Rachel Wearmouth

Rachel Wearmouth

Rachel Wearmouth is a reporter specialising in stories from County Durham. She has been with us since 2011.

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Nick Brown

Nick Brown believes Conservative majority is a 'disaster' for the region

Labour's Nick Brown has spoken out after a bruising defeat for Labour but Conservatives say the North is growing faster than the South

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council

Simon Henig: More Tory austerity is 'an ideological experiment' not tried anywhere else in Western Europe

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig called on the newly-installed Government to cut Whitehall rather than cash-strapped

Durham Council leader Simon Henig

Simon Henig: 'North East must be united and fight for devolution in wake of General Election'

Chairman of the North East Combined Authority said he is "cautious" about devolving NHS budget and called for more debate

George Osborne

Chancellor attacked for claim Northumberland has 'flourishing' arts scene after cutbacks

Gillian Hambleton, whose Northumberland Theatre Company lost 100% of its Arts Council grant, said disparity between region and London is 'ridiculous'

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron: Conservative Party will close the North-South divide

Prime Minister makes pledge as Conservatives pin hopes of election victory on North marginals

Minister for Cities Greg Clark with Anne Marie Trevelyan Tory candidate for Berwick visits First4Websites and Maden Eco in Berwick

North East could get control of NHS funding under Tory-led Government, says minister

Senior Conservative Greg Clark also said a mayor could champion the region as he pledged a new enterprise zone for Northumberland

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Labour could make benefits cap lower in North East than it is in London

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was accused of treating the region "like a second class citizen" after plans revealed

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron backs The Journal's campaign to create apprenticeships

The Conservative leader is in the North East on the campaign trail and says a vote for Labour will "cast a shadow over the region once more"

The Green Party announce their candidates for the four Northumberland constituencies for the first time at Druridge Bay visitor centre

Northumberland Greens defy drizzle to launch their election battle at Druridge Bay

The Green surge means Natalie Bennett's party will now fight all four Northumberland constituencies

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman: 'I'm certain regional pay will be on the Tories' agenda'

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party says 'Northern Powerhouse' is a gimmick but Tories say regional pay claims are 'scaremongering'

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