Paul Linford: The next time anyone makes the Lib Dems an offer they will think twice about it

The Journal's political columnist Paul Linford on what could have happened at the 2010 election - and what may happen this year

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Paul Linford: A warning from Germany for Mr Clegg

The Journal's former political editor on the fate that could await the Liberal Democrats - and the coalition that may drag Britain leftwards

Paul Linford: English regional devolution is being taken seriously - and so it should be

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford on the bidding war between the two main parties over the devolution agenda

Thom Brooks: Waiting for a credible message of realistic optimism

Journal columnist Thom Brooks on how coming up with a credible, optimistic message can be a vote winner in this year's election

Journal opinion: Anything can happen in the next 100 days

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, January 27, as we look ahead to the general election 100 days away

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

North East MPs vote against Trident nuclear deterrent scheme

Two North East MPs were among a small group of English MPs who voted against Trident in a Commons debate

Denise Robertson: We must shout louder about what the Jews have achieved for our country

Journal columnist and TV agony aunt Denise Robertson hopes Britain's Jews will resist Israel's call for them to emigrate

Paul Linford: If voters wants to see the leaders debate each other at the election, then they probably will

Journal columnist Paul Linford says the other party leaders should call David Cameron's bluff. If they do so, the public will be behind them

Thousands of Newcastle 'missing voters' could lose chance to take part in election

Students and young people could lose right to vote because of changes to election law, Labour leader Ed Miliband claims

Peter Troy: More detail but less information about terrorist attacks

Journal columnist Peter Troy questions the decision to focus so much attention on what happened in Paris at the expense of events elsewhere

Tory proposal for union ballot reform could be a vote loser in the North East

Plan to require support of 40% of union membership before industrial action could see Tory party accused of hypocrisy

Labour claims Tories would destroy the NHS as election campaign begins in earnest

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The performance of North East Ambulance service came under the spotlight as parties clashed over health and public finances

Peter Troy: The only prediction I will make about the election is that it won't reflect people's wishes

At the start of election year North East writer Peter Troy says the poll will provide further evidence of a broken, out-of-date electoral system

Paul Linford: It is December 2015 and the new Prime Minister settles into his armchair

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford looks into his crystal ball and predicts a truly tumultuous election year

Failed SNP bid to stand in Berwick was about publicity not devolution, says Lib Dem

SNP's Christine Grahame had hoped to stand in Berwick at May's General Election but the move was vetoed by her party

What does 2015 hold for politics in the North East? Jonathan Walker looks ahead

Political Editor Jonathan Walker predicts an exciting General Election - and more cuts, whoever wins

North East politics 2014: Jonathan Walker looks back at the events of 2014

Jonathan Walker looks back on the events that shaped 2014 in the region

Newcastle must not become 'independent state', says former council leader

Lib Dem Lord Shipley says City Deal is boosting growth but cities must work within a national framework if future devolution is to be a success

George Osborne's cuts will damage public services warns Lib Dem peer

Public haven't yet grasped the scale of cuts in services the Government plans, warns leading North East peer

Hilton Dawson: This is the time to bring challenge and change to the North East

Journal columnist Hilton Dawson draws on his own successful campaigns to become an MP to find new lessons for the North East in election year

Kate Fox: Never mind dualling the A1, let's have duelling on the A1

  • A1

Journal columnist and poet Kate Fox has fun with the big story of the week - and also puts in a word for an experimental arts initiative

The Journal Opinion: Who gets the credit for dualling the A1 in Northumberland?

  • A1

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, December 2, in which we took beyond the politicians' chest-puffing to the A1 fight that is still to come

David Banks: The SNP are standing for Berwick. I offer myself to Plaid Cymru

Journal columnist David Banks on a political twist in Northumberland and a spot of controversy on the railways

Northumberland students having to stand on buses, would be MP claims

Would be Lib Dem MP for Berwick Julie Pörksen has claimed Northumberland County Council's rules on post 16 transport cause problems

North East city leaders meet with top Tory over devolution

Core Cities leaders met with William Hague but warnings are sounded the Government must see the regional picture

Northumberland County Council unveils multi-million pound spending plans

Northumberland County Council has announced multi-million pound spending plans, including new leisure centres and schools

Anger over George Osborne's promise of £22.5m for North East rural businesses

The Northern Landowners and Farmers Group has called for an update on £22.5m funding for the Rural Growth Network, announced by the Chancellor in July

The Journal Opinion: Who will laugh last?

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, November 17, where we look at Michael Gove's comments about North East Labour MPs

Danny Alexander: Government is ready to devolve power to regions

Chief Secretary to the Treasury said government is posing a 'challenge' to local leaders - and the Lib Dems will prove polls wrong in election

Nick Forbes blasts Liberal Democrats over cash claims

Nick Forbes was responding after leader of the opposition Anita Lower referred to him having a three-quarters of a billion pound budget for public services

Chancellor accused of empty promises on devolution amid punishing council cuts

Region still crippled by spending cuts and the highest unemployment rate in the country, say Labour MPs

Devolution deals on table for North cities - but not North East

Claims made today that cities are being handpicked by Government ministers

North East Combined Authority must include Teesside to become "truly visionary", says councillor

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm says North East should stretch from Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire and grasp opportunity of devolution

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

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

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

More than 1,200 in a week back Berwick petition for increased ambulance cover

Sir Alan Beith and Lib dem campaigner Julie Porksen have led a campaign for improved ambulance cover in Berwick

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