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

UK national minimum wage set to rise by 20p an hour from October

The national minimum wage will reach £6.70 an hour, the largest real-terms rise in seven years, the Government has announced this morning

Alan Share, who comments on proposed cycle routes and plans to avoid congestion on Gosforth High Street

Alan Share: It's all one-way traffic in the cyclist's favour

Former businessman Alan Share argues that cyclists should stop thinking everyone should share their enthusiasm - and penalising them if they don't

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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

The former Reckitt Benckiser plant in Peterlee

North East secures £21.9m in sixth round of RGF funding

Siro (UK), Procter & Gamble and Bristol Laboratories among those in the North East to benefit from investment

Looking up the River Tyne

Ministers announce £54m funding package to create jobs in the North East

Ministers have announced a £54m investment package for jobs and economic growth in the North East

The first election debate live - Thursday 15 April 2010

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

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

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

French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech during a ceremony to pay tribute to the three police officers killed in the attacks, in Paris, France

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

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Hunt is on for top job at new TechNorth initiative along with four other roles

Tech City UK is recruiting for the head of TechNorth along with four other senior roles

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

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

Ballot box

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

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg reveals North East apprenticeships soar over last four years

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reveals apprenticeships in the region have more than doubled in last four years

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

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

City Growth Commission chairman Jim O'Neill

City Growth Commission urges North East councils to 'Put more cash into combined authority'

Chairman of the City Growth Commission says North East Combined Authority must commit more funds to make case for devolution

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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

Claims made today that cities are being handpicked by Government ministers

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Deputy Prime Minster to launch bid to increase tourism in North East

New strategy to divert tourism to the North of England to be announced by Deputy Prime Minister

Zac Goldsmith MP

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith accuses North Durham MP of 'contempt' for voters

Labour MP Kevan Jones was in a war of words with Tory MP Zac Goldsmith and supporters of a right of recall

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg launches TechNorth hub to champion North East technology expertise on the world stage

Newcastle, Sunderland and Tees Valley will join northern neighbours under the hub which has been launched as part of Northern Futures

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