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Tonight on Around The House: Coalition fractures and foodbanks

On tonight's political programme from Westminster, Paul Brand and his studio guests discuss the battle lines being drawn between the Coalition parties following the Autumn Statement, as they prepare for the General Election.

Also in the programme; the Archbishop of Canterbury has backed a parliamentary report this week, calling for a united effort to end hunger. Tonight's panel considers the reasons for the growing demand for foodbanks, and the steps needed to tackle food poverty.

You can watch Around The House tonight (Thurs 11 Dec) on ITV at 11.40pm.

Paul Brand is joined by MPs Julian Smith and Sir Alan Beith Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

George Osborne: NE announcement on 5,000 new apprentices

A company on Teesside says it aims to take on five thousand new trainees across the UK, after the Chancellor's decision to free companies from paying National Insurance contributions for apprentices.

George Osborne was in the North East to highlight how he's investing in the region, as part of his plans to create a so-called northern economic powerhouse.

But as Dan Ashby reports, the Government is going further into debt than it hoped - to pay for it.

George Osborne: £4m for NE charities

The Chancellor George Osborne has promised four million pounds over four years to a new grant-giving body for charities across the North East.

The Virgin Money Foundation will be established early next year.

During a visit to the region, he has also announced that Newcastle University will become the national centre for the science of ageing.

He says the Government is investing twenty million pounds here to try help create a northern economic powerhouse.

This report from Dan Ashby.

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