Adrian Pearson

Adrian Pearson

Adrian Pearson is our regional affairs & Westminster correspondent, specialising in North East government & politics. He has been with us since 2007.

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Kevan Jones MP

Questions raised over Tory links to North East funding body

Durham MP Kevan Jones raises local enterprise partnership transparency in parliament

Pay warning as men beat women in North East salaries

Manpower's figures come after concern amid rising unemployment in the North East, one of the few regions to buck the national trend

Matt Ridley

North East peers launch attack on Government farming policies

Viscount Ridley leads call for an end to wasteful public subsidy for organic farms

George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer visits the Virgin Money offices at the Regents Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Osborne promises further action on North East

Chancellor George Osborne talks North East economy on Virgin Money visit

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

Viscount Ridley

Northumberland peer gets award from right-wing think tank

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

Single carriageway section of the A1 in Northumberland

Dualling A1 could bring in nearly £400m to North East economy

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Northumberland County Council report shows economic case of dualling the A1 North of Newcastle

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

Newcastle Central Station

George Osborne's plans for the North East are stuck in the slow lane

Jim O'Neill, former chairman of asset management at Goldman Sachs, has published a report from his City Growth Commission in which he describes how the UK economy is being held back as officials in Whitehall

A Northern Rail train

North East council leaders to unite on region's rail plans

Lobbying efforts for Northern Rail and East Coast services will take place this week in Newcastle


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