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Rishi Sunak’s appointment as Prime Minister has been criticised as “undemocratic” by North East Labour MPs. The former chancellor was selected by more than 180 Conservative MPs to succeed Liz Truss as Tory leader. This announcement sparked mixed reactions across the North East, but Labour MPs were united in their disapproval. Newcastle Central MP Chi […]

Spark have received 16 nominations at 2022’s Student Radio Awards. The nominations were announced this weekend, with Spark taking away the joint-most number of nominations out of all featuring stations, including Best Student Radio Station. Station Manager Richard Berry said: “I think this is the most nominations we’ve ever had, which considering the year we’ve […]

Reports from The Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the Government may U-turn on its commitment for a smoke-free UK by 2035.  The initial smoking action plan, proposed in the Conservative 2019 manifesto may have been called into question by the current health secretary Thérèse Coffey, according to Whitehall insiders. Those same sources have suggested that […]

  Spark have picked up four nominations, including Station of the Year, at this year’s Community Radio Awards. The awards recognise the great work done within community radio stations across the country. Making the shortlist alongside four other community stations for Station of the Year, there’s also individual nominations for Megan Hayward for Young Person […]

It’s the end of an era as Sunderland City Council has axed the Annual Sunderland International Airshow due to the climate crisis. In recent years it has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the council has now permanently shelved the event blaming the climate crisis and cost.  Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland Council, […]

Forecasting suggests that the NHS could see more than a “twindemic” this winter, with respiratory diseases potentially filling up to half of all hospital beds nationwide.   The 24/7 “care traffic control centres” are anticipated to be built in every local area as part of the Government’s winter preparation plan, which intends to assist the […]

Residents in Tyne and Wear have reacted to calls for the UK Prime Minister to resign. This comes after Liz Truss apologised for her Government’s mistakes and moving “too fast”. The pressure to leave office intensified following a proposed U-turn from tax cuts and ex-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s sacking which raised questions of credibility in her […]

The North East no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the UK, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Data released by the ONS reveals that unemployment levels in the region have fallen to a record low of 4.4%. Previously, the region’s figures sat at 4.7% earlier this year but […]


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