Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds
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 said mayor would mean empowered local government held to account but Labour figures accuse Tory of trying to shift the devolution agenda
George Osborne will scrap the air levy for children but Newcastle International Airport says fears remain over devolving APD to Holyrood
Chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said all parties must have a plan to close the gap between North and South
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
Shadow Education Secretary said private schools must share expertise with public schools or face being stripped of their tax breaks under Labour
Government says move a "fantastic deal" but RMT union brands re-privatisation of line from Edinburgh to London as "an act of utter betrayal"
Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'
Key figures say funding is needed to clean up brownfield sites and dormant housing stock should be brought into use