Ed Miliband visits the NCJMedia newsroom

Ed Miliband: I want to bring high speed rail to Newcastle

Labour leader brands East Coast takeover as "wrong" but said his party will not make "false promises" to dual the A1

Stark warning on child poverty from former Darlington MP Alan Milburn

Government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn
Poverty tsar Alan Milburn made a stark warning at the ‘Prosperity for All Conference’ in Darlington today

Investment of £140m planned for East Coast mainline after private sector takeover

Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station
Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"

Opencast operation on land north of Newcastle reveals new prehistoric site

The Brenkley archaeological site
Another Iron Age settlement emerges north of Newcastle during excavation at the Brenkley Lane surface mining site

Case for Culture: What it means for the future of the North East

Sage Gateshead
Following the Case for Capital, the new Case for Culture aims to keep the region's many cultural assets high up the agenda

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Prime Minister David Cameron
Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach win East Coast mainline rail franchise

Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station. updated
Direct links to Sunderland and Middlesbrough and more trains from Newcastle to London planned under Inter City Railway bid

Jarrow Brewery eyes growing American beer market

Mikaela Finnigan, head brewer at Jarrow Brewery
Jarrow Brewery has marked a heady first year in its new base - and now has its sights set on US customers

Ed Balls warns: Spending cuts will have to continue under Labour

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
Next government will inherit budget deficit and failing economy, Labour's shadow chancellor warns

Durham School headmaster accuses Tristram Hunt of 'no coherent philosophy' over threat to tax breaks

Durham School headteacher, Kieran McLaughlin
Shadow Education Secretary said private schools must share expertise with public schools or face being stripped of their tax breaks under Labour

Byker Wall in short list for the title of Britain’s Greatest 20th Century building

A small section of the Byker Wall in February 1974
Newcastle homes landmark on short list for best 20th Century building

North East UKIP MEP says selective education could help bridge attainment gap between state and private schools

Jonathan Arnott
UKIP's North East MEP Jonathan Arnott said selective education is one of the ways to give bright kids from poor backgrounds an opportunity

Bike recycle venture opens new outlet in Durham City

The opening of Recyke y’bike shop in Durham
New Durham base for Newcastle social project Recyke y’bike which gives bikes new life

Family of fallen Tyneside solider pay tribute at Tynemouth war ceremony

Relatives of First World War soldier Thomas Stephens Charlesworth and Irish piper Joe Crane at the plaque ceremony
Plaque honours fallen First World War soldier at his former home in Tynemouth as family members pay tribute

Alnmouth community comes together for launch of traditional rowing boat

The Duchess of Northumberland launches Alnmouth community boat
The Duchess of Northumberland officially names The Pride of Aln and praises 'extraordinary public spirit' behind the project

£1.3m funding boost for Holy Island from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The view from St Cuthbert's Isle, with Lindisfarne in the background
Lottery windfall gives green light to £1.8m project to enhance Northumberland historic and natural environment
Durham School headteacher, Kieran McLaughlin

Durham School headmaster accuses Tristram Hunt of 'no coherent philosophy' over threat to tax breaks

Shadow Education Secretary said private schools must share expertise with public schools or face being stripped of their tax breaks under Labour

As it happened: Ed Miliband answers your questions in Newcastle

Labour Leader Ed Miliband on stage at Manchester Central, during the Labour Party Annual Conference null
Ed Miliband is visiting the Chronicle and Journal offices in Newcastle to answer readers' questions in an exclusive live interview this afternoon

Byker Wall in short list for the title of Britain’s Greatest 20th Century building

A small section of the Byker Wall in February 1974
Newcastle homes landmark on short list for best 20th Century building

Opencast operation on land north of Newcastle reveals new prehistoric site

The Brenkley archaeological site
Another Iron Age settlement emerges north of Newcastle during excavation at the Brenkley Lane surface mining site
Nigel Wright updated

Nigel Wright suffers losses after poor European performance

The Newcastle firm last year closed offices in Holland and Switzerland, resulting in four redundancies

Electronics manufacturer Seaward widens export net to capture Japanese and South American sales

Rod Taylor
The Peterlee-based produces of electronic testing tools are eyeing £16m turnover next year

Ashington company named the UK's top exporter

Brian Trench of A-Belco
A-Belco wins prize at the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards

Young Tyneside entrepreneur spots comparison tool gap in fitness market

Adam McGill (right), founder of OFFPEEK.com with managing director at Climb Creative, Chris Henderson
NHS health trainer Adam McGill has invested £15,000 to launch OFFPEEK.com - a site which compares gym memberships and personal trainers
Ed Miliband: I want to bring high speed rail to Newcastle

Ed Miliband: I want to bring high speed rail to Newcastle

Labour leader brands East Coast takeover as "wrong" but said his party will not make "false promises" to dual the A1

Watch: Suspected drugs pusher arrested as police raid homes in Consett

Watch: Suspected drugs pusher arrested as police raid homes in Consett
Officers continue crackdown on organised crime with an arrest of a suspected drugs pusher in Consett

All aboard the book bus at Highfield Primary School, in Gateshead

All aboard the book bus at Highfield Primary School, in Gateshead
Highfield Primary School, in Gateshead, has found an innovative way to create a new library for its pupils
Newcastle United almost halved the amount they paid to agents last year

Newcastle United almost halved the amount they paid to agents last year

Newcastle United spent £3.2million on agents which is signficantly down on the previous year, despite eight players coming into the club

Durham CCC 2015 fixtures bring a raft of possibilities - and they might play at South Northumberland again

Durham CCC 2015 fixtures bring a raft of possibilities - and they might play at South Northumberland again
North Marine Road and New Road were two of the more enticing venues as Durham's 2015 schedule was announced

West Ham vs Newcastle LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from the Boleyn Ground

West Ham vs Newcastle LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from the Boleyn Ground
Keep up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction to Newcastle United's Premier League clash with West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground - join us at kick-off at 3pm
The Chocolate Smiths, Aimee Carroll, Steffi Smith and Amy Francis

The Chocolate Smiths have put zing into a favourite confection

The entrepreneurs behind The Chocolate Smiths explain how they found a market for smoky bacon-flavoured chocolate

Case for Culture: What it means for the future of the North East

Sage Gateshead
Following the Case for Capital, the new Case for Culture aims to keep the region's many cultural assets high up the agenda

Art auction: Newcastle University students raise money for degree show

'Untitled', collage on paper by Liliane Lijn, 2014
Art lovers with an eye for a bargain will flock to a special auction today where some distinctive work will go under the hammer
The Chocolate Smiths, Aimee Carroll, Steffi Smith and Amy Francis

The Chocolate Smiths have put zing into a favourite confection

The entrepreneurs behind The Chocolate Smiths explain how they found a market for smoky bacon-flavoured chocolate

How to dine out and help the homeless with StreetSmart scheme

Restaurant owner Peter Smith from Grapevine, Whitley Bay is taking part in the Streetsmart campaign
Sixteen North East restaurants are participating in the StreetSmart scheme to help the homeless over the festive season. Bridget McClean reports

Secret Diner Review: Electric East, St James Boulevard, Newcastle

Electric East
Our candid restaurant critic visits Electric East to sample its promised innovative dishes from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand

Live: Black Friday 2014 - updates as bargain hunters spend millions in high street sales

It's Black Friday - the biggest shopping day of the year. We've got all the bargains, special offers and scraps as shoppers scramble to get the best deals

Videos & Photos

Lawyer of the Year: L-R Graham Lowes, Helen Ager,Nigel Barnes, Verity Dobbie, Paul Dunn, Allan Devine and Lewis Pearson

Lawyer of the Year shared by nine campaigning North East solicitors

Lady Gaga performs onstage during her artRave: The Artpop Ball tour

Review: Lady Gaga Artrave: The Artpop Ball, Metro Radio Arena

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Humewood, 16 Argyle Street, Alnmouth, Northumberland

Property gallery: Alnmouth home provides the perfect seaside retreat

 
 

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