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

The first election debate live - Thursday 15 April 2010

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

Mums and Campaigners wanting to keep Sure Start centres open in Newcastle stage a rally outside Newcastle Civic Centre

Gill Hale: The cuts aren't transforming North East services. They are decimating them

Unison regional secretary Gill Hale says the threat to public services makes this the most crucial of general elections

The Nissan Qashqai in production in Sunderland

David Taylor-Gooby: We can ease fears over immigration by tackling the UK's regional imbalance

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says concerns over migration can be resolved if regions like the North East can compete with London

Public Sector Workers Day of Action March and Rally Newcastle

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

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

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At the start of election year North East writer Peter Troy says the poll will provide further evidence of a broken, out-of-date electoral system

Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson

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

Queen Elizabeth II

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

Superyacht the Sovereign arrives at Newcastle Quayside

Review of the year: We look back at the biggest stories from July to September

July to September saw the North East lead the way in a 'three-parent babies' project to protect unborn infants from congenital genetic defects

Ballot box

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

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague

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

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham

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

PM David Cameron, with Alan Beith MP and Conservative candidate Anne Marie Trevelyan next to the A1, north of Morpeth, Northumberland

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

Prime Minister David Cameron

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

Prime Minister David Cameron

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Trades Union Congress TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady

Pay's going up in the North East but men earn £100 a week more than women

The region's pay rise is the best in the country but may still lab behind the cost of living - and public sector workers had their salaries cut

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp column: David Cameron's 'red light' comments have affected confidence

Regional head of the CBI on how the message about the recovery was lost with a few words from the PM

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