As 2012 draws to a close, it is time for a look back on the events which have made the North East news in the last 12 months.
Richard Wilson has the first of our reviews of the year.
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The beleaguered Labour Party leader is clinging onto power in the face of as many as 150 MPs voting to remove him from the top job today.
Hodgson announced his decision to quit within minutes of the final whistle.
A trio of memorial crosses from a Somme battlefield will be displayed at Durham Cathedral to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.