Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders

Durham County Council to claim planning inspector was 'irrational' in rejecting its plan

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

Northumbria University academic claims Scottish referendum saw a boom in border inspired art works

Ysanne Holt, Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University
Northumbria University Professor of Art History, Ysanne Holt, believes the Scottish referendum brought 'borderland' life into focus

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart
From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy
A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington
Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Conservative Party may abandon boundary review plans

Prime Minister David Cameron
The Prime Minister is reportedly facing a backbench rebellion while Labour figures say boundary changes are an attempt to gerrymander vote

Rory Stewart believes 'we will give rural communities enormous strength'

Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street
Newly-appointed Defra minister pledged to help small businesses innovate and empower parish councils to influence planning policy

Former Berwick vicar and wife mark 100th anniversary of Britain's deadliest ever rail crash

Firemen hose down burnt out carriages at Quintinshill 100 years ago
The Rev Canon Alan Hughes and artist Susan are taking part in services to commemorate the Quintinchill collision which killed 227 people

Shake up on De La Rue board as Gill Rider to leave in summer

De La Rue products
The bank note printers are bringing two new non-executive directors on to the board as Dr Rider steps down as chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Mary Poppins due for seven-week run at Theatre Royal in Newcastle next year

A scene from Mary Poppins by the North American Touring Company - Jolly Holiday
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have announced a Newcastle run for their award-winning Mary Poppins production

Morpeth park's historic at-risk buildings saved by cash boost

Owner Tim Maxwell at the old greenhouse in the grounds of Felton Park Hall in Northumberland
A greenhouse structure at Felton Park is one of only two surviving examples of its kind in the North East and was placed at risk by Historic England

North East motor dealerships Jennings and Springfield Cars drive up sales and profits

(l-r) Nas Khan, MD of Jennings Motor Group, John Mason from Mitsubishi Motors UK, and Norman Shepherd, franchise manager of Jennings Mitsubishi
Despite growing turnover 18%, Jennings' director Nas Khan described last year as "a game of two halves"

Northumberland in top five national parks in world thanks to magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Best in the world Northumberland National Park tops Condé Nast Traveller's list of worlds best National Parks
Northumberland has been rated as one of the world’s top five national parks from top world travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead

Jennifer Morone speaks at Thinking Digital 2015
Talks from the woman who turned herself into a corporation and the man who encourages childlike creativity feature on final conference day

Hundreds attend Crowne Plaza Hotel speed dating-style recruitment event

Potential employees of the new Crowne Plaza Hotel - Stephenson Quarter, take part in a speed dating-style recruitment event
More than 400 people met managers of the new hotel, hoping to get one of the 140 roles which are now being advertised
Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP

Europe is anxious about how Britain will vote in the EU referendum

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says the campaign to stay in the European Union must be able to counter emotional arguments

Education and skills are the one thing we have to get right on our devolution wish-list

Director-General of the CBI John Cridland speaks at the CBI annual dinner at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
The Journal's comment column for Saturday, May 23, in which we say a focus on education and skills must top our devolution wish-list

Northumberland in top five national parks in world thanks to magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Best in the world Northumberland National Park tops Condé Nast Traveller's list of worlds best National Parks
Northumberland has been rated as one of the world’s top five national parks from top world travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy
A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population
Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

NSA North Sheep returns to Cumbria for the first time in 10 years

Young Shepherd of the Year 2013, Josh Ryder
Event will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the sector, featuring seminars, competitions and more

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

North East businesses offered chance to get in front of investors

Simon Green, director of Venturefest North East
Panel of more than 25 investors will gather at October's Venturefest North East event and organisers are looking for businesses who want to pitch
Dealing with problem characters like Kevin Pietersen is much easier at club level

Dealing with problem characters like Kevin Pietersen is much easier at club level

The problem England had with Kevin Pietersen was a familiar one for all cricketers, but dealing with it is much easier at club level

Newcastle vs West Ham LIVE: Action and analysis from St James' Park plus live updates from Hull v Man United

Newcastle vs West Ham LIVE: Action and analysis from St James' Park plus live updates from Hull v Man United
Keep up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction to Newcastle United's final Premier League game of the season against West Ham United

Chelsea vs Sunderland LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea vs Sunderland LIVE: Build-up, action and analysis from Stamford Bridge
All the build-up (including team news), action and analysis from Sunderland's trip to Stamford Bridge to play Premier League champions Chelsea
Japanese pianist Yoshie Kawamura

Concert pianist Yoshie Kawamura on 'friendly' Newcastle

Rising stars of classical music and ballet will join forces in a special performance at a Tyneside architecture firm

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble
The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show

Why novel writing isn't Dead Simple the Peter James way

Author Peter James
As the 14 million-selling Dead Simple opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal, we meet the man who wrote the book
The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show

Three years in for Three Kings - and the signs are good in North Shields

Ewan McCann from Three Kings Brewery
Three Kings Brewery is looking to expand for the second time in three years. Ewan McCann talks us through the development

Newcastle vegan cheese company about to launch unique product in the UK

Ami Tadaa, of Heaton, Newcastle, who is launching the UK's only cashew nut cheese company for vegans called Tyne Chease
A vegan cheese that tastes as good as its dairy cousin? Ami Tadaa believes she’s cracked the secret with her cashew nut-based varieties
Civil partners of four years Paul Higgins (right) and Richard Lucey, who have been in a relationship together for 19 years, arrive to cast their votes at their polling station in Cabra, Dublin for the referendum on gay marriage

Emigrants return to Ireland as polls open in gay marriage vote

More than 3.2 million voters in the Republic have been asked for their say, with polling stations open from 7am to 10pm

Tory MP Eric Pickles to be given a knighthood

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
Former Communities Secretary to be made Knight Bachelor in recognition of public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government

Videos & Photos

Hotspur House, The home of Jo Dixon in Allendale, Northumberland

Property gallery: Historic Allendale home is hot property

Mark Knopfler, in concert at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Review: Mark Knopfler at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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Dennis Jobling at The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at Newcastle University

A Gallery of Wonder is to tour agricultural shows

 
 

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