Watch Helen Ford's interview with the Foreign Secretary and MP for Richmond here:
On tonight's Around The House, William Hague talks to Helen Ford about his commitment to the campaign to stop rape being used as a weapon of war.
He has joined forces with the actress Angelina Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, the UNHCR.
Around The House, tonight (Thursday) at 11:45pm on ITV
In tonight's programme; a special interview with the Foreign Secretary and Richmond MP William Hague, and a panel of MPs consider the pros and cons of Free Schools.
The Foreign Secretary and North Yorkshire MP William Hague is a guest on our political programme Around The House on Thursday evening.
He spoke with our correspondent Helen Ford about the Government's record in boosting the North East economy.
Mr Hague also talked about his commitment to the campaign to stop rape being used as a weapon of war.
On tonight's political programme (Thursday 24 October) William Hague talks to Helen Ford about the challenges facing the Conservatives in the north.
The Foreign Secretary and MP for Richmond also describes his international campaign with Angelina Jolie to stop rape as a weapon of war.
Also in the programme, Dan Ashby reports on Free Schools, followed by a studio discussion with North East MPs Pat Glass, James Wharton and Ian Swales.
Around The House is at 11.45pm tonight on ITV.
The latest free school in the region has opened its doors this morning.
Durham Free School is the eighth to appear in the North East since being introduced by the Government in 2011.
Free schools are not controlled by local authorities and give teachers and parents more choice about what is taught there.
As Jonny Blair report, it only has 30 pupils but has plans to grow. Watch his full report below.
The first assembly has taken place at Durham Free School. They only have 31 pupils, all aged 11. It is hoped numbers will grow year on year.
Pupils arrive at Durham Free School for their first day of term.
Durham Free School is set to opens its doors for the first time today.
It follows a two-year campaign by families who were struggling to get their children into Durham Johnston School who then went on to set up their own school.
The Durham Free School (DFS) will open in the former Durham Gilesgate Sports College in Gilesgate.
Nine teachers will care for 31 year seven pupils from Durham, Bowburn, Coxhoe, Spennymoor and elsewhere.
The school will be funded by and responsible to the Department for Education.
A pioneering free school that offers students a specialism in engineering has had to tell all of its pupils that they no longer have a place this year.
The Discovery School in Newcastle was due to open in September but has not yet agreed its funding with the Government.
As our education correspondent Dan Ashby explains, it has opened the debate about free schools and what they will mean for the region.
Watch his full report below.