Prime Minister David Cameron

EU referendum: Should we leave the European Union or stay in?

North East Labour MEPs give five reasons to stay and UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott gives his five reasons to leave

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

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

Sports Direct ahead of expectations on profit before tax, conference will be told

Sports Direct
Retailer Sports Direct to host event for 900 staff and partners, updating them on the company's current and future performance

Heatherslaw Water Mill celebrates 40th anniversary of restoration

Heatherslaw Mill
Heatherslaw Water Mill in Northumberland is marking the 40th anniversary of its restoration and opening to the public

Profit, revenue and passenger numbers up at Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport updated
Strong results influenced by improved economic conditions and a growth in business travel

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

Offshore engineers Red Marine to create expanded testing facility in Northumberland

Left to right: Joe Orrell, managing director at Red Marine and Toby Bailey, business development director
The engineering specialist will quadruple the size of its current workshop in Hexham

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

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

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

North East Exporters' Awards shortlist is announced

North East Exporters Awards 2014
North East Exporters' Awards will recognise companies that do the most to boost the regional economy through overseas trade

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

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

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

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

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
The Belford natural flood defences

Northumberland pioneering flood defence scheme picks up award

As the Environment Agency completes its flood defence scheme in Belford, Northumberland, we ask about its plans for the future

Bernard Trafford: A cup of tea and a welcome glimpse back in time

Crowds pictured as the Santa Special Train arrives at Llangollen Railway's Carrog, Lapland Station
Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why a little nostalgia is good for us

Jonathan Arnott: Some issues are best decided by people, not politicians

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott
North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says our outdated voting system is creaking at the seams.

Northumberland National Park Foundation set up to help raise funds for cuts-hit attractions

Alwinton Show is known for the beautiful views it offers of the Coquet valley
'Passionate' Northumbrians sign up as trustees to help region's top landscape, it's people and businesses - starting with The Sill landscape centre
Jeff Alexander of Surgo Construction

Northern Counties Builders Federation baffled by poor take-up of financial merits

The federation is considering giving three £1,000 bursaries to interested North East Universities - a welcome boost for students

Graeme Whitfield: I haven't met anyone in business who wants to leave the EU

Graeme Whitfield
The business editor of The Journal on how the vote on staying in the EU might be won

Tyneside firm ensures technology transfer to Bric subsidiary

Brazilian engineer Glaucio Cordeiro who has come to Tyneside
Express Engineering is ensuring that its Brazilian subsidiary is benefitting from its long-established expertise

Gentoo's £92m homes scheme on site of Prudhoe Hospital gets approval

An aerial view of the planned Prudhoe Hall development by Gentoo
Architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall have designed the scheme, which will secure around 140 construction jobs
Allan Graham murder: Family blow as scientists fail to get DNA profile of schoolboy's killer

Allan Graham murder: Family blow as scientists fail to get DNA profile of schoolboy's killer

Hopes that pioneering forensic techniques could solve the 45-year-old mystery of who abducted and killed Alan Graham are dashed

Linskill centre in North Shields stages one of UK's biggest charity book fairs

Linskill centre in North Shields stages one of UK's biggest charity book fairs
On Friday and over the weekend, some 40,000 books will go on sale in major fund raiser for community centre

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat sent to help stricken yacht sailing from Germany to Edinburgh

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat sent to help stricken yacht sailing from Germany to Edinburgh
Tynemouth RNLI volunteers were sent to help the Baxkiste yacht after its engines failed during a race in the North Sea
Newcastle United's head coach blueprint has not changed significantly since January

Newcastle United's head coach blueprint has not changed significantly since January

Newcastle's next appointment must fit in with structure in Toon board room hence delay in decision on the summer's biggest decision of all

Montpellier ponder move for Newcastle United target Andre-Pierre Gignac

Montpellier ponder move for Newcastle United target Andre-Pierre Gignac
Newcastle United will have to move quickly to land Andre-Pierre Gignac, with Montpellier considering putting in an offer within next two weeks

No decision yet on Sunderland pair Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere's futures

No decision yet on Sunderland pair Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere's futures
Sunderland have announced which under-21 players will be released this summer, but no decision has yet been made on the senior squad
People making pesto at The Late Shows

Could Newcastle's rooftops become an urban farm?

A new project in Newcastle is envisaging a future where food is produced on urban rooftops and green spaces

Review: Mozart’s Requiem, Northern Chords, Newcastle Cathedral

Jonathan Bloxham with Newcastle High School for Girls pupils
A concert called Unfinished finished in glorious style with a cathedral performance of Mozart's Requiem

Review: Dead Simple at Newcastle Theatre Royal

A scene from Dead Simple, at Newcastle Theatre Royal
Peter James crime thriller has the Theatre Royal audience on the edge of its seats as they wonder whodunit
People making pesto at The Late Shows

Could Newcastle's rooftops become an urban farm?

A new project in Newcastle is envisaging a future where food is produced on urban rooftops and green spaces

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

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
An activist with a giant mask of FIFA President Sepp Blatter stands in a cage as others hold posters during a protest by the Avaaz organization in front of the Hallenstadtion in Zurich, Switzerland. The organization protests against the corruption within the FIFA and against Qatar's slave labor law ahead of the FIFA congress with the president's election that is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich.

FIFA crisis: UEFA could boycott World Cup if Sepp Blatter is re-elected

Embattled FIFA chief refusing to quit and still intends to stand for re-election in Friday's presidential vote

Nearly three-quarters of supermarket chickens contain potentially deadly bug

File photo dated 29/08/14 of a raw chicken as the latest rates of campylobacter contamination of fresh shop-bought chickens will be published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 28, 2015. In February, the FSA reported that contamination had increased since November, with every major retailer failing to meet targets to reduce the bug. The FSA said then that the cumulative results from the first three quarters of its year-long survey of fresh chickens found 73% tested positive for the presence of campylobacter, up from 70% in November and 59% in August. The FSA's survey - the full set of results of which is published today - has tested around 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller independent stores and butchers. Campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking and can be limited by careful hygiene but it is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year. See PA story CONSUMER Chickens. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Food Standards Agency putting pressure on supermarkets after year-long study found major retailers failing to reduce rates of campylobacter.

Videos & Photos

People making pesto at The Late Shows

Could Newcastle's rooftops become an urban farm?

Andrew Rimmer with the Northumberland County Show 2015 Dairy Champion, Haresfoot Napier Bella

Exceptional sheep and cattle entries at the Northumberland County Show 2015

FooFighters performing live at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland

Review: Foo Fighters, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

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