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Comedian Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican joins David Cameron and Stephen Fry for WWI recording

Album features a host of famous names as well as relatives of Victoria Cross heroes, a hundred years on from the war

Undated file photo of General Sir Richard Shirreff who has warned that restructuring the Army is "one hell of a risk" that will weaken the armed forces

General Sir Richard Shirreff warns army restructure is 'one hell of a risk'

Restructuring the army is “one hell of a risk” that will weaken the armed forces, one of Britain’s most senior generals has warned

A train in Northumberland on the East Coast Main Line

East Coast Main Line franchise battle is launched

The battle for the franchise to run the East Coast Main Line has begun - with ministers promising passengers will enjoy faster and more frequent services

UNISON members march in protest

Unions in North East launch Fair Pay Fortnight campaign

Unions in the North East will today kick off Fair Pay Fortnight, two weeks of action calling for fairer pay

Prime Minister David Cameron

Newcastle chiefs in plea to Prime Minister to end North-South funding divide

Newcastle City Council have signed a joint letter to Downing Street pleading for fairness in funding as the city braces itself for more cuts

Retail sales

Inflation falls below Bank of England's 2% target for first time in four years

Use our interactive tool to build your own inflation shopping basket and see inflation breakdowns since 1989 and by item type

Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham

MP calls for inquiry into all historic abuse in custody as Medomsley investigation continues

MP for North West Durham Pat Glass believes politicians' language can create culture in which abuse thrives

A person walking past a job centre

Journal poll shows young adults want jobs help

Exclusive poll shows majority of youth blame Government for lack of support

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron's blitz on red tape is welcomed

The Prime Minister is right to radically reform the regulations that govern the rural economy, the CLA said.

Sanderson Weatherall surveyors welcome Government pledges to cut rates

A team of chartered surveyors have welcomed the Government's pledges to cut business rates with a £1.1bn relief package, but have also renewed calls to bring revaluation dates forward to 2015

Chasing the 'grey vote' worries campaigners including Labour peer Lord Beecham

The Lost Generation: Warning to parties in chase for 'grey votes'

North East peer Lord Beecham has accused the Government of chasing the 'grey vote' at the expense of the young

David Cameron addresses FSB conference

David Cameron's 'historic moment' for North East's small firms

A renewed commitment to UK business by Prime Minister David Cameron has been labelled a "historic moment" for small firms throughout the North East

Youth unemployment figures remain high

Government cuts creating a generation without hope say campaigners

Youth unemployment high, tuition fees creating huge debts, services and benefits being cut. Is this the worst time ever to be young?

Slot machines in an adult gaming shop

MPs come to defence of bookies as fixed-odds terminal row continues

David Cameron and Ed Miliband are both talking about a crackdown on bookies but some MPs are not convinced

Chancellor George Osborne

Minimum wage rise is welcomed by all in the North East

The region has reacted to George Osborne’s plans to jack-up the national minimum wage which will see it restored to pre-recession levels

A general view of the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe

Fracking - is it safe? - Peter McCusker exmaines the impact of fracking in the UK

With Prime Minster David Cameron signalling the Government's intent to go all out for shale gas, Peter McCusker examines the safety concerns of its opponents

David Cameron visits a shale drilling plant near Gainsborough

David Cameron announces tax revenue boost for 'fracking' councils in the UK

The Prime Minister said local authorities in England would receive 100% of the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%

Prime Minister promises action over 4-month fire in Northumberland

Sir Alan Beith has secured a pledge from the Prime Minister to speed up efforts to tackle a blaze at a carpet recycling firm at Thrunton

Calls are growing to restrict the stakes and prizes on fixed-odds betting machines

Plans for extra controls over high stakes gambling machines is knocked back

The Labour Party attempt to limit the number of 'crack cocaine' gambling machines is rejected in the House of Commons

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Denise Robertson: Wind farms paid to stand idle as Britain hit by storms

Denise Robertson speaks her mind on Britain's wind farms which have been paid a record £30m to stand idle


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