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.

Parents and students protest outside County Hall Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council claims no 'detrimental impact' from transport charges

But Northumberland County Council admits there has been a fall in student numbers after bringing in transport charges

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague

Paul Linford: The Government is missing the target when it comes to devolution in England

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford says plans for metropolitan mayors do the cause of local democracy no good at all

Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, Kevan Jones

North Durham MP Kevan Jones leads review call on Post Office 'frauds'

MP Kevan Jones said people's lives have been "wrecked" by the system, for which the Post Office must take responsibility

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

Jonathan Arnott: Labour's record on the NHS is nothing like as strong as it makes out

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North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says Labour does not have the right prescription for the NHS - and there is all the proof you need in Wales

Flowers are placed on a fence in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia

Bernard Trafford: 'Stop the world; I want to get off'

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on the week from hell and our response to it

Commons leader William Hague speaks in the House of Commons, London, where he presented the options for reform as the Conservatives push for a ban on Scottish representatives blocking laws which do not apply north of the border.

Government must press on with English votes for English laws to fight 'injustice', Hexham MP Guy Opperman has said

Speaking in the House of Commons, MP for Hexham Guy Opperman said people in Northumberland are keen to see constitutional change

The East End Food Bank run by the Elim Church in Newcastle

Iain Duncan Smith re-ignites row over food banks in North East

The Work and Pensions Secretary said insisting that people's reasons for going to a food bank were just to do with benefits was 'quite wrong'

CBI Director General John Cridland

CBI chief calls for action to raise living standards in the North East

Call from CBI chief John Cridland increases pressure on the Government to tackle cost of living in the North East

Dave Anderson MP

Mayor push is a Tory 'smokescreen' to destroy local government, says MP

Blaydon's Dave Anderson said George Osborne is launching a "direct attack" on Labour councillors and region should "give him the cold shoulder"

'Come and see North East housing crisis yourself, Minister' - Leazes Homes chairman lashes out

Bill Midgley says the Coalition's housing policy has failed the region and challenges the Tory minister responsible to make the journey North


Labour cuts plan could save North authorities £25m compared with Tories', says council leader

Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds

Shadow Health secretary Andy Burnham

Minister warns NHS needs urgent action to help it cope with A&E attendances this winter

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham insists that the NHS needs urgent action to cope with A&E over the winter months

Virgin Money

The Journal Opinion: Season of Goodwill as Foundation gets backing

The Journal opinion for Friday December 12, in which we applaud the Chancellor's announcement of financial backing for the Virgin Money Foundation

Lord Shipley

Newcastle must not become 'independent state', says former council leader

Lib Dem Lord Shipley says City Deal is boosting growth but cities must work within a national framework if future devolution is to be a success

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

George Osborne signals he will press for a North East mayor under devolution deal

Chancellor said mayor would mean empowered local government held to account but Labour figures accuse Tory of trying to shift the devolution agenda

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London

Energy sector in the North East gives mixed reaction to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

It's fair to say the North Sea oil industry was underwhelmed by last week's Autumn Statement tax cut - but a subsequent declaration of Government support for the basin has boosted morale

A plane leaving Newcastle Airport

Chancellor is 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' with Air Passenger Duty reforms

George Osborne will scrap the air levy for children but Newcastle International Airport says fears remain over devolving APD to Holyrood

David Cameron with prospective Conservative Anne Marie Trevelyan near the A1, North of Morpeth, and Regional Director Highways Agency Jeremy Bloom

Graham Robb: Some positive, unassailable, undiluted good news for the North East economy

The North East chairman of the Institute of Directors says we have to generate money, tax it and spend it - in that order

Supp Nigel Mills

Positivity remains among North East entrepreneurs

The latest Entrepreneurs’ Forum Business Tracker Survey saw positivity throughout key indicators.\n


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