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Miliband: 'we will help North East working people'

On a visit to Redcar, the Labour leader set out Labour's vision for tackling poverty in the region.

He said that while employment was rising, too many jobs were low paid.

He was challenged by ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle, who pointed out that there were 45,000 more jobs in the region since Labour was last in power in 2010.

This was Ed Miliband's answer:

Sunderland stabbing: man charged

Police investigating a stabbing at a house in Sunderland on Thursday have charged a man.

Lee Johnson, 33, of Claremont Terrace in Sunderland has been charged with wounding with intent to commit GBH.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, is still receiving treatment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where he is in a stable condition.

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Miliband promises 'fairness in council funding'

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been holding a question and answer session with people during an event at Redcar and Cleveland College.

In answer to a question about local council spending cuts, Miliband promised that a Labour administration would seek what he called fairness in taxation, and fairness in local government funding.

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Female Genital Mutilation: advice and support

Government advice can be found here

HELPLINES:

Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO)

24-hour Helpline: 0800 731 8147 www.bawso.org.uk

ChildLine

24-hour Helpline for children: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline

24-hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247 www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Helpline Free phone 0808 800 5000 help@nspcc.org.uk

OTHER ORGANISATIONS:

Angelou Centre http://www.angelou-centre.org.uk 0191 226 0394

SHINE - Sexual Health in Newcastle

0191 277 2048

Teesside African Health Community

www.tahc.co.uk

FGM National Clinical Group

www.fgmnationalgroup.org/index.htm

Equality Now

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Women who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation urged to come forward

Women in the North East, who've experienced female genital mutilation, are being urged to come forward and report their experiences.

No one in the UK has been convicted over the practice, which is illegal.

Now, the Crown Prosecution Service in our region says it wants victims to know they will be taken seriously.

Report released into rail electrification

A report looking into the electrification of North East railway lines has been handed to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.

The Electrification Task Force was created in December 2013 to determine how electrification could deliver greater economic growth in the north of England.

32 routes were examined and prioritised according to their ability to contribute to local economic plans, how they fit with other schemes, and the number of diesel kilometres of running they would replace.

The Task Force said they put economic growth and connectivity at the heart of their considerations, as part of the Governments ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept.

Andrew Jones MP, who Chaired the Task Force, said: "It is a comprehensive report detailing where we think the priorities lie for rail electrification in the north. We have placed economic growth at the heart of this project and been working on the premise that all the lines of the north would be electrified, it is only a question of when. This report details where it should start.

"The work has been a real team effort. The Taskforce has brought together different political parties, different regions of the north and different tiers of government. It is a report from the north for the north.

"The need for rail electrification is significant. It is part of the improvements in infrastructure that we need in the north. Indeed, this report is intended to look years ahead."

Treasury responds to IPPR report

"Rebalancing the economy and creating a northern powerhouse of jobs, investment and prosperity is a key part of our long term economic plan.

"We have made great strides and already created Transport for the North to speak with one voice to government on the big decisions to benefit the entire region.

"It is crucial we work together to deliver a world-class transport network for the North that reduces journey times, increases capacity and connectivity and enables growth and that's why we will be setting out our strategy for transport in the North in the next few weeks."

– HM Treasury spokesperson
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