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Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Government says under fire council still paying significant travel subsidies

The government has claimed under fire Northumberland County Council is still paying significant travel subsidies for students

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

Police outside Newcastle University

Police cope well with massive funding cuts - but will struggle to do more, say inspectors

North East police forces have been praised in reports from the official police inspectors

Berwick’s Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julie Pörksen

New minister urged to intervene over Northumberland transport charges

New education minister Nicky Morgan has been asked to halt Northumberland County Council's decision to introduce transport charges for students

20 years after Tony Blair become Labour party leader we look back at his legacy

How Tony Blair went from political saint to sinner during his time at the helm of his party

Lord Jeremy Beecham at the opening of a street in Benwell in his name and a wooden bench in his wifes memory.

Peer backs right to die as Lords debate change to law

Newcastle peer Lord Beecham told the House of Lords his wife's experience with cancer convinced him the law should be changed

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.

County Durham

400 Land Registry jobs in Durham are saved - for now

Ministers have stopped plans to sell or part-privatise the Land Registry, including a Durham office which employs 400 people

Traffic jam

Ministers admit missing air pollution targets as health chiefs warn of deaths

Air pollution accounts for 1,199 deaths each year in the North East, says Public Health England

Former Mayor of Blyth, Councillor Robert Parker

Northumberland County Council's £20K bill for investigating bullying Mayor

Northumberland County Council paid Ian Spafford Associates Limited £20,461.78 in connection with the investigation of Coun Bob Parker

Firefighters on the march in Newcastle city centre

MPs back strikers and condemn Conservative plan to rein in unions

Tory plans to introduce a threshold for strike ballots have been condemned by Labour MPs

Hexham MP Guy Opperman

Northumberland County Council criticised for buying limousine in the wake of cuts

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has hit out at Northumberland County Council for buying a "Limousine" for use by its civic head

David Cameron addresses FSB conference

David Cameron drawn into row over Northumberland school transport

Prime Minister is accused by Labour councillors of wrongly saying the local authority could use a bursary fund for transport

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

MPs condemn Northumberland councillors in row over student transport

Labour MPs have slammed Conservative councillors who demanded a meeting to discuss charges for student transport

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

UKIP's North East MEP says his party is coming after Labour

Ukip's first MEP for the North East has criticised David Cameron's failure to block Jean-Claude Juncker from taking the EU's top job

Newcastle East Labour MP Nick Brown

Lottery cash for arts must reach North East and not just London says Labour MP

Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle East, says 81% of lottery and private funding goes to organisations in the capital

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

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