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Around The House: Should the East Coast rail service be nationalised long-term?

Later this month, the East Coast service comes back into public ownership for the 3rd time in a decade, after the failure of the Stagecoach/Virgin franchise.

After a disastrous few weeks on the railways - with thousands of Northern Rail services cancelled - Labour is stepping up its call for the train companies to be nationalised.

Paul Brand and guests Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con) and Sedgefield Labour MP Phil Wilson consider how the East Coast service should be run:

Around The House is at 10.45pm (Thurs 14 June) on ITV Tyne Tees.

Labour hold Newcastle City Council

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Results of the local council elections are set to be announced throughout the day.

Voters headed to the polls as council elections took place in part of the region.

All of Newcastle City Council was up for re-election after ward boundary changes.

Results from the count overnight found;

  • Labour held with 56 seats
  • Liberal Democrats claimed 19 seats
  • Independents won 3 seats
  • Conservatives continued their long running streak of not holding a single seat.
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Elsewhere, Labour held control over South Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool councils where a third of seats were contested.

Counting in four other council areas, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Harrogate and Craven District is set to take place on Friday morning.

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The Bishop of Durham urges politicians to tackle social welfare

The Bishop of Durham has given his Christmas message Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Durham is urging politicians to work together to tackle social issues, as part of his Christmas message.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler says many people are burdened by anxieties, around caring for themselves and their families. Where the future of welfare is concerned, the Bishop calls for co-operation between political parties, for the benefit of communities.

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