Paul Benneworth: It's tough sticking to my 2015 New Year's Resolution

Journal columnist Paul Benneworth discusses the difficulty of sticking to his promise to always be positive about the North East this year

North East MPs vote against Trident nuclear deterrent scheme

Two North East MPs were among a small group of English MPs who voted against Trident in a Commons debate

Paul Linford: If voters wants to see the leaders debate each other at the election, then they probably will

Journal columnist Paul Linford says the other party leaders should call David Cameron's bluff. If they do so, the public will be behind them

Will the miners who faced life imprisonment on false evidence after the Battle of Orgreave ever get justice?

Police watchdog slammed for delay in probe into officers who fabricated evidence against striking miners

Tory proposal for union ballot reform could be a vote loser in the North East

Plan to require support of 40% of union membership before industrial action could see Tory party accused of hypocrisy

Keith Hann: For the NHS, Santa is never going to deliver

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Journal columnist Keith Hann on how our expectations for the National Health Service run far ahead of what can realistically be delivered

Northumberland County Council urged to rethink 1.99 percent Council Tax hike

Northumberland County Council bosses have been urged to rethink a planned 1.99 percent rise in council tax

Labour claims Tories would destroy the NHS as election campaign begins in earnest

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The performance of North East Ambulance service came under the spotlight as parties clashed over health and public finances

Peter Troy: The only prediction I will make about the election is that it won't reflect people's wishes

At the start of election year North East writer Peter Troy says the poll will provide further evidence of a broken, out-of-date electoral system

Vote call on North East Local Enterprise Partnership chair is branded 'a Tory ploy'

Business owners should vote in the next North East Local Enterprise Partnership business chair, according to entrepreneur Jeremy Middleton

Paul Linford: It is December 2015 and the new Prime Minister settles into his armchair

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford looks into his crystal ball and predicts a truly tumultuous election year

Bernard Trafford: Should we be worried that the public lacks confidence in politicians' moral leadership?

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says we don't have to look to our politicians to set an example - we've got the Queen

What does 2015 hold for politics in the North East? Jonathan Walker looks ahead

Political Editor Jonathan Walker predicts an exciting General Election - and more cuts, whoever wins

North East politics 2014: Jonathan Walker looks back at the events of 2014

Jonathan Walker looks back on the events that shaped 2014 in the region

The Journal Annual North East Business Review 2014: November

We look at the stories that dominated North East business news in November 2014

Paul Linford: The Government is missing the target when it comes to devolution in England

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford says plans for metropolitan mayors do the cause of local democracy no good at all

Government must press on with English votes for English laws to fight 'injustice', Hexham MP Guy Opperman has said

Speaking in the House of Commons, MP for Hexham Guy Opperman said people in Northumberland are keen to see constitutional change

CBI chief calls for action to raise living standards in the North East

Call from CBI chief John Cridland increases pressure on the Government to tackle cost of living in the North East

Mayor push is a Tory 'smokescreen' to destroy local government, says MP

Blaydon's Dave Anderson said George Osborne is launching a "direct attack" on Labour councillors and region should "give him the cold shoulder"

'Come and see North East housing crisis yourself, Minister' - Leazes Homes chairman lashes out

Bill Midgley says the Coalition's housing policy has failed the region and challenges the Tory minister responsible to make the journey North

Minister warns NHS needs urgent action to help it cope with A&E attendances this winter

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham insists that the NHS needs urgent action to cope with A&E over the winter months

Labour cuts plan could save North authorities £25m compared with Tories', says council leader

Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds

George Osborne signals he will press for a North East mayor under devolution deal

Chancellor said mayor would mean empowered local government held to account but Labour figures accuse Tory of trying to shift the devolution agenda

Hilton Dawson: This is the time to bring challenge and change to the North East

Journal columnist Hilton Dawson draws on his own successful campaigns to become an MP to find new lessons for the North East in election year

Paul Linford: Is George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse simply hot air?

Journal columnist Paul Linford says critics of the Chancellor's commitment to devolution to the North East have a point

The Journal Opinion: Ticking boxes and pulling strings

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday December 4, where we look at Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement

The Journal Opinion: Who gets the credit for dualling the A1 in Northumberland?

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The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, December 2, in which we took beyond the politicians' chest-puffing to the A1 fight that is still to come

The Journal Opinion: The announcement that 13 miles of the A1 will be dualled is very good news

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The Journal's opinion column for Monday, December 1 in which we welcome dualling of the A1 and ask for Labour to make the same commitment

David Banks: The SNP are standing for Berwick. I offer myself to Plaid Cymru

Journal columnist David Banks on a political twist in Northumberland and a spot of controversy on the railways

Labour MPs back anti-'privatisation' NHS Bill

Labour calls for an end to 'privatisation' of NHS

North East city leaders meet with top Tory over devolution

Core Cities leaders met with William Hague but warnings are sounded the Government must see the regional picture

Anger over George Osborne's promise of £22.5m for North East rural businesses

The Northern Landowners and Farmers Group has called for an update on £22.5m funding for the Rural Growth Network, announced by the Chancellor in July

The Journal Opinion: Who will laugh last?

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, November 17, where we look at Michael Gove's comments about North East Labour MPs

'We are in pole position to win Berwick', says Michael Gove as chancellor prepares A1 announcement

The former education secretary told The Journal Conservative MPs had done more for the North East than their Labour counterparts

Top Tory Michael Gove refuses to apologise to angry Durham teachers

The former education secretary was called "arrogant and ill informed" singling out east Durham schools as having the 'smell of defeatism'

Danny Alexander: Government is ready to devolve power to regions

Chief Secretary to the Treasury said government is posing a 'challenge' to local leaders - and the Lib Dems will prove polls wrong in election

The Journal Opinion: Coming through loud and clear on issue of EU

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday, November 13, where we highlight the Tory Party's stance on the European Union

Government Minister Liz Truss told to re-consider threat to leave Europe

Environment Secretary Liz Truss warned about leaving Europe at farming conference in Hexham

Chancellor accused of empty promises on devolution amid punishing council cuts

Region still crippled by spending cuts and the highest unemployment rate in the country, say Labour MPs

Coun Peter Jackson's appointment deferred as MP joins row

Coun Peter Jackson's appointment to a working group has been deferred amid criticism from Ronnie Campbell


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