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Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Around The House at 11.40pm on ITV Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Chancellor's ambition for full employment - and what it means for our region - is discussed by tonight's panel of MPs from Westminster.

Helen Ford is joined by Roberta Blackman-Woods, Sir Alan Beith and James Wharton. They also consider the proposed new guidelines for prescribing treatments on the NHS, in the light of criticism of age discrimination in cancer care.

Also in the programme, the upside - and the downside - of the radical reforms to private pensions. North Yorkshire Conservative MP Anne McIntosh and Teesside Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop consider the consequences of the landmark changes announced in the Budget.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 3 April) on ITV.

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Hartlepool MP welcomes Cygnus jobs

Iain Wright MP welcomes jobs at Hartlepool shipyard Credit: Heerema Fabrication Group SE

Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool said: “I welcome the extra 250 jobs that have beencreated here.

“We need to ensure that the skills, supply chainand industrial capability we have continue to make Britain a leading player inthe world for this type of engineering and manufacturing.”

250 jobs boost at Hartlepool shipyard

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright welcome new jobs on Teesside Credit: Heerema Fabrication Group SE

250 new jobs have been created by Heerema Fabrication Group at its yard near Hartlepool.

The news has been welcomed by Hartlepool MP and Shadow Minister for Industry Iain Wright.

The company is working on a contract for the Cygnus gas field development in the southern North Sea.

Cygnus represents an investment of £1.4billion by operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK and partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas.

It is the largest southern gas basin discovery for 25 years and at peak will produce enough gas to meet the needs of 1.5million UK homes.

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Unemployment in North East down by 3,000

Unemployment in the North East fell by 3,000 in the three months to December.

The Office for National Statistics figures show 130,000 people were unemployed in the region between October and December.

The region's unemployment rate was 10% and it had a fall of 2.3% during that time. Unemployment nationally has continued to fall and a record number of women are in work. Employment now stands at more than 30 million, a rate of 72.1%, which is 0.6% higher than a year ago.

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