Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott

Is the North-South divide really getting bigger?

Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth examines what the Centre for Cities' Outlook report means for the North East

The Quayside at Newcastle and Gateshead

Can summit on devolving more powers to the regions achieve anything?

Core Cities group which includes Newcastle will lay out ambitious plans for change

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

Ajay Jagota, KIS managing director

Property expert says 2015 signals positive year for region's house prices

Property bosses predicting bumper year in 2015 for the North East's housing market with a bounty of new buyers

Businessman Jeremy Middleton

Vote call on North East Local Enterprise Partnership chair is branded 'a Tory ploy'

Business owners should vote in the next North East Local Enterprise Partnership business chair, according to entrepreneur Jeremy Middleton

Start the year with a new financial plan

New year, new financial plan

Vicky Shaw has some easy resolution tips for your bank balance

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

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

Dave Anderson MP

Mayor push is a Tory 'smokescreen' to destroy local government, says MP

Blaydon's Dave Anderson said George Osborne is launching a "direct attack" on Labour councillors and region should "give him the cold shoulder"

'Come and see North East housing crisis yourself, Minister' - Leazes Homes chairman lashes out

Bill Midgley says the Coalition's housing policy has failed the region and challenges the Tory minister responsible to make the journey North

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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

Chancellor George Osborne

Thom Brooks: The biggest worry in the North East is the cuts that are coming next

Durham University's Thom Brooks on what we didn't hear about in George Osborne's Autumn Statement - the cuts that are still to come

Virgin Money

The Journal Opinion: Season of Goodwill as Foundation gets backing

The Journal opinion for Friday December 12, in which we applaud the Chancellor's announcement of financial backing for the Virgin Money Foundation

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

George Osborne signals he will press for a North East mayor under devolution deal

Chancellor said mayor would mean empowered local government held to account but Labour figures accuse Tory of trying to shift the devolution agenda

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London

Energy sector in the North East gives mixed reaction to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

It's fair to say the North Sea oil industry was underwhelmed by last week's Autumn Statement tax cut - but a subsequent declaration of Government support for the basin has boosted morale

A plane leaving Newcastle Airport

Chancellor is 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' with Air Passenger Duty reforms

George Osborne will scrap the air levy for children but Newcastle International Airport says fears remain over devolving APD to Holyrood

David Cameron with prospective Conservative Anne Marie Trevelyan near the A1, North of Morpeth, and Regional Director Highways Agency Jeremy Bloom

Graham Robb: Some positive, unassailable, undiluted good news for the North East economy

The North East chairman of the Institute of Directors says we have to generate money, tax it and spend it - in that order

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne's cuts will damage public services warns Lib Dem peer

Public haven't yet grasped the scale of cuts in services the Government plans, warns leading North East peer

The Government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn

Former Labour MP for Darlington Alan Milburn: 'I won't be returning to politics'

Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says calls for return are "flattering" but he won't run for any North East mayor role

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Paul Linford: Is George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse simply hot air?

Journal columnist Paul Linford says critics of the Chancellor's commitment to devolution to the North East have a point

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