David Cameron: Conservative Party will close the North-South divide

Prime Minister makes pledge as Conservatives pin hopes of election victory on North marginals

Former North East MP Giles Radice talks about odd couples in politics

Former North East MP Giles Radice talks about his life in politics his latest book - and who might be the politics’ next Odd Couple after the general election

SNP influence at Westminster 'would be an opportunity for the North East'

Academic warns that region can benefit from co-operation with Scotland - but English nationalism makes this harder

David Taylor-Gooby: Let's have the debate about leaving the EU here and now

David Taylor-Gooby says we do not have the luxury of debating for years before we vote on whether to leave the European Union

Ed Miliband should rule out a deal with the SNP if Labour doesn't win more seats than the Tories

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Our politics columnist, Paul Linford, analyses the choices that the two main parties have - with the Lib Dems still the favoured partner for both

North East could get control of NHS funding under Tory-led Government, says minister

Senior Conservative Greg Clark also said a mayor could champion the region as he pledged a new enterprise zone for Northumberland

Paul Benneworth: Talk of a Northern Powerhouse belies the way the Tories tore up our successful policies

Paul Benneworth travels home from the Netherlands to size up the election campaign so far - and finds a sickening lack of objectivity

George Hepburn: Isn't it time we tackled the life and death test of our civilisation?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to get on to a war foorting to show it

Paul Linford: The two main parties tried to steal each others' clothes

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, runs the rule over the party manifestos issued this week

Labour could make benefits cap lower in North East than it is in London

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was accused of treating the region "like a second class citizen" after plans revealed

Peter Troy: Things can only get better, we were once promised. Clearly, they need to

Journal columnist Peter Troy asks why so many people are convinced there is no point in them voting

David Cameron backs The Journal's campaign to create apprenticeships

The Conservative leader is in the North East on the campaign trail and says a vote for Labour will "cast a shadow over the region once more"

Harriet Harman: 'I'm certain regional pay will be on the Tories' agenda'

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party says 'Northern Powerhouse' is a gimmick but Tories say regional pay claims are 'scaremongering'

Thom Brooks: The marginals that matter in the North East

Durham University's Professor Thom Brooks' view on the battle for three key North East seats - Berwick, Redcar and Stockton South

The NHS has more money than ever before, so why can't it cope?

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It's not true that health spending has been cut - funding has actually risen. But health trusts still can't cope with demand

David Taylor-Gooby: If Labour is to win it must show it is not the same as the other parties

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says he wants to see a Labour victory at the election - but it has got work to do

Paul Linford: Miliband and Cameron - by the middle of May one of them will be PM

Paul Linford on David Cameron's unexpected comments about his own future - and what it means for the election and beyond

Thom Brooks: Voters can't be blamed for not wanting to go to the circus when all they see are clowns

Durham University professor of law and government Thom Brooks on George Osborne's budget and the message it sends

Paul Linford: The time for a political game-changer may now have passed

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, on why George Osborne may pay for his refusal to pull rabbits from hats in his Budget

Journal to hold debate on devolution for the North East

Breakfast event will bring together experts from the political and business worlds to debate greater powers for the region

Paul Benneworth: A society where protest is impossible is a society where only powerful voices are heard

Journal columnist Paul Benneworth says May's election should give us a choice about what matters to us as a society, not just what to cut

Labour's Jeremy Beecham says Vince Cable 'should be ashamed' of £320m RGF cash

Peer says Coalition has failed North East as region still has highest unemployment rate, but Lib Dems brand his analysis 'selective'

Dave Anderson: The fact David Cameron is running away from a debate speaks volumes

Blaydon Labour MP Dave Anderson says the election is the best opportunity to show who is boss

Paul Linford: The next time anyone makes the Lib Dems an offer they will think twice about it

The Journal's political columnist Paul Linford on what could have happened at the 2010 election - and what may happen this year

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Paul Linford: George Osborne seems to have ensnared Labour in a classic political trap

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, on how the pace of devolution quickened this week - and what it means for the North East

North East business leaders want meeting with Government over Durham plan snub

North East Chamber of Commerce says rejection of the Durham plan is consigning the region to "a future of low growth and aspiration"

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Paul Linford: Who's backing business the most?

Journal columnist Paul Linford argues that, despite the perception of some, Labour is the most pro-business party as the election approaches

Paul Linford: English regional devolution is being taken seriously - and so it should be

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford on the bidding war between the two main parties over the devolution agenda

OGN director reveals HS2 supply chain ambitions

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says "ring fencing" work for British firms was not the way forward

Denise Robertson: My prescription for the NHS

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Journal columnist and TV personality Denise Robertson on her 12-point plan to rescue the NHS from both the main parties

Kate Thick: We are developing a big problem with how we see human rights

Journal columnist Kate Thick on how protection of human rights is suddenly not important enough for too many people

Paul Linford: Why Alan Milburn should have kept his mouth shut

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Journal columnist Paul Linford on why Labour's former health secretary was wrong to criticise his party's approach on the NHS

Winston Churchill funeral anniversary - closet leftie, failure or our greatest leader?

Experts give their views on former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his state funeral

Thom Brooks: Waiting for a credible message of realistic optimism

Journal columnist Thom Brooks on how coming up with a credible, optimistic message can be a vote winner in this year's election

Bernard Trafford: We must renounce the big lies - and the small ones too

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says we have to nail the lies that are being offered up to us

Journal opinion: Anything can happen in the next 100 days

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, January 27, as we look ahead to the general election 100 days away

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Paul Linford: An answer to the English Question - or just the same old muddle?

The Journal's political columnist looks at the developments this week and asks what - if anything - is in it for the North East


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