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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.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell defends Northumberland County Council roles

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at critics of new roles at Northumberland County Council

From left: Local community guardian Sue Hare, Peter Gibson, Anne Kearney, Vincent Walsh of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, resident and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign member Helena Kettleborough and Residents Association secretary Kay Fletcher at the scene of bike crash which killed 21-year-old Joshua Jarvis

Families slam government for reluctance to back safety ruling

Two families, who lost loved ones while out cycling, have spoken out about new EU rules for safer lorry designs

Figures have revealed that employment in the region is increasing

Falling North East unemployment figures are welcomed by minister

Employment minister Esther McVey believes there is no need for a regional advocate after it was revealed unemployment is down in the region

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Education Secretary to be asked to back North East schools fund

An ambitious plan to turn around under performing schools is being backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary

What the European politicians say they will do for business

North East Chamber of Commerce Partners quiz European election hopefuls

One of the Trussell Trust's foodbanks

Food bank referrals in the North East rise 463% in one year

The scale of food poverty in the North East was laid bare today by figures which show food bank referrals have almost quintupled in a single year

Former Blyth Valley Borough Council boss lands new role

A former council boss reported to have received a six-figure payoff when his authority was scrapped has been appointed to a controversial new role at its successor

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond walking in front of a Saltire

Scottish leader Salmond wants Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle to get together

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says Newcastle can form an "economic powerhouse" with Glasgow and Edinburgh after independence

St. Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth

Fears raised over planned changes to North East mental health services

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Concerns have been raised over changes being made to mental health services in the North East

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Northumberland County Council under fire from Tories over move plan

Labour leaders at Northumberland County Council have come under fire from Tory opponents over plans to move the authority to Ashington

Jeremy Middleton of Middleton Enterprises

Jeremy Middleton welcomes social enterprise tax incentives

Jeremy Middleton has said tax incentives for those in investing in social enterprises could act as a funding catalyst for North East firms

Liberal Democrats party president Tim Farron launches his party's local election campaign in Newcastle City Centre

Lib Dem president Tim Farron kick starts North East campaign

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron yesterday spoke at the launch of his party's election efforts saying voters would return to the party

The Bank of England in London

Bank of England expected to keep interest rates on hold

Interest rates will be kept on hold today as Bank of England policymakers continue to believe that it is too early to scale back stimulus efforts

Jeff Reid, leader of the Lib Dems in Northumberland

Lib Dem Jeff Reid to battle Tory MP Guy Opperman at general election

Old foes Guy Opperman and Jeff Reid are to clash again in a fight for the former's Hexham seat at next year's general election

Cllr John Shuttleworth at the Newtown House Care home in Stanhope which has earmarked for closure

Durham council-run care homes set to close despite strong opposition

Durham County Council says closures must go ahead as homes would cost £4m to maintain over 10 years

Labour leader Ed Miliband updated

Labour will create a Minister for the North East

Ed Miliband would appoint a Minister for each English region in a bid to ensure the entire country received a fair deal from Government, and to help businesses in their regions attract investment from across the world

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead

Labour MPs reluctantly back North East super council

The North East Combined Authority has secured the reluctant backing of the region's Labour MPs, as well as Government support, and is now ready to act as what its creators say will be a new voice for the region

Unison chief Dave Prentis

Unison tells North East members Labour leader wouldn't recognise a trade union

Unison chief Dave Prentis told members gathered in Newcastle that the party "has to make sure Labour is on our side"

Newcastle East Labour MP Nick Brown

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown hits out at new super council

A new super council is set to get parliamentary approval today despite MPs' fears it will be a North East talking shop

Nine out of 10 trains must run on time starting from spring next year

Legal battle looms over sell off of East Coast main line

Two leading rail unions have launched a legal bid to halt the sale of the East Coast main line, it was revealed yesterday. The Government has run the line, the North East's key link to London and Scotland, since 2009


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