Planning Minister Eric Pickles

Cabinet minister and Newcastle City Council leader lock horns over cuts

Councils will go bust, says Nick Forbes, after Eric Pickles accuses the Labour politician of making claims with "no basis in reality"

Teesside-based CPI secures multi-million pound pipeline of work ahead of national centre launch

Wilton Centre
“We have four projects knocking on the door now and funding has been secured for these." Jonathan Robinson, CPI

Tories slam Labour over threat to axe HS2 high speed rail line

Conservative party leader David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne is accusing Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls for putting plans for a "Northern Powerhouse" at risk

Gentoo and Tolent team up in joint venture to tackle construction industry

Steve Lanaghan, executive director of Gentoo Group and (Right) John Wood, chair of Tolent Ltd
Two North East businesses form Gentoo Tolent Limited and aim to use complementary skills to expand order books

Sodexo to shed 131 probation jobs as workers replaced with machines

Probation Service members picket at Grey's Monument in Newcastle
Offenders monitored by Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company can soon log-in to ATM-style kiosks using fingerprint technology

Newcastle man with Robert Stephenson link snaps up railway pioneer's writing case

Walter Brydon, who has bought at auction, Robert Stephenson's writing case
The estimate at the Anderson & Garland sale for the leather case, embossed with Robert's name and featuring his 1844 cut glass inkwell, was £400-£600

Newcastle recruitment firm NRG launch drive for technical team at Durham-based Atom bank

Atom bank
Around 450 jobs will be filled at Durham-headquartered Atom Bank - the UK's first truly digital bank - over the next five years

Were you fooled? Richard Branson to buy Farne Islands is an April Fool

Were you pulled into our April Fool? Our thanks to the National Trust for being a good sport

General Election 2015: Lord Shipley says get ready for a second election

Lord Shipley
Parties focus on the economy and help for dads as election campaign continues

Regent Centre office scheme in Newcastle could be turned into 400 homes

Regent Centre in Gosforth
Developers Omnia said they are "exploring options" and that no plans have been set in stone

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge

Letters by former Chronicle reporter tell of life in the North East in the forties

Olga Franklin, former reporter at The Chronicle, who wrote of her experiences in a collection of letters to family members which are now being printed in a new book A Letter from Oggi
Book to be published in April compiles colourful accounts of life by late Newcastle journalist Olga Franklin

Sage boss says 'Northern Powerhouse' is right here in the North East

Stephen Kelly, the new CEO of Sage
Stephen Kelly called on North East small businessess to 'knock on his door' to develop collaborative working

Pilgrim Street picture provides echoes from the days when the street was hive of Victorian activity

The 19th Century photograph of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle by local photographer Edward Lyddell Sawyer
The image of the hard life in the area of lower Pilgrim Street was sold last week for £200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland

Grainger chief executive Andrew Cunningham announces retirement plans

Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc
Andrew Cunningham, who has been with Grainger for almost 20 years, plans to step down as CEO at the next AGM in 2016

New uses identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
New uses have been identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland as part of a council asset review
Andreas Lubitz

Keith Hann: Let's not get depressed about depressives

Journal columnist Keith Hann on why the Germanwings air crash should not lead to over-reaction about people suffering from depression

Cabinet minister and Newcastle City Council leader lock horns over cuts

Planning Minister Eric Pickles
Councils will go bust, says Nick Forbes, after Eric Pickles accuses the Labour politician of making claims with "no basis in reality"

Ashington soldier Adam Adamson reveals his struggle back on civvy street

Ex soldier Adam Adamson from Ashington who suffers from combat stress
Read one Ashington man's fight to come to terms with life outside of the Army - and how smallest thing can make him reach for the 'red button'

Bernard Trafford: I'm excited about democracy - but not about the dismal, negative politicking

Prime Minister David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right)
Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why he wants to enjoy the election campaign, but just can't
Wilton Centre

Teesside-based CPI secures multi-million pound pipeline of work ahead of national centre launch

“We have four projects knocking on the door now and funding has been secured for these." Jonathan Robinson, CPI

Gentoo and Tolent team up in joint venture to tackle construction industry

Steve Lanaghan, executive director of Gentoo Group and (Right) John Wood, chair of Tolent Ltd
Two North East businesses form Gentoo Tolent Limited and aim to use complementary skills to expand order books

Milestone reached on creation of new Newcastle hotel

The seven storey atrium at Crowne Plaza Newcastle Stephenson Quarter hotel
Seven-floor atrium is finished at the Crowne Plaza hotel being created on Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter

South Tyneside butcher Dicksons forges ahead with expansion after growing sales by 8%

Michael Dickson (front), Christopher Welch (left) and Tom Wills (right) from Sintons outside one of Dicksons most recently opened shops in Cramlington
The firm which started in one small shop in South Shields now has 24 outlets, and is keen to expand itsretail side
Loved ones of County Durham asthma sufferer launches fundraising pledge

Loved ones of County Durham asthma sufferer launches fundraising pledge

Little Ashton Evans will help his mum Gemma of Stanley in her drive to raise cash and awareness for Asthma UK

North East rush-hour: Delays on the A1 and the latest from the roads, rail, flights and ferries

North East rush-hour: Delays on the A1 and the latest from the roads, rail, flights and ferries
Your daily round-up of the traffic and travel across Newcastle and the North East ahead of April 2nd's rush-hour

North East's biggest names in women's sport inspire others to get active

North East's biggest names in women's sport inspire others to get active
Biggest names in women's sport gather for televised netball game in Newcastle to promote This Girl Can campaign
Sunderland's relegation battle takes priority over derby records, says Lee Cattermole

Sunderland's relegation battle takes priority over derby records, says Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole says Sunderland's need for points is all-important going into this weekend's Wear-Tyne derby

Newcastle United clutching to history books not form books ahead of Wear-Tyne tussle

Newcastle United clutching to history books not form books ahead of Wear-Tyne tussle
History points to a Newcastle success on Sunday as Sunderland try to repair damage on poor home record down the years

Tom Penny the latest homegrown Newcastle Falcons player to renew terms

Tom Penny the latest homegrown Newcastle Falcons player to renew terms
Tom Penny's breakthrough season at Newcastle Falcons has been rewarded with a new two-year deal for the versatile back-line player
Saxophonist David Sanborn

Enticing line-up for Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Sage Gateshead's annual celebration of jazz continues to broaden the popular perception of the genre

Communities in a 'Rush' to put on Easter dance spectacular

Rush is a Cultural Spring project which will culminate in a dance spectacular in South Shields on Easter Sunday Novak have produced the video projections for the event
Groups south of the Wear are preparing to dazzle us with a performance to match last year's Great North Passion

Cultural Spring project will have people rushing to South Shields on Easter Sunday

Robby Graham shows the way for Rush volunteers
150 dancers, a water cannon and large scale video projections will all feature in Rush, a dance spectacular rooted in real people
Artists impression of Club Monument updated

April fool: plans for pub wrapped around Grey's Monument are not true

Our story on plans for an Earl Grey-themed pub in the centre of Newcastle appear to have amused many (but fooled no-one)

Café Bowes has a special way with a Teesdale lamb steak

Davey Babooram of Cafe Bowes, Barnard Castle
Chef Davey Babooram shares his very special recipe for a mouth-watering lamb dish served at the Bowes Museum

Top chef Daryl Chadwick furnishes Barker and Stonehouse shoppers with food

James Barker, Daryl Chadwick and Nathan Baker
A new Chadwick & Co Coffee House and Kitchen is opening at a North East branch of Barker and Stonehouse

Tributes paid to Cynthia Lennon after wife of Beatles legend John dies aged 75

Beatles star's first wife died after short battle with cancer at home in Mallorca

Videos & Photos

Zoe Birkett is playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett emotional at her success playing Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard Musical

Aileen Brewis and her property, 4 The Granaries in Offerton Village near the Penshaw Monument

Property gallery: Penshaw barn conversion offers the best of both worlds

The Maker Faire UK 2015 takes place at the Life Science Centre on April 25 and 26

Maker Faire UK will celebrate inventions at the Centre for Life in Newcastle

 
 

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