Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly is a reporter covering a range of topics including news features and nostalgia. He has been with us for more than 20 years.

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A East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

£15bn plan to revolutionise transport in Newcastle and the North

Report by leaders from five Northern cities will be put to Chancellor George Osborne today

Nine out of 10 trains must run on time starting from spring next year

Fresh protests planned in North East against the re-privatisation of East Coast mainline

Campaign launched after it emerges that in public hands the line has handed over £235m to the Government this year alone

Newcastle joins 'City for Business' partnership to help create jobs and new businesses

Newcastle has joined a new initiative which aims to stimulate investment and work closer with the Government

Men's Football Quarter Final match between Brazil (3) and Honduras (2), on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park on August 4, 2012 in Newcastle, England. A police officer joins in the fun.

Calls for Newcastle to bid to stage the Commonwealth Games

The event could help put the city on the global map, say councillors and leaders at State of the City event

Council Leader Nick Forbes talks to Brandon Lewis (right), Minister for Communities and Local Government and Paul Woolston, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnetship above the Stephenson Quarter

Radical approach needed by Government to free up finances for Newcastle

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes calls for more power to be devolved to the city

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Sacked North East workers being 'priced out of justice', claim unions

The TUC says unfair dismissal claims lodged by North East workers have plummeted 64% since tribunal fees were introduced last July

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI

North East firms call for Government reforms to help create more apprenticeships

The demands coincide with the Journal's 'Proud to Back Apprenticeships' campaign

Councillor Tracey Dixon joins Allan Maving, from the Councils Green Space Team, to celebrate the Green Flag Award for South Marine Park

Parks flying the flag for a greener North East with dozens of awards

A total of 39 parks have been presented with prestigious Green Flag Awards in the North East

Collingwood Street in Newcastle

Council chiefs in Newcastle demand more say over how they spend their money

Newcastle part of Local Voices campaign involving England's Core Cities which they say will promote economic growth and create jobs

20 years after Tony Blair become Labour party leader we look back at his legacy

How Tony Blair went from political saint to sinner during his time at the helm of his party

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