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Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.

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Around The House at 11.40pm on ITV Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On this month's programme from Westminster, Paul Brand and guests consider the Chancellor's vision of a 'Northern Powerhouse', ten years after the North East rejected the chance of its own regional Assembly.

Joining the debate are the former Lib Dem leader of Newcastle City Council, Lord Shipley; Sunderland Labour MP Julie Elliott, and North Yorkshire Conservative MP Anne McIntosh.

Also in the programme, UKIP's North East MEP Jonathan Arnott joins the panel to consider the toughest General Election to predict for decades.

Around The House is at 11.40pm, tonight on ITV.

Over 200 jobs to go at Middlesbrough Council as part of £77m saving cuts

At a council meeting last night, Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon outlined plans to lose up to 230 jobs and slash just over £14 million from the council budget in the next financial year.

He says he needs to make cuts of £77 million by 2020 and to lose hundreds more jobs by then. The council has already made similar savings in the last 4 years. There is now a six week consultation period.

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Protest over nursery closure at Teesside hospital

Staff to protest at University Hospital of North Tees. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Nursery staff at the University Hospital of North Tees are protesting over the closure of the hospital's day nurseries.

The demonstration, between 11am and 2pm, has been timed to coincide with a meeting of the hospital's Trust Executive Board.

Staff and unions say they are furious at the closure, which they believe has been decided without any formal consultation.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said the nurseries are 'no longer economic to run.'

She added: "We are having to subsidise the nurseries with money which should be directed to patient care and this can no longer continue.

"We are currently having one to one discussions with the nursery staff and we are looking to redeploy staff where possible.”

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Newcastle backing ‘Britain needs a pay rise’

Demonstrators a TUC March Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of people from around the UK are backing a national march and rally called ‘Britain needs a pay rise’.

The TUC have organised a national demonstration in London on Saturday, 18 October calling for decent pay and coach loads of people are leaving from Newcastle.

A spokesperson for the Union says the march is focusing on ending the run of seven consecutive years where workers have faced losses in the real value of their wages:

“We're being told we're having an economic recovery but it is only the people at the top that are benefiting from it."

– TUC Spokesperson

Award winning documentary about the late Tony Benn to be shown at Durham Cathedral

The documentary will include private photos and video collections from the Benn family Credit: PA Images

Durham Cathedral will host a screening of an award winning documentary about the life of the late Labour politician Tony Benn.

Mr Benn, who died in March, was well known for his staunch support of the Durham Miners' Gala.

Proceeds from the screening will be donated to Durham Miners' Association, which is raising funds to secure the future of the annual gala.

Tony Benn: Will And Testament includes candid interviews, archive footage and personal video and photo collections from the Benn family.

The film won the Audience Award at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

We wanted to screen the film in Durham Cathedral because it played such an important part in Tony's life through the Miners' Gala - the film even includes footage of Tony processing through the cathedral on one of those famous Gala days.

– Skip Kite, Director

The cathedral is delighted to host the screening knowing that it is in aid of an occasion that would have been very close to Tony Benn's heart.

I fondly recall Tony Benn giving a sermon in the cathedral in July 2003. He spoke about how much the Labour movement owed to the prophets of the Old Testament.

It was met with a rousing round of applause, a rare plaudit indeed as far as cathedral sermons go!

– The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham
Durham Cathedral, where the documentary will be screened tonight Credit: PA Images
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