Campaigners fighting to save a number of local Remploy factories from possible closure in the summer have been lobbying parliament.
An independent review recommended that in future government support for disabled workers should be focused on individuals rather than institutions. But opponents claim that many of those facing redundancy won't be able to find jobs.
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Last night hundreds of people turned out for the official opening of Sunderland's new Fire Station arts hub.
There are no Tyne and Wear Metro trains running between Wallsend and North Shields due to a problem with the overhead line.
A teenager who killed a seven-year-old girl in a park in York has been given a life sentence.