For the Duchess of Cambridge today's visit to the North East was in one sense a home coming. Kate's ancestors come from many parts of our region and her relatives range from Victorian miners to a present day chip shop owner.
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The health secretary says he hopes he does not have to enforce junior doctors' contracts, as second wave of strikes takes place.
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Junior Doctors across the region are set to go on strike this morning after talks with the Government failed to reach an agreement.