All stories for 10 Oct 2014

The Journal Opinion: Could a Ukip surge happen here - and is Labour prepared?

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, October 11, in which we analyse Ukip's election success and ask what it could mean for the North East

Pressure on ending windfarm subsidies as North East peers come together for House of Lords debate

Viscount Ridley hopes the discussion will prompt the Government into ensuring Northumberland’s landscape is better protected

Gordon Burn Prize winner announced at Durham Book Festival

The second winner of the annual Gordon Burn Prize was announced tonight at the Durham Book Festival

Paul Linford: Why Nick Clegg has reason to be cheerful as conference season ends

The Journal's former political editor on the prospects for the general election as British politics fragments into a four-party system

Historic Alnwinton Show draws in the champions at last show of the season

Alwinton Show, now in its 148th year, will feature everything from a renowned sheep show to Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling

Schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, MP says

North East schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, a former cabinet minister has said

Country mansion Cheeseburn Grange throws open its doors to art lovers

Cheeseburn Grange in Northumberland is welcoming in the public this weekend to enjoy sculptures by top artists

By-election results show UKIP could win in the North East

If Heywood and Middleton result was repeated next May, UKIP could win 11 seats in the North East

Head chef of Jesmond Dene House's latest food adventure is feeling lucky

Chef Shaun Hurrell is the man charged with taking Jesmond Dene House’s new gastro pub Jane Hall caught up with him

County Durham brewery Sonnet 43 branches into boutique Lambton Worm inn

A £195,000 investment has added 14 boutique bedrooms to award-winning brewery tap The Lambton Worm

Bedlington shop French Grey Tales expands to new premises in Morpeth

What started as a hobby has grown to become an inspiring business in Morpeth for Layla Welsh

Fastest 50 awards: See pictures from today's Fastest 50 Awards in Newcastle

AT&P Rentals carries off the prize for the fastest growing firm in the North East at the Fastest 50 Awards in Newcastle

Labour and UKIP lock horns amid claims general election will be 'two horse race' in North East

Formerly safe Labour seats under fire as Nigel Farage's party almost snatches a Labour stronghold in Greater Manchester

Skellig author David Almond to write a football opera for Sunderland

The opera, which will premiere in November 2015, has been commissioned by Music in the Minster and will have Sunderland AFC at its heart

Ex Blyth lover was cleared of harassment but made subject to restraining order

Aidan Campbell, of Blyth, was cleared of harassing his ex but has been told he must not contact her

Hillsborough police inspector accepts newspaper stories of thefts from dead fans were false

Inspector Gordon Sykes was responsible for two of the accounts detailed in The Sun's article headlined "The Truth"

Business Supplement: The Legal 500

The legal profession’s annual survey, “The Legal 500”, celebrates its 27th edition this month

Natural History Society of Northumbria welcomes funding grant

Natural History Society of Northumbria has received a £137,200 boost to help it protect and enhance its collections

James Close: If oysters be the food of love then get yourself to Lindisfarne

Michelin-starred chef James Close of The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Darlington offers a trio of serving options for Casanova's favourite breakfast dish

Oldest pub in Newcastle The Old George gets £200,000 facelift

The Old George in Newcastle's Cloth Market is being refurbished with a £200,000 investment

Longbenton-based Bell Trucks report strong year of trading

Mercedes Benz dealership saw turnover and profit rise last year and business confidence in the region continued to improve

Dicksons butchers offers people the chance to relax in Whitley Bay store

Dicksons butchers has expanded its store portfolio to 24, with a new £140,000 'concept store' cming soon

Benfield motor up the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250

Benfield motor group have soared to number three in a Sunday Times league table

Stephen Lambert: Mental ill health is a problem that we cannot afford to ignore

Newcastle city councillor Stephen Lambert says awareness of mental health issues is rising - but there is still a long way to go

Bride had sex with dwarf stripper on hen do before giving birth to baby with dwarfism

Spanish woman apparently hid her secret well - until she confessed when her baby was born, suffering from dwarfism

Northumberland restaurateur opens Blyth seafood venue creating 12 jobs

Martin Charlton has opened the Blyth Boathouse seafood restaurant which is situated in the Quay Road regeneration area

Skellig author David Almond to write a football opera for Sunderland

The opera, which will premiere in November 2015, has been commissioned by Music in the Minster and will have Sunderland AFC at its heart

Morning news headlines: Carswell cruises to historic win, UKIP surge takes Labour to wire

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Joyce McCarty: How we are trying to help people before they end up on the streets of Newcastle

On any one night four or five people sleep rough on the streets of Newcastle. The council is working hard to put a roof over their heads

Jesmond's Jam Jar restaurant welcomes new chef Steven Foister

Experienced chef Steven Foister will be helping to develop the popular eatery's menu as well as introducing a new range of bar snacks

New vodka from Durham Distillery hits the shelves

The triple-distilled spirit, which will be sold under the Durham Vodka brand, is now available from the distillery

Hexham-based Pudding Parlour branches out into Fenwicks Food Hall

Desserts made by brother and sister Greg and Kirsty Giblin will now be on sale in the Newcastle department store

Gourmet evening marks the changing of seasons at Sunderland's Stadium of Light

A Winter Wonderland Gourmet Evening featuring a five-course meal will be enjoyed in November at the SAFC ground

North East jobs market failing pupils from disadvantaged North East schools

More jobs are needed in the region to keep talented youngsters who are leaving education, according to a North East MP

Fastest 50, 2014: North East's fastest growing companies unveiled today!

Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 celebrates growth among companies in the North East