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Labour leader Ed Miliband updated

Labour will create a Minister for the North East

Ed Miliband would appoint a Minister for each English region in a bid to ensure the entire country received a fair deal from Government, and to help businesses in their regions attract investment from across the world

Unison chief Dave Prentis

Unison tells North East members Labour leader wouldn't recognise a trade union

Unison chief Dave Prentis told members gathered in Newcastle that the party "has to make sure Labour is on our side"

Concerns have been raised about the amount of money that can be lost in fixed odds betting machines

North East councils support campaign to stop the spread of betting shops

Northumberland County Council and South Tyneside Council have joined a campaign to demand the Government changes the planning law

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson

North East Labour MPs to rebel on welfare cap

Several North East Labour MPs will refuse to back the Tory cap on how much can be spent on state hand outs

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

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Budget 2014 at a glance - All the key points from George Osborne's Budget

George Osborne has unveiled measures to boost the income of pensioners and savers hit by low interest rates.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey

Anger over rising UK energy bills set to be stoked by gas profit

Anger over rising energy bills is likely to be stoked next week with profit figures from British Gas owner Centrica, while BAE Systems is also due to report

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

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Leaders warned Labour row will cost the North East jobs

Labour in-fighting will cost the North East jobs, Liberal Democrats have warned

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

Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough

Keith Hann: The price of progress

After Amazon's announcement of delivering parcels by flying robots, Keith Hann looks at the price of progress

The North East energy summit was held last week

Powering the UK energy debate

The poor subsidising the rich, the end of the UK coal industry, Government indecision, price freezes and electricity blackouts were all covered at a major North East energy summit last week. Peter McCusker reports

Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Labour-led councils urged to adopt living wage

A TUC summit held in South Shields has heard that adopting the living wage as it could give the regional economy a £139m boost

Ed Miliband plans to offer a tax break to living wage employers

Union leaders in North East back Ed Miliband's living wage calls

Labour leader Ed Miliband plans to offer companies a tax break if they sign up to paying staff the living wage has ben welcomed by union bosses

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband sets out plans to give struggling firms a tax break

Small and medium-sized businesses in Newcastle could enjoy a cut in business rates of more than £500 a year under a Labour Government

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband insists he can win back North East doubters

Ed Miliband insists Labour still has a North East heartland despite rebellious MPs and low opinion poll ratings

Thought that the company's announcement will herald a series of rises among the other Big Six UK energy suppliers

Energy giant SSE raises gas and electricity

Energy giant SSE was engaged in a war of words with ministers after announcing it was raising gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Promote North East MPs, Ed Miliband urged

Labour leader Ed Miliband was urged to make more use of talented North East MPs as all the parties reshuffled their teams

Hexham MP Guy Opperman

Hexham MP supports opposition leader after attack on his father

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has leapt to the defence of his political opponent, Ed Miliband, after a national newspaper launched a personal attack on the Labour leader's father

Prime Minister David Cameron

I back opportunity for all, says David Cameron

Conservative leader David Cameron will paint himself as champion of industry in key conference speech

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