Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Thom Brooks: Waiting for a credible message of realistic optimism

Journal columnist Thom Brooks on how coming up with a credible, optimistic message can be a vote winner in this year's election

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Thousands of Newcastle 'missing voters' could lose chance to take part in election

Students and young people could lose right to vote because of changes to election law, Labour leader Ed Miliband claims

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At the start of election year North East writer Peter Troy says the poll will provide further evidence of a broken, out-of-date electoral system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

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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

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Labour cuts plan could save North authorities £25m compared with Tories', says council leader

Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott

Jonathan Arnott: Too many MPs don't know what it's like to live on the minimum wage

Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott says his party is making progress at the expense of Labour because they can better connect with real people

Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

David Taylor-Gooby: Don't smugly say all political parties are the same

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the parties have to engage the electorate - and the electorate must try to engage

Auschwitz in Poland

Jackie Slesenger: Harmonious race relations are being damaged and may take years to repair

The former Lord Mayor of Newcastle on why Jewish members have resigned from the city's Holocaust Memorial Day Working Group

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Paul Linford: For Labour not to address the leadership issue would amount to a betrayal of its values

The Journal's former political editor says that logic should guide Labour to a clear conclusion about Ed Miliband - he must go

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Plot to sack Ed Miliband? There never was one

Some Labour MPs are concerned about the state of the party but that's not the same as a coup to sack the leader

Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

Keith Hann: Ed Miliband - the person in the hospital bed next to the door

Journal columnist Keith Hann is waiting for evidence of Labour's moral crusade. Under its current leader, there is no sign of it

Labour leader Ed Miliband

'Press manufacturing' Labour leadership crisis say North MPs backing Ed Miliband

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said he was 'oblivious' to any plot to oust embattled Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

North East senators would represent region as Labour plans to axe House of Lords

Ed Miliband announces plan to create a Senate of regions and nations, as figures show North East is underepresented in the Lords

Councillor Iain Malcolm

The Journal Opinion: Bringing Teesside into combined authority is a good idea

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, November 1, in which we welcome calls to enlarge the North East's combined authority

Councillor Iain Malcolm

North East Combined Authority must include Teesside to become "truly visionary", says councillor

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm says North East should stretch from Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire and grasp opportunity of devolution

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Iain Malcolm: The combined authority can not only be stronger - it can be bigger

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm welcomes Labour's plans for combined authorities and says we should invite Teesside to join us

Labour Leader Ed Miliband on stage at Manchester Central, during the Labour Party Annual Conference

The Journal Opinion: The leadership we need in a new era for the North East

The Journal's opinion column for Friday, October 31, in which we welcome Labour's plans for devolution

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Newcastle and North East to join 'cabinet for England' under Labour Government

Labour leader Ed Miliband is pledging new laws to bring home rule to English regions - and encouraging them to create elected mayors

Labour leader Ed Miliband

North East MPs show loyalty to Ed Miliband amid speculation about his leadership

Labour MPs dismiss calls for former Home Secretary Alan Johnson to stand as "stupid talk" and say they have the right man

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