A special church service has been held at St Thomas's Church in Newcastle to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Among the guest speakers was Archie Sibeko who was once imprisoned with Mandela.
Newcastle City councillor David Faulkner has been outlining Nelson Mandela's links with the North East. He was attending a memorial service at St Thomas's Church in Newcastle.
Nelson Mandela will be remembered in Newcastle today (Saturday 14 December) at a memorial service.
The ceremony is taking place at St Thomas' Church in Haymarket, from 2pm.
Zola Zembe, a ex-colleague of the former South African President, will be one of the main speakers.
A memorial service is being held for Nelson Mandela in Newcastle this afternoon.
The ceremony is taking place at St Thomas' Church in Haymarket, from 2pm. Zola Zembe, a ex-colleague of the former South African President, will be one of the main speakers.
MPs from the North East and Cumbria paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, on this month's Around The House.
The Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott gave her thoughts, alongside the Redcar Lib Dem Ian Swales, and Conservative Rory Stewart, who represents Penrith and the Border.
Watch their discussion here:
People in their 20s, 30s and 40s can expect to work for longer before they can claim a state pension.
In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor indicated that the pension age would rise to 68 by the mid 2030s, and 69 in the mid 2040s.
How could these changes affect us, as individuals and a society?
It was a topic for debate on this month's Around The House, with the Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott, Redcar Liberal Democrat MP Ian Swales and Rory Stewart, who represents Penrith and the Border for the Conservatives.
Watch the discussion here:
800,000 people across the UK are living with dementia. This week, at a summit in London, the G8 nations pledged to work together to tackle the condition.
In a debate for our political programme, Around The House, the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, acknowledged that society is 'playing catch-up' where dementia is concerned.
Both he, and the North West Durham MP Pat Glass agreed that improving care for people with dementia, and their carers, is a top priority.
Watch the full debate here:
The North East's newest MP Emma Lewell-Buck has enjoyed a whirlwind year. In May she was elected to represent the South Shields constituency.
Since then she has been made a Parliamentary Private Secretary and has spoken about living with the condition dyspraxia.
She talked to Helen Ford for our political programme, Around The House. Watch the full interview here:
On tonight's edition of Around The House, South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck tells Helen Ford why she decided to speak up about having dyspraxia, and how the condition affects daily life at Westminster:
You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 12 December) at 11.40pm on ITV.
Dyspraxia Foundation Helpline: 01462 454986 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).