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.

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP

Europe is anxious about how Britain will vote in the EU referendum

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen says the campaign to stay in the European Union must be able to counter emotional arguments

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Paul Woolston

Paul Woolston column: There is tangible positivity in North East business community

Chairman of the North East LEP says his organisation had made key appointments to help drive the region's economy

Martin Kendall, MD of Vantec Europe, Sunderland (far right) with Vantec Corporation chief executive officers wordwide

£23m expansion plans at Vantec Europe set to create 120 jobs on Wearside

The warehouse build represents the largest-ever overseas project for Japan-based parent company Vantec Corporation.

Anna Soubry

North East firms have designs on the new Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry

Regional small businesses weigh in on what the newly created ministerial post will mean for them, including their hopes and fears

Dave Anderson MP

Dave Anderson: Siren voices in my party urge us to focus on aspiration

Labour MP Dave Anderson says his party must beware of promoting individual self-interest above collective wellbeing

Ed Miliband

Paul Benneworth: Labour must rediscover its campaigning roots

Paul Benneworth is shaken by the implosion of coherent opposition that followed the Conservative victory

Amber Rudd arriving in Downing Street the day Prime Minister David Cameron announces his new Cabinet

Northumberland campaigners 'cautiously' welcome new energy secretary's windfarm pledge

Miss Rudd has pledged to pass a law to end subsidies to wind farm operators in Northumberland and give more powers to local communities fighting plans

Prime Minister David Cameron delivering a pre-election speech, as the Conservative Party promised 200,000 new starter homes if they won the forthcoming general election

I know both Cameron and Osborne and they are genuine about helping the northern economy

Graham Robb on the changed political landscape - and why it is the North East's traditionalists who must now open their minds

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers

300 business attend Entrepreneurs' Forum Spring Conference

The future of leadership and entrepreneurship were at the fore as a 300-strong audience attended the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s Spring conference

Paul Mankin of PwC

North East deal values rise almost 20% in Q1 of 2015 - Paul Mankin's M&A analysis

The first quarter is traditionally the quietest but 2015 launched with a series of high profile North East deals, as PwC's Paul Mankin reveals

Ukip leader Nigel Farage posing for a picture with a member of the public outside the studios of LBC in central London

UKIP: I understand the argument about immigration - but why, did we bang on about it?

Ukip MEP and parliamentary candidate Jonathan Arnott with a straight-talking analysis of what his party has to change

(Left-right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

The election is over - I don't have to take an axe to my TV

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says it is time for healing divisions

Cllr Greg Stone

We suffered a massive blow, but now we have a new opportunity

Newcastle Liberal Democrat councillor Greg Stone on how the fightback must start now as his party is unshackled from the Tories

Could Tesla's battery storage pack change the way we use energy?

North East experts react to Elon Musk's energy storage technology

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Will Labour ever win another general election?

What next for Labour as David Miliband rules himself out of leadership challenge

Jeremy Middleton

Jeremy Middleton: We either act as unified North East and succeed or stay fragmented and risk being landed with a weak deal

Jeremy Middleton says the North East has made progress in the race for new powers - but we must now do much more

Prime Minister David Cameron

Sarah Glendinning: Time for the Government to prioritise business

CBI's assistant director in the North East says that the decisive election result now needs to followed up with action

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

Sarah Hall: A novice on the campaign trail

What is it like to fight an unwinnable seat? Sarah Hall, campaign manager for her brother, a Tory Tyneside candidate, gives her thoughts


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