First 100 days of Theresa May: How new PM has broken away from David Cameron's path

In her first 100 days as Prime Minister, Theresa May has broken away from David Cameron's policy agenda in several key areas.
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From the Northumberland Gazette.

Claimant count up, but unemployment down in North East

The claimant count in Northumberland is up compared to last year, but unemployment is down and employment is up across the North East.

Green hearts featuring the concerns and ideas of the members of Rothbury WI with regards to climate change.

Women flag up climate-change issues

Women from a WI branch in north Northumberland have held a brainstorming session on climate change to thrash out concerns and to suggest possible solutions.

Pupils from St Benet Biscops Catholic Academy, Bedlington, and Amble's James Calvert Spence College with Northumberland County Council's business chairman Scott Dickinson.

Northumberland pupils join the debate

More than 200 pupils took part in an interactive session with local councillors at County Hall, Morpeth, to mark Local Democracy Week.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes her keynote address on the fourth day of the Conservative party conference at the ICC in Birmingham. Picture by Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Conference gives clearer picture of PM

There has been such a sea-change in politics of late that it is often difficult to stop, step back and consider how much has changed over the past few months, and to look ahead at what is to come.

Alex Cunningham MP, far right, at a recent conference on tobacco and alcohol.

Call for Government to publish tobacco plan

Calls from a group of MPs for the Government to publish its promised new Tobacco Control Plan without further delay have been welcomed by campaign group Fresh.

The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the Public Accounts Select Committee.

Berwick MP raises Northumberland County Council's borrowing during inquiry

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has raised the extent of Northumberland County Council’s capital borrowing during an inquiry into the financial stability of local authorities.
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Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Jeremy Hunt and NHS Northumbria's Claire Riley.

ROTHBURY WARD CLOSURE: Berwick MP raises issue with Health Secretary

MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has flagged up concerns about the closure of the inpatient ward at Rothbury to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

How should the UK leave the EU?

What’s the difference between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit?

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been keen to reiterate that “Brexit means Brexit”. But, despite her insistence, at least two types of Brexit are being discussed: “hard” and “soft”. They relate to the type of deal that the UK negotiates with the EU. A significant reason for the delay in triggering the Article 50 process of withdrawal is to give the government time to work out what deal it wants and what position to take in its negotiations with the EU over leaving.
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Members of the Berwick WASPI group campaigning in Amble.

Council backs pensions campaigners in row with Government

Northumberland County Council is to press the Government over its ‘failure’ to give adequate notice on changes to retirement dates for women.

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Queen Elizabeth II sits beside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh,  delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster. Picture by Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Many ways to reform this institution

Did you get a gong at the last ding dong when David Cameron became the first Prime Minister in a generation to announce a resignation honours list by using a mechanism previously rejected by both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – a list that was branded by the Opposition and the media as cronyism?

The Berwick WASPI group was well represented at the protest at the Houses of Parliament earlier this year.

WASPI campaigners continue their pensions fight

Women fighting for a fairer deal on their pensions are hoping to add the support of the county council to that of their MP.

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Devolution deal back on for North of Tyne?

A devolution deal for the North East could be back on – but only involving Northumberland and the two other authorities which backed it earlier this month.

Jeremy Middleton

New commission set up after collapse of North East devolution deal

A North East Devolution Commission has been founded to explore ideas for the region’s future following the collapse of the devolution deal.

Rothbury Community Hospital

Catching up with the constituents

Parliament has returned before a break for the conference season. For me, that means the opportunity to continue my constituency tour throughout September, holding open surgeries in as many towns, villages and hamlets as I can – all details of locations are on my website.

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One of the County Hall for sale signs with the addition of the September 7 deadline for best and final bids.

Council leaders pleased with ‘high-quality’ offers for County Hall site

Northumberland County Council’s Labour administration has stated that a ‘bigger than expected windfall for residents’ is likely to result from redeveloping County Hall in Morpeth.

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UKIP's Jonathan Arnott, MEP for North East England

‘Any regression will result in failure’, says Ukip in Alnwick

The Alnwick branch of Ukip expressed its disappointment after North East MEP Jonathan Arnott withdrew from the party’s leadership contest.

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David Cameron with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, outside 10 Downing Street in London before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. Picture by Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Reflecting on seismic events in politics

A week is a long time in politics.

UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott

North East MEP stands down from UKIP leadership race

Jonathan Arnott, UKIP's MEP for the North East, is standing down from the party’s leadership campaign.

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