The North East annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will be launched in Newcastle today.
Last year, the charity which provides support and care to Armed Forces families, raised £40m in 2011. The Royal British Legion says it needs to raise £42m this year; £2m more than last year.
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On a tour of the North East today, the Chancellor George Osborne made a series of promises which he claimed would help create 50,000 jobs.
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