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Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

ED Cox of IPPR
IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18

North East has five times the national average for addicts-per-bed

Kevan Jones MP
Kevan Jones MP said the problem facing heroin and crack addicts has been exacerbated by cuts to funding for the North East

Missing Newsham and New Delaval war memorial rediscovered in Northumberland archives

Dora Warwick, Annie Hutchinson and Jack Jackson who all have relatives marked on the newly discovered war memorial at Woodhorn Colliery museum
Families of the deceased appealed for help in solving the 'mystery' of the lost tribute and it was uncovered in Woodhorn Museum

Crown Plaza hotel in Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter now taking bookings

Newcastle Crowne Plaza hotel sales director, Amanda McBride, with the general manager Andrew Fox
The new hotel is on schedule from July but its new website, which has just gone live, is taking bookings from September

Sunderland actress Melanie Hill prepares to make Coronation Street debut

Melanie Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Cathy Matthews who will befriend Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson
From April, Melanie will play Cathy Matthews, who will befriend one of Corrie's best-loved characters, Roy Cropper

Greggs profits up 41% as food-on-the-go strategy pays off in stronger economy

Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre updated
Newcastle bakers are now selling around £1m in coffees every week as weather has helped an "exceptional" performance over the last year

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

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband null
All the action from the House of Commons' liveliest hour as Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband takes Prime Minister David Cameron to task

World War II factory to be named 'ROF 59' in permanent memorial to Aycliffe Angels

Finley Structures Managing Director Julie Finley (left) with hospitality consultant Kim Fryer outside the former Presswork Metals building on Aycliffe Business Park
“We recognise the important historical significance of the factory and the Aycliffe Angels who used to work there." - Managing director Julie Finley

Newcastle firms join forces to launch the Your Money personal advice service - sponsored feature

Journal Money experts, from left, Francesca Angelucci of Square One Law, Stephen Hall of Deloitte and Jo Jackson of Brewin Dolphin
Brewin Dolphin, Square One Law and Deloitte join forces to launch the Your Money advice service - sponsored feature

ITV's 'mega-huge' Beowulf adaptation takes shape in County Durham

The old cement works which used to provide employment in the Eastgate area
What is ITV’s answer to Game of Thrones? Rumour has it, writes David Whetstone, that it is starting to take shape in a chilly old quarry in County Durham

More must cycle in the in the North East to combat 'inactivity epidemic' in children

The Big Pedal aims to get children on their bikes during the school-run
Sustrans says almost half of children are not getting the recommended daily amount of exercise and more needs to be done

Cutting smoking in North East could save regional economy £100m

Cigarettes
Calls to slash smoking rates to 5% by 2025 and help save the region millions of pounds and thousands of lives

Carillion hold revenues steady at £4.1bn and build pre-tax profits to £142.6m

Carillion
Construction services firm cultivated a high quality order book and also revealed a £1.5bn contract to provide Scape Group with facilities management

Ceremony marks centenary of raising of Wearside artillery brigade

A gun crew from the 160th Wearside artillery brigade
Author spends 13 years tracking down history of North East's First World War gunners 'the idle and the dissolute'

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard was in Newcastle to promote Virgin StartUp and said the UK's business funding gap is an opportunity for his bank
ED Cox of IPPR

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18

Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

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Girls' education in East Africa is 'another world' says Newcastle headteacher

Hilary French, head teacher at Newcastle High School for Girls, in a school at one of the most deprived parts of Uganda
Hilary French travelled to Uganda where she taught in one of the most deprived areas of the country
Kelly Hill, left, and Georgina Dunkley of The Tonic Communications

PR agency The Tonic Communications gets behind Journal's campaign for prompt payment

Business with offices in North Tyneside and the Midlands says respect and trust are crucial to commercial relationships

Restoration experts from the North East open designer handbag clinic in Chelsea

The exterior of the Handbag Clinic in Kings Road, Chelsea
The Handbag Clinic, which boasts celebrity customers including Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones and reality TV star Imogen Thomas, has opened in London.

Greggs profits up 41% as food-on-the-go strategy pays off in stronger economy

Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre updated
Newcastle bakers are now selling around £1m in coffees every week as weather has helped an "exceptional" performance over the last year

Crown Estate links up with Velcourt for new tenancy agreement at the Ellington Estate in Northumberland

A combine harvester at work on the 4,500 acre Ellington Estate in Northumberland
First-of-its-kind move designed to encourage partnership working and investment by both landowner and farm manager
Kenton Lane McDonald's 'drive thru': fast food giant to appeal planning decision

Kenton Lane McDonald's 'drive thru': fast food giant to appeal planning decision

Protestors not loving it as fast food giants appeal decision to reject a new outlet near to Newcastle's biggest school

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail
IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18

Gateshead Asda donates aisles to community project showcasing memories of elderly shoppers

Gateshead Asda donates aisles to community project showcasing memories of elderly shoppers
The Stories in Store exhibition has been led by North East charity Equal Arts, with funding from Big Lottery Awards For All
Emmanuel Riviere's goal drought is weighing on his mind, claims Newcastle United boss John Carver

Emmanuel Riviere's goal drought is weighing on his mind, claims Newcastle United boss John Carver

It's 15 Premier League games and counting without a goal for Manu Riviere, who is unable to play his natural game - says John Carver

Jonas Gutierrez says he will 'never forget' the ovation he received on Newcastle United return

Jonas Gutierrez says he will 'never forget' the ovation he received on Newcastle United return
Jonas Gutierrez pays an emotional tribute to Newcastle United's supporters after heart warming welcome in first game back at St James' Park

Newcastle 0-1 Man United fan reaction: Your comments on the Magpies' loss at St James' Park

Newcastle 0-1 Man United fan reaction: Your comments on the Magpies' loss at St James' Park
Newcastle United fans took to social media to have their say on the Magpies' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at St James' Park
Rachel Gay and Jeremy Bradfield as the Princess and the Prince

Newcastle organisations win money to spread a love of books and reading

New Writing North and Seven Stories have been awarded about £500,000 to take their work around the country

Paintings by top artist Frank Auerbach acquired by The Laing and Hatton

Mornington Place by Frank Auerbach (1994)
The Laing and Hatton are among North East galleries to benefit from a painting collection received in lieu of tax

Sunderland actress Melanie Hill prepares to make Coronation Street debut

Melanie Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Cathy Matthews who will befriend Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson
From April, Melanie will play Cathy Matthews, who will befriend one of Corrie's best-loved characters, Roy Cropper
The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

The Grainger Market in Newcastle
Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve
Becky Watts

Stepbrother charged with murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts

Nathan Matthews, 28, in police custody while girlfriend Shauna Hoare has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice

Hillsborough inquests hear top policeman planned to blame 'drunken, ticketless' Liverpool fans

Police at Hillsborough
Former South Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Terry Wain is said to have told a meeting that officers would gather evidence to show Liverpool fans had caused the disaster

Videos & Photos

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

 
 

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