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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.

A family mediation meeting

New Family Court comes into force - but will it work?

North East lawyer Joanne Major looks at the new Family Court in England and Wales which is part of a major shake-up for the family justice system

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

MP Sir Alan Beith fears cuts may leave HMP Northumberland staff vulnerable

Sir Alan Beith has raised concerns with Sodexo boss Tony Leech after last month's standoff at HMP Northumberland

The A1 road which will benefit from a widening scheme in Gateshead

Government funds new North East infrastructure projects

Treasury mixed up North East and Yorkshire but insists backing is there for the region with twelve projects expected to be completed in 2014-15

Kevan Carrick

Kevan Carrick: North East needs to speak with one voice

The run-up to Easter saw the publication of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage due in North East to battle Labour

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to visit the region this week to speak at a party event being held at the Sage Gateshead

CBI Director General John Cridland

CBI 'regrets' Scottish agencies decision to quit

Director general John Cridland said the decision was made "for compliance reasons" and did not represent any wish to campaign to influence voters' opinions

East Durham College is given a big thumbs-up from Ofsted

A North East college has been graded as good following its first inspection under a new framework

Spending chiefs have urged the creation of a new £200m fund to help SMEs

Poll shows public want powers for the regions such as the North East

Devolution campaigners welcome Survation poll which showed many voters think London has too much power over the rest of the UK

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell defends Northumberland County Council roles

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at critics of new roles at Northumberland County Council

From left: Local community guardian Sue Hare, Peter Gibson, Anne Kearney, Vincent Walsh of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, resident and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign member Helena Kettleborough and Residents Association secretary Kay Fletcher at the scene of bike crash which killed 21-year-old Joshua Jarvis

Families slam government for reluctance to back safety ruling

Two families, who lost loved ones while out cycling, have spoken out about new EU rules for safer lorry designs

Figures have revealed that employment in the region is increasing

Falling North East unemployment figures are welcomed by minister

Employment minister Esther McVey believes there is no need for a regional advocate after it was revealed unemployment is down in the region

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Education Secretary to be asked to back North East schools fund

An ambitious plan to turn around under performing schools is being backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary

What the European politicians say they will do for business

North East Chamber of Commerce Partners quiz European election hopefuls

One of the Trussell Trust's foodbanks

Food bank referrals in the North East rise 463% in one year

The scale of food poverty in the North East was laid bare today by figures which show food bank referrals have almost quintupled in a single year

Geoff Paul, the former chief executive of Blyth Valley Borough Council

Former Blyth Valley Borough Council boss lands new role

A former council boss reported to have received a six-figure payoff when his authority was scrapped has been appointed to a controversial new role at its successor

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond walking in front of a Saltire

Scottish leader Salmond wants Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle to get together

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says Newcastle can form an "economic powerhouse" with Glasgow and Edinburgh after independence

St. Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth

Fears raised over planned changes to North East mental health services

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Concerns have been raised over changes being made to mental health services in the North East

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Northumberland County Council under fire from Tories over move plan

Labour leaders at Northumberland County Council have come under fire from Tory opponents over plans to move the authority to Ashington

Jeremy Middleton of Middleton Enterprises

Jeremy Middleton welcomes social enterprise tax incentives

Jeremy Middleton has said tax incentives for those in investing in social enterprises could act as a funding catalyst for North East firms

Liberal Democrats party president Tim Farron launches his party's local election campaign in Newcastle City Centre

Lib Dem president Tim Farron kick starts North East campaign

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron yesterday spoke at the launch of his party's election efforts saying voters would return to the party

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