Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in a live Q&A during the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10

Paul Linford: Miliband and Cameron - by the middle of May one of them will be PM

Paul Linford on David Cameron's unexpected comments about his own future - and what it means for the election and beyond

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

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Pulling out of the European Court of Human Rights is a "sop to UKIP and right wingers" say NE politicians

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's plan would give Strasbourg an advisory role while politicians and judges have final say

Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary accused of 'burying bad news' over Durham Passport Office

Theresa May announced major changes just minutes before a debate began on air strikes in Iraq

A video posted on YouTube reputedly showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley.
Islamic State militia (IS) today claimed they had killed Foley, after he was held captive for more than 600 days in Syria.

Do Journal readers support action in Iraq? Our poll asks for your opinions

After the murder of journalist James Foley, we ask what you think the UK's stance should be on Iraq and extremism in the UK

Home Secretary Theresa May

Criminal checks needed to make sure MPs are safe to work with children, Commons told

A North East MP has called for checks to ensure MPs are safe to work with children and vulnerable adults

Home Secretary Theresa May

Denise Robertson: Turn fire on those who make mistakes, not who points

Theresa May’s address to the Police Federation did not go down well with PC Ken Davies from Cheshire Police Federation

It is hoped Clare's Law will reduce instances of domestic violence

How Clare's Law could save lives of women in the North East

Women are now able to find out the truth about their partners' violent pasts. Sophie Doughty examines how Clare's Law could save lives in the North East

Police commissioner Vera Baird and Home Secretary Theresa May

Police commissioner accuses Theresa May of ignoring Northumbria Police crisis

Home Secretary Theresa May refuses to meet Northumbria police commissioner Vera Baird on a visit to the North East

Police activity following raids in the West End of Newcastle

Newcastle MP raises 'horrific' sexual abuse case with Home Secretary

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah warns of impact of cuts on force during major investigation into West End abuse

Northumbria Police raid a property on Queen Street in Ashington, Northumberland

MPs condemn police cuts that will see 12 stations close and 400 jobs go

MPs in the region have condemned the Government cuts that will see 12 stations close in the region

Northumbria Police raid a property on Queen Street in Ashington, Northumberland

North East police forces prepare for more cuts

Police forces in the region could be forced to make further cuts, Police and Crime Commissioners have warned

Officers of the newly formed National Crime Agency during a training exercise

FBI-style crime fighting agency begins training in South Tyneside

The newly-formed National Crime Agency, which aims to tackle the most serious criminals in the country, had a day of training in South Tyneside

Amanda Hutton arriving at Bradford Crown Court, where she is charged with the manslaughter of her son, Hamzah Khan

Denise Robertson: How many more children will have to suffer?

Denise Robertson addresses the issue of cruelty to children following the discovery of the death of four-year-old Hamzah Khan

Brown snubbed over job offers

Prime Minister in waiting Gordon Brown faced claims of "incompetent" preparations yesterday after a former Liberal Democrat leader snubbed his offer of a place in his first cabinet.

Drugs claim Cameron: past is private

Political allies last night rallied round Tory leader David Cameron after he refused to deny claims that he had smoked cannabis while a schoolboy at Eton.

Some Tory backers will remain secret

The Conservative Party moved to quell mounting speculation over its secret backers yesterday, saying all the names would be revealed to a watchdog.

Blair clears Tessa Jowell

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell was cleared by Tony Blair yesterday of breaching the Ministerial Code over her financial affairs - because her husband did not tell her about a massive cash "gift" he had received.

Lottery 'stealth tax' claim denied

The National Lottery has become a stealth tax used to prop up public services, it was claimed last night.


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