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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Labour cuts plan could save North authorities £25m compared with Tories', says council leader

Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds

Lord Shipley

Newcastle must not become 'independent state', says former council leader

Lib Dem Lord Shipley says City Deal is boosting growth but cities must work within a national framework if future devolution is to be a success

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

George Osborne signals he will press for a North East mayor under devolution deal

Chancellor said mayor would mean empowered local government held to account but Labour figures accuse Tory of trying to shift the devolution agenda

A plane leaving Newcastle Airport

Chancellor is 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' with Air Passenger Duty reforms

George Osborne will scrap the air levy for children but Newcastle International Airport says fears remain over devolving APD to Holyrood

Labour politician and former Cabinet Minister Alan Milburn

Alan Milburn: Tide of economic growth is a 'failure' if social inequality is not tackled

Chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said all parties must have a plan to close the gap between North and South

The Government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn

Former Labour MP for Darlington Alan Milburn: 'I won't be returning to politics'

Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says calls for return are "flattering" but he won't run for any North East mayor role

Durham School headteacher, Kieran McLaughlin

Durham School headmaster accuses Tristram Hunt of 'no coherent philosophy' over threat to tax breaks

Shadow Education Secretary said private schools must share expertise with public schools or face being stripped of their tax breaks under Labour

Rail Minister Claire Perry makes an East Coast rail announcement at Central Station

Investment of £140m planned for East Coast mainline after private sector takeover

Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"

Prime Minister David Cameron

Devolving air levy to Scotland could mean 1,000 North East jobs are placed in jeopardy

Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'

Roberta Blackman Woods, MP for Durham City

Urgent action needed on North East housebuilding as demand is twice of supply

Key figures say funding is needed to clean up brownfield sites and dormant housing stock should be brought into use


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