The row over Margaret Thatcher's legacy in the North East was reignited today after it emerged that she had secretly planned to close 75 coal mines, while saying in public that only 20 would go.
The cabinet documents show that the Government intended to close half of all the North East's pits within three years, making tens of thousands of people redundant. The archives also show that she played a pivotal role in bringing 6,000 Nissan jobs to Wearside. Dan Ashby reports.
More top news
More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a fire at a block of flats in Gateshead.
High pressure brings settled and warm weather.
Turkish defender Alim Ozturk has become Sunderland's first signing of the summer.