Holiday childcare costs up 111% in North East since 2010, claims Labour

The cost of holiday childcare has risen by more than 111% in the North East since 2010, Labour has said.

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Whitburn Library.

Funding to be pulled from four community libraries which could close before end of year

The future of four branch libraries in South Tyneside hangs in the balance - as residents are warned to step up or lose them forever.

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Hendon ward councillors Barbara McClennan, Victoria ONeil and Michael

Concerns over plan to convert Sunderland office block into 154 ‘bedsits’

A Sunderland MP is to write to the Government housing minister over a developer’s proposals to transform a city centre office block into 154 “bedsits”.

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The former library in Fawcett Street.

New £2.5million plans announced for Sunderland’s former City Library

More than £2.5million is to be spent to change the city centre’s former library into the new headquarters for children’s services staff.

The announcement was made today. Picture: PA.

State pension age to rise to 68 seven years earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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How the new estate will look in Healthway, Parkside, Seaham.

Housing estate to expand with new homes plan

A housing estate is set to grow with the approval of 116 new homes.

Julie Elliott MP (left) with daughter Rebecca (centre) and sister Joan (right) after completing a walk to raise funds for Kidney Research UK in June this year.

Sunderland MP whose daughter needs kidney transplant speaks out on organ donation

A Sunderland MP whose daughter is waiting for a kidney transplant has called for the introduction of an opt-out system for organ donation.

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Bradley Lowery's mum reads heartfelt poem at funeral of little fighter

Bradley Lowery's mum read out an emotional poem honouring the life of the little fighter as he was laid to rest.

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£120million investment in UK air power to 'keep UK safe and sustain jobs'

A £120million investment in UK air power will ensure the Armed Forces have the "best equipment and training available" to keep the country safe, the Defence Secretary has said.
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Sunderland Civic Centre

More social workers needed to help improve childrens services in Sunderland, inspectors say

Work to improve childrens services in Sunderland is showing ‘sustained progress’ according to watchdogs - but more needs to be done to recruit permanent social workers in the city.

Jeremy Corbyn on the train last year.

Virgin Trains East Coast did not break law by releasing picture of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on train

Virgin Trains East Coast did not break data protection law when it released CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn looking for a seat on a train in August last year, the information watchdog has ruled.
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Teaching assistants demonstrating outside County Hall in Durham.

Union and council pledge to continue talks over deal for teaching assistants

The union which is fighting the corner of teaching assistants has said it is ready to return to the negotiating table after members rejected the latest deal.

Councillor Morris Nicholls, who has died aged 78.

Long-serving councillor will be 'much missed' following his sudden death

A councillor who served his community for more than three decades has died suddenly.
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Theresa May launches 'fairer Britain' fightback - and urges all political parties to offer ideas rather than just criticise

Theresa May will this week insist she has the right vision for Britain and an "unshakeable sense of purpose" to build a fairer nation as she launches a fightback after her General Election gamble backfired.

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Your pictures of HMS Ocean's last-ever visit to Sunderland

Sunderland folk have been flocking to see the city's adopted warship, HMS Ocean, as she pays her last visit before being taken out of service.


‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ they sang - and he answered with a message to Theresa May at the Durham Miners' Gala

Cries of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” rang out as the darling of the Labour party got a standing ovation at the Durham Miners' Gala.

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Jeremy Corbyn at Durham Miners' Gala. Picture: PA.

Jeremy Corbyn praises Durham Miners' Gala for 'amazing demonstration of community strength'

Jeremy Corbyn said he would tackle Donald Trump on environmental issues if he was the Prime Minister attending the G20 summit.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during at visit to Blyth earlier this week.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to attack Conservative 'hypocrisy and dishonesty' in Durham Miners' Gala speech

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will lash out at the 'hypocrisy and dishonesty' of Theresa May's Tories when he addresses Saturday's Durham Miners' Gala.

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Jim's Golden Fry in Stockton Road, Seaham.

Takeaway owner ordered to pay £1,300 for false food hygiene claim

A takeaway owner has been left with a bill for more than £1,300 after falsely claiming his premises had a five-star food hygiene rating.

Tony Blair. Picture: PA.

Chilcot: Tony Blair was not 'straight with the nation' over Iraq War

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War.

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