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David Taylor-Gooby: There is no reason why the NHS cannot do things more efficiently

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Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the future of the NHS poses us some hard questions - but we must try to answer them

Playwright Lee Hall

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland County Hall move decision called in by opposition groups

Northumberland County Council's decision to progress plans to move from its Morpeth base has been called in by opposition groups

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NHS spending on private ambulances has soared in the North East

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North East Ambulance Service’s spending on private ambulances has risen a staggering 353% in just three years

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP

Paul Brannen: From croissants to carbon capture - the life of an MEP

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen on the hectic round of meetings, flights and early morning alarm calls that is his working life

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh

Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary says the A1 north of Newcastle may not be dualled

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Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh highlights 2006 study which rejected long-awaited dualling plan

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Labour MP Nick Brown urges party not to axe police and crime commissioners

Former Cabinet Minister Nick Brown urged his party to rethink plans to axe police commissioners, saying they were successful in the North East

Paul Linford: Is the answer to the English Question a parliament for the North?

The Journal's former political editor says a North East assembly may be out of the question - but there is still a way forward

Kevan Jones MP

Bus scheme would be bad for Durham and Northumberland, claims MP

MPs in a House of Commons debate clashed over plans for "quality contracts" giving North East councils more control over bus services

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

A Minister for the North East is needed 'in the room' with David Cameron

Newcastle MP and former cabinet minister says David Cameron will not bother to consult with the newly-formed North East Combined Authority

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Government reveals plan to sell off the UK's 40% stake in Eurostar

Decision to sell off UK's stake in Eurostar is slammed by Labour and unions who attack it as a 'short sighted act of industrial vandalism'

A plane leaving Newcastle Airport

Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods calls for Ebola screening at Newcastle Airport

Ebola victims could be treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary - but MPs are angry at lack of screening at Newcastle Airport

Easington MP Grahame Morris

MP Grahame Morris says Justice for Palestine will bring peace to everyone in the region

North East Labour MP Grahame Morris leads Commons calls to recognise Palestine

Schools North East Summit 2014 at St. James' Park

Vocational 'prestige' needed to help tackle North skills crisis

Vocational qualifications should be given more prestige, according to education leaders at the North East Schools Summit

House of Lords

Hilton Dawson: Why shouldn't the North East demand what Scotland is getting?

Former Labour MP and North East devolution campaigner Hilton Dawson on how the region can create a bright new future for itself

UKIP's candidate in Heywood and Middleton John Bickley is joined by UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall (right)

By-election results show UKIP could win in the North East

If Heywood and Middleton result was repeated next May, UKIP could win 11 seats in the North East

Schools North East Summit 2014 at St. James' Park. Nick Hudson, Ofsted Regional Director

Schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, MP says

North East schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, a former cabinet minister has said

Rock for sale at the UKIP annual conference at Doncaster racecourse

Labour and UKIP lock horns amid claims general election will be 'two horse race' in North East

Formerly safe Labour seats under fire as Nigel Farage's party almost snatches a Labour stronghold in Greater Manchester

Brenda McLeish, Managing Director of the Learning Curve Group

UK's main political parties confirm commitment to vocational education

Although the UK parties' annual conferences threw up few surprises, it was pleasing that each confirmed a commitment to vocational instruction

Lord Shipley

North East peer Lord Shipley says we need PR to prevent creation of 'one party states'

Devolved North East could be dominated by Labour with no effective opposition, warns Lib Dem Lord Shipley


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