Paul Heron, Solicitor, Public Interest Lawyers.
Robert Oxley, Campaign Director, Taxpayers' Alliance.
The Leader of Newcastle City Council said that a court's ruling forcing them to pay for an asylum seeker's flying lessons is 'the wrong decision'.
Cllr Nick Forbes said his council is feeling 'budget pressure' and that there was 'no common sense' in the ruling.
A court has ruled that Newcastle City Council must help pay for an asylum seeker's flying lessons, to help him become a pilot.
Yonas Kebede was taken into care by Newcastle council after he was abandoned here by his Ethiopian father.
Now the council is legally obliged to help him find a job.
– Leader of Newcastle City Council, Coun Nick Forbes
"I am delighted that Newcastle has made the long list of venues to host the Rugby World Cup 2015.
As shown with the Olympic football, the city council and its partners can deliver world class events which put the city on an international stage and bring huge benefits to businesses, residents and visitors.
We would be delighted to be a part of the Rugby World Cup and look forward to the announcement of the shortlist."
More than 22,000 fly-tipping incidents were reported in Newcastle in 2010-2011, an increase of more than 3,000 on the year before.
That's the highest number of fly-tipping cases in the North East. 64,000 incidents were reported across all 12 North East councils, 10,000 up on the previous year.
The Environment Agency says it is costing the country up to £150m a year to clean up.