On tonight's political programme, Helen Ford talks to the region's new General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress.
Beth Farhat explains that her priority is to campaign for higher wages, to improve people's health and reduce their risk of falling into debt:
You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 11th July) at 11.35pm.
More top news
Supermarket chain issue recall of certain packets of Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices after testing identified 'low levels of Listeria'.
A Northumberland MP has made a desperate plea for the childhood home of railway pioneer George Stephenson to remain open.
Boro’s Stuani came on off the bench and scrambled a winner minutes from the end to turn Boro despair to delight.