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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A Stagecoach double decker bus

Stagecoach prepares to take battle over North East bus routes to court

Sunderland MP Bridget Phillipson hits out at Stagecoach who are planning legal action over the takeover of bus routes

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

George Osborne praised for playing to North East's strengths

Chancellor George Osborne offered backing for exporters and manufacturing in his Budget announcement yesterday

Chancellor George Osborne

The Budget: George Osborne told to focus on North East jobs

Chancellor George Osborne is today being urged to tackle the unemployment rate in the North East with his Budget

Coun Nick Forbes, leader Newcastle City Council

Labour divided on High Speed rails plans for the North

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes has welcomed calls for work on the new line to be speeded up, but Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has hit out at the continued waste of resources

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps

Tories deny they have abandoned the North East

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps hit back at claims the party had "given up on the North" and insisted tomorrow's Budget will be good news for the North East

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott

Poll puts UKIP on course for first North East seat

UKIP is on course to see its first North East MEP elected this year as polling says the party will push out the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Rush to privatise East Coast means no new train for region

MPs accuse Department for Transport of blundering in franchise deals leading to failures on outdated and crowded Northern trains

Washington big sheds and Nissan

5,200 jobs predicted as Sunderland gets Nissan business park

The Government will today sign off on a City Deal which will see car giant Nissan get a new automotive business park and create thousands of jobs

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

Eldon Garden Shopping Centre in the centre of Newcastle

'They're forcing us out of business': Shopping centre bosses blame decline on council

Newcastle City council said the Peer Group is as well supported as any other shopping firm in the city

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