Nick Clegg has refused to make high-speed rail between the north and south a red line in any coalition deal after the election.
In an interview with our Political Correspondent Paul Brand, the Liberal Democrat leader said he supports High Speed Two but would not add it to his list of non-negotiable conditions before entering another government.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives all support HS2 but Nick Clegg accused Labour of "ambivalence" over the project. UKIP does not support HS2.
The former York City footballer, Clarke Carlisle has today said he felt "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt as he joined the Deputy Prime Minister at the launch of a project to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.
The 35-year-old former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.
Speaking at the Oval Cricket Ground in London during the launch of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, Carlisle said:
Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Steve Haig, the headteacher of Whickham school, have reacted positively to news that many North East schools are to benefit from a grant to rebuild and refurbish crumbling classrooms.
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The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:
Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.
The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
The North East is set to receive the least from the latest round investments in the form of regional growth funds.
The government has announced today our region is to get over £40 million between 2016 and 2021, which is the smallest sum of any of the English regions.
The Deputy Prime Minister says its down to which local companies bid for the funds:
In total the government is investing £1 billion in local economies across England as an expansion of their regional growth funds deal.
There aim is to pass funding from the central government into the hands of local authorities, businesses and universities, who they believe can invest with inside knowledge of what is needed in their area.
£10million of government money is being provided to support tourism in northern England. The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, ahead of this week's Northern Futures Summit. The aim is to promote the region's countryside, history and culture and attract more visitors.
The Deputy Prime Minister has announced £300m of investment for companies in the North East.
The money comes from the Regional Growth Fund, and businesses in the region are being invited to bid for a share.
Nick Clegg made the announcement today (Friday) during a visit to DUCO Ltd in Walker, Newcastle.
The offshore manufacturing company successfully bid for £3.6m in a previous round, enabling the firm to create 168 jobs.
Free school meals have lead to "healthy children and ultimately a better performance at school," said the head of a north London primary.
Headteacher at St Mark's primary school, Calvin Henry, readily supported free school meals for infants and had already implemented the policy at his school.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every infant in England will receive a free school lunch from September 2014.
The announcement follows a pilot scheme which was carried out in schools across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham.
Mr Clegg says the scheme will save parents more than £400 a year.