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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One of the empty shops in North Shields Town Centre

North East Manifesto: Why tackling business rates is so important

One in five shops stands empty in the North East - a rate higher than any other region - and our readers believe business rates need to be slashed

Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's Budget statement

Chancellor's new interest in regional policy hasn't got beyond Manchester

Journal Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth's provides her overview of Budget 2015

George Osborne sits down after delivering his Budget statement to the House of Commons

Chancellor backs North Sea gas and oil but is criticised for failing to tackle infrastructure

Labour react as George Osborne makes his final Budget before the General Election

Lord Shipley

Leader of task force backing Heathrow third runway rejects bias claim

Lord Shipley said outburst from Gatwick Airport CEO is 'seriously misplaced' and 'quite astonishing' after boost for Newcastle Airport

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

'North East is an asset, help us grow', NECC urges George Osborne ahead of Budget

Director of policy Ross Smith says the Budget must empower region, close skills gap and drive housebuilding across the region

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Labour's Jeremy Beecham says Vince Cable 'should be ashamed' of £320m RGF cash

Peer says Coalition has failed North East as region still has highest unemployment rate, but Lib Dems brand his analysis 'selective'

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North

Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan


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