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.

Moya and Keith Burn from Seghill who lost a small fortune on a pub they used to run

Hexham land lady blames pub chain for ending a dream

The former boss of the Coach and Horses says artificially high alcohol prices forced her out

Berwick’s Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julie Pörksen

Northumberland students having to stand on buses, would be MP claims

Would be Lib Dem MP for Berwick Julie Pörksen has claimed Northumberland County Council's rules on post 16 transport cause problems

Haughton Castle owner Anthony Braithwaite and Rachel Sparks from the Forestry Commission on the castle estate

Parliamentary candidate from Hexham questions MP over Humshaugh homes bid

Hexham Labour parliamentary candidate Liam Carr has questioned MP Conservative Guy Opperman's apparent silence on a homes bid at Humshaugh

Dave Anderson MP

MP Dave Anderson to probe NHS treatments of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Blaydon's Dave Anderson lost brother, sister, nephew and two nieces to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will probe NHS treatments

Shaws Field, in Hexham

Victory for greenbelt campaigners at Hexham - but only until 2031

Greenbelt campaigners at Hexham are celebrating a victory amid proposals to preserve a site's protected status - but only until 2031

Midge Ure (left) and Bob Geldof arrive for the recording of the Band Aid 30 single at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill, London

David Banks: How Band Aid turned into nobodies

Journal columnist David Banks on how 30 years of Do They Know It's Christmas have managed to turn him into his own father

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead

Ian Mearns: Today I will fight to end abusive zero hours contracts

Gateshead Labour MP Ian Mearns talks about his Bill to end abusive zero hours contracts, which is being debated on Friday by MPs

North East councillors with the Rt Hon William Hague MP

North East city leaders meet with top Tory over devolution

Core Cities leaders met with William Hague but warnings are sounded the Government must see the regional picture

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron defends massive funding gap between London and North East

The Prime Minister said the Government was committed to building up the North East, but said London needed investment

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Northumberland County Council unveils multi-million pound spending plans

Northumberland County Council has announced multi-million pound spending plans, including new leisure centres and schools

Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury

Bernard Trafford: While children save pennies, reckless bankers get away scot-free

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says credit unions in primary schools are missing the bigger point

George Osborne MP

North East universities set for funding boost as Chancellor highlights importance of life sciences

North East will play key role in "Northern Powerhouse", George Osborne tells The Journal - but he wants regions to consider creating 'metro mayors'

Woman smiling

Keith Hann: The lady in Sainsbury's was smiling - there's a lesson in that for us all

Journal columnist Keith Hann says there may be bad news around - but that's nothing new and we can still take joy from plenty of things

Sir Jeremy Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

Jeremy Beecham: Whatever our differences, we can pledge our abhorrence to the Holocaust

Labour peer and former Newcastle Council leader Lord Beecham responds to the split in Newcastle's Holocaust Memorial Committee

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead

Gateshead MP proposes bill to end 'scandalous and unreasonable' zero hours contracts

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has proposed a bill which will be debated in the House of Commons on Friday

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Anger over George Osborne's promise of £22.5m for North East rural businesses

The Northern Landowners and Farmers Group has called for an update on £22.5m funding for the Rural Growth Network, announced by the Chancellor in July

Professor Ron Beadle

Ron Beadle: There's danger ahead in the new politics that is developing

Journal columnist and Gateshead councillor Ron Beadle on why the new brand of politics is easy for some - but has major dangers

Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

David Taylor-Gooby: Don't smugly say all political parties are the same

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the parties have to engage the electorate - and the electorate must try to engage

Education Secretary Michael Gove

The Journal Opinion: Who will laugh last?

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, November 17, where we look at Michael Gove's comments about North East Labour MPs

Michael Gove

'We are in pole position to win Berwick', says Michael Gove as chancellor prepares A1 announcement

The former education secretary told The Journal Conservative MPs had done more for the North East than their Labour counterparts


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