The new South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, has visited the House of Commons for the first time to take her seat.
Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck has made history tonight after becoming the first female MP in South Shields.
Results for local council ballots will be keenly studied in Westminster for pointers towards the 2015 general election.
The North East's newest MP Emma Lewell-Buck describes her first few days at Westminster, in tonight's edition of Around The House.
As the Member of Parliament for South Shields, she is stepping into the role previously filled by David Miliband.
She is joined in the studio by the Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald, who was elected six months ago. Both MPs talk about their aims and experiences with Helen Ford.
Also, we question the Hexham MP Guy Opperman about prison reform.
Plus, we consider the future of our region in Europe with a panel of MPs: Redcar's Ian Swales, North West Durham's Pat Glass and the Carlisle representative John Stevenson.
Join Helen and guests at 11:35pm tonight
On Around The House, Helen Ford talks to former barrister Guy Opperman about the Government's latest plans for all offenders to receive a year's supervision when they leave prison. The proposals also address the problem of drug addiction.
The Conservative MP for Hexham has recently visited Brixton Prison and says it's essential to break the cycle of crime:
You can watch the full interview on Around The House, tonight - Thursday 16th May - at 11.35pm
The new MP for South Shields hopes her election will encourage young women to take an interest in politics.
Emma Lewell-Buck has just taken up her seat in parliament, replacing David Miliband.
Ms Lewell-Buck says she is proud to be the constituency's first woman MP and hopes it will inspire the girls and women she met on the campaign trail.
She spoke to Helen Ford for our political programme Around the House. Watch an extract here:
Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.
This month's guests include the new MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck.
Also in the programme, the government's latest plans for the rehabilitation of offenders and the row over Europe: what does it mean for our region?
A woman has been arrested after a man was discovered with serious stab wounds in South Shields.
The emergency services were called to Fawcett Way at 5.30 pm on Wednesday evening.
The injured man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Boy band McFly will headline for the North East's new concert, Sound Waves 2013.
The concert will be taking place at Bents Park, South Shields seafront, on Sunday, August 25.
Headliners McFly, whose hits All About You and Shine a Light, are the first act to be officially announced by organisers South Tyneside Council.
X Factor winner Joe McElderry has also been confirmed for the bank holiday concert.
Emma Lewell-Buck: "South Shields has made history tonight, and I'm so proud to be part of that history, being the first ever woman MP for this town.
"I think people know what I will do because I've been knocking on their doors for four weeks now.
Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in South Tyneside, during which a man a knife threatened an 89-year-old man, have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.
The incident happened at about 8.30pm on Monday, February 25, at an address in Mortimer Road in South Shields.