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.

The Newcastle Unites anti-Pegida march in Newcastle on Saturday, February 28, 2015

After Pegida the middle path that we must seek out

Denis MacEoin says we must reject both right-wing hatred for Muslims and left-wing attempts to apportion blame for Islamic extremism

Sir Malcolm Rifkind speaks to the media in Great Smith Street, London

Denise Robertson: The overwhelming arrogance of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

Journal columnist Denise Robertson expresses her disdain for 'cash-for-access' politicians

A Syrian refugee woman walks near the tents of a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal

A year of hardship for millions of women globally

In advance of International Women's Day, Unison regional secretary Gill Hale says women are facing threats all over the world

George Osborne visits Nifco's factory in Eaglescliffe

UK Economy: We must counter the message that austerity was necessary

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says a new book helps to spell out some important truths about the economy

Roger Bootle

Breakup of the Eurozone could boost British competitiveness, top economist says

Top city economist Roger Bootle was in the region to address business leaders at a Deloitte dinner

The House of Commons, London, during Prime Minister's Questions

Gordon Brown: Forget serving us, it's time that MPs started representing us

Newcastle lawyer Gordon Brown says we deserve more from our MPs - and it's time they remembered why they are in Parliament

Protesters during the first Pegida Rally anti-Islam demonstration in the country in Newcastle city centre

Hilton Dawson: We can take heart from our response to the squalid Pegida demo

Former Labour MP and now North East Party leader Hilton Dawson on why Pegida chose Newcastle - and why they were seen off

Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at Manchester City Council, Town Hall

Paul Linford: George Osborne seems to have ensnared Labour in a classic political trap

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, on how the pace of devolution quickened this week - and what it means for the North East

James Ramsbotham

North East business leaders want meeting with Government over Durham plan snub

North East Chamber of Commerce says rejection of the Durham plan is consigning the region to "a future of low growth and aspiration"

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne

George Osborne: We want to create 50,000 more jobs in the North East

The Chancellor George Osborne outlines his long term economic plan for the North East in an exclusive piece

Thom Brooks, of Durham Law School

General Election 2015: This election is all about insecurity

Durham University's Thom Brooks on the key issue that is plaguing the voters - and the party best placed to address it

Police forces stand in front of counter demonstrators prior to a demonstration of the Legida anti Islamization movement, an offshoot of Pegida

Pegida have not only picked the wrong city to protest in - they've picked the wrong planet

Journal columnist and performance poet Kate Fox on the Pegida march and Natalie Bennett's coughing fit

A man smoking an electronic cigarette

If we get the decision on e-cigarettes wrong it could cost many lives

North East Ukip Euro MP Jonathan Arnott argues that if e-cigarettes are banned it could cost us very dear

Jeremy Middleton

The £300m endorsement of the power of our successful partnership

North East businessman Jeremy Middleton says an enhanced role for the business community can help to build on today's good news

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Disturbing rise in conflicts: When cartoons become reality

Journal columnist Keith Hann on the disturbing rise in conflicts across the globe and failure to learn from past mistakes

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Journal opinion: A crass own goal in North Tyneside

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, February 24, in which we argue that Tyneside Labour councillors have given Eric Pickles a golden opportunity


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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer