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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Ed Cox, John Cridland and Simon Henig

Rushed deal with North East power could open 'devo cracks', says CBI Director General

John Cridland says regional powers must make the case for growth and less bureaucracy before devolution of powers is agreed

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Ed Balls on Labour's vision for the North East economy

The Shadow Chancellor writes exclusively for The Journal ahead of a visit to the region

Labour Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls

Ed Balls: We will help the North East build on its success stories

The Shadow Chancellor writes exclusively for The Journal on Labour's plans for the North East economy

Simon Henig

No NELEP chief executive appointed yet - but NECA agree funds after row

The North East Combined Authority has finally reached agreement over their first budget after a row

Northern Region TUC Secretary Beth Farhat

North East pay has dropped by £30-a-week since 2010 - Northern TUC

It comes as more than 4,000 North East families still rely on housing benefit to make ends meet as their income is so low

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

North East small businesses being held back by lack of support claims FSB chairman

Ted Salmon, North East regional chairman for the FBS, said NELEP must make creating Growth Hub online portal an "absolute priority"

Green Party Councillor Shirley Ford

Will the Green surge win votes in the North East? One campaigner thinks so

Rachel Wearmouth talks to Shirley Ford, the lead campaigner for the North East Green Party

One of the empty shops in Wallsend

One in five shops is empty in the North East, figures reveal

Federation of Small Businesses calls for business rates relief after report shows North East has highest rate for shop vacancies in country

Construction work on a new house

Around 60,000 jobs could be created if region meets house building targets

Demand for houses is outstripping supply in the region so why aren't more projects underway?

Ed Twiddy, director at North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Rift between North East regional leaders over £150,000 salary for new job creation tsar

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership wants to hire Australian investment commissioner but wage is being blocked by combined authority

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