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Mandela remembered on Tyneside

Mandela remembered at a special memorial service in Newcastle Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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Working longer as state pension age rises

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:

The dementia debate

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 talks jobs, Prince William and speaking out about dyspraxia

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:

"I'm in good company with Einstein" - North East MP on living with Dyspraxia

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).

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