A group of campaigners from across Teesside who are opposed to the government's austerity measures are travelling to London today to join a national rally. The Teesside Peoples' Assembly against Austerity are calling for an end to austerity cuts. Coaches travelled from pick up points in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough at dawn this morning to head to the capital for this afternoon's demonstration.
Paul Brand and guests discuss the Labour leadership and the Northern Powerhouse. Watch the full programme here:Read the full story ›
A group of North East business leaders sign an open letter calling for the region to embrace government plans for more devolved powers.Read the full story ›
A North East MP has criticised a decision by the Police Complaints Commission not to investigate alleged misconduct by officers against picketing miners during the 1984 miners strike.
Labour MP Dave Anderson, who represents Blaydon in Gateshead, used to work as a miner.
He says he was present at the Orgreave plant in Rotherham in Yorkshire where it is alleged officers used "excessive force".
But following a two-year analysis of thousands of pages of documents related to the case, the IPCC said it had decided not to launch an investigation into the conduct of South Yorkshire Police.
Mr Anderson has described the decision as an establishment cover up by the 'forces of darkness'.
He said: "I'm not surprised by the outcome. It is yet another establishment cover up.
"Innocent people were stitched-up, beaten-up and set-up by the agents of the state and I have no doubt that this is the forces of darkness closing ranks to protect the powers that be that really run this country as opposed to us, who are democratically elected."
A Northumberland MP is to question the Foreign Office over their role in the fight to bring a former paratrooper home from India.
Nick Dunn, 28, from Ashington, had been working as a security guard in the country when he held along with five other men on weapons offences in 2013. The charges have since been dropped but his passport has been withheld whilst police challenge the decision.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery is due to question the Foreign Office in Parliament today over communications with Indian authorities.
Paul Brand is joined by some of the new faces at Westminster for tonight's political programme, including Berwick Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Labour's new MP for Redcar, Anna Turley.
Around The House is at 10.45pm on ITV.
Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah has said that she is saddened by the decision of Chuka Umunna to pull out of the party’s leadership race.
Ms Onwurah, who has worked closely with Mr Umunna in the past, said it was “a tragedy” that he had withdrawn from the leadership race and thought that Mr Umunna had “a lot to offer the Labour party.”
She went on to add that Mr Umunna was representative of a new Britain and that his withdrawal should be seen as a warning as to how candidates are treated.
Mr Umunna announced his intention to quit the leadership race earlier today, saying he was uncomfortable with the level of media scrutiny.
Chancellor George Osborne says major English cities will be given more powers if they agree to be governed by an elected mayor.Read the full story ›
The Chancellor George Osborne will outline new powers for cities like Newcastle in a speech this afternoon.Read the full story ›
Local government leaders from England's eight biggest cities, including Newcastle, are meeting to demand more powers.
They are travelling to London to call for radical reforms that would give cities more control over funding and public services.
The leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes is a keynote speaker.