Prime Minister David Cameron

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

Prime Minister David Cameron meets apprentices in Leeds

Bernard Trafford: Politics is like a dodgy hand-drier - a horrendous racket, hot air in all directions, no visible effect

Bernard Trafford says even hopeless actors and grumpy grannies have registered more memorable achievements than many politicians

Prime Minister David Cameron

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"

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman

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, of Durham Law School

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

Prime Minister David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right)

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

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why he wants to enjoy the election campaign, but just can't

David Taylor-Gooby

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

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in a live Q&A during the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10

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

Prime Minister David Cameron

Jonathan Arnott: We have a chance to curb the excesses of the European Union

Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott on how being a turkey voting for Christmas in the European Parliament can be a thankless task

George Osborne

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

A housing estate

Denise Robertson: Twice in my life I lost my home and was rescued. It wouldn't happen now

Journal columnist and TV personality Denise Robertson on the campaign to convince politicians to tackle the housing crisis

Syrian refugee boy Heval, with a bady injured leg suffered in bombing attack, mum Nuseiba at the Qushtapa refugee camp near Erbil in Kurdish Iraq

Kate Thick: As a species we are jolly good at putting our head in the sand

Journal columnist Kate Thick on why she wants to slap David Cameron and his cronies across the face

Alex Temerko of OGN Group

Alexander Temerko: Putin cannot be appeased. We have to halt this assault

For Tyneside businessman ALEXANDER TEMERKO the Ukraine conflict is not a quarrel in a faraway country. It is a battle in his homeland

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons

Paul Linford: The reputation of parliament will only improve when MPs resolve to change their behaviour

Former Journal political editor Paul Linford on how the decline in confidence in the House of Commons hit a new nadir this week

Dave Anderson MP

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

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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

Labour leader Ed Miliband

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

An NHS logo

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

Prime Minister David Cameron

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

An oil rig in the North Sea

Bernard Trafford: Whatever happened to companies saving for a rainy day?

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why we need to be rather sparing with the bailouts

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