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Food bank demand rises 800% in a year

Food banks surveyed for ITV News said they had more users last year than ever before. One, in Northumberland, saw demand rise by 800%.

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The Budget: a jobseeker's story

Ahead of the Chancellor's Budget, people from all over the North East have been telling ITV News Tyne Tees how the government could help.

Jon Connolly from Sunderland wants to see more help for jobseekers. He worked as a site manager but was made redundant in January.

Here he is in his own words telling us what life is like for him now:

Have you been in Jon's shoes? How did you cope? And what would you like to see in the Budget? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/itvtynetees

Sir Ian Botham opens new medical centre in Darlington

The former England and Durham cricketer Sir Ian 'Beefy' Botham has officially opened a new centre for medical research into cancer and diabetes in Darlington.

Sir Ian Botham described the new unit as a "fantastic asset" Credit: ITV

He cut the ribbon on a new Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Sir Ian Botham in Darlington Credit: ITV

The £285,000 unit is one of the biggest in the North East of England.

Sir Ian Botham cuts the ribbon Credit: ITV

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Sir Ian Botham to open new research centre on Teesside

The former England and Durham cricketer Sir Ian Botham will officially open a new centre for medical research into cancer and diabetes in Darlington.

Sir Ian Botham described the new unit as a "fantastic asset" for Teesside Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

The sportsman, known as 'Beefy', will cut the ribbon on a new Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation at Darlington Memorial Hospital. The £285,000 unit is one of the biggest in the North East of England. It has been funded by research already being undertaken by the NHS Trust.

Nick Clegg says City Deal is cause for optimism in Sunderland and South Tyneside

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has visited Sunderland to announce a new City Deal investment, which he said would bring thousand of jobs to the North East. It includes plans for a new industrial park on Wearside, next to the existing Nissan factory.

He spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees correspondent Helen Ford, who asked him how he could be so sure that the jobs would come.

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City Deal promise of thousands of new jobs for Sunderland and South Tyneside

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has promised to bring thousands of jobs to the North East and build a new bridge over the River Wear, as part of the new City Deal for Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Mr Clegg announced the funding during a visit to Nissan this morning Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The deal also includes plans for a new business park to be built on land next to Nissan on Wearside, which could bring up to 5,000 jobs.

Nick Clegg announces City Deal for Sunderland

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Nick Clegg talks to ITV Tyne Tees' Helen Ford about the City Deal funding Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a multi-million pound investment, to help create thousands of manufacturing jobs and improve transport links on Wearside.

The Sunderland City Deal includes the development of a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park next to the Nissan site.

There will be £80m of government funding to build the long-awaited new bridge over the River Wear.

A Central Business District will also be developed on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in the city centre.

Union criticises plans to have emergency fire calls transferred from North Yorkshire to Cornwall

The Fire Brigades' Union has raised concerns about plans to transfer some emergency fire calls in North Yorkshire to Cornwall.

Fire service managers have defended the plans but Stephen Howley, from the FBU, raised concerns about safety and jobs losses in an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees.

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