The original Washington gives its verdict on new US President Donald Trump

As the eyes of the political world focussed on Donald Trump’s inauguration, the ‘other’ Washington delivered its verdict on what we can expect from the 45th and latest President of the United States of America.

John Cummings represented Easington in Parliament for 23 years.

Community says farewell to long-serving MP John Cummings

A community today said farewell to former MP John Cummings, who represented it in Parliament for 23 years.

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Barack Obama: What now for the outgoing President?

We take a look at what's on Barack Obama's agenda now he has left the White House.

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'We're leaving the EU to embrace the world,' Theresa may tells world and business leaders

Theresa May has told world leaders and corporate chiefs that Britain remains "open for business" despite its decision to leave the European Union.
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Ministers are considering a crackdown on single-use plastic bottles.

Could plastic bottles crackdown follow 5p carrier bag charge?

Ministers are considering cracking down on throwaway plastic bottles after the success of the plastic bag charge.
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The demonstration is planned for January 21.

Women’s March UK: What it’s all about

You may have noticed your Twitter and Facebook feed is suddenly dominated by pictures of feet – or rather footwear.

Number crunchers begin calculating this year’s Council Tax rates

Number crunchers begin calculating this year’s Council Tax rates

Council number crunchers have began calculating how much people in South Tyneside must pay in council tax this year.

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The latest job figures have been announced by the Government.

More out of work in Sunderland while employment across region rises

More Wearsiders are out of work compared to a year ago, despite figures across the region hitting a near high.

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Teresa May should be judged on her actions not her words.

Britain's 12 Brexit objectives - which are the most important?

Here are the 12 objectives for Britain's Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May's speech at Lancaster House.
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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at Lancaster House in London

Cautious welcome for Theresa May Brexit speech from Sunderland MP and business chief

North East business chiefs and a Wearside MP have cautiously welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s 12-point plan for Britain’s withdrawl from the European Union.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at Lancaster House in London. Picture: PA.

Theresa May confirms that UK will quit European single market

Britain will leave the European single market when it quits the European Union, Theresa May has said.
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Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South.

Sunderland MPs welcome early morning Metro services announcement

Sunderland MPs have welcomed announcement that new Metro services will be introduced to cater for the city’s early morning commuters.

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Trump has given his first UK interview since becoming President-elect. Picture: PA.

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.

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