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Bridget Philipson MP outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

SHARON HODGSON: We must not ignore the power of sport

With the Rio Olympics over a year away, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport team called a debate last week on the 2012 London Olympic legacy after official figures revealed a decline in sports participation across the country, with over 700,000 fewer people playing sport at least once a month.

Bridget Philipson MP outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

RICHARD ORD: Rebel without a Corsa

A man in a suit sweeping up dried couscous from the front room floor may not strike you as a potent symbol of rebellion, but bear with me.

Bridget Philipson MP outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

LEGAL EAGLE: Worry over disability funding

My husband is severely disabled and currently receives funding from the Independent Living Fund. This funding will cease on June 30, 2015. We are told that the local authority may not fund the same level of care. Is this correct and is there anything we can do about it?

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BENEFITS EXPERT: Concerns over council tax

My mother is a pensioner receiving a 25% single occupancy discount on her Council Tax and a further reduction because of her low income.

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Bridget Philipson MP outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

What’s happened to new Sunderland magistrates’ court?

There may be a new Parliament and a new Government, but when it comes to the Ministry of Justice committing to build a new Sunderland Centre for Justice, nothing has changed.

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RICHARD ORD: For sale: Newcastle United cup strip – only worn twice

For Sale: Newcastle United cup strip. Worn only twice.

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RICHARD ORD: The Benson & Hedges guard of honour – when all you needed was a notebook, pen and fags

When I started as a reporter in the late-80s, smoking wasn’t just accepted, it was actively encouraged.

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