Politics plays a part in every aspect of North East life. We bring you the latest in-depth news and reaction from councils across the region, including Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Hilton Dawson of the North East Party

Hilton Dawson - from schoolboy protestor to the North East party leader

Will political veteran triumph against the odds again and win influence for the North East

Chuka Umunna MP

Labour's Chuka Umunna vows to raise living standards in North East and back world-class industries

Shadow Business Secretary rejects calls for Labour to abandon planned spending cuts in interview with The Journal

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Thom Brooks: Waiting for a credible message of realistic optimism

Journal columnist Thom Brooks on how coming up with a credible, optimistic message can be a vote winner in this year's election

Prime Minister Winston Churchill visiting Liverpool in June 1945

Winston Churchill funeral anniversary - closet leftie, failure or our greatest leader?

Experts give their views on former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his state funeral

Construction work on a new house

Around 60,000 jobs could be created if region meets house building targets

Demand for houses is outstripping supply in the region so why aren't more projects underway?

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

Jeremy Beecham: Veterans deserve better when the journey back to Civvy Street gets tough

Labour peer and Newcastle councillor Lord Beecham on how veterans' courts could be trialled here in the North East

Jonathan Arnott

Jonathan Arnott: The screw in my sofa was too tight - but the whole European Union system has a screw loose

North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott on the saga of his Brussels sofa - and how it is a metaphor for the broken bureaucracy of the EU

Ed Twiddy, director at North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Rift between North East regional leaders over £150,000 salary for new job creation tsar

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership wants to hire Australian investment commissioner but wage is being blocked by combined authority

Holocaust Memorial Day Wales 2015. City Hall, Cardiff

Bernard Trafford: We must renounce the big lies - and the small ones too

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says we have to nail the lies that are being offered up to us

A ballot box at a polling station

Journal opinion: Anything can happen in the next 100 days

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, January 27, as we look ahead to the general election 100 days away

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Beth Farhat: Time to include workers on company boards

Regional head of the TUC Beth Farhat wants better worker representation in the boardroom

Prime Minister David Cameron

Paul Linford: An answer to the English Question - or just the same old muddle?

The Journal's political columnist looks at the developments this week and asks what - if anything - is in it for the North East

James Blunt and Shadow Culture Minister Chris Bryant

Kate Fox: Now then, boys, you're both beautiful

Journal columnist and poet Kate Fox is very much enjoying the clash between singer James Blunt and politician Chris Bryant

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

North East MPs vote against Trident nuclear deterrent scheme

Two North East MPs were among a small group of English MPs who voted against Trident in a Commons debate

Paul Benneworth: It's tough sticking to my 2015 New Year's Resolution

Journal columnist Paul Benneworth discusses the difficulty of sticking to his promise to always be positive about the North East this year

An oil rig in the North Sea

Oil companies told to 'hang on in there' during North Sea price slump

Offshore firms are hoping for drop in punishing tax regime in February's Budget

The Jewish community in Bensham Gateshead

Denise Robertson: We must shout louder about what the Jews have achieved for our country

Journal columnist and TV agony aunt Denise Robertson hopes Britain's Jews will resist Israel's call for them to emigrate

Marley Cote Walls farm at Slaley, Northumberland

Protection urged for dairy farmers due to sharp falls in the price of milk

MPs say farmers need greater protection and call for increased powers for grocery adjudicator


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer