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.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street

David Cameron trying to 'muffle' voice of the North East with boundary review, it was claimed

The Conservatives want to reduce the number of seats in the House of Commons by 50 and the North East could lose three

Ubisoft customer centre in Newcastle

Computer games giant Ubisoft to set up major base in Newcastle

French computer games giant Ubisoft was attracted to Tyneside after getting a grant from The Journal's Let's Grow Fund

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Newcastle City Council is using public money to make the city attractive to investors

As Newcastle's Science Central development opens for business, city council leader Nick Forbes makes the case for continuing to use council cash to create the right conditions for investors

The Quayside at Newcastle and Gateshead

Can summit on devolving more powers to the regions achieve anything?

Core Cities group which includes Newcastle will lay out ambitious plans for change

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Government issues councils with warning over council tax hike

Councils like Newcastle must go to public referendum if they rise council tax to a full 2%, Communities and Local Government minister has said

Prime Minister David Cameron

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Nick Forbes

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes warns 'impossible' funding cuts foster extremism

Newcastle leader Nick Forbes says the public is losing faith in mainstream politics as council prepares to unveil £90 million funding cuts

North East councillors with the Rt Hon William Hague MP

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

Prime Minister David Cameron during a tour of construction works

North East 'could face a skilled labour crisis' unless A1 work starts now

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Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association says HS2 could drain the region of skilled workers unless major A1 work gets going now

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

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

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

Who would be the North East's answer to Boris Johnson?

Greater Manchester is being offered a devolution deal on the basis it will have a directly elected mayor, but who might want the job in this region?

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Newcastle and North East to join 'cabinet for England' under Labour Government

Labour leader Ed Miliband is pledging new laws to bring home rule to English regions - and encouraging them to create elected mayors

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


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