9:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014
Helen Goodman, chairwoman of the Northern Group of Labour MPs, says that whichever way the Scots vote tomorrow, politics in the North-East must also change
6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014
PERHAPS more than any of the other English regions, the North-East has reason to understand the frustrations of the Scottish people. Just as the Scots didn’t vote for a Conservative-led Government, the majority of people in the North-East – in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Durham, and Newcastle – are also governed by an administration they didn’t choose. As a nation, we cherish democracy. We fight to protect it. And yet, sometimes, we find its outcomes unpalatable. That is how it is. Like Scotland, the North-East often feels misunderstood and forgotten by Westminster. We too would like a greater say in the decisions which affect us. And it is with that deeply-felt empathy in mind that we are calling on our Scottish neighbours to vote “no” in the independence referendum. They can do so in the comfort of knowing that newly devolved powers are coming their way, but without the huge economic risk of separation. We hope the Union is maintained because, at a time when separatist movements around the world are threatening global stability, we simply believe we are better off sticking together and building on the connections and understanding we have shared for generations. A vote for independence will not only leave Scotland and what’s left of the United Kingdom weakened, but it is not an exaggeration to say it will send a ripple effect across Europe and beyond that will stir up political turmoil in the likes of the Baltic states. Scotland has made itself heard. It has exposed the inadequacies in the leadership and governance of the UK. It has made its point and forced the main party leaders to regret their complacency in their last-minute rush to salvage the wreckage. But Scotland does not need to break up Great Britain.
9:47am Wednesday 17th September 2014
WE have made no secret of our view that something had to be done about car parking in Darlington.
10:03am Wednesday 17th September 2014
Many children fear being bullied at school, but, as Nel Staveley reports, even adult life can be riddled with tormentors who take pleasure in being nasty
2:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014
Simonstone Hall is a unique 15th century magnificent Country House with 18 period bedrooms. Set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Simonstone Hall stands in its own splendid grounds, inclusive of spectacular views over the dale and surrounding fells.
11:14am Tuesday 16th September 2014
CHOCOLATE brownies are always incredibly popular. This dense, rich, fudgy dessert sells like hotcakes when we have it on the menu. And I’m a custard lover and can eat a dish of it on its own. But here it’s given a twist by mixing some seasonal blended raspberries (although defrosted frozen ones work well) in with it to make it pink – and even tastier.
3:27pm Monday 15th September 2014
IN the Summer of 1946, Bob Lamb was invited by Wolsingham Steelworks to play for their staff team in the George Mann Cup.
8:28pm Wednesday 10th September 2014
GOT a winning hatchback design, but want to offer a bit more room? Bolt a few more panels on and you have an estate. Sorry, sorry, a tourer, estate is so 70s.
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