Former Prime Minister Tony Blair marks the Sixth anniversary of the Foundation he set up to help youngsters excel at sport.
Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned as Britain grapples with a "new and terrible" growth in levels of poverty.
Research shows the North East is one of the worst areas in the country for sleep disorders
MPs from the North East and Cumbria paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, on this month's Around The House.
The Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott gave her thoughts, alongside the Redcar Lib Dem Ian Swales, and Conservative Rory Stewart, who represents Penrith and the Border.
Watch their discussion here:
People in their 20s, 30s and 40s can expect to work for longer before they can claim a state pension.
In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor indicated that the pension age would rise to 68 by the mid 2030s, and 69 in the mid 2040s.
How could these changes affect us, as individuals and a society?
It was a topic for debate on this month's Around The House, with the Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott, Redcar Liberal Democrat MP Ian Swales and Rory Stewart, who represents Penrith and the Border for the Conservatives.
Watch the discussion here:
800,000 people across the UK are living with dementia. This week, at a summit in London, the G8 nations pledged to work together to tackle the condition.
In a debate for our political programme, Around The House, the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, acknowledged that society is 'playing catch-up' where dementia is concerned.
Both he, and the North West Durham MP Pat Glass agreed that improving care for people with dementia, and their carers, is a top priority.
Watch the full debate here:
The North East's newest MP Emma Lewell-Buck has enjoyed a whirlwind year. In May she was elected to represent the South Shields constituency.
Since then she has been made a Parliamentary Private Secretary and has spoken about living with the condition dyspraxia.
She talked to Helen Ford for our political programme, Around The House. Watch the full interview here:
An inquest has found that an aspiring filmmaker died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome while making a documentary about homelessness.
The body of 26-year-old Lee Halpin was found in a derelict warehouse in Newcastle. He was three days into a project filming him living on the streets.
Lee dreamed of becoming an investigative journalist and wanted to enter the film in a competition. Jonny Blair reports.
A coroner has ruled that Lee Halpin, a 26-year-old filmmaker from Newcastle, suffered from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.At the time of his death, last April, he was making a film about homelessness in Newcastle. He was sleeping rough as part of his research.
So-called 'sudden death' can occur in infants and in adults. In adults, it is normally caused by heart failure.
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A coroner has ruled that a 26-year-old filmmaker, who was found dead while making a documentary about homelessness, died as a result of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Lee Halpin, from Newcastle, was sleeping rough during filming. Jonny Blair followed the inquest.
On tonight's edition of Around The House, South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck tells Helen Ford why she decided to speak up about having dyspraxia, and how the condition affects daily life at Westminster:
You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 12 December) at 11.40pm on ITV.
Dyspraxia Foundation Helpline: 01462 454986 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).
A coroner has recorded a verdict of natural causes at the inquest into the death of Lee Halpin.
A pathologist giving evidence in the inquest said it may have been a case of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and could have happened at any time.
More to follow
An inquest into the death of a 26-year-old film-maker, who was making a documentary about sleeping rough, is due to be held.
Lee Halpin, from Newcastle, had planned to spend a week living on the streets to experience homelessness.
In April, three days into the project, he was found dead in a derelict building in the West End.
He was trying to win a contract with Channel 4.
The inquest will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre