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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.

Sara Bryson from Children North East

Charity leader calls for living wage to help North East children out of poverty

A children's charity has called for government bodies to implement a living wage to help lift North East families out of poverty

Prince Imran the CGF President speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Friends and neighbours? Journal poll reveals our feelings about links to other countries

As the Commonwealth Games highlights one grouping of nations, the Journal’s weekly poll asks people how they feel about our links to other countries

Former council leader Lord Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

Labour peer hits out at Justice Secretary and brands legal aid residency test 'nasty'

Lord Jeremy Beecham said the Justice Secretary is playing to right wingers in the run-up to the 2015 General Election

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, opens the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) digital facility in Benton, Newcastle

Minister visits North East to launch pioneering HMRC digital centre

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke opened a new HM Revenue and Customs digital facility in Benton, Newcastle

Kevan Carrick

Kevan Carrick: Let's not repeat mistakes of the past 30 years

A couple of weeks ago my column focused on the crisis in housing and the need to build more houses more quickly – the tricky bit is how to go about doing that!

Dave Anderson MP

Coalfield areas still feeling effects of pit closures, report says

Effects of the closure of the North East's mines are still being felt 25 years on, a report has found

Pay warning as men beat women in North East salaries

Manpower's figures come after concern amid rising unemployment in the North East, one of the few regions to buck the national trend

Matt Ridley

North East peers launch attack on Government farming policies

Viscount Ridley leads call for an end to wasteful public subsidy for organic farms

George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer visits the Virgin Money offices at the Regents Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Osborne promises further action on North East

Chancellor George Osborne talks North East economy on Virgin Money visit

The new CLA President Henry Robinson on the farm near Cirencester

Manifesto launched to support rural areas

The CLA has launched its manifesto – Unlock the Countryside’s Potential – in the run-up to next year’s general election

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Government says under fire council still paying significant travel subsidies

The government has claimed under fire Northumberland County Council is still paying significant travel subsidies for students

Real income fell five per cent in the North East

Real incomes fall five per cent in the North East - but fall more in London

The cost of living is set to be one of the main battlegrounds at the next election. Political editor Jonathan Walker looks at how the economic crisis of recent years has affected the North East

Prime Minister David Cameron (left), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (centre) and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

Journal poll suggests tough times ahead for Labour

When asked which of the party leaders do they think would make the best Prime Minister, some 25% of the North East said Mr Cameron, versus just 16% for Ed Miliband

An oil rig in the North Sea

Tax regime stability needed to secure future of North Sea oil and gas industry

Stability in the tax regime and measures to encourage further exploration are needed to secure the long-term future of the North Sea oil and gas industry, and it appears the politicians may be listening. Peter McCusker reports

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Signatures opposing Morpeth County Hall sale are to be handed in

Six hundred signatures opposing the sale of County Hall in Morpeth are to be handed to Northumberland County Council next week

Commons inquiry backs North East councils in row with bus operators

New bus franchises bitterly opposed by transport companies have been backed by the Commons Transport Committee

Viscount Ridley

Northumberland peer gets award from right-wing think tank

Northumberland peer Matt Ridley wins Institute of Economic Affairs Free Enterprise Award

Police outside Newcastle University

Police cope well with massive funding cuts - but will struggle to do more, say inspectors

North East police forces have been praised in reports from the official police inspectors

Mary Glindon MP

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon secures debate on late payments to SMEs

Glindon is one of a growing number of MPs to express concern at potentially devastating effect of delays in payment by local government

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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