Sharon Hodgson MP: Budget lets people down by sticking to the status quo

The past couple of weeks have seen the Tories embattled as they lurch from one crisis to another.

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Smokers hit in the pocket as cigarettes soar above £10

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget has left British smokers huffing and puffing after the price of a pack of premium cigarettes went up to £10.80 - an increase of 28p.

The Budget was revealed yesterday.

NHS must do more to reduce waste, says Philip Hammond

The NHS needs to do more to cut waste and put funding back into frontline care, Philip Hammond said following criticism that his Budget did not allocate enough to England's health service.

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Jeremy Corbyn condemns Budget as 'record of failure with forecast of more to come'

Jeremy Corbyn predicted Philip Hammond's Budget will unravel within days, warning "misery" will continue for people across the country.

NHS handed additional £350million in Budget to cope with winter pressures

The "under pressure" NHS in England has been given an additional £350 million to cope with pressures over the coming winter.
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Budget live: £3billion extra pledged for Brexit

The Chancellor is delivering his Budget speech to the House of Commons.
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott addresses the Westminster Hall debate

Sunderland’s City of Culture 2021 bid praised in Parliament

Sunderland’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 has gone to Parliament.

Funeral of Sunderland City leader Coun Paul Watson.

Region’s leaders turn out to pay respects to late Sunderland City Council leader

Political figures from across the North East joined mourners to pay their last respects to a city leader who had Sunderland “in his heart”.

Sunderland Civic Centre.

Sunderland’s children’s services continues to improve, says watchdog

The turn around of a service which looks after Sunderland’s most vulnerable children is continuing in the right direction.

Sunderland Civic Centre, where children's services are based.

Political rivals in war of words over ‘Question Time’ at Sunderland Council meetings

A war of words has broken out between rival political parties in Sunderland over the issue of voters being able to ask councillors questions face-to-face at civic meetings.

Adrian Tait has organised the event with his wife Joanne.

Wartime-themed event set to raise funds for veterans

A wartime-themed fundraiser is set to help veterans young and old going through times of hardship.

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The LGA has said councils could stop carrying out a host of services - such as filling potholes, maintaining open spaces and running leisure centres and libraries - and still not have saved enough to plug the cash gap in two years.

Calls to change funding welcomed by city leaders as they warn of tougher times under austerity

Sunderland's leaders have welcomed calls for fairer Government funding.

Grahame Morris, left, with fellow Waspi campaigners on the terrace of the Houses of Parliament.

MP’s campaign to address women’s pension gap passes 100,000 backers

A debate on woman losing out on their pensions will be held in Parliament after a petition launched by an MP gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

Paul Watson.

Gritty council leader Paul Watson defied illness to serve Sunderland

Paul Watson will be a hard act to follow.

Sunderland Civic Centre, where children's services are based.

Shocking details of children care reviews show size of task ahead says Sunderland councillor

The magnitude of the task to improve standards of children’s services in Wearside is laid out in the pages of the latest serious case reviews, says an opposition leader.

Paul Watson posing next to the Vaux site in 2016. Seeing the land transferred to the council and work start was one of the successes of his leadership

Paul Watson's brave and honest words on his cancer battle before his death

Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson was given just months to live after being diagnosed with cancer.
Some of those who helped to clean up the memorial, including Jamie Phenny, far left, Darrin Neasham Carlisle, second left, and Chris Morritt, second from the right in the back row.

Community comes together to clean up cenotaph in Sunderland

Serving and former soldiers joined forces with members of the community as they cleaned up a Sunderland war memorial ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Litter louts could be fined by a private firm if the idea by Sunderland City Council's Conservative members is backed.

Private firm should issue litter fines say Sunderland’s Tories

City leaders should draft in a company to punish those who litter our streets.

The first new building on the former Vaux Brewery site

Firm focused on Sunderland’s Vaux site despite financial problems

Construction giant Carillion says it is committed to its regeneration work in Sunderland as it tries to balance its books.

Nicola Sturgeon addresses North East business leaders

Nicola Sturgeon comes out as a Sunderland fan – but makes UK City of Culture allegiances clear

Nicola Sturgeon has come clean on where her North East footballing allegiances lie.

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