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.

Councillor Iain Malcolm

The Journal Opinion: Bringing Teesside into combined authority is a good idea

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, November 1, in which we welcome calls to enlarge the North East's combined authority

Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for Durham City and Deputy Minister for the North

Durham's future housing should cater for more than students, says MP

Roberta Blackman-Woods says County Durham Plan must strike a balance and offer something to families, older people and professionals

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Iain Malcolm: The combined authority can not only be stronger - it can be bigger

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm welcomes Labour's plans for combined authorities and says we should invite Teesside to join us

Lord Jeremy Beecham

Labour peer Jeremy Beecham believes devolution is urgently needed

Labour peer Jeremy Beecham tells The Journal devolution is urgently needed to address inequalities that 'disfigures' society

Labour Leader Ed Miliband on stage at Manchester Central, during the Labour Party Annual Conference

The Journal Opinion: The leadership we need in a new era for the North East

The Journal's opinion column for Friday, October 31, in which we welcome Labour's plans for devolution

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Newcastle and North East to join 'cabinet for England' under Labour Government

Labour leader Ed Miliband is pledging new laws to bring home rule to English regions - and encouraging them to create elected mayors

John Prescott

North East wants devolution, says peer who led failed campaign for regional assembly

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott told peers his plans for a North East assembly were scuppered by Cabinet colleagues

Sir Jeremy Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

Jeremy Beecham: Call it devolution if you must, but let's get on with it

Former Newcastle Council leader Lord Beecham on the agenda of decentralisation and partnership needed for the North East

Candidate for the European Parliment Jonathan Arnott, at the Sage, Gateshead

Jonathan Arnott: UKIP is here to stay because we have proved it over a long period

UKIP North East MEP Jonathan Arnott says critics who say the party will slip back have misunderstood how it rose so far in the first place

Greggs in Trinity Square, Gateshead

Greggs appointed to Prompt Payment Code Advisory Board

Bakery chain joins other big names in industry and the public sector to help tackle bad practice and showcase shining examples

One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York

Newcastle to New York: What it took to bring the North East's direct USA flight to the region

Airport chief Dave Laws reveals how Lord Adonis helped push the deal over the line.

Dave Ledger, Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council branded 'secretive and undemocratic' over decision to share services

Deputy leader Dave Ledger and executive director Steven Mason agreed to share functions with councils in Durham and North Tyneside behind closed doors

Former council leader Lord Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

North East could be left with £2m bill after supreme court judgement

Supreme Court case means the threshold is lower to apply to detain mentally vulnerable person under the Mental Capacity Act

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle Council

Civic leader vow not to leave North East isolated from HS3 benefits

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson called for connection to Newcastle and a bigger commitment from Labour and Government on high speed rail

Zac Goldsmith MP

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith accuses North Durham MP of 'contempt' for voters

Labour MP Kevan Jones was in a war of words with Tory MP Zac Goldsmith and supporters of a right of recall

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

NECC chief says devolution and infrastructure spending should be top priority for the North East in Autumn Statement

NECC Chief executive James Ramsbotham called for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve more powers to the region in announcement on December 3

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

FSB campaign puts prospective politicians in touch with small businesses

#ibacksmallbusiness launched along with manifesto that outlines five areas for politicians to consider

The last day of Ellington Colliery..... David Bentley who has been a miner for 25 years at Ellington Colliery which has now closed

Parliament to debate more help for North East pit communities

The truth must come out about the miners' strike and whether the Tories misled the nation over pit closure plans

Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron with Depot Manager Linda Swain and Engineering Director of East Midlands Trains Tim Sayer (back, right), as they visit Neville Hill Traincare Depot ahead of giving their speeches on HS2

High speed rail link to connect northern cities gets mixed reaction

North East MP Kevan Jones blasts the plan as a "vanity project" which will mean nothing for the region

Julian Sturdy MP's private member's bill on fly-grazing of horses has passed its second reading in the House of Commons

UK fly-grazing bill wins approval at second reading

Moves are under way to tackle the problem of horses being left on other people's land, raising safety and welfare concerns


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