Paul Brand and guests - including Helen Goodman MP and Sir Alan Beith - discuss the refugee crisis and the Labour leadership election.Read the full story ›
Find out how MPs in our region voted over the Government's Welfare Bill, which contains £12 billion of proposed cuts.Read the full story ›
Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today.
All MPs are no longer MPs, including the 37 in the Tyne Tees region.
They will no longer have any Parliamentary privileges unless they are re-elected at the general election on May 7.
I will be leading tributes to Lady Thatcher, Britain's greatest peacetime PM, in the House of Commons at 2.30pm.
A new map of proposed Westminster constituencies for England has been published.Read the full story ›
A North East MP has used a debate in Parliament to highlight what she says is the severe impact of cuts on our most urban fire services.Read the full story ›
The MP for Jarrow, Stephen Hepburn, has challenged Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg over the latest University application figures.
Nearly 2,500 fewer students from the North East will go to university next year - a number amounting to the second biggest percentage fall in the country ahead of tuition fees rising to £9000 per year.
Stephen Hepburn MP put the drop in applications down to the trebling of the cost to attend.
MPs have been debating government proposals for the possible introduction of regional or local pay.
Labour has put down a Commons motion criticising the plans.
The Shadow Chief Secretary, Rachel Reeves, quoted warnings from North East business leaders about the damaging impact of regional pay.
Ministers insist that there are no plans to get rid of national pay bargaining.
They say the aim is to encourage greater flexibility, rather than cut pay.
The minister with responsibility for the civil service, Francis Maude, has told MPs that there would have to be a 'strong rationale' and 'good evidence' before any decision was made in favour of introducing regional pay.
Unions and opposition politicians had reacted angrily to the Chancellor's request to the Independent Pay Review Bodies to look into the impact of public pay rates on local job markets.
While the Review Bodies aren't expected to deliver their reports to the Treasury until next month. Ministers have started to see signs of a rebellion in their own ranks with some Lib Dems and even Conservative MPs, including Hexham's Guy Opperman, speaking out against the plans.
Kevan Jones MP asks for more understanding from constituents and the media about the demands put on MPs.Read the full story ›