Prime Minister David Cameron

Paul Linford: The two main parties tried to steal each others' clothes

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, runs the rule over the party manifestos issued this week

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Labour could make benefits cap lower in North East than it is in London

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was accused of treating the region "like a second class citizen" after plans revealed

The new chief executive of NHS, Simon Stevens (centre) talking to staff at at Shotley Bridge Hospital in County Durham

David Taylor-Gooby: NHS five-year plan has wide support - but how do we pay for it?

  • NHS

Author and Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says we must have an honest debate about NHS funding - and consider controversial ideas

A ballot box at a polling station

Peter Troy: Things can only get better, we were once promised. Clearly, they need to

Journal columnist Peter Troy asks why so many people are convinced there is no point in them voting

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Labour launches manifesto with pledge to end the debt by cutting public spending

Labour leader Ed Miliband will warn "we live in a time of scarcity" as he slams Tory promises of £8 billion for the NHS

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman: 'I'm certain regional pay will be on the Tories' agenda'

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party says 'Northern Powerhouse' is a gimmick but Tories say regional pay claims are 'scaremongering'

Thom Brooks, of Durham Law School

Thom Brooks: The marginals that matter in the North East

Durham University's Professor Thom Brooks' view on the battle for three key North East seats - Berwick, Redcar and Stockton South

NHS

The NHS has more money than ever before, so why can't it cope?

  • NHS

It's not true that health spending has been cut - funding has actually risen. But health trusts still can't cope with demand

A ballot box at a polling station

Journal opinion: They will really have to work hard for your vote

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, March 31, in which we introduce and interpret the North East people's manifesto

David Taylor-Gooby

David Taylor-Gooby: If Labour is to win it must show it is not the same as the other parties

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says he wants to see a Labour victory at the election - but it has got work to do

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in a live Q&A during the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10

Paul Linford: Miliband and Cameron - by the middle of May one of them will be PM

Paul Linford on David Cameron's unexpected comments about his own future - and what it means for the election and beyond

George Osborne

Thom Brooks: Voters can't be blamed for not wanting to go to the circus when all they see are clowns

Durham University professor of law and government Thom Brooks on George Osborne's budget and the message it sends

Paul Woolston

North East to appoint jobs creation chief - but only on a short term basis

Long search for chief executive of North East Local Enterprise Partnership to continue after interim appointment

George Osborne

Paul Linford: The time for a political game-changer may now have passed

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, on why George Osborne may pay for his refusal to pull rabbits from hats in his Budget

Neil Harrold, R3 North East vice chair and a partner at Hay & Kilner Solicitors

North East insolvency experts lead campaign to overturn government decision on 'costly' rules for creditors

Members of insolvency trade body R3 called for government to scrap elements of the Jacksom Reforms

Grey's Monument stands out in the Newcastle City Centre skyline

Journal to hold debate on devolution for the North East

Breakfast event will bring together experts from the political and business worlds to debate greater powers for the region

Paul Brannen: Why keeping our meat safe is all about trust

North East Labour MEP Paul Brannen says preventing issues like the horsemeat scandal is a key part of the EU's remit

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons

Paul Linford: The reputation of parliament will only improve when MPs resolve to change their behaviour

Former Journal political editor Paul Linford on how the decline in confidence in the House of Commons hit a new nadir this week

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Labour's Jeremy Beecham says Vince Cable 'should be ashamed' of £320m RGF cash

Peer says Coalition has failed North East as region still has highest unemployment rate, but Lib Dems brand his analysis 'selective'

Alan Share, who comments on proposed cycle routes and plans to avoid congestion on Gosforth High Street

Alan Share: It's all one-way traffic in the cyclist's favour

Former businessman Alan Share argues that cyclists should stop thinking everyone should share their enthusiasm - and penalising them if they don't

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