The multi-million pound hotel near Newcastle Central Station has opened to guests a month earlier than initially planned
Newcastle teenager robbed at knife point for his bike in Slatyford

Newcastle teenager robbed at knife point for his bike in Slatyford

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after the offender pulled a knife out before riding away on the stolen bike in Newcastle

Newcastle Discovery School headteacher Wendy Allen defends school

Newcastle Discovery School headteacher Wendy Allen defends school
Wendy Allen, principal at Discovery School, has hit out at comments made earlier this year by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt

Woman dies after being hit by a train in Blaydon, Gateshead

Woman dies after being hit by a train in Blaydon, Gateshead
Emergency services attended the incident at Blaydon on Tuesday morning and police are now working to establish the woman's identity
Free transfer market: Five out of contract players Newcastle United could turn to

Free transfer market: Five out of contract players Newcastle United could turn to

Newcastle United could turn to the free transfer market to target out of contract players if injuries continue to mount at St James' Park

Hull City vs Sunderland LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from the KC Stadium

Hull City vs Sunderland LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from the KC Stadium
All the build-up, action and analysis from the KC Stadium as Sunderland take on Hull in the Premier League - Join us live from 7:45pm for kick-off

Newcastle United may snap up free agents if their injury crisis worsens

Newcastle United may snap up free agents if their injury crisis worsens
Head coach John Carver says that out-of-contract players could be an option for Newcastle United if they lose more players
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years

Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer line up date at Newcastle City Hall

The tour will be the first time the iconic comedy duo have been on the road together in two decades

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson

Festival of Illustration set to be a major attraction in Hartlepool this summer

One of the student illustrators at Cleveland College of Art & Design
Renowned illustrators and comic book artists will be flocking to culturally ambitious Hartlepool in the summer
The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

The Grainger Market in Newcastle
Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

Footballer Adam Johnson on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16

Sunderland and England player has been suspended by the club after being questioned by police on Monday

Celebrity Big Brother receives nearly three thousands complaints but Ofcom not investigating

Channel 5 show will not be investigated even though it had 2,736 complaints including 715 about Perez Hilton's behaviour

Videos & Photos

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

The home of Hylton Smith, from Rowlands Gill, which is for sale

Property gallery: Derwent Valley views and versatility in split-level property

 
 

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