Donald Trump: Leaving the EU will be a great thing for Britain

Donald Trump has pledged to work to secure a rapid trade agreement with Britain, predicting that leaving the European Union would be a "great thing" for the UK.

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Amber Rose Cliff, whose name has been given to the campaign calling for a change in rules which could save women's lives.

Scores light way for Amber's Law as petition in Sunderland woman's name tops 170,300 signatures

Candles were lit across Wearside and beyond for Amber Rose Cliff tonight as people gave their backing to a change in rules which could save women’s lives.

David Lammy MP. Picture by PA.

People in North East 'wrongly blame immigrants for problems,' says London MP

People in North East coastal communities wrongly blame immigrants for their problems, a former Minister has said.

New Liberal Democrat councillor Stephen O'Brien

New Lib Dem councillor sends warning to Labour and UKIP after Sunderland City Council election win

Sunderland's newest councillor has aimed a political broadside at both the city's ruling Labour party and UKIP after his election victory.

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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS, finds research

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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Do you think civil partnerships should be available to everyone? Picture: PA.

Call for civil partnerships to be made available to opposite sex couples

A Tory former minister is calling on the Government to close an "inequality loophole" and allow opposite sex couples to have a civil partnership amid fears the proposal could be blocked.

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Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Have your say on Northumbria Police’s share of your Council Tax

People have only ten day left to give their views on how much Council Tax they feel they should pay for local policing.

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John Cummings in 2005 as he ran for relection as MP.

Funeral to be held next week for former MP John Cummings

The funeral of former Easington MP John Cummings will be held next week.


Barack Obama bids tearful farewell as US president

US president Barack Obama has made an emotional farewell speech that sought to comfort and encourage a country on edge over economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.

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Fawcett Street

Special status for historic heart of Sunderland

A scheme aimed at preserving and regenerating the historic heart of Sunderland is one of only ten in the country to secure special status.

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Stock from the City Library in Fawcett Street has been moved to the Museum and Winter Gardens

Stamp your mark on future of Sunderland's library service

Council chiefs are urging Wearsiders to have their say on the future of Sunderland's library services.

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Sunderland Civic Centre.

The candidates after your vote in the Sunderland by-election

A by-election will take place on Thursday for the Sandhill ward of Sunderland City Council.

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Green Waste bins waiting collection

Paying green bin charge is a ‘waste of money,’ claims councillor

Residents in South Tyneside will be wasting their money if they pay a new garden waste charge - because the council’s own website says you can put it in general waste bins.

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John Cummings, pictured at the opening of a new garden at Donnini House in Easington Colliery in 2005.

Tributes continue to former Easington MP and ‘proud colliery mechanic’ John Cummings

Easington MP Grahame Morris has paid a heartfelt tribute to the man he followed into Parliament.

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Sharon Hodgson MP

Sunderland MP holds public hearings to get your views on Brexit

A Wearside MP wants to hear her constituents’ views on Brexit as the countdown to leaving the European Union continues.

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Croftside House in Whitburn is to be knocked down to make way for new supported apartments.

Cash boost of £1million to help build 30 new apartments

Thirty new apartments are to be built as part of a supported accommodation complex after £1million was awarded to a social landlord.

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Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: PA.

Timeline: Expected milestones on road to EU withdrawal

Seven months after the referendum vote to leave the European Union, Theresa May's speech on Brexit will set the scene for the process of withdrawal to begin in earnest

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Keith Loraine, outgoing group chief executive of Isos Housing Group, who has been awarded an OBE.

Housing boss Keith celebrates OBE as he begins his retirement

A housing boss has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

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Binge-drinkers are causing problems for the NHS.

Binge-drinkers 'turning NHS into national hangover service'

The NHS is being transformed into the "national hangover service" as binge-drinking diverts vital resources, the head of the health service in England has said.

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Sunderland Civic Centre

Sunderland City Council left chasing almost £14million in unpaid Council Tax

Cash-strapped Sunderland City Council was left chasing almost £14million in unpaid Council Tax at the end of the last financial year.

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