One of the North East region's most prominent free schools (a school that is independent from council control) opens today.
'Discovery' is a new £9m school in Newcastle city centre and focuses on getting pupils into the engineering and science sectors.
Teachers across the North East will be out on strike tomorrow, forcing the closure of many schools.Read the full story ›
On this week's Around The House, we debate a new scheme to share medical records kept by GP surgeries.
The information will be collected in a huge database and could eventually be shared with researchers and drug companies.
The NHS says data will be coded to protect confidentiality. Opponents say that cannot be guaranteed.
The North East MPs Iain Wright and Ian Swales joined the Carlisle member John Stevenson to consider the issues:
How can all parties encourage more women into politics? Almost a hundred years since the first women were elected to the House of Commons, they still make up less than a quarter of the total number of MPs.
This week the Prime Minister was accused by the Labour leader of 'failing women', by not promoting more to senior roles in government.
The Sunderland Central MP Labour Julie Elliott has been debating the issue of women in politics at an event in Newcastle.
She discussed those challenges with Helen Ford, for this month's edition of Around The House:
The Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to reduce the gulf between schools in the state and private sectors.
In a speech this week, he called on state schools to model themselves on independent lines.
The Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, Redcar's Ian Swales and Carlisle member John Stevenson debated the issue for this week's Around The House.
The conversation began with a reminder of what Mr Gove had said:
On tonight's Around The House, MPs debate proposals to share medical records across the NHS and beyond.
The Hartlepool Labour MP Iain Wright, Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales and the Carlisle Conservative member John Stevenson also consider plans to model state schools on the private sector.
Plus, how do we encourage more women into politics? We hear the thoughts of the Sunderland MP Julie Elliott.
Join Helen Ford and guests at 11:40pm tonight (Thursday 6th February) on ITV Tyne Tees.
For many years, the North East was at the heart of government.
That is no longer the case and many Labour MPs have been left asking how they can lobby more effectively for the region.
Now, the Cities Minister Greg Clark has agreed to hold regular meetings with the region's MPs.
What difference will they make? The Newcastle East Labour MP Nick Brown spoke to Helen Ford in this month's edition of Around The House.
Watch the full interview here - including reaction from Conservative MP James Wharton.
How can we encourage more women into politics? It is a subject being debated at an event in Newcastle this evening.
Among those taking part is the Sunderland Labour MP Julie Elliott.
She told Helen Ford about the challenges facing those considering a career in politics:
You can watch the full interview with Julie Elliott on Around The House tonight (Thursday 6th February) at 11:40pm on ITV.
On tonight's edition of Around The House, two North East MPs express concerns about data privacy, with the launch in the next few weeks of a new database for NHS patient records.
All households are receiving leaflets from NHS England about the new database. Patients will have to opt out, if they are unhappy about their details being taken from their GP surgery's records.
Initially, the information will be shared within the NHS, but could eventually be passed to researchers, charities and drug companies.
NHS England says the data will be coded to protect patient confidentiality. But Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and Redcar MP Ian Swales both told Helen Ford that people need more information:
Watch the full debate on Around The House tonight at 11.40pm.
On tonight's programme from Westminster, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott joins Helen Ford to discuss women in politics.
Also in the programme, North East MPs Ian Swales and Iain Wright consider the plans for our medical records to be shared on a database, due to be launched in the next few weeks.
Watch Around The House tonight (Thursday 6 February) at 11.40pm.