Vote: Is it reasonable for employers to ask women about plans for having children?

Employers are being accused of having "antiquated" attitudes to recruiting women as new evidence revealed many believe it is reasonable to ask about plans to have children during a job interview.

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct retail business has come under fire from the Church Commisioners.

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct comes under fire from Church of England over failings

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct retail business has been chastised by the Church of England over the treatment of factory workers and governance failings.

Chippy of the Year: Here’s your Top 10 - now choose a winner

We asked you to help us find the best chip shop in the Sunderland area - and how you responded!

Roadowkrs Round-Up.

Traffic watch: The roadworks which could cause delays in Sunderland on Monday

Here are the roadworks which might cause traffic delays in Sunderland as we start another week.
The A184 Felling bypass. Google

Bypass to be closed overnight in major roundabout works

A busy Tyneside road will be closed overnight as part of a major roadworks project.

The Saltgrass reopens after the fire. Chef Lee Bulmer

Sunderland chef relives ordeal as fire-hit city pub reopens

A Sunderland chef has spoken of the terrifying night he was rescued from the roof of a burning Sunderland pub.

Roadworks at Heworth Roundabout

Drivers warned of Felling Bypass closure as Heworth Roundabout roadworks continue

Drivers are being warned that the Felling Bypass will close at Heworth Roundabout overnight from midnight on Sunday until 6am on Monday as work on the Heworth Roundabout presses ahead.

Encore Envelopes' Washington plant

More than 120 jobs saved as Wearside firm takes over rival

More than 120 jobs have been saved after a Wearside firm stepped in.

Motorhome Ella

Fancy a business you can take on the road?

The road to success could be a smooth one for the right person thanks to a new business opportunity in the region

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Charges for utility companies digging up roads will be rolled out across England to reduce congestion.

Companies face charges for digging up roads in bid to tackle congestion

Charges for utility companies digging up roads will be rolled out across England to reduce congestion, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

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East Durham Community College in Peterlee town centre before demolition crews moved in.

Final demolition work complete on Peterlee ex-college site

Demolition work to raze a former college campus to the ground is complete.

The No Monster Incinerator in Washington group, fFrom left David Tatters, Paul Gibson, Jen Loader, George Sanderson and Tracey Young.

Protesters call for Prime Minister to scrap power plant plan

Campaigners against plans for a new power plant on land close to Sunderland’s Nissan site have called for the Prime Minister to step in.

Sunderland Railway Station.

Train staff to strike again over 'safety dispute' with rail bosses

Train staff are set to go on strike again as part of a safety dispute with rail bosses.

Sarah Tishler, Dean Williams, Mark Jerrard, and David Dowson from the Simpson Group.

Print firm with more than 100 staff set to be taken over in buyout deal

A Wearside company with an £11m turnover has been taken over in a management buyout hoped to see an investment and jobs boost at the firm.

The BGL Customer Services Sunderland team celebrate winning for the third year in a row at the North East Contact Centre Awards.

Sunderland call centre makes it a hat-trick of regional titles

A Sunderland customer services team is celebrating after winning a regional title for the third year running.

Port director at Port of Sunderland Matthew Hunt

Port of Sunderland sees 13% rise in cargo imports

Record levels of cargo were handled at Port of Sunderland in 2017, according to figures released this week.

The very areas which voted Leave will be hardest hit by Brexit.

Why areas which voted Leave will be hardest hit by Brexit

The very areas of the UK which voted Leave in June 2016 are likely to be the ones hardest hit by Brexit.

Workers at Nissan, one of the North East businesses which trade extensively with Europe.

Sunderland MPs urge government to get to grips with Brexit talks as fears grow over impact on North East

Business and political leaders have urged the Government to get to grips with Brexit after warnings the North East could be hardest hit by the UK leaving the European Union.


Steelworkers 'shamelessly bamboozled' over pensions scheme, say MPs

A major pensions mis-selling scandal is erupting according to MPs, who said British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) members had been "shamelessly bamboozled".
Emergency services were called to a crash in Houghton.

Drivers warned of delays after crash on A690

Emergency services were called to a busy road in Houghton following a crash between a car and a HGV.
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