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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.

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

The Angel of the North with an outstretched baguette representing over a thousand Morrisons price drops

Morrisons apologise to Antony Gormley after using Angel of the North to sell baguettes

Morrisons also admit they did not have the artist’s permission and they had breached his legal rights by the misjudged joke

A couple outside an estate agent's window

Parts of Northumberland bucking trend for house sales

Parts of Northumberland including the Tyne Valley are bucking the trend in terms of house sales, an estate agent has claimed

Girls from Newcastle High School in Jesmond, Newcastle, celebrate their A-level results

A-level reforms will exacerbate region's skills gap say North East MPs

Plans to axe AS-levels will only exacerbate the region’s growing skills gap say a group of North East MPs

Charlotte Haitham Taylor, who has bee selected as Conservative candidate for North West Durham

Great-grandaughter of World War One hero in bid to become Tory MP

Charlotte Haitham Taylor has become the Conservative candidate for North West Durham

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

City leaders welcome Glasgow to Core Cities - as Scots consider whether to quit UK

Newcastle has welcomed Glasgow, which made history by becoming first city outside England to join group

A wind farm

Wind farms good and you should have more of them, Green MP tells Journal

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said 'cheap, affordable, community owner wind farms were the way forward

A woman using a computer

New study shows 'Silicon Sunderland' needs a directly elected mayor

Think tank Policy Exchange says the city could be a world-class centre for gaming and technology with stronger local leadership

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett: Voters are ready to back a radical alternative to inequality

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett set out what makes her party different, when she spoke to Journal Political Editor Jonathan Walker

A person walking past a job centre

North East jobs are on the up - but our unemployment figure still highest in the country

Government hails the figures but unions and Labour voice concerns about zero hour contracts and wage stagnation

Jung Chang, author of Empress Dowager Cixi

Durham Book Festival will bring big literary names to the city

Among those heading for Durham Book Festival in October are Kate Adie, Sheila Hancock and Dennis Skinner MP

Wind turbines in Northumberland

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett warns on-shore wind farms are here to stay

On-shore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett tells The Journal

Are we still in the slow lane?

The major transport decisions that could get the North East moving

The business case for North East transport improvements has never been stronger. Adrian Pearson looks at what we have won, and what we still need

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border

Blaydon MP calls for the recall of Parliament to urge intervention in Iraq

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson said Great Britain should act to save the lives of thousands from Islamic terrorists


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