Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband live

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election

As the countdown to the 2015 General Election gets underway, we will be here every Wednesday to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the House of Commons

'Abandon austerity and borrow' North East Labour MPs urge Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband with his press secretary Bob Roberts
All the major parties have made the "tragic" decision to continue with austerity, North East MPs on the Labour left have warned

Strong first quarter for Newcastle-headquartered Sage Group

Software firm Sage reports rising revenues and pro-active moves to tackle weak points as it remains on track to hit targets

North East 'worst for teenage smokers' despite smoking rates falling nationally

A woman smoking
Researchers who gathered the data blamed social factors including ethnicity, class, and whether parents smoked as playing a part

Durham Oriental Museum teams up with mental health charity to create its latest exhibition

Lauren Barnes looking over the exhibition created by people with health issues at the Oriental Museum Durham
Service users from Sunderland based The Art Studio are exhibiting their work at the Durham museum for three months

Filtronic hit by challenging trading conditions

Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic
Components manufacturer says results are likely to be affected by delays and curtailment of orders destined for Russia

Durham MP Roberta Blackman Woods demands answers over free school fiasco

Durham Free School in Gilesgate updated
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman Woods has demanded the full details behind the failure at Durham Free School

Exhibition will mark history of Wearside mental care hospital Cherry Knowle

Cherry Knowle Hospital in Ryhope, Sunderland, in 2002
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for pictures and memories of Cherry Knowle Hospital in Sunderland

Greggs chairman Ian Durant says business is no longer a man's world

Ian Durant
Greggs chairman Ian Durant was among those to address students at South Tyneside College on the need for gender equality

Countdown begins with 100 days to the next general election

A ballot box at a polling station
Experts talk of who might win and what result would be best - or worst for the North East

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

Auction find reveals Northumberland First World War evacuation plans in Alnwick

Alnwick training camp
Alnwick drew up a detailed blueprint for the response if the enemy had landed on Northumberland's beaches during WW1

When the Tyneside Scottish marched to Alnwick to prove their mettle

The 7th Northumberland Fusiliers on a march along Alnwick Moor
The march through Northumberland of the Tyneside Scottish to the duke of Northumberland's land is to be marked at weekend

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
Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband live

Prime Minister's Questions LIVE: The countdown to the 2015 General Election

As the countdown to the 2015 General Election gets underway, we will be here every Wednesday to keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the House of Commons

Durham Oriental Museum teams up with mental health charity to create its latest exhibition

Lauren Barnes looking over the exhibition created by people with health issues at the Oriental Museum Durham
Service users from Sunderland based The Art Studio are exhibiting their work at the Durham museum for three months

'Abandon austerity and borrow' North East Labour MPs urge Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband with his press secretary Bob Roberts
All the major parties have made the "tragic" decision to continue with austerity, North East MPs on the Labour left have warned

Durham Free School a 'haven for bad teachers' MP tells hearing

Durham Free School in Gilesgate updated
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman Woods has demanded the full details behind the failure at Durham Free School

Business Supplement: Annual Deals Survey 2014

This 8-page supplement reports on pwc's 2014 annual deals survey

Strong first quarter for Newcastle-headquartered Sage Group

Software firm Sage reports rising revenues and pro-active moves to tackle weak points as it remains on track to hit targets

Filtronic hit by challenging trading conditions

Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic
Components manufacturer says results are likely to be affected by delays and curtailment of orders destined for Russia

Newcastle firm UNW expands business advisory activities with new talent search division

Nicola Short, Fiona Railson, Peter Neal, Hazel Smith and Dave Bowman, who have joined UNW to launch and support its new Strategic Talent team
The Newcastle-based firm has also recruited a new partner and former Entrepreneurs' Forum boss, Nicola Short
Duchess of Cornwall visit: LIVE updates from the Royal visit to Newcastle

Duchess of Cornwall visit: LIVE updates from the Royal visit to Newcastle

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall will take a tour of Maggie’s Newcastle, based at the Freeman Hospital, visit Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and join artist Jonathan Yeo at the Laing Art Gallery

Durham River Wear safety pledge after death of student Euan Coulthard

Durham River Wear safety pledge after death of student Euan Coulthard
Durham partnership launches nine point action plan in bid to prevent further deaths in the River Wear

The Duchess of Cornwall visits Newcastle centres during trip to North East

The Duchess of Cornwall visits Newcastle centres during trip to North East
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will undertake a number of engagements during her visit to Tyneside on Wednesday
Newcastle United managerial situation: What now after John Carver's appointment?

Newcastle United managerial situation: What now after John Carver's appointment?

Who makes the big decisions now that John Carver has been given the caretaker role - and what happened to the other candidates?

Gateshead stand on brink of a 'good three months' says Gary Mills

Gateshead stand on brink of a 'good three months' says Gary Mills
Gateshead boss Gary Mills believes his side can still win promotion and the FA Trophy ahead of their third-round replay against Wrexham

Sunderland can make their 3-5-2 system work, insists wingback Billy Jones

Sunderland can make their 3-5-2 system work, insists wingback Billy Jones
Billy Jones says Sunderland's 3-5-2 formation will begin to pay dividends, if boss Gus Poyet opts to stick with the new approach
A J Riach was named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014

BAFTA accolade for former Sunderland University student A J Riach

Teesside-born A J Riach has gone from film student to award-winner in five years, and he's looking to bring his next project home

North East orchestra goes underground - again!

Cobwebs Orchestra performing in the Victoria Tunnel
The Cobwebs Orchestra is to follow up its Victoria Tunnel concert with a series of concerts in other dark places

Things are cooling down for February half term at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle

Visitors enjoy a skate on the ice rink at Life Science Centre Life Science Centre
The first school holidays of 2015 will be all about ice and snow at the Newcastle attraction as well as skating on the outdoor rink
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
Protesters climb the Cuadrilla rig in Southport

Morning news headlines: Council urged to reject frack bids, Lib Dem quits as aide over fracking

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