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.

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in a live Q&A during the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10

Paul Linford: Miliband and Cameron - by the middle of May one of them will be PM

Paul Linford on David Cameron's unexpected comments about his own future - and what it means for the election and beyond

Prime Minister David Cameron

Jonathan Arnott: We have a chance to curb the excesses of the European Union

Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott on how being a turkey voting for Christmas in the European Parliament can be a thankless task

David Starkey

Kate Fox: To my shame, I dropped my spoof rap about David Starkey

Journal columnist and performance poet Kate Fox on how we steer a course between being over-polite and over-offensive

George Osborne

Thom Brooks: Voters can't be blamed for not wanting to go to the circus when all they see are clowns

Durham University professor of law and government Thom Brooks on George Osborne's budget and the message it sends

A model of the face of King Richard III

Bernard Trafford: Alliteration and a right Royal frenzy

Journal columnist Bernard Trafford finds the hype surrounding the return of Richard III's remains perplexing

Nigel Mills , Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum

North East Entrepreneurs weigh in on positive end to 2014

Entrepreneurs' Forum Business Tracker Survey shows 65% of business owners saw sales increase over the final quarter of 2014

Paul Woolston

North East to appoint jobs creation chief - but only on a short term basis

Long search for chief executive of North East Local Enterprise Partnership to continue after interim appointment

Chris McDonald of the Materials Processing Institute

Materials Processing Institute chief makes case for Catapult at House of Commons

Chris McDonald wants SMEs in the supply chain to be able to engage more widely with innovation and funding agencies


North East figures from business and politics sign up for Journal's devolution debate

The Journal's devolution debate event on April 21 will look at the need for greater powers to be devolved to the North East

Palestinian children walk between the rubble of buildings which were destroyed during the summer 2014 Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza City

Kate Thick: No country should be above international law

Kate Thick, a frequent visitor to Gaza, on the bleak prospects for peace after Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in Israel's general election

Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director at the CBI Wales

CBI warns that election uncertainty must not get in the way of UK recovery

New report calls on the next Government to commit to a range of business-friendly practices

George Osborne

Industry says Chancellor's help for energy intensive firms is not enough

Energy intensive firms respond to Budget plans to compensate them for the costs of Feed in Tariffs and the Renewables Obligation

George Osborne

Paul Linford: The time for a political game-changer may now have passed

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, on why George Osborne may pay for his refusal to pull rabbits from hats in his Budget

Hit Danish TV show The Killing

Kate Fox: Things we could pick up from the North East's Scandinavian tourists

Journal columnist Kate Fox on why we should point tourists towards our hidden delights such as Billingham (which is like Nice)

Journal columnist David Banks

David Banks: Immigration is good for Britain - and I'm sure Her Maj would agree

Journal columnist David Banks on how he got up the nose of a right-winger

Gateshead Civic Centre

Budget 2015: Gateshead Council left in dark on 'Excemplar Nighbourhood' project

Project in Gateshead would convert more than 100 acres of brownfield site and former shops

Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's Budget statement

Chancellor's new interest in regional policy hasn't got beyond Manchester

Journal Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth's provides her overview of Budget 2015

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Budget 2015: More spending cuts are there in George Osborne's small print

Political Editor Jonathan Walker looks closer at George Osborne's final budget before the general election on May 7

Stuart Cottee of Deloitte

Stuart Cottee of Deloitte: Changes in the Budget will be welcomed by business leaders

North East Tax Partner says the Chancellor has delivered a package of measures he hopes will support business and employment

Deloitte's Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall Tax Partner of Deloitte: Chancellor announced some unexpected giveaways

North East tax expert Stephen Hall comments on the unexpected giveaways in his final Budget of the current Parliament


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