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Lord Jeremy Beecham

Labour peer wades into row over Newcastle Magistrates' Court

Lord Jeremy Beecham has spoken out about the North East's justice system following news that Newcastle Magistrates’ Court cells would stay closed until May

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage due in North East to battle Labour

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to visit the region this week to speak at a party event being held at the Sage Gateshead

Spending chiefs have urged the creation of a new £200m fund to help SMEs

Poll shows public want powers for the regions such as the North East

Devolution campaigners welcome Survation poll which showed many voters think London has too much power over the rest of the UK

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell defends Northumberland County Council roles

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at critics of new roles at Northumberland County Council

Figures have revealed that employment in the region is increasing

Falling North East unemployment figures are welcomed by minister

Employment minister Esther McVey believes there is no need for a regional advocate after it was revealed unemployment is down in the region

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Education Secretary to be asked to back North East schools fund

An ambitious plan to turn around under performing schools is being backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary

What the European politicians say they will do for business

North East Chamber of Commerce Partners quiz European election hopefuls

Geoff Paul, the former chief executive of Blyth Valley Borough Council

Former Blyth Valley Borough Council boss lands new role

A former council boss reported to have received a six-figure payoff when his authority was scrapped has been appointed to a controversial new role at its successor

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Northumberland County Council under fire from Tories over move plan

Labour leaders at Northumberland County Council have come under fire from Tory opponents over plans to move the authority to Ashington

Liberal Democrats party president Tim Farron launches his party's local election campaign in Newcastle City Centre

Lib Dem president Tim Farron kick starts North East campaign

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron yesterday spoke at the launch of his party's election efforts saying voters would return to the party

Jeff Reid, leader of the Lib Dems in Northumberland

Lib Dem Jeff Reid to battle Tory MP Guy Opperman at general election

Old foes Guy Opperman and Jeff Reid are to clash again in a fight for the former's Hexham seat at next year's general election

Cllr John Shuttleworth at the Newtown House Care home in Stanhope which has earmarked for closure

Durham council-run care homes set to close despite strong opposition

Durham County Council says closures must go ahead as homes would cost £4m to maintain over 10 years

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

The plaza on the seafront at Spanish City is officially opened

Whitley Bay edges closer to full transformation

Paving, lighting and an amphitheatre at the new £1.2m Spanish City Plaza in Whitley Bay in North Tyneside was officially opened yesterday by MP for Tynemouth Alan Campbell

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead

Labour MPs reluctantly back North East super council

The North East Combined Authority has secured the reluctant backing of the region's Labour MPs, as well as Government support, and is now ready to act as what its creators say will be a new voice for the region

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"

Newcastle East Labour MP Nick Brown

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown hits out at new super council

A new super council is set to get parliamentary approval today despite MPs' fears it will be a North East talking shop

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

UKIP member Joshua Gilroy from Camperdown

North Tyneside Council reprimands UKIP teenager over political views

UKIP teen member's role on North Tyneside youth council could be under threat after sharing his political views

A Hospital Accident and Emergency department

Hundreds of North East NHS staff re-hired after being made redundant

Labour have slamed the 'revolving door' of redundancy payments for North East NHS staff who are then rehired

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