Universities and Science Minister visits Durham University's research institutes, where they are unveiling a new £3.7 million supercomputer.
A report says it would make sense for mid sized cities to group together to push for government funds to revitalise their city centres.
David Cameron says he wants to end the "entitlement culture" and that scrapping housing benefit for under 25's will help to achieve that.
Campaigners are putting pressure on the Government to cut duty on fuel. The Tax Payer's Alliance and the Petrol Retailer's Association are setting up stands on independent forecourts to ask motorists to lobby local MP's.
Sixty pence in every pound spent on petrol or diesel in the UK goes to the treasury. UK has the highest tax on unleaded petrol in the EU.
Forecourt owners like Allan Glendinning in Prudhoe, in Northumberland, say the situation is desperate.
Campaigners against high fuel tax will be on forecourts across the region this morning to tell customers how much their petrol costs and how much money is going to the Treasury. Over 5,000 stands will be set up across the country.
The Deputy Prime Minister has told MPs that government plans to introduce a partially elected House of Lords would see a dramatic increase in representation from all the regions. Mr Clegg said it was wrong that a region like the North East only has just under 3% membership.
Government plans to overhaul the benefits system have caused anger in the North East.
David Cameron says he wants to end the country's 'entitlement culture' with the latest plans to scrap housing benefit for under 25 year olds.
Andrea Meek, 23, is a single parent and recipient of housing benefit. She hopes to return to University, after putting her degree plans on hold to have a baby, but says the changes would make it financially unviable.
Parents of children under five years old could opt in to parenting lessons.
The free classes are available through a Government trial in Middlesbrough and are aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour.
The five million pound scheme entitles families to sessions on discipline, diet and good manners.
Five of the region's high streets struggling with shop closures are to get half a million pounds from the Government. North Tyneside, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool will get 100 thousand each to help new businesses.
It comes after the Government accepted Mary Portas's recommendations - the star of Mary Queen of Shops and the Bottom Line.