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Prime Minister David Cameron (left), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (centre) and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

Journal poll suggests tough times ahead for Labour

When asked which of the party leaders do they think would make the best Prime Minister, some 25% of the North East said Mr Cameron, versus just 16% for Ed Miliband

A East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Councils call for investment along East Coast Main Line

North East councils say the British economy could benefit by £9bn if rail services are improved

Police Commissioner Vera Baird,

Labour considers whether to axe police and crime commissioners

Labour is considering the abolition of police and crime commissioners, even though it holds many of the posts.

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Could Ed Miliband's technical degrees help narrow the North East's skills gap?

Labour leader proposes 'gold standard' earn-while-you-learn courses for young people

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour government would hand power to councils, says leader Ed Miliband

North East council leaders have welcomed Labour leader Ed Miliband's plans to end a century of centralisation

Labour peer Lord Adonis

Government to announce which regions will benefit from Local Growth Fund

Labour and the Conservatives are focusing on regional economies - and they've come out with very similar policies

Labour peer Lord Adonis

Miliband: we'll take £30bn from Whitehall to boost the regions

Labour sets out mainfesto proposals to create jobs in regions, including allowing councils to keep business taxes

Lord Michael Heseltine

'I wouldn't have had a vote. I would have just done it': Michael Heseltine on a mayor for the North East

In a wide ranging interview with the Journal, Lord Heseltine insists the North East is booming - but it would be even better with a mayor

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell

Blyth Valley MP hits out at plans to cut help for low income families

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell says the Labour Party should not cut help for low income families

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg and David Cameron confirm Coalition commitment ahead of Queen's Speech

Liberal Dem leader Nick Clegg confirms his commitment to the Coalition in advance of the Queen's Speech

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell urges Ed Miliband to offer an EU referendum

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has challenged Labour leader Ed Miliband on his party's pro-EU stance

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson

Labour force Richard Branson into partial U-turn on Northern Rock Foundation

Virgin Money will not axe Northern Rock Foundation cash if other businesses back the popular North East charity

Labour leader Ed Miliband in the Grainger Market

Ed Miliband calls on Sir Richard Branson to think again over future of Northern Rock Foundation

Labour party leader says Northern Rock Foundation should have been supported

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

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