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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.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Government says under fire council still paying significant travel subsidies

The government has claimed under fire Northumberland County Council is still paying significant travel subsidies for students

Real income fell five per cent in the North East

Real incomes fall five per cent in the North East - but fall more in London

The cost of living is set to be one of the main battlegrounds at the next election. Political editor Jonathan Walker looks at how the economic crisis of recent years has affected the North East

Prime Minister David Cameron (left), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (centre) and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

Journal poll suggests tough times ahead for Labour

When asked which of the party leaders do they think would make the best Prime Minister, some 25% of the North East said Mr Cameron, versus just 16% for Ed Miliband

An oil rig in the North Sea

Tax regime stability needed to secure future of North Sea oil and gas industry

Stability in the tax regime and measures to encourage further exploration are needed to secure the long-term future of the North Sea oil and gas industry, and it appears the politicians may be listening. Peter McCusker reports

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Signatures opposing Morpeth County Hall sale are to be handed in

Six hundred signatures opposing the sale of County Hall in Morpeth are to be handed to Northumberland County Council next week

Commons inquiry backs North East councils in row with bus operators

New bus franchises bitterly opposed by transport companies have been backed by the Commons Transport Committee

Viscount Ridley

Northumberland peer gets award from right-wing think tank

Northumberland peer Matt Ridley wins Institute of Economic Affairs Free Enterprise Award

Police outside Newcastle University

Police cope well with massive funding cuts - but will struggle to do more, say inspectors

North East police forces have been praised in reports from the official police inspectors

Mary Glindon MP

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon secures debate on late payments to SMEs

Glindon is one of a growing number of MPs to express concern at potentially devastating effect of delays in payment by local government

Collingwood Street in Newcastle

Council chiefs in Newcastle demand more say over how they spend their money

Newcastle part of Local Voices campaign involving England's Core Cities which they say will promote economic growth and create jobs

20 years after Tony Blair become Labour party leader we look back at his legacy

How Tony Blair went from political saint to sinner during his time at the helm of his party

Ed Cox of IPPR speech

IPPR think tank launch £1,000 competition for the next big Northern idea

IPPR North calls for major infrastructure ideas as region is offered a chance to win £1m-worth of advertising at Heathrow Airport

Lord Jeremy Beecham at the opening of a street in Benwell in his name and a wooden bench in his wifes memory.

Peer backs right to die as Lords debate change to law

Newcastle peer Lord Beecham told the House of Lords his wife's experience with cancer convinced him the law should be changed

Harry Beamish, historic environment, research and interpretatioin archaeologist at Auckland Castle

Help archaeologists uncover eating habits of County Durham's Prince Bishops

Work in grounds of Auckland Castle reveal remains of hothouses where status-symbol pineapples were grown

Prof Adam Sharr

Newcastle architect Professor Adam Sharr on national awards shortlist

Book accolade for Newcastle University architecture lecturer Professor Adam Sharr

A East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Councils call for investment along East Coast Main Line

North East councils say the British economy could benefit by £9bn if rail services are improved

First Minister Alex Salmond

North East business community to debate implications of Scottish referendum

The Journal will be hosting a business breakfast focused on the much-talked about issue of Scotland's future

North East health bosses' 'disgraceful, demoralising' pay rises condemned

  • NHS

Senior members of staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust saw their wages rise significantly - while nurses' have stood still

Parents and students protest outside County Hall Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland

Council accused of misleading public over cost of post-16 transport meeting

Northumberland County Council comes under fire after breakdown reveals £80,000 claim was far from the truth

Home Secretary Theresa May

Keith Hann: Priorities in politics seem rather odd

Council backlogs and poor priorities of politicians are among Keith Hann' bug bears at the moment. And don't forget electricity suppliers too


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