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.

A Go North East Bus, part of the Go-Ahead company

Kevin Carr: It's time to dispel some myths about the plans for our buses

The boss of Go North East responds to Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes after the vote to proceed with radical plans for the buses

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

Civic leader vow not to leave North East isolated from HS3 benefits

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson called for connection to Newcastle and a bigger commitment from Labour and Government on high speed rail

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes: A change to the way we run the buses can deliver services you need

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes outlines plans for big changes on the bus network, and says passengers will benefit

A Stagecoach bus in Newcastle

North East Councils one step closer to taking control of bus services in transport shake-up

Members of the NE Combined Authority voted unanimously for a Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

The Journal opinion: Nick Forbes and Lee Hall in row over arts funding

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes and playwright Lee Hall have traded heavy verbal blows in the row over arts funding in the city. But who is right?

Playwright Lee Hall

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes: Unlocking success through transport in the North East

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, says better transport links are key to unlocking economic potential of the North East

Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement in Downing Street in central London as Scotland has rejected independence

David Cameron accused of peddling 'nonsense with stilts on' in wake of No vote

English Parliament move is gerrymandering for Tory-led South and ignoring calls for devolution of powers to the North East

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

We'll become new home to Scottish banks, says Newcastle leader

Businesses ready to quit Scotland after independence referendum could come to Newcastle, says city council leader

Go North East's Cobalt Clipper bus

North East councils win cash for for 'greener' buses on Tyneside streets

Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils have received £472,000 after putting together a successful bid to The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund on behalf of the North East Combined Authority

A packet of cigarettes

Smoking costs North East councils more than £36m a year in social care costs

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New figures show that councils in the region are paying more than £36m a year to help people with smoking-related illness to live in their own homes

Campaign material ahead of the Scottish independence referendum

Petition to redraw Scottish borders aims to 'prompt devolution debate'

Andrew Gray, who lodged a petition for the North East to leave England, said it is designed to spark debate over devolved power for the region

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

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

City leaders welcome Glasgow to Core Cities - as Scots consider whether to quit UK

Newcastle has welcomed Glasgow, which made history by becoming first city outside England to join group

Laura Weightman of England celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500 metres final at Hampden Park during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Could Newcastle really host the Commonwealth games?

Lord Coe is the latest in a string of high-profile names to support a North East Commonwealth bid but could it really become reality?

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Will a £15bn transport plan benefit the North East?

We gauge reaction to the proposal by five North cities including Newcastle which they hope will revolutionise our transport system

Newcastle joins 'City for Business' partnership to help create jobs and new businesses

Newcastle has joined a new initiative which aims to stimulate investment and work closer with the Government

Men's Football Quarter Final match between Brazil (3) and Honduras (2), on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park on August 4, 2012 in Newcastle, England. A police officer joins in the fun.

Calls for Newcastle to bid to stage the Commonwealth Games

The event could help put the city on the global map, say councillors and leaders at State of the City event

Council Leader Nick Forbes talks to Brandon Lewis (right), Minister for Communities and Local Government and Paul Woolston, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnetship above the Stephenson Quarter

Radical approach needed by Government to free up finances for Newcastle

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes calls for more power to be devolved to the city

Collingwood Street in Newcastle

Council chiefs in Newcastle demand more say over how they spend their money

Newcastle part of Local Voices campaign involving England's Core Cities which they say will promote economic growth and create jobs


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