A ballot box at a polling station

Countdown begins with 100 days to the next general election

Experts talk of who might win and what result would be best - or worst for the North East

Esh Group's major expansion of HGV fleet

Esh Group has made major investment into the expansion of its HGV fleet with Renault Trucks
The group's civil engineering arm Lumsden and Carroll has splashed out £1m on JCBs, excavators and nine Renault heavy goods vehicles

Booming construction sector set to create 17,500 jobs in the North East

New houses under construction
A raft of sizeable developments, prospective projects and private housing demand is driving the recruitment across the region

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

North East school leaders spark debate over making school day longer

Dr Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, and Kieran McGrane, headteacher at Ponteland High School
A new online forum has shown headteachers have come out largely in favour of a longer school day, but some have their reservations

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn
Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say

UK first as Career College launches in South Tyneside

South Tyneside College principal Lindsey Whiterod with Lord Baker at the launch of Career College North East (CCNE)
An innovative partnership in South Tyneside is set to lead the way on a new approach to skills training and further education

Luxury Northumberland hotel Otterburn Hall sells for £300,000 at auction

Otterburn Hall Hotel
Otterburn Hall Hotel went under the hammer at an auction at Newcastle's Marriott Hotel

Thieves steal Allen Banks camera set-up to capture antics of otters in Northumberland

An otter family captured on video by rangers at the National Trusts Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley
The National Trust camera, which just days ago captured the first video footage of a family of otters, was stolen from the banks of the River Allen

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete
Panoramic photos show how the luxury champagne bar on Dean Street is gradually taking shape

Malhotra Group buys Whitley Bay's Rex Hotel out of administration

The Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay
The landmark Rex Hotel on Whitley Bay's seafront had fallen into administration due to "spiralling" debts

Abolish fees to get more North East young people into universities, say education leaders

MP Pat Glass
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass said fees of up to £9,000 a year are putting off many North youngsters from going to university

ScS private equity owners line up £35million stock market listing

ScS
The Sunderland-based furniture retailer ScS is set to float on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January
Otterburn Hall Hotel null

Otterburn Hall auction RECAP: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle

Bidders are expected to pay up to £300,000 at an auction for the former four-star hotel in Northumberland, which closed suddenly three years ago

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay
Esh Group has made major investment into the expansion of its HGV fleet with Renault Trucks

Esh Group's major expansion of HGV fleet

The group's civil engineering arm Lumsden and Carroll has splashed out £1m on JCBs, excavators and nine Renault heavy goods vehicles

Dianne Sharp: The skills gap is the biggest threat to continued growth

Dianne Sharp
Regional director of CBI says that economic growth needs to benefit more people, but that flexibility in the labour market is key

Booming construction sector set to create 17,500 jobs in the North East

New houses under construction
A raft of sizeable developments, prospective projects and private housing demand is driving the recruitment across the region

Former Sunderland AFC footballer tackles prejudice and discrimination across workplaces

Kieron Brady pictured playing for Sunderland AFC in the 1990s
Kieron Brady's consultancy business has recently launched an e-learning product aimed at employers
Stanley machete victim brands thug who tried to kill him in his sleep 'a coward'

Stanley machete victim brands thug who tried to kill him in his sleep 'a coward'

Chris Spinks said Gary Johnson is 'not right in the head' after he was convicted of trying to kill him for going out with his ex

Newcastle University wins a first for coming top of the class in green league

Newcastle University wins a first for coming top of the class in green league
Newcastle University has won a top ranking in green ratings after an assessment of its environmental and ethical performance

Legal boost for Newcastle College student trapped in 'sex lies' battle

Legal boost for Newcastle College student trapped in 'sex lies' battle
Newcastle student Serena Bowes faces false allegation charges after she said she was attacked in a club in Florence, in Italy
Can Newcastle United now begin to forget the Hereford FA Cup debacle?

Can Newcastle United now begin to forget the Hereford FA Cup debacle?

After Chelsea's FA Cup loss to Bradford City, will the BBC consign Newcastle United's 1972 humiliation to history

Newcastle United feedback: Should fans give John Carver time at the helm?

Newcastle United feedback: Should fans give John Carver time at the helm?
Sports writer Andrew Fowler answers your questions on Newcastle United as John Carver becomes talk of the Toon with interim appointment

Newcastle United have 'bought well' but are too slow to strengthen their squad

Newcastle United have 'bought well' but are too slow to strengthen their squad
Steve Bruce envies Graham Carr's ability to unearth great talent like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez for Newcastle
Whitley Bay alt pop quartet Lisbon

Lisbon to play headline gig at Newcastle's O2 Academy

Whitley Bay band Lisbon to play first headline show at the O2 Academy in February

Exhibition at The Laing celebrates the work of John Dobson and John Wilson Carmichael

Central Station, Newcastle upon Tyne (1850) by John Dobson
An Artistic Partnership brings together the work of two of the North East's most celebrated artists in a Newcastle exhibition

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival to be held on Tyneside

Lauren Laverne
Presenter Lauren Laverne announced that the second BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is to be held on Tyneside in February
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Raby Hunt recipe for Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta

Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta
Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant on the merits of Yorkshire rhubarb

Gateshead's Six restaurant celebrates being ... six!

One of the chef team at Six, Baltic's top floor restaurant
Baltic's acclaimed top floor restaurant has announced a series of special dining experiences to mark its sixth birthday

Social Media giants deny services were hacked

Instagram and Facebook blame 40-minute outage on internal system issue

Holocaust Memorial Day: Auschwitz survivors Zigi Shipper and Lily Ebert relive their experiences - video

January 27th marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Videos & Photos

Police Marine Unit recover a body from the river Wear in Durham

Journal opinion: A night out cannot end like this

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

 
 

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