Army veterans and the families of serving soldiers have been holding a vigil in protest at what they say are damaging cuts to the armed forces. They made their voices heard, by standing in silence - at Newcastle's central war memorial.
The government wants to shrink the Army by twenty thousand soldiers nationwide, and cut seventeen units, including one with strong ties to the North East.
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People living across the North East are set to benefit from investments in housing, health, transport and technology.
A north east construction worker who was fatally injured in Scotland may have died as a result of a "freak accident", a probe has heard.
The Chancellor said he will use the Budget to "invest to secure a bright future", in a signal he is ready to usher in the end of austerity.