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Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes is the current Labour leader for Newcastle upon Tyne and represents Westgate Ward, which includes the City Centre and part of the Inner West and Rye Hill. He was first elected in 2000, aged 26.

VIP site visit to Stephenson Quarter, from left,Ian Jubb, David Clouston, Michelle Percy, Cllr Nick Forbes and Peter Brennan

Milestone reached on £200m Stephenson Quarter development Newcastle

The £200m Stephenson Quarter development site has reached a milestone as VIP visitors from the council and hotel leaders have discovered

James Croasdale construction manager with Miller Construction at Central Station

Newcastle Central Station's new look is unveiled

The new-look Newcastle Central Station is beginning to take shape as work has now been completed on its historic entrance

Accenture North East managing director, Bob Paton

Management consultancy firm Accenture create 90 new jobs

Management consultancy firm Accenture has announced 90 new technical jobs in Newcastle as part of its UK-wide expansion plans

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, Carol Bell of NGI and Dance City boss Anthony Baker at Dance City

Major dance showcase British Dance Edition heads for the North East

A major dance festival is heading for the North East and with it the prospect of an exciting new education facility as David Whetstone found out

Demonstrators protested against the library cuts

Newcastle libraries open again with help of partners

Fenham Library is one of 10 centres that were put at risk by budget cuts at Newcastle City Council, but it will re-open today thanks to a partnership scheme with Your Homes Newcastle

Coun Nick Forbes, leader Newcastle City Council

Labour divided on High Speed rails plans for the North

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes has welcomed calls for work on the new line to be speeded up, but Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has hit out at the continued waste of resources

Katherine Kersey managing director for Tyneside cinema bar

Work starts on Tyneside Cinema expansion

Work began yesterday on the £1.3m redevelopment of the listed  Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Coun Nick Forbes

Core Cities Cabinet make call for more tax control

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has received a letter from the Core Cities Cabinet calling for the devolution of property taxes to the UK's big cities

Council leader Nick Forbes

Newcastle City Council leader furious as Tyneside misses out in funding handout

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has spoken out after the Schools Minister announced a funding handout for some education authorities

Coun Nick Forbes, leader Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Council leader tells MPs to give big cities more freedom

Overeliance on London made the UK unable to cope when the banking crisis hit, Newcastle leader Nick Forbes told an inquiry

A bedroom tax march rally and march at Grey's Monument in Newcastle

£38m cuts package passed at Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Council to continue their three year plan to axe jobs and services in latest round of cuts

The Mansion House in Jesmond

Job creation on the agenda at Go Digital Newcastle event

Business leaders met today to discuss job creation in the technology sector at a Go Digital Newcastle event

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

Transport minister rules out cash handout for Newcastle Airport's USA flights plan

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said he would not be using taxpayer cash to back direct flights from Tyneside during a visit to help launch Newcastle Airport’s new business park

Kids from Stagecoach Theatre Arts at the official launch of Go Digital Newcastle

Plans for a super-connected Newcastle launched at Centre for Life

Go Digital Newcastle set to boost local economy by £150m

Council leader Nick Forbes

Funds needed to boost North East HS2 benefit

A major programme of investment in the North East is needed to ensure the region receives economic benefits from the planned high speed rail line

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Businesses poised to base operations in North East, but rail service is key

Around 80 companies in talks with NewcastleGateshead Initiative to invest in region and future of route from Scotland to London King's Cross could be deciding factor

Residents from Darras Hall and Ponteland at the green belt housing meeting

Ponteland green belt at centre of Labour and Conservatives row

A public meeting to discuss plans for housing on green belt land in Ponteland saw Labour and Conservatives blame each other over a risk to its future

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Eric Pickles warned he is bringing North East councils close to bankruptcy

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes writes letter to Communities Secretary outlining concerns of North-South divide in funding reductions

Council leader Nick Forbes

More jobs set to go at Newcastle City Council as budget cut again

Newcastle City Council has finalised the latest round of its three year budget which sees some £108m axed from city spending

Council leader Nick Forbes

Newcastle Council leader's anger as Government robs North East of £13m

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has accused the Government of stripping the North East of £13m of housing 'bonus' cash

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