Children at Red Rose Primary School in Chester-le-Street enjoy their free school meals

North East schools forced to divert money to cover shortfall on free school meals

North schools divert money from other budgets to ensure the Government's promise of free school meals can be delivered

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, center, walks barefoot as he is shown around during his visit at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara or Sikh temple in New Delhi, India, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Clegg is on a three-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

North East firms offered chance to build business in India

UKTI and the North East Chamber of Commerce are spearheading a market visit to India in October with the aim to identify export opportunities

A school dinner being served

Free school meals to save North East parents more than £26m

Free school meals could save parents in the North East £26.6m on school lunches

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg urges Journal readers to share ideas to help the North thrive

Deputy Prime Minister announces "Northern Futures" website for sharing ideas to boost the economy and create jobs

Prime Minister David Cameron (left), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (centre) and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

Journal poll suggests tough times ahead for Labour

When asked which of the party leaders do they think would make the best Prime Minister, some 25% of the North East said Mr Cameron, versus just 16% for Ed Miliband

Transport, business, innovation and schools programm

Business, transport and schools to gain from massive investment in the North East

Transport, business, innovation - and that schools challenge we desperately need - all boosted as Government unveils £300m programme of investment for North East

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable visit Rolls Royce in Washington

Lib Dems have 'more chance of finding gold at the bottom of a rainbow' than in North East, says Labour

Nick Clegg's party has launched a fundraising drive in the region ahead of the General Election in 2015

James Ramsbotham PR pic

Business leaders back latest round of Regional Growth Fund

The North East Chamber of Commerce is among business groups backing the sixth round of the RGF

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Deputy PM Nick Clegg launches £200m Regional Growth Fund pot

Round six of the Government's crowning job creation fund has been launched, with North East firms urged to bid for a slice of £200m

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg announces £45m project as he opens new Rolls-Royce factory in Washington

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable announced a new £45m scheme to ensure the UK leads the way in low-carbon engines during a visit to the North East

Direct elections to run Northumberland National Park signalled in Queen's Speech

North East MP issues warning after Government presses ahead with fracking saying North East must not become a testing ground

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg and David Cameron confirm Coalition commitment ahead of Queen's Speech

Liberal Dem leader Nick Clegg confirms his commitment to the Coalition in advance of the Queen's Speech

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Government flagship growth fund still owes millions of pounds to the North East

Nick Clegg's regional growth fund still not paid out all its promised cash

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Denise Robertson: Clegg's three garden cities will do nothing to solve housing crisis

Nick Clegg's idea to combat the chronic housing shortage will do nothing to help the North East believes Denise Robertson

Figures have revealed that employment in the region is increasing

Falling North East unemployment figures are welcomed by minister

Employment minister Esther McVey believes there is no need for a regional advocate after it was revealed unemployment is down in the region

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Education Secretary to be asked to back North East schools fund

An ambitious plan to turn around under performing schools is being backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary

St. Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth

Fears raised over planned changes to North East mental health services

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Concerns have been raised over changes being made to mental health services in the North East

Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP talks with Stuart Arnold of Tinsley, right, and John Evans of Caterpillar

Justice Minister sees how growth fund benefits North East companies on visit to region

Justice Minister Simon Hughes yesterday saw first hand how the Government flagship scheme is creating jobs

Let's Grow

£57m handed to North East in regional growth fund cash

Smaller North East firms are to create thousands of jobs thanks to The Journal's Let's Grow campaign

UNISON members march in protest

Unions in North East launch Fair Pay Fortnight campaign

Unions in the North East will today kick off Fair Pay Fortnight, two weeks of action calling for fairer pay

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