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Wingates wind farm in Northumberland

Future of energy under debate by North East politicians

Representatives of the major parties discuss the future of the energy sector in the North East

A video posted on YouTube reputedly showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley.
Islamic State militia (IS) today claimed they had killed Foley, after he was held captive for more than 600 days in Syria.

Do Journal readers support action in Iraq? Our poll asks for your opinions

After the murder of journalist James Foley, we ask what you think the UK's stance should be on Iraq and extremism in the UK

In front of the Surveyors House in Cramlington are from left cllrs Barry Flux, John Collins and Wayne Daley

Cramlington Town Council leaders accuse rivals of 'playing politics with disability'

Labour leaders on Cramlington Town Council have accused Conservative rivals of "playing politics with disability" over a house purchase

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey subject of complaint from rival

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey has been subject of a complaint from rivals over his claim a meeting would cost £80,000

Osborne Road

Jesmond North by-election candidates back cyclists' calls for Osborne Road to be access-only

Labour, Lib Dem, Green, Conservative and UKIP representatives promise to address busy route

A picture of school children in a classroom

Free schools leaving thousands of pupils to be taught in oversize classes, claims MP

Labour MP Ian Mearns blames "free schools" for dramatic increase in North East primary pupils in oversize classes

In front of the Surveyors House in Cramlington are from left cllrs Barry Flux, John Collins and Wayne Daley

Row over Cramlington Town Council plan to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on house

Cramlington Town Council set to buy 'one of the biggest' properties in the community which was on the market for £400,000

Girls from Newcastle High School in Jesmond, Newcastle, celebrate their A-level results

A-level reforms will exacerbate region's skills gap say North East MPs

Plans to axe AS-levels will only exacerbate the region’s growing skills gap say a group of North East MPs

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

City leaders welcome Glasgow to Core Cities - as Scots consider whether to quit UK

Newcastle has welcomed Glasgow, which made history by becoming first city outside England to join group

A person walking past a job centre

North East jobs are on the up - but our unemployment figure still highest in the country

Government hails the figures but unions and Labour voice concerns about zero hour contracts and wage stagnation

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border

Blaydon MP calls for the recall of Parliament to urge intervention in Iraq

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson said Great Britain should act to save the lives of thousands from Islamic terrorists

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith and Employment Minister Esther McVey

Benefit cuts have been brilliant for the North East, claims Iain Duncan Smith

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith comes under fire after claiming benefit cuts have increased employment in the North East

Conservative MP Guy Opperman

MP to set off on referendum "battle bus" to persuade Scottish Border towns to stay in the Union

North MP Guy Opperman will set off on his referendum battle bus to persuade voters in the Scottish Borders to stay in the Union.

North East Conservative MEP Martin Callanan

Two new North East representatives for House of Lords

Former MEP Martin Callanan and Labour official Chris Lennie to join the House of Lords

Launch of Domestic Violence Protection Orders initiativeLaunch of Domestic Violence Protection Orders initiative. Pictured Vera Baird

Police and Crime Commissioners insist they do a good job as Labour considers abolition

North East police bosses highlight the importance of their work as Labour considers scrapping the posts

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter

Up to a third of young adults forced to live with parents due to housing shortage

Housing charity Shelter demands action as a third of people aged 20 to 34 in work are still living with parents in parts of the North East

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Easington MP urges Vince Cable to support former coalfields of County Durham

Grahame Morris MP met with the Business Secretary to make the case for communities which have suffered decade of deprivation

Labour Party politician Catherine McKinnell

North East infrastructure spending still dwarfed by London's, says IPPR report

Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell believes there is 'no chance' of rebalancing the economy if situation continues

George Osborne MP

George Osborne's plan to create a single 'city' in the North to rival London

The Chancellor has set out a timetable for creating a "Northern Powerhouse" bringing together the cities of the North, but will he deliver?

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Fresh economic proposals wanted by Labour MPs after criticism of business rate plans

Labour proposals to let councils keep a bigger share of business taxes have come under fire in the North East

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