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.

Council leaders and local enterprise partnership chairman Paul Woolston (right)

North East Party hits out at civic structures 'developing by stealth' as devolution edges up agenda

Chairman of the NEP Hilton Dawson says councillors on North East Combined Authority do not have a mandate for regional governance

Journal columnist David Banks

David Banks: The clocks go back this weekend - but the Government is turning back the clock to Dickens' day

Journal columnist David Banks on the Government's Victorian values - and two journalistic heroes who have fought the good fight

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird: The Human Rights Act is badly needed - and we have ample proof

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says human rights laws do not favour bad people over good - they help ordinary people

George Osborne MP

The Journal Opinion: Good news that we're looking at a second northern powerhouse

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday, October 23, in which we welcome talks between the North East LEP and Scotland's government

Mary Glindon MP

Tyneside MP warns councils that late payment will begin to cost them

Mary Glindon's intervention comes as The Journal tries to get firms to act more ethically in the way they pay suppliers

Hexham General Hospital

Hexham hospital changes hands as Private Finance Initiative pay-out deal is finalised

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Hexham General Hospital has transferred to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust after PFI pay-out deal is completed

A Stagecoach bus in Newcastle

North East Councils one step closer to taking control of bus services in transport shake-up

Members of the NE Combined Authority voted unanimously for a Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear

North East Business Executive of the Year Award winners from 2013

North East Business Executive of the Year shortlists announced

The waiting is over - the shortlist of finalists in one of the region's biggest awards is finally unveiled

An NHS logo

David Taylor-Gooby: There is no reason why the NHS cannot do things more efficiently

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Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the future of the NHS poses us some hard questions - but we must try to answer them

Playwright Lee Hall

Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall brands Newcastle City Council's culture pot 'a white wash'

Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland County Hall move decision called in by opposition groups

Northumberland County Council's decision to progress plans to move from its Morpeth base has been called in by opposition groups

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Is immigration row sending the PM towards an EU exit strategy?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if the PM ends up campaigning for us to leave the EU then the far right will have won

School pupils sitting an A-level exam

Les Walton: Are educational theories just a way to come up with excuses for our failure?

The chair of the Northern Education Trust draws on his own memories and experiences to challenge how we use educational theories

Irish Ambassador for Britain Daniel Mulhall (centre) with Maurice Duffy of Lionra and mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn

Irish ambassador encourages growing trade with North East businesses

Daniel Mulhall spoke to businesses and politicians about the advantages of growing better trade links

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP

Paul Brannen: From croissants to carbon capture - the life of an MEP

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen on the hectic round of meetings, flights and early morning alarm calls that is his working life

Single carriageway section of the A1 in Northumberland

The Journal Opinion: All we can do is keep up the pressure to dual the A1

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The Journal's opinion column for Monday, October 20, in which we press the case for dualling the main road from the North East to Scotland

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh

Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary says the A1 north of Newcastle may not be dualled

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Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh highlights 2006 study which rejected long-awaited dualling plan

Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

South Tyneside Council commits to introduction of the national living wage

The council said it would pay its staff the minimum wage of £7.65 per hour to give them 'dignity and a better standard of living'

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Labour MP Nick Brown urges party not to axe police and crime commissioners

Former Cabinet Minister Nick Brown urged his party to rethink plans to axe police commissioners, saying they were successful in the North East


Paul Linford: Is the answer to the English Question a parliament for the North?

The Journal's former political editor says a North East assembly may be out of the question - but there is still a way forward


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer