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Sunderland councillor in bookies odds to become next Liberal Democrat leader

He may have been first elected as a councillor less than two years ago, but he's already listed as a contender to take over the helm of his party.

Sunderland
Health bosses pushing ahead with hospital service reforms

Health bosses pushing ahead with hospital service reforms

Health bosses are pressing ahead with plans to overhaul care services in South Tyneside and Sunderland – even though concerns over the first stage of the scheme saw it referred to the government.

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Extra £11.8m spend on major city road project given go ahead

Extra £11.8m spend on major city road project given go ahead

Council bosses have given the go ahead for an extra £11.8million spend to fund  a major Sunderland road project.

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Dennis Skinner at last year's gala.

Chance for Durham Miners' Gala visitors to enjoy afternoon tea with Dennis Skinner

Visitors to this year's Durham Miners' Gala are being given the chance to enjoy afternoon tea with one of the most famous faces in British politics.
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Armed Forces Day Parade on Seaburn's seafront last June.

Preparations under way for Sunderland’s Armed Forces Weekend

Plans are underway to make this year’s Sunderland Armed Forces Weekend bigger and better.

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Patrick Melia

New chief executive appointed for Sunderland City Council

A new top boss has been appointed at Sunderland City Council.
Sunderland
Sunderland council agrees to give £6.5m to support £8m children’s service deficit

Sunderland council agrees to give £6.5m to support £8m children’s service deficit

Council bosses have agreed to spend an extra £6.5million to support the agency responsible for Sunderland’s children’s services after it ended the year with a £8million deficit.

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Fears as fire crews face £3million funding shortfall

Fears as fire crews face £3million funding shortfall

Firefighters in Tyne and Wear could have a funding shortfall of more than £3m by 2021.

Business
Would a ban benefit children?

Vote: Should mobile phones be banned in the classroom?

Head teachers across the UK should ban mobile phones in the classroom, the Culture Secretary has said.

Education
BBC photo of David Dimbleby who has announced he will leave Question Time after 25 years at the helm of the BBC flagship political debate programme. Picture by Richard Lewisohn

David Dimbleby to leave BBC's Question Time after 25 years

David Dimbleby is to leave Question Time after 25 years of presenting the BBC show.

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Picture issued to promote the consultation over the Core Strategy and Development Plan for Sunderland

Sunderland 2033: Last chance to have your say on long-term vision for city

People in Sunderland have a final chance to give their views on plans to shape what sort of jobs, housing, transport and infrastructure will be created in the city in the coming decades.
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Patrick Melia

Preferred candidate for new chief executive of Sunderland City Council revealed

A North East council boss is  being recommended for the top job at Sunderland City Council.

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Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson.

Sunderland MP slams Government’s Universal Credit scheme after damning report is released

A Sunderland MP has hit out at the Government’s flagship benefit scheme after it was criticised in a damning official report.

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Tory MP blocks bid to make upskirting a specific criminal offence

A bid to make upskirting a specific criminal offence has been blocked by a Tory MP.
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Government's controversial Universal Credit scheme criticised in damning new report

The Government's flagship benefit scheme has not delivered value for money, its roll out has been slower than intended and has caused hardship for many people, according to a damning official report.

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Concerns Sunderland heritage space could become anti-social behaviour hotspot

Concerns Sunderland heritage space could become anti-social behaviour hotspot

Plans to transform a Sunderland city centre green space into a heritage-themed hub have been criticised over fears the site could attract anti-social behaviour.

Crime
The proposed new dual carriageway in Sunderland.

Anger at council plans to spend £11.8m on new Sunderland dual carriageway

Liberal Democrats on Wearside have reacted with fury at the news that Sunderland City Council will ask councillors to approve an £11.8million spend on a new road linking the Northern Spire bridge and the city centre.

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Traffic on the northbound A19 backed-up due to a accident on the approach to Testo's Roundabout.

Vow to keep up pressure and make A19 a safer route

A North East MP has vowed to keep up pressure on the Government to take action to make the A19 safer.

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Durham students are drain on communities and give little back, claims councillor

Durham students are drain on communities and give little back, claims councillor

Students in Durham are a drain on communities and contribute little back in return, according to a county councillor.

Education
The Northern Spire bridge

Opening of Sunderland’s Northern Spire Bridge could be ‘invite only’ event

An event marking the opening of Sunderland’s Northern Spire Bridge could limit public attendance with an “invite only”policy, a meeting has heard.

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