As the Chancellor George Osborne tours the North East, he's being monitored by Paul Brand, ITV Tyne Tees' Political Corrspondent Here are his latest tweets:
Chancellor says he wants the North East to be at the heart of his 'northern powerhouse' idea. So far that's seemed to focus on Leeds & Manc
Chancellor promises to match growth rate of North East with national growth. Says that would add £6bn to the economy here - £2k per person
What's actually new in this? 'Looking at' HS3 to Newcastle, new pacer trains, new Technical College, £1.4m for Nissan, £1.2m for Holy Island
Govt will run trade missions to support exports in north east. This is the only region of England with positive balance of trade, after all
Chancellor: 'My door is open to devolution of powers' for North East. Combined Authority here are currently working on a blueprint.
Chancellor has arrived. Claims unemployment in North East falling faster than anywhere else. http://t.co/DouY7MOqi6
George Osborne is expected to outline ambitious plans to create 50,000 new jobs in the North East over the next five years.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer will visit businesses across the region today to set out the government's long-term plan, which he said would boost the regional economy by £6billion.
He will also promise more investment in transport in the North East.
A drier, brighter but colder day than Thursday.
Sunny spells are likely during the morning, with cloud amounts generally increasing as the wind strengthens later in the afternoon.
Maximum Temperature 7C.
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Parents outside Durham Free School showed emotion as they said they were 'devastated' by the news that the school will close at Easter.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said funding will stop after it failed to improve following a highly critical Ofsted report in January.
Defiant parents told ITV News Tyne Tees they would continue to fight the closure, and several said if they failed to do so, they would teach their children at home instead.