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Virgin Money to create 200 jobs after Osborne's visit

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George Osborne speaking at Virgin Money's site in Newcastle.
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Can I help you? The Chancellor was shown the ropes at Virgin Money's branch in Newcastle city centre.
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The Chancellor chatting to Virgin Money staff.
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Something to smile about: Virgin Money has announced it will pay the Treasury a further £154.5 million.

Virgin Money has announced that it will create 200 new jobs, 120 of which will be based in the North East.

The announcement was made earlier today when the Chancellor, George Osborne, visited Virgin Money's site in Gosforth, Newcastle. The visit also included a tour of the bank's high street branch in Newcastle city centre.

Virgin Money bought Northern Rock from the Government in 2011. As part of that deal, Virgin Money will pay a further £154.5 million to the Treasury.

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Quarter of people want to visit Yorkshire after Tour de France

The success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire is expected to create a tourism boom in the region.

The Tour de France passes through Haworth in Yorkshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

A survey has shown a quarter of the country now want to visit Yorkshire. One third of people changed their opinion of the county after watching the biggest Grand Départ in history.

Skills shortage "means Hitachi will recruit from Nissan"

A government advisor warned that a shortage of skilled workers in the North East of England means the train company Hitachi will have to recruit staff from nearby car manufacturer Nissan.

A Hitachi javelin train Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The warning was issued by Jim O'Neill, a former senior banker who is now advising the government on how to grow the UK's cities.

Hitachi will create thousands of jobs at its factory in Newton Aycliffe. But there are fears that it will only be able to fill those vacancies by taking staff from the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

Synod to vote in York over women bishops

The Synod gathers for discussions over women in the Episcopate at the General Synod, University of York. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Church of England will decide whether or not to back the introduction of women bishops at a meeting in York today.

Members of the General Synod will be asked to give final approval to legislation introducing women bishops in a gathering at York University. If the bill is passed, the first women bishops could be introduced to the Church of England by early next year.

The vote comes after the plan was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members in November 2012, causing shock and bitter recriminations within the Church of England and prompting threats of an intervention by Parliament.

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Murder post office up for auction

Melsonby Post Office Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The post office in a North Yorkshire village where a woman was killed has is to go up for sale at auction.

Postmistress Diana Garbutt was murdered by her husband as she slept at their home in Melsonby in March 2010.

Murdered postmistress Diana Garbutt Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Robin Garbutt was jailed for life for what a judge called the "brutal, planned, cold-blooded murder" of his 40-year-old wife.

The three-bedroomed property has been left empty since the murder, but will now be auctioned off at York Racecourse at the end of the month. The estate agents have specified in the advert that a crime took place there, but do not go into further detail.

Teesside steel plant profits welcomed by union

“This is welcome news and testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the SSI workforce. It’s good to see that SSI is making progress towards its goal of fully profitable steel making. It’s also further confirmation that Community’s members and the local community were right never to give up on steel making in Redcar.

“Clearly there are still challenges to overcome not least the fact that SSI and other energy intensive industries need to wait two years before they’ll get support to offset the cost of the government’s environmental and energy policies.

“Community will continue to work in partnership with SSI UK to ensure a sustainable future for Teesside steel.”

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community trade union

SSI boss: "This an important milestone"

“I am very pleased that we have managed to achieve a positive EBITDA result in June, and everyone associated with SSI UK deserves credit for us reaching this important milestone. Of course we realise that we still have a long way to go to achieving our goal of making this a sustainable business, but this is a major boost for us and one which I believe will be the start of an improving trend towards full profitability. We are extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from our parent company, suppliers and all of our stakeholders”

– Cornelius Louwrens, UK Business Director and Chief Operating Officer
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