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Time for more regional power

The Northern Echo:

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

A heart-felt plea to our neighbours

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.

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Park up and shop local

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.

Royal concerns over the referendum

The Northern Echo:

9:54am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE monarch is supposed to be “constitutionally neutral” in the debate over Scottish independence.

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How to beat the bullies

The Northern Echo:

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

Making scents

The Northern Echo:

10:12am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Lacking energy? Need to chill out? Your nose knows best

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The magic of Simonstone Hall

The Northern Echo:

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.

Chocolate brownie with rasperry custard

The Northern Echo:

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.

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A much-loved Mann

The Northern Echo:

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.

Honda's Tourer de force

The Northern Echo:

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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Editor's view of the week's events.
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Peter Barron on the heartaches & belly laughs that go with being a father of four.

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Mike Amos
Discursive and multi-faceted column
Backtrack
Sporting memories

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Mum At Large
Ruth on the heartaches & belly laughs that go with being a mum.

The Northern Echo: Ray Mallon

Ray Mallon
A personal view of the week's events

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Rob Merrick
Weekly political commentary.

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Gadget Reviews
Best and worst from the world of gadgets
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Weekly motoring reviews

The Northern Echo: Chris Lloyd

Echo Memories
Weekly column taking a look at North-East History
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North-East history blog

The Northern Echo: Sharon Griffiths

Sharon's View
Opinion from the region's best known woman columnist who never sits on the fence

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Peter Mullen
Topical weekly column from the Rector of St Michael's, Cornhill, in the City of London

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Harry Mead
A personal view of the week's events

The Northern Echo: Steve Pratt

Soapwatch
Light-hearted delve into soapworld

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Tonight's TV
Viv's look at tonight's TV

The Northern Echo: Staff Blogs

The Northern Echo: Blogs: Peter BarronPETER BARRON
Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo since January 1999, joined the paper as a reporter in 1984. He spent a year as editor of the Hartlepool Mail before rejoining The Northern Echo as editor. He is also a former UK columnist of the Year. Sign up for my free email newsletter!

The Northern Echo: Paul Fraser FRASER KICKS OFF
Football chat with The Northern Echo's chief football writer, Paul Fraser. You can follow Paul and our other sports writers on twitter via our sport page.


The Northern Echo: Chris LloydECHO MEMORIES
Chris Lloyd's Echo Memories is one of the most popular features in The Northern Echo, generating plenty of reader reaction every week. This blog aims to air as many as the letters and emails as possible, to encourage more memories and feedback, and to act as a first draft for a future column.

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The Northern Echo: Jobs blogCAREERS ADVICE
Expert careers advice to help you find the right job, from writing a professional CV, to making the right impression during the interview process.


The Northern Echo: Darlington CollegeDARLINGTON COLLEGE
Darlington College writes about the life of its students and the full-time and part-time courses it offers.


The Northern Echo: Dr Neil O'BrienNORTH DURHAM CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP
North Durham CCG chief clinical officer, Dr Neil O'Brien, gives some personal insight into what’s happening in North Durham's NHS.


The Northern Echo: John MorelandEDUCATION
Polam Hall School based in Darlington writes about the issues affecting our students today from primary to secondary education.


The Northern Echo: Button's BlogBUTTON'S BLOG
Button's Blog aims to give Darlington residents a unique insight into the thoughts of the town’s Neighbourhood Police Team Inspector, Mick Button. Sgt Louise Guest of Darlington Neighbourhood Policing team will also contribute.

The Northern Echo: Cockfield BlogCOCKFIELD
Nigel Dowson writes about his home town of Cockfield. Nigel, who was born and bred in Cockfield, owns Jigsaw Hair Salon in Darlington and has a passion for local history.


The Northern Echo: County Durham FoundationCOUNTY DURHAM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
This blog will tell you about new funding streams available through the foundation's grant-making programmes, set up by local donors and through other partnerships including government funding.


The Northern Echo: Paul GoughFEEL GREAT FOR SPORT
Advice from Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist, Paul Gough, who is known for his successful running of the physiotherapy department at Darlington Football Club for more than four years.

The Northern Echo: Wendy's Slimming BlogWENDY'S SLIMMING BLOG
Join Wendy on her weight loss journey as she looks to slim from 32st down to 10st with the help of Slimming World.


The Northern Echo: Judith Middleton BlogJUDITH'S DIVORCE BLOG
Reflections on divorce, separation and associated topics by Judith Middleton, Consultant at Macks Solcicitors. Judith qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and is accredited as a family law specialist by Resolution. She is also the Regional Press Officer for Resolution, Tees Valley.

The Northern Echo: Colin DevonportSHILDON MATTERS
Colin Devonport offers a view not often aired about the positive side of the railway town with a mining past and glossy future.


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