Charles Kennedy who has died aged 55

How the Lib Dem leadership contenders can learn from Charles Kennedy's example

Journal columnist Paul Linford on how the Liberal Democrats can stand tall again after the shattering blows of recent weeks

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Graeme Whitfield

Graeme Whitfield: There are few things worse than a smug Tory

The Journal's business editor on why the post-election stability might not last too long

Cllr Greg Stone

We suffered a massive blow, but now we have a new opportunity

Newcastle Liberal Democrat councillor Greg Stone on how the fightback must start now as his party is unshackled from the Tories

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Beth Farhat column: General election was a missed chance

Regional secretary of the TUC says the election will make the country more divisive

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street

Journal comment: David Cameron now has the chance to construct the federal Britain we want

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, May 9, in which we look forward to the Prime Minister delivering on his devolution promise

Ed Miliband

Labour will eventually bounce back, but the Liberal Democrats face a more uncertain future

Journal columnist Paul Linford analyses the surprise election victory for the Conservatives

The Great North Museum Hancock

Hours before polling day, what are the parties saying about Arts and Culture?

A new theatre for Manchester, £500m more for the arts and smoking back in pubs - just some pledges from the election rivals

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster

Ed Miliband should rule out a deal with the SNP if Labour doesn't win more seats than the Tories

  • BBC

Our politics columnist, Paul Linford, analyses the choices that the two main parties have - with the Lib Dems still the favoured partner for both

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Isn't it time we tackled the life and death test of our civilisation?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to get on to a war foorting to show it

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

The Green Party announce their candidates for the four Northumberland constituencies for the first time at Druridge Bay visitor centre

Northumberland Greens defy drizzle to launch their election battle at Druridge Bay

The Green surge means Natalie Bennett's party will now fight all four Northumberland constituencies

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


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

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

As Sir Alan Beith bows out as Berwick MP, his thoughts on the years ahead

Journal columnist Kate Thick talks to retiring Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith on justice, the EU and who really deserves the credit for A1 dualling

Prime Minister David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right)

Bernard Trafford: I'm excited about democracy - but not about the dismal, negative politicking

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why he wants to enjoy the election campaign, but just can't

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

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


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