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Morrisons launch more expensive "Milk for Farmers"

Supermarket Morrisons is to launch a new brand, "Morrisons Milk for Farmers" which will sell at 10p a litre more than usual, with the extra money being passed on to the crisis-hit dairy industry.

The Bradford-based chain has been one of the main targets for protesters from the farming industry who have stripped milk from the shelves before dumping the produce or giving it away for free.

Industry leaders met Morrisons bosses to try to tackle falling milk prices which, the National Farmers Union (NFU) says, will lead to dairy farmers being forced to leave the industry in the next few weeks as they struggle to pay bills and face rising debts.

"We will be launching a milk brand that allows customers to pay a little more if they want to support British farmers. Called Morrisons Milk for Farmers, this product will sell at a 10p per litre premium to the standard Morrisons milk price.

"All of that premium will go directly back to the farmers that supply our processor Arla. It will go into stores in the autumn and is aimed at shoppers who want to directly support dairy farmers ." "Consumers can choose whether they want to pay more to support British dairy.

– Morrisons Corporate Services Director, Martyn Jones

Jobs for Teesside wind farm should come from local workforce

The government today announced its approval of plans for the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

The Dogger Bank Teesside A&B project will be located in the North Sea around 100 miles off the English coast. The electricity produced by the installation will come ashore in Teesside between Redcar and Marske-by-the–Sea.

Forewind, the company building the wind farm, said it expected the project to create around 5,000 new jobs.

ITV news spoke to Ryan Trow, a manager at Forewind, about what the project means for the country and the local workforce.

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'Invest in the north of England' PM tells south-east Asia

Prime Minister David Cameron also visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has urged south-east Asian investors to pump money into the cities of the "Northern Powerhouse".

As part of his four day trade mission to the region, David Cameron told investors in Singapore that he wanted them to look at the UK "in a new way" and consider cities like Leeds and Manchester for their plans rather than just London.

I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way...

We want to re-balance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing.

– David Cameron

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PM welcomes new of North East jobs and investment

A Malaysian company has announced plans to create a rubber recycling plant in the North East, creating up to ninety jobs.

Petra Group is investing £12m to produce what it calls 'green rubber'. A site for the facility has yet to be confirmed.

The announcement comes as the Prime Minister and business people continue a trade mission to South East Asia, to encourage investment in Northern England.

Petra Group's announcement that it will open its pioneering manufacturing to the North East of England, creating up to 90 jobs, is testament to the skills and expertise the North East has to offer.

– David Cameron

North East MP urges bus company to introduce weekly child ticket

Tom Blenkinsop MP has urged bus firm Arriva to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

A Teesside MP has written to the bus company Arriva urging them to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket.

The firm has weekly tickets available for Adults on Teesside from £19.50 but there is currently no equivalent offer available for children.

Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said:

As it is currently the school holidays, hundreds of families across my constituency will be looking to utilise Arriva’s bus services to travel around this and the surrounding area. However, the lack of any sort of weekly travel ticket for children is off-putting for commuters as it leads to spiralling travel costs, particularly for parents with more than one child.

I am aware that such tickets are available for adults using your bus services. Therefore, have written to Arriva to enquire whether they have any plans to introduce a weekly ticket for children across all their services to reduce the financial burden on parents and to make travelling on public transport an economically viable alternative for families in my constituency.

– Tom Blenkinsop MP, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

Newcastle City Council approves plans for £45 million refurbishment of the Civic Centre

Credit: Newcastle City Council

The cabinet of Newcastle City Council has approved plans to borrow £45 million to be spent on the refurbishment of the Civic Centre.

The council says improving the Grade II* listed Newcastle landmark would enhance it for future generations as well as creating a more efficient workplace for council staff.

It also claims energy savings, reduced maintenance bills and additional income will more than cover the costs of borrowing the money – including all interest charges on the loan.

The council says failing to invest in the building would cost taxpayers £35.3 million for basic repairs and maintenance to deal with the effects of wear and tear on the ageing structure.

Independent City Councillor Marc Donnelly, of Westerhope, said: "I am shocked and appalled at these proposals" and suggested the true cost would be near £90 million.

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