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.

Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports

The Hunting Act has worked now let's strengthen it

Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, says the next government needs to crack down further on illegal hunting

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster

Ed Miliband should rule out a deal with the SNP if Labour doesn't win more seats than the Tories

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Our politics columnist, Paul Linford, analyses the choices that the two main parties have - with the Lib Dems still the favoured partner for both

Minister for Cities Greg Clark with Anne Marie Trevelyan Tory candidate for Berwick visits First4Websites and Maden Eco in Berwick

North East could get control of NHS funding under Tory-led Government, says minister

Senior Conservative Greg Clark also said a mayor could champion the region as he pledged a new enterprise zone for Northumberland

ITV Leaders' Debate 2015 showing all seven lecterns

Keith Hann: Can you please just answer the question?

Journal columnist Keith Hann ponders why politicians don't follow the lead of TV crime suspects and say 'no comment' when interviewed

Journal Business Devolution Breakfast 2015 at the Gosforth Marriott Hotel

The Journal North East devolution debate highlights need for more and better jobs

Political and business figures debate devolution for the North East at event organised by The Journal

MP Chi Onwurah

Chi Onwurah: It's the unpaid volunteers, not a cheque book, that brings an election to life

Labour's parliamentary candidate for Newcastle Central praises the General Election's volunteer army and hopes message will appear in new political play

ITV Leaders' Debate 2015 showing all seven lecterns

Paul Benneworth: Talk of a Northern Powerhouse belies the way the Tories tore up our successful policies

Paul Benneworth travels home from the Netherlands to size up the election campaign so far - and finds a sickening lack of objectivity

The Green Party rally to launch their regional manifesto at Newcastle's Grey's Monument

General Election 2015: Is the Green Party the left's only chance?

Is the Green Party really at home with its new re-brand as the most left party contesting the General Election?

A volunteer at a food bank

Kate Thick: David Cameron crows about a 'jobs miracle', but most of them are insecure and low-paying

Journal columnist Kate Thick on a painful and timely reminder of the impact of poverty and inequality in Britain, launched in Newcastle

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Isn't it time we tackled the life and death test of our civilisation?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to get on to a war foorting to show it

Prime Minister David Cameron

Paul Linford: The two main parties tried to steal each others' clothes

The Journal's political columnist, Paul Linford, runs the rule over the party manifestos issued this week

Beef cattle

British Red Tractor assured beef as popular as ever, says NFU, as week of celebrations kicks off

Great British Beef Week raises money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Insitution, which helps those in difficulty within the farming industry

Countries such as Germany import significant quantities of oilseed rape as a biofuel crop

NFU urges UK MEPs to reject draft law limited amount of crops involved in biofuel production

Crops Board chairman for the North East, Brett Askew, says legislators have been bullied into a U-turn by pressure groups

Oxfam shop

Stephen Lambert: Scrapping citizenship A-levels is a foolish and short-sighted move

Stephen Lambert says students need citizenship skills more than ever - yet the qualification in the subject is likely to be scrapped

The proposed HS2 rail link

Mark Thompson: It's time that the UK made a better job of joining up its economic hubs

Mark Thompson, managing director of Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture, says a sea change in attitude is needed on transport plans

Nickie Gott from Chester-le-Street who was the victim of tasteless spam emails

NECC launches its general election programme for women in business

The chamber are calling for action to encourage and support greater levels of female entrepreneurship, and to bridge the gender gap in skills.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Labour could make benefits cap lower in North East than it is in London

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was accused of treating the region "like a second class citizen" after plans revealed

Prime Minister David Cameron meets apprentices in Leeds

Bernard Trafford: Politics is like a dodgy hand-drier - a horrendous racket, hot air in all directions, no visible effect

Bernard Trafford says even hopeless actors and grumpy grannies have registered more memorable achievements than many politicians

A Labour Party gathering at Wallington

National Trust Northumberland property reruns 1929 election

A new exhibition tells story of the socialist landowner who gave the Wallington Estate to the nation

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

General Election 2015: TUC's Regional Secretary Beth Farhat explains what business wants

General Election 2015: Beth Farhat of the North East TUC explains what the region's workers and businesses want from next month's election


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