So not only does closure of SSI have implications for thousands of families in Redcar, it's also changed Labour's fiscal policy!
The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has claimed a visit to Redcar changed his policy on the country's deficit.
Speaking after the party did a u-turn over supporting a charter that would commit future governments to running a surplus, he said meeting steelworkers' families brought home the cost of austerity.
There have been intense rows within the Labour party over the leadership's decision to back George Osborne's fiscal charter, before changing tack to oppose it weeks later.
They are demanding the government take action to ensure a viable future for steel on Teesside using all tools at its disposal.Read the full story ›
Paul Brand returns with a new series of our political programme from Westminster.
Joining him to discuss the refugee crisis and the Labour leadership election are Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman, North Yorkshire Conservative Kevin Hollinrake and Liberal Democrat Sir Alan Beith.
Around The House is at 10.40pm tonight on ITV.
Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall will debate at The Sage on Thursday 3rd September.Read the full story ›
Newcastle is hosting one of eleven hustings that are taking place across the country in the run up to voting for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Later today, July 12, all candidates will speak at The Great North Museum in a hustings moderated by the Northern Echo's Political Editor, Chris Lloyd.
- Liz Kendall
- Andy Burnham
- Yvette Cooper
- Jeremy Corbyn
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been examining the snapshots for Berwick-upon-Tweed, a marginal seat in this year's election.Read the full story ›
There are 37 constituencies in our region - 26 Labour, nine Conservative and two Liberal Democrat - but three of particular interest.Read the full story ›
The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.
They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:
On the day Nigel Farage confirmed his plans to privatise the NHS, people in Bishop Auckland will rightly be questioning the decision of one of their town councillors.
UKIP’s policies include another tax break for millionaires, higher taxes on working families, scrapping rights as at work and higher bankers’ bonuses.
They can’t be described as a party who will stand up for working people. In reality, they are more Tory than the Tories."
North East Labour figures including the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and the MPs Andy McDonald, who represents Middlesbrough, and Grahame Morris, who represents Easington, have all paid tribute to Tony Benn on Twitter.
1st met Tony Benn Durham Miner's Gala in 70s. He said he didn't know there were young lawyers. We should sack some old judges & make room
So sad to hear of Tony Benn's passing True giant of British politics, inspiring us to hold true to our convictions Will be very sadly missed
The passing of a political legend. RIP Tony Benn. Principled radical, great orator but always decent polite and kind. http://t.co/myzpxYxqpm
The Northumberland Labour MP Ian Lavery has paid tribute to Tony Benn, as a politician and as a personal friend.
The MP for Wansbeck, who was once President of the National Union of Miners, said he was greatly saddened by the death.