Leaders of the political party say the move is to prioritise the health and safety of their members and the wider public.Read the full story ›
The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says unhappy Labour MPs in the North East should defect to his party, if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected.
Mr Farron made the call at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton saying his party was a natural home for disillusioned Labour politicians.
But he admitted to ITV News Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt that so far, none had shown any interest in jumping ship:
Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton MP brands Lib Dems 'irrelevant' after report claims Northern Powerhouse is 'smoke and mirrors.'Read the full story ›
Niall Hodgson has won the first Lib Dem seat on the Sunderland Council.
He won the Millfield seat from Labour.
Liberal Democrat GAIN Millfield (Sunderland) from Labour.
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Redcar has swiftly changed his stance after exclusively telling ITV News Tyne Tees that he's not convinced a visit by Nick Clegg to the constituency 'would do him any favours'.
Josh Mason told our Political Correspondent Paul Brand that the Deputy Prime Minister wasn't the 'most popular politician' and that a visit may be a 'double-edged sword':
Shortly afterwards, Mr Mason issued this statement:
Nick has shown real guts as our party leader and is someone I admire and respect…
...I have no doubt that if Nick now came to Redcar and met all the people who have benefitted from having the Liberal Democrats in government he would be well received."
Reacting to Mr. Mason's comments Nick Clegg said, "At the end of the day, I am not going to duck the fact that five years in government has its controversies":
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been examining the snapshots for Berwick-upon-Tweed, a marginal seat in this year's election.Read the full story ›
The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has denied giving up on the North East before the General Election, despite admitting his party will put more resources into some regions than others.
Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees at his party's conference in Glasgow, he said he'd fight to keep the two Lib Dem seats of Redcar and Berwick.
Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been speaking to him:
Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, has been unanimously reselected to stand in the 2015 General Election at a meeting of his constituency party members today.
Ian Swales serves as Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman, and has been Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Chemical Industry and also sits on the influential Public Accounts Committee.
“I’m delighted that the Liberal Democrats have put their faith in me to represent them again at the next general election.“I hope to be able to continue the fight we’ve started to rebuild our industry to bring jobs and prosperity back to Redcar.”
The Northumberland MP Sir Alan Beith has announced that he will stand down at the next election in 2015.
Sir Alan has represented the Berwick constituency since 1973, first as a Liberal and later as a Liberal Democrat.
By 2015, he will have been the MP for Berwick for 42 years.
He is the longest-serving Liberal Democrat MP, and the longest-serving Liberal MP since Lloyd George.
Sir Alan said he would continue to be a 'very active MP' until the 2015 election.
Ex Leader of the Liberal Democrats Lord Ashdown has tweeted his response to the news that Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87:
If politics is defined as having views, holding to them and driving them through to success, she was undoubtedly the greatest PM of our age.