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Transport cash funding targeted by MPs upset over region’s share

North East MPs have hit out at the Government with a claim it has lumped together our region with the North West to mask its lack of investment in our transport systems.

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Our MP is angry at planned Tory cuts to free school meals.

Sharon Hodgson: Tory Government has no consideration for children’s futures

Supporting children in their formative years has always been a passion of mine and an area which I have helped push during my time as an MP.

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Alex Hopkins, former chief executive of Together for Children.

Sunderland children's services spend £7.7million on agency staff as top boss resigns

Sunderland's struggling children's services organisation spent £7.7m on temps in a year it has emerged.
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Sunderland's household waste recycling site at Beach Street

Cabinet approves plans for new Sunderland recycling centre as part of £60million extra spending

Sunderland council bosses are ploughing millions of pounds into keeping the city’s streets clean.

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Here's when benefits will be paid over the Christmas period.

Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid early - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially, but it's especially tough if you're relying on benefits.
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Liberal Democrat campaigner Martin Haswell

Cut Sunderland councillors’ allowances and save £250,000 say Lib Dems

A cash cut for councillors has been proposed to ease the strain on the city’s purse strings by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May, met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker early Friday morning following crucial overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

What happens next with Brexit?

Now that the European Commission has agreed that "sufficient progress" has been made on the UK's EU withdrawal deal, what happens next?
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Theresa May has to satisfy demands from the Irish and the Democratic Unionist Party for Brexit talks to progress. Picture by PA

Brexit talks can finally move on to trade and future relationship between UK and EU after deal agreed

The European Commission has announced that "sufficient progress" has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks.
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NHS funding concerns.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Improvements must be made in patient care

Over the last two years, I’ve worked as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to hold the government to account on how taxpayers’ money is spent across a range of areas, from schools to hospitals, and security to social care.

Health
Our new Local Democracy reporters will be covering meetings at Sunderland Civic Centre

Sunderland Echo and BBC unveil new Democracy Reporter partnership

The Sunderland Echo and BBC today unveil exciting plans to improve coverage of local democracy across Wearside and South Tyneside.
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Prime Minister Theresa May.

Two due in court charged with plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May, according to reports

Two men are due in court on terror charges on Wednesday after reportedly plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister.

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High Street West, Sunderland.

‘We want a tidier Sunderland’ - Your priorities as Big City survey results revealed

We want to see a smarter Sunderland – that’s your number one objective for the city.

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Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott (centre) with other members of the campaign

Sunderland MP Julie Elliott backs woman’s pension campaign

A Sunderland MP is backing calls for Government support for Wearside women affected by changes to the State Pension age.

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UKIP councillor Richard Elvin.

Labour loses overall majority on town council following by-elections

Labour has lost its overall majority on a Wearside town council for the first time in its 43-year history.

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Fawcett Street, Sunderland

Owners of historic buildings hit with improvement orders in action on Sunderland street

The owners of three buildings in a city centre street have been served with improvement notices by Sunderland City Council.

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MP Sharon Hodgson is a long-standing campaigner against ticket touting.

Sunderland MP Sharon Hodgson welcomes crackdown on ticket touting sites

Campaigning Sunderland MP Sharon Hodgson has welcomed an industry watchdog's clampdown on the sale of event tickets at inflated prices.
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Ian Prescott, Councillor Carl Marshall, Seaham Town Councillor Leanne Kennedy and Seaham and Durham County Councillor and County Durham Housing Group board member, Kevin Shaw, site manager Steve Cheal, from Arrowbuild, and Ian Heginbottom, land and partnerships manager for Keepmoat Homes North East.

Work starts on new housing estate as part of £16m plan

Construction work has started on a development which will see 116 new houses to Seaham.

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A scene from the Battle of Orgreave, which saw police and miners clash on the picket lines.

Community charity says students' Miners' Strike event was the 'act of a mindless few'

A charity which helps struggling people who live in the former pit towns and villages has spoken out about a university rugby team's Miners vs Thatcher event.
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Revealed: How much Sunderland City Council made from parking in last five years

Sunderland City Council’s parking operation has made a profit for the first time in five years, according to new figures from one of the country’s leading motoring organisations.

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