Spennymoor BNP activist Adam Walker is party's acting chairman after Nick Griffin steps down

The Northern Echo:

5:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

A NORTH-EAST BNP activist has been appointed acting chairman of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down as leader.

North-East companies back local swimmer's pursuit of Commonwealth gold

The Northern Echo: SHOW OF SUPPORT: Aimee Willmott with (from left) Louise McAlpine (KT Tape UK), James Dale (Anderson Barrowcliff), Paul Drake (Sapere Software), Karl Pemberton (Active Chartered Financial Planners), John Martinson (Handelsbanken) and Nik Tunley (The Endeav

5:21pm Friday 18th July 2014

SIX North-East companies have thrown their weight behind Teessider Aimee Willmott as she prepares to go for gold at this week’s Commonwealth Games.

North-East youngsters to receive sporting grant awards

The Northern Echo: SPORTING CHARITY: Future Sport will hand out sports grants to North-East youngsters this weekend

3:19pm Friday 18th July 2014

SEVEN North-East youngsters will be awarded with grants to support their sporting futures at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground tomorrow (SUN).

Newcastle United football fans killed on downed Malaysia Airlines flight

The Northern Echo:

9:59am Friday 18th July 2014

TWO Newcastle United fans are among the 298 people killed on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which was shot down yesterday, it has emerged.

Video: Piano-playing dog's 1812 Roverture

The Northern Echo:

5:40pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TOMORROW'S Headline Challenge between BBC Tees and The Northern Echo concerns this video posted on YouTube which has turned a howling, piano-playing dog into an internet sensation.

Fears for 300 passengers after Malaysia Airlines plane reported shot down over Ukraine

The Northern Echo: The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared seen earlier taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France

4:33pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A MALAYSIA Airlines plane with 295 people on board is feared to have crashed in the Ukraine amid claims it was shot down.

Lottery numbers - an apology

The Northern Echo:

10:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

DUE to a production error, last night's lottery numbers appeared incorrectly in this morning's Northern Echo.

Rise in North-East employment rate heralded as "great news"

The Northern Echo: LOOKING FOR WORK: Jobseekers outside the Jobcentre Plus offices in Darlington.

7:04pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SHARP increase in the number of people in work has been heralded as "great news" - despite unemployment in the region also rising.

Broadcaster fined after torture, child murder and dismemberment shown hours before watershed

The Northern Echo:

2:55pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A BROADCASTER has been fined £100,000 by Ofcom for screening graphic depictions of "extreme violence" including torture, a child murder and dismemberment of a corpse with a circular saw hours before the watershed.

Cameron axes key ally Gove amid fears over his effect on floating voters

The Northern Echo: Former Education Secretary Michael Gove who has been appointed as Chief Whip leaves Downing Street, London, as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his new ministerial team in place

6:03am Wednesday 16th July 2014

IN July, when exams are over, it is normal to see delighted pupils sprinting out of school – but this year the teachers and many parents will be even more ecstatic.

International children's charity based in North-East unveils Schools for Life project

The Northern Echo: Steve Cram with Neil Wood-Mitchell and Lucy Philipson

8:56pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

AN INTERNATIONAL children’s charity based in the North-East will roll out a sustainable school building project in Africa following a successful pilot project in Tanzania, it was announced tonight (Tuesday, July 15).

Ten things you may not have known about William Hague

The Northern Echo: DRINKING CHALLENGE: William Hague, who revealed he used to drink up to 14 pints of beer a day.

11:12am Tuesday 15th July 2014

1 ACCORDING to the New Statesman, William Hague is admired by former US President Jimmy Carter. In a recent interview he said Mr Hague was an “an active hero of mine; he and Miss Jolie are doing a successful and admirable job”.

Former Darlington MP Michael Fallon promoted to cabinet

The Northern Echo:

11:03am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FORMER Darlington MP Michael Fallon's promotion to the Cabinet marks the latest stage of a ministerial career which began under Margaret Thatcher.

Gove removed from education as Cameron reshuffle continues

The Northern Echo:

9:42am Tuesday 15th July 2014

DAVID Cameron has removed Michael Gove from the Education Department to become "minister for TV" with a brief to promote the Government's message in broadcast interviews, as the Prime Minister shapes up to fight for a Conservative majority in next year's general election.

Region could be first in line for woman bishop

The Northern Echo: YES VOTE: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby (centre) arrives for the General Synod of Church of England meeting at The University of York. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

6:17am Tuesday 15th July 2014

ONE of the first women bishops in the Church of England could be appointed in the North-East.

Union set for showdown with MPs over rail cuts plan

The Northern Echo: RAIL SUMMIT: A Northern Rail train arrives at Thornaby station

5:57pm Monday 14th July 2014

UNION bosses are to hold summit talks with MPs as the fight deepens to preserve jobs, services and safety on two rail franchises operating in the region.

Sunderland woman is already a bishop - in New Zealand

The Northern Echo: Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley

5:44pm Monday 14th July 2014

ONE woman from the North-East ordained a priest in the Church of England is already a bishop - and with very little fanfare or publicity.

Contenders to be first women bishops from Durham and York

The Northern Echo: The new Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull

5:05pm Monday 14th July 2014

Here are some of the clergy who are seen as key contenders to be made the first women bishops in the Church of England:

Church of England approves women bishops

The Northern Echo: The Archbishop of Canterbury

4:43pm Monday 14th July 2014

WOMEN bishops could be appointed by the end of this year in the Church of England after legislation backing the move was given final approval by the General Synod.

Butler-Sloss stands down from child abuse probe

The Northern Echo:

12:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

BARONESS Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chair of an inquiry into allegations of historic child sex abuse within the establishment, Downing Street has announced.

Council leaders to discuss high speed rail

The Northern Echo: ON TRACK: Future of region's rail network under discussion

6:23pm Friday 11th July 2014

POTENTIAL benefits to the region of a high speed rail network will be discussed by North-East council leaders next week.

Strike safety warning

4:48pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE region is being urged to stay safe next week when firefighters go out on strike on eight consecutive days over an ongoing pensions dispute with the Government.

Schools close as thousands of public sectors workers strike over pay

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Thursday 10th July 2014

SCHOOLS across the region are closed today as teachers join other public sector workers for a national strike.

Young offenders foil competition to win national award

The Northern Echo: HRH The Earl of Wessex, presented North-East Regional Fencing with national award for its Street Swords programme at a ceremony in St James’s Palace in London.

12:02am Thursday 10th July 2014

SWORD-fighting young offenders have been praised by Prince Edward.

Huge blaze which destroyed £200,000 worth of tyres allowed to burn out

The Northern Echo: TYRE BLAZE: The fire at Little Gordon Farm, near Cockfield, in County Durham. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:02am Thursday 10th July 2014

A BLAZE at a North-East farm that destroyed around £200,000-worth of tractor tyres has been allowed to burn out under the supervision of firefighters.

No 'cost of living crisis' in NE - report

The Northern Echo:

5:24pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

LONDON is “leading the way” in Britain’s economic recovery, experts say – scotching David Cameron’s pledge to “rebalance the economy” to the North.

Great North Air Ambulance Service lottery draw for July 9, 2014

The Northern Echo: Air ambulance dispatched after woman injured in bike crash

12:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

The winning numbers for the Great North Air Ambulance draw for July 9, 2014 are: £200 N15555, York; £100 N10469, Peterlee; £50 N39370, Brampton; £50 N35376, Hexham; £25 N07311, Bishop Auckland; £25 N21667, Newcastle; £25 N34320, Newcastle; £25 N01087, Wigton plus 50 £10 winners. For a full list of winners visit www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk or to join the weekly lottery call 0800 1777 035.

Public servants to strike over pay

The Northern Echo: STRIKE ACTION: NUT member take part in a rally in Newcastle city centre during a previous strike in April.

5:27pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

SCHOOLS, council services and Government agencies will close on Thursday when tens of thousands of public sector workers in the region take part in coordinated strike action.

Funding boost for train factory site

The Northern Echo: MINISTERIAL SUPPORT: Communities and Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP visits the Hitachi site at Merchants Park in Newton Aycliffe.  Pictured on a platform in front of the site are Geoff Hunton, director of Merchant Place Developments, Neil Matt

6:33am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A SCHEME to turn former farmland into a thriving business park supporting up to 10,000 jobs have taken a step forward following a promise of Government funding.

Growth Fund: Tees Valley (from Darlington to Redcar)

The Northern Echo: Industry at the Wilton site on Teesside. (7937272)

6:32am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Central Park, Darlington – Teesside University’s national centre for biologics, subsea engineering and digital manufacture as well as expanding the plans for the nearby Central Park residential, leisure and commercial development between Haughton Road and Yarm Road.

North of the region (from Durham to Northumberland)

The Northern Echo: Improvements will be made to the Metro system

6:32am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Merchant Park 2 - to support inward investment to the future home of Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe.

York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding

The Northern Echo: 010420144736 (5038946)

6:32am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Housing and Employment Growth along the A1/A19 Growth Corridor– The creation of new homes at Catterick Garrison, Northallerton; and Olympia Park in Selby.

Growth deals boost North-East, but London gets bigger share

The Northern Echo: MINISTERIAL SUPPORT: Communities and Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP visits the Hitachi site at Merchants Park in Newton Aycliffe. Pictured while talking to Northern Echo Business Editor Andy Richardson. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (7910895)

6:32am Tuesday 8th July 2014

GOVERNMENT attempts to rebalance the economy have come under fire after it emerged London and the South-East have been given more cash than the North-East and Yorkshire to boost jobs, skills and infrastructure.

Heavy rain warning for North East tomorrow

The Northern Echo: WEATHER WARNING: The Met Office is predicting heavy showers across the region tomorrow

4:34pm Monday 7th July 2014

THE North East is being warned to watch out for heavy rain tomorrow (July 8) which could cause surface flooding.

Councils to help run NHS services under new Labour plans

4:01pm Monday 7th July 2014

THE region’s councils will help run NHS services to try to tackle a growing social care crisis, under new Labour plans.

Nearly half a billion pounds of investment announced for region

The Northern Echo: The Hitachi Aycliffe train factory which is currently being built at Newton Aycliffe. The new funding will support supply chain companies to Hitachi

12:03am Monday 7th July 2014

AN HISTORIC £490m investment programme which could lead to the creation of 9,000 jobs across the region is announced by the Government today (MON, JULY 7).

Power cut hits pub and homes

The Northern Echo: Northern Powergrid

9:12pm Sunday 6th July 2014

DOZENS of homes are without power tonight after a power cut in the Denes area of Darlington.

Leon Brittan 'quizzed over rape claim'

The Northern Echo:

12:39pm Sunday 6th July 2014

FORMER Home Secretary Leon Brittan has been questioned by police in connection with a rape allegation, it has been reported.

Cavendish ruled out of Tour

The Northern Echo:

10:19am Sunday 6th July 2014

MARK Cavendish is out of the Tour de France with a shoulder injury sustained in a crash on Saturday's opening stage to Harrogate.

Inquiry into cliff death of man shortly after arrest

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Sunday 6th July 2014

THE body of a man was found at the foot of cliffs early today a short time after he was arrested and placed into a police vehicle.

Experts gather in the North-East to discuss food poverty

The Northern Echo: MP Frank Field at the Key Project food bank in South Shields

6:34pm Friday 4th July 2014

BENEFIT reforms, low wages, fuel costs and spiralling debts are leaving people hungry and driving the country deeper into poverty, experts said today.

Firefighters to strike for eight days in a row as part of pensions row

The Northern Echo: ON STRIKE: Darlington firefighters protest at St Cuthbert's Way last month    Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:54pm Friday 4th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS will strike for eight consecutive days in a sharp escalation of its pensions dispute with the Government.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson sentenced to 18 months

The Northern Echo:

11:05am Friday 4th July 2014

DISGRACED No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months today for plotting to hack phones while he was in charge of the News of the World.

Government blunder leaves disabled waiting at least six months for benefits

The Northern Echo: DIFFICULT QUESTIONS: Esther McVey

1:48pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

DISABLED people are waiting at least six months for vital benefits because of a Government blunder, a minister has admitted.

Westminster paedophile dossier destroyed after being handed to police

The Northern Echo:

8:15pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

FORMER home secretary Lord Brittan has defended his handling of a 1980s dossier alleging the existence a Westminster paedophile ring - after the Government admitted it appeared to have been destroyed.

Plans unveiled for £50m designer village which would create up to 800 jobs

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER OUTLET: An artist's impression of the new designer village at Scotch Corner.

6:03am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

UP to 800 jobs could be created by a £50m designer outlet village planned for Scotch Corner. Draft plans have been drawn up for the 250,000 sq ft complex featuring 90 stores selling goods from top international brands, as well as restaurants and cafes.

Hate attacks on British Muslims up, say North-East academics

The Northern Echo: DEMONSTRATION: English Defence League supporters shout abuse at a group of muslims during their march through Middlesbrough town centre. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (7647213)

7:50pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

HATE attacks on Muslims in Britain quadrupled in the months after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby last year, a study by North-East academics has found.

Supermarket chain to host fundraising boost for Help for Heroes

The Northern Echo: SUPERMARKET HEROES: Adsa to host region-wide fundraising drive for Help for Heroes

5:51pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A SUPERMARKET chain is supporting Help for Heroes with a fundraising challenge to collect and sell charity merchandise at its stores across the region.

Lord Adonis hits back at criticism by North-East MPs

The Northern Echo: MP SUPPORT: Kevan Jones MP started last year's Memory Walk at Chester-le-Street

6:32am Tuesday 1st July 2014

LORD Adonis denied his proposals were viewed as a damp squib in the North-East – insisting only “two MPs” opposed him.

Labour to introduce tax powers for the region

The Northern Echo: TAX POWERS: Lord Adonis on his visit to Nissan college in Washington in 2013

6:32am Tuesday 1st July 2014

LABOUR will today (Tuesday, July 1) promise radical tax powers to the region to allow it to “control its destiny”, but many council chiefs are likely to oppose the move.

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