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.

The flags of St George, the flag of Scotland and the Great Britain flag

Campaigner calls for Scottish border to reach the south bank of the Tyne

Newcastle and parts of Northumberland should join Scotland, according to a political activist

First school children in class

North East children exceed national expectations at Key Stage Two

Children in the North East are outperforming the rest of the country by the time they leave primary school, new figures show

Alan Milburn MP

Curious Georgie: Half a million unhappy kids - maybe they found out about Alan Milburn's report

Asking kids to clap their hands if they're happy and they know it, would produce less noise in England than you might expect

Jonathan Arnott, at the Sage, Gateshead

Jonathan Arnott: UKIP North East MEP says the European Parliament is beyond reform

United Kingdom Independence Party Euro MP for the North East says voting every six seconds is no way for the European Parliament to run its business

Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, which organised The Tees Valley Business Summit

Top North East infrastructure and business bosses gear up to debate regional transport

The Journal and The Gazette's Transport Links Breakfast on September 25 brings together a stellar panel of senior figures in the North East

Cows in a milking suite

European Commission takes action to curb impact of Russian import ban on North East dairy producers

The Commission has opened Private Storage Aid for producers of butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses

Wingates in Northumberland where a wind farm community fund has not been set up as agreed with wind farm developers.

As the tide turns on wind farms in Northumberland, we look at what is causing the wind of change

A growing number of wind farm proposals in Northumberland are being refused amid an apparent turning of the tide

Primary school pupils during a lesson

North East council caught up in school funding shortage

Durham County Council admits that lack of Government funding has led to repair funds being used instead as need for school places grows

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

Council urged to reveal savings made from school transport cut

Northumberland County Council is to be asked to reveal how much money has been saved by axing free transport for students in post 16 education

Wingates wind farm in Northumberland

Future of energy under debate by North East politicians

Representatives of the major parties discuss the future of the energy sector in the North East

A video posted on YouTube reputedly showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley.
Islamic State militia (IS) today claimed they had killed Foley, after he was held captive for more than 600 days in Syria.

Do Journal readers support action in Iraq? Our poll asks for your opinions

After the murder of journalist James Foley, we ask what you think the UK's stance should be on Iraq and extremism in the UK

In front of the Surveyors House in Cramlington are from left cllrs Barry Flux, John Collins and Wayne Daley

Cramlington Town Council leaders accuse rivals of 'playing politics with disability'

Labour leaders on Cramlington Town Council have accused Conservative rivals of "playing politics with disability" over a house purchase

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey subject of complaint from rival

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey has been subject of a complaint from rivals over his claim a meeting would cost £80,000

Barras Bridge in Newcastle city centre

Newcastle City Council given green light to spend £1.4m on new designs for roads over-haul

Despite concerns over £1.4m spend on plans for new city road layout, the council will press ahead with biggest transport shake-up in 30 years

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Political row sparked after Cease 24 in Alnwick is saved for another year

Northumberland County Council Lib Dems hit out at the authority's Labour leaders for 'taking credit' for domestic violence funding deal

Newcastle City Council's proposed plans to over-haul city centre roads

Multi-million pound plans to shake-up Newcastle's road network come under fire

Newcastle City Council's proposed multi-million pound transport scheme would lead to the biggest overhaul of the city centre's roads in 30 years

Journal Independence Breakfast Debate at the Hilton

North East business leaders debate the Scottish question

Expert panel leads discussion on independence at Journal breakfast event

MP Eric Pickles

North East councils picked to pilot expansions of 'troubled families' scheme

North East councils to help pilot expansion of controversial of the Government’s "troubled families" scheme

A picture of school children in a classroom

Free schools leaving thousands of pupils to be taught in oversize classes, claims MP

Labour MP Ian Mearns blames "free schools" for dramatic increase in North East primary pupils in oversize classes

In front of the Surveyors House in Cramlington are from left cllrs Barry Flux, John Collins and Wayne Daley

Row over Cramlington Town Council plan to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on house

Cramlington Town Council set to buy 'one of the biggest' properties in the community which was on the market for £400,000


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