Councillor Mary Cartwright has won the Eden Hill seat on Peterlee Town Council for the North East Party

North East Party fights for first ever council seat ... and wins

Councillor Mary Cartwright has been voted to represent the Eden Hill ward of Peterlee Town Council for the new pro-devolution political party

Parents and students protest outside County Hall Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council claims no 'detrimental impact' from transport charges

But Northumberland County Council admits there has been a fall in student numbers after bringing in transport charges

Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, Kevan Jones

North Durham MP Kevan Jones leads review call on Post Office 'frauds'

MP Kevan Jones said people's lives have been "wrecked" by the system, for which the Post Office must take responsibility

Jonathan Arnott: Labour's record on the NHS is nothing like as strong as it makes out

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North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says Labour does not have the right prescription for the NHS - and there is all the proof you need in Wales

Commons leader William Hague speaks in the House of Commons, London, where he presented the options for reform as the Conservatives push for a ban on Scottish representatives blocking laws which do not apply north of the border.

Government must press on with English votes for English laws to fight 'injustice', Hexham MP Guy Opperman has said

Speaking in the House of Commons, MP for Hexham Guy Opperman said people in Northumberland are keen to see constitutional change

CBI Director General John Cridland

CBI chief calls for action to raise living standards in the North East

Call from CBI chief John Cridland increases pressure on the Government to tackle cost of living in the North East

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"

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

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham

Minister warns NHS needs urgent action to help it cope with A&E attendances this winter

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham insists that the NHS needs urgent action to cope with A&E over the winter months

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

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

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

Hilton Dawson

Hilton Dawson: This is the time to bring challenge and change to the North East

Journal columnist Hilton Dawson draws on his own successful campaigns to become an MP to find new lessons for the North East in election year

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

George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer visits the Virgin Money offices at the Regents Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Journal Opinion: Why George Osborne's mayoral obsession may cost him

The Journal's opinion column for Friday December 5, in which we argue that the North East does not need a mayor to gain extra powers

Labour MP for Easington Grahame Morris

County Durham MP demands economic sanctions to force Israel to make peace

Conflict between Israel and Palestinians will only get worse unless action is taken, warns North East MP

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell MP

Bernard Trafford: Just who on earth do politicians think they are?

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford runs the rule over our politicians and finds not enough come up to scratch

PM David Cameron, with Alan Beith MP and Conservative candidate Anne Marie Trevelyan next to the A1, north of Morpeth, Northumberland

The Journal Opinion: Who gets the credit for dualling the A1 in Northumberland?

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The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, December 2, in which we took beyond the politicians' chest-puffing to the A1 fight that is still to come

The Rt. Honourable Alan Milburn

Careers advice for young people needs urgent improvement, says Alan Milburn

A disjointed approach to careers advice is failing the region’s young people, Alan Milburn has warned

David Banks

David Banks: The SNP are standing for Berwick. I offer myself to Plaid Cymru

Journal columnist David Banks on a political twist in Northumberland and a spot of controversy on the railways


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