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3:49pm Friday 6th December 2013
AS ever, it was a privilege to host the Local Heroes Awards last week. Our biggest event of the year celebrates the stars of grass roots sport and the awards of 2013 will live long in the memory for a number of reasons.
7:37pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
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9:42pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
IT should not come as any great surprise that David Cameron overlooks the North-East. This is not the part of the country which holds the key to a second term in Downing Street and he has not been swayed by the clear evidence that the region has suffered disproportionately under his Government’s policies. Nevertheless, he is meant to be Prime Minister for the whole country and his snub of North-East businesses during a landmark trade trip to China is shameful. Out of 131 seats on David Cameron’s plane, just two were allocated to business figures from this region, compared to 75 from London and 17 from the Home Counties. As chief executive of the North-East Chamber of Commerce, James Ramsbotham, would have been the ideal representative for our region. He is fair-minded, well-informed, and passionate about what the North-East has to offer. When someone of his stature decides to hit out at the Government’s Southern bias being “sadly typical” it represents damning criticism. It is not as if Mr Ramsbotham wasn’t in the frame to be part of the trip. He was sounded out, made it clear that he would like to go to China, suggested other key North-East names, and then heard nothing more. It is not only discourteous to the North-East but a missed opportunity for the country because this region has a valuable contribution to make. The fact that Mr Cameron found seats on the plane for his own father, a wealthy neighbour and one of his former policy advisers rubs salt in the wounds. The Prime Minister will no doubt dismiss the North’s claims of bias, but he should make it his business to listen to the frustration being voiced by honest people like James Ramsbotham.
6:40pm Monday 2nd December 2013
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7:13pm Monday 4th November 2013
11:42am Monday 4th November 2013
THE debate over the regulation of the press is bound to go on and on. At the behest of MPs, The Queen has signed a Royal Charter to oversee a new media watchdog, but the publishers are refusing to sign it on the grounds that a free press should be free of political interference.
7:14pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
11:51am Monday 28th October 2013
WE are are in the middle of a communication revolution, with technology presenting endless, exciting opportunities. But am I alone in thinking that customer service is still in the dark ages when it comes to the worldwide web?
7:09pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
10:14am Wednesday 23rd October 2013
WE are are in the midst of a communication revolution with technology presenting endless, exciting opportunities. But am I alone in thinking that customer service is still in the dark ages when it comes to the worldwide web?
5:56pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
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6:52pm Thursday 17th October 2013
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5:35pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013
10:46am Wednesday 2nd October 2013
It seemed like any other morning. As usual, I got a call from BBC Tees to go on air for the Headline Challenge, which involves the radio listeners trying to come up with a better headline than one published with a funny story in that day's paper.
6:50pm Tuesday 1st October 2013
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11:42am Monday 30th September 2013
6:50pm Thursday 26th September 2013
10:12am Thursday 26th September 2013
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3:15pm Friday 13th September 2013
I'M a creature of habit and it's "fish and chip Friday". Every week, I pop along to Barnacles in Skinnergate, Darlington, to order my takeaway and have a chat with Dawn and Heather, the two lovely ladies who serve behind the counter.
7:22pm Thursday 12th September 2013
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5:16pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
2:57pm Monday 9th September 2013
FROM turning Graham Taylor into a turnip, to ridiculing Glenn Hoddle’s bizarre beliefs on reincarnation, and making fun of Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment, the papers have never been slow to stick the knife into the England team. Even our own Sir Bobby Robson didn’t escape.
5:35pm Friday 6th September 2013
Like it or not, we have moved on from the Labour-controlled days when One North-East was intended to act as a development agency for the whole of the region, albeit one that was widely perceived to be too heavily weighted towards the Tyneside.
5:56pm Thursday 5th September 2013
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2:14pm Monday 2nd September 2013
GENERAL ELECTION: CONSTITUENCIES
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough