The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has given a cautious welcome to the statement by Danny Alexander, despite the bitter disappointment for campaigners who had hoped for the dualling of the A1 in Northumberland.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury gave details of government spending on road and rail projects, but has ordered only a feasibility study for the A1 north of Newcastle.
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The club says it is upset that comments made by its manager Ronnie Moore have been 'escalated'.
Most Sunderland fans have arrived at St James Park without any trouble, after a campaign for peace out of respect for the victims of MH17.
The Met Office have issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning of strong winds for the region for Sunday into Monday