Answer to our prayers or mere fantasy?

IT is impossible not to be impressed by the idea of a Newcastle United Football Club run by supporters for supporters, yet it is far easier to doubt it is a viable proposition.

David Miliband in position for top Euro job

SOUTH Shields MP David Miliband is a "prime candidate" to become Foreign Minister of Europe, a senior Labour figure in the North East says.

Northern enthusiasm

WHAT a privilege. Being able to sit down with some of the brightest brains in the North East has been amazing.

Striking dream of a charismatic leader

A CHARISMATIC politician with a privileged background and great communications skills – is also a self-confessed Newcastle United fan.

Review of the year: July - September

New era for United, but Rock crumbles The Journal’s review of the year continues today as Chloe Griffiths takes a look back at the stories that grabbed the headlines from July to September.

North-East thrust into limelight

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A BOOK described by one writer and critic as “the great British novel of the decade” is to be published in January – and it is set firmly in the North-East.

The Journal quiz of the year

1. What is unique in the North-East about The Round, the new theatre which opened in 2007 in Newcastle’s Ouseburn (the answer is hinted at in the name)?

Little to cheer us in the first few months

IN THE first part of The Journal’s Review of the Year, Audrey Barton looks back at the stories which made the headlines in January to March.

Abraham has gift for blunders

LABOUR benefactor David Abrahams finally appeared publicly yesterday for the first time since the donations controversy broke.

I’m not here to be a hero but I’d love to get some more goals

He hasn’t scored a Premier League goal for more than two years, but Alan Smith’s striking talents have helped Sam Allardyce stop the rot at St James’s Park.

Support growing for rival Rock bid

WEIGHT was growing behind a rival bid for Northern Rock last night after two shareholders’ groups gave it their backing.

A stirring in the tearoom as Brown struggles

AFEW weeks back, one of Gordon Brown’s strongest supporters in the national Press wrote a column quoting a Labour MP as saying that the Prime Minister would not now fight the next general election.

Account for money, Blair successor told

THE Labour donations controversy last night spread to Sedgefield as a defeated by-election candidate raised concerns over the timing of thousands of pounds in political handouts.

We vote Tory and did not give cash

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OPPOSITION politicians rounded on Labour last night after the Prime Minister pledged to hand back donations by North businessman David Abrahams as they were “not lawfully declared”.

CBI puts pressure on Darling over tax plan

THE head of the country’s biggest business group yesterday piled fresh pressure on the Government not to go ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime, warning that the row has damaged its relationship with industry.

Town had a vital role in our social history

With new homes springing up in the area, Newton Aycliffe is fast becoming the place to live for commuters.

Nobody is solving our No 1 problem

THIS week, as David Miliband set out a bold vision for a “Europe” stretching from North Africa to mid-Asia, the South of England finally fulfilled its European destiny by joining the continental high-speed network.

Labour accused of betraying the North

THE Government’s transport policy has been labelled a “betrayal of the North-East” by David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Nick Clegg.

Blair launches North-East sports foundation

A relaxed looking Tony Blair has returned to his former constituency of Sedgefield in County Durham to launch his own sports foundation.

Green power station launched by Minister

A WOOD-BURNING power station which fuels thousands of homes and helps reduce carbon emissions has been given the Government’s seal of approval.

Universities celebrate the great and the good

THIS week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the important events in the recent history of the North-East.

Youth skills organisation winding up

AN organisation formed to retain skilled young workers in the region is being wound up.

North MPs get £4m expenses

MPs in the region have claimed £4.3m on top of their salaries and pension contributions, new figures show.

Green energy plans hit hitch

AS THE the Government last night appeared to relax its targets on renewable energy, experts in the North-East have pointed to alternatives to wind farms in the countryside.

Inner steel of an Italian made good

It’s hard work being an entrepreneur, especially when you juggle three jobs at once.

Entrepreneurs team up again in new firm

TWO entrepreneurs who sold off their internet business six years ago have been reunited to launch a consultancy firm which helps Chinese companies enter Europe.

Blair agent suspended from council

Tony Blair’s former Sedgefield constituency agent has been suspended from his local council for threatening and swearing at a colleague.

Blair cops to be re-deployed

More than two dozen armed police are heading back to the streets of County Durham after spending 10 years guarding the Prime Minister’s constituency home.

Blair cops to be re-deployed

More than two dozen armed police are heading back to the streets of County Durham after spending 10 years guarding the Prime Minister’s constituency home.

Pace hotting up for a Great North day

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TYNESIDE will be transformed this weekend as thousands arrive in the region for the Great North Run.

Working with the big names

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IT’S fair to say that you can judge a company by the clients it boasts.

Paul Linford column

NEARLY thirty years ago, a Labour Prime Minister who had taken over mid-term from his long-serving predecessor stood up at the TUC conference and teased the delegates over whether he would call a General Election.

Construction Excellence in the North East

ONCE again, this column finds itself looking at the issue of skills within the industry, following the Government’s announcement this week of a “British job for every British worker”.

The UK is now bogged down by legislation

WELCOME to our comment column, in which leading figures from the region present a thought-provoking view on an issue affecting their company or organisation or the wider community.

Leading the leaders: Miles Templeman

We talk business, boardrooms and Brown with the director general of the Institute of Directors.

Chocolate-maker enjoys taste of success

TRIMDON may have lost one world leader since Tony Blair’s resignation, but now another name has emerged from the County Durham village.

From no man’s land to modern offices

THE renaissance of Newburn Riverside mirrors that of the North-East, emerging as it has from an industrial no man’s land to a modern, state-of-the-art business park.

Businesses are braced for new company rules

THE biggest review of company law in four decades comes into force in October.

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