Sir Jeremy Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

Jeremy Beecham: Call it devolution if you must, but let's get on with it

Former Newcastle Council leader Lord Beecham on the agenda of decentralisation and partnership needed for the North East

Candidate for the European Parliment Jonathan Arnott, at the Sage, Gateshead

Jonathan Arnott: UKIP is here to stay because we have proved it over a long period

UKIP North East MEP Jonathan Arnott says critics who say the party will slip back have misunderstood how it rose so far in the first place

Dave Ledger, Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council branded 'secretive and undemocratic' over decision to share services

Deputy leader Dave Ledger and executive director Steven Mason agreed to share functions with councils in Durham and North Tyneside behind closed doors

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland councillors vote against call-in of County Hall decision

Northumberland County Councillors have voted against a call-in of a decision relating to the planned move of their headquarters

Former council leader Lord Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

North East could be left with £2m bill after supreme court judgement

Supreme Court case means the threshold is lower to apply to detain mentally vulnerable person under the Mental Capacity Act

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

Civic leader vow not to leave North East isolated from HS3 benefits

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson called for connection to Newcastle and a bigger commitment from Labour and Government on high speed rail

Zac Goldsmith MP

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith accuses North Durham MP of 'contempt' for voters

Labour MP Kevan Jones was in a war of words with Tory MP Zac Goldsmith and supporters of a right of recall

The last day of Ellington Colliery..... David Bentley who has been a miner for 25 years at Ellington Colliery which has now closed

Parliament to debate more help for North East pit communities

The truth must come out about the miners' strike and whether the Tories misled the nation over pit closure plans

Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron with Depot Manager Linda Swain and Engineering Director of East Midlands Trains Tim Sayer (back, right), as they visit Neville Hill Traincare Depot ahead of giving their speeches on HS2

High speed rail link to connect northern cities gets mixed reaction

North East MP Kevan Jones blasts the plan as a "vanity project" which will mean nothing for the region

Paul Linford: Dual the A1 and give North East a proper say over transport spending

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The Journal's former political editor Paul Linford says the long-delayed A1 project is an emblem for Whitehall's broken promises

Council leaders and local enterprise partnership chairman Paul Woolston (right)

North East Party hits out at civic structures 'developing by stealth' as devolution edges up agenda

Chairman of the NEP Hilton Dawson says councillors on North East Combined Authority do not have a mandate for regional governance

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird: The Human Rights Act is badly needed - and we have ample proof

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says human rights laws do not favour bad people over good - they help ordinary people

An NHS logo

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

An ambulance

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


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