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Labour pledges to introduce Regional Ministers

Labour is to announce that the party would appoint Regional Ministers in Government to support their agenda.

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, will make the announcement later today in a speech to the IPPR.

“Labour is pledging to introduce Regional Ministers to put the voice of the English regions at the heart of Labour decision-making."

– What Michael Dugher will say

Campaigners warn fuel customers where their money is going

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.

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Housing benefit shake up causes anger

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.

"Parenting vouchers" offered to people in Middlesbrough

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.

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