The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has been on Wearside this morning as construction gets underway for Rolls-Royce's new factory on Wearside.
The plant in Washington will make fan and turbine discs for aircraft including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and the Eurofighter.
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Families have welcomed a Foreign Affairs Select Committee report that criticises the way the Foreign Office treats bereaved relatives.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has returned to the North East to see how his campaign to encourage youngsters to take up sport is going.
Sunderland stars swapped the pitch for the catwalk at the annual Fashion Strikes event, raising money for the Foundation of Light.