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A student working in Dublin has spoken of the ‘panic’ as staff and shoppers were placed in lockdown while looters destroyed buildings and vehicles in a series of riots.  Last week’s riots occurred after a stabbing in the city left five people injured, including three young children. Those behind the ensuing looting, arson and violence […]

The leader of Sunderland Council has blasted measures in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement as a “disgrace” and accused the Government of trying to “con the British people.” Councillor Graeme Miller spoke exclusively to Spark after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced cuts to taxes and reforms to benefits as the Government gave its clearest hint yet that […]

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement today, which provides the government the opportunity to outline its proposed spending plans. He announced 110 measures to help grow the economy, and Spark has picked out five key points and what they mean. National Living Wage rises to £11.44 Mr Hunt announced a rise in the National […]

Five North East Labour MPs and one independent have signed a Parliamentary Motion calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine. The motion, which was orchestrated by Leeds East MP Richard Burgon, calls for the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary to “urgently press all parties to agree to an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities” […]

A North East activist has described how he completed a huge 1,600-mile walk to Istanbul in a show of support for Palestine. Mick Bowman, 65, of Throckley, Newcastle, set out from Calais on April 16 and devoted the following five months to walking until he arrived in Palestine in late September – just days before […]

October is most known for its Autumn leaves and its spooky celebrations but this time of year is also very important to the Black community – with Black History Month being celebrated throughout the month. The celebration honours and acknowledges the historical achievements and contributions of Black individuals to British society, culture, and history. The […]

Footballer turned businessman Gary Neville has called for a “reset” in British politics following the Labour Party conference. The football pundit and Labour Party member spoke at an event at Sunderland Business Festival, where he questioned the Government’s handling of policies impacting the North East. “I’m just working on the theory that, you know, how […]

In a joint statement, Labour candidate for North East Mayor Kim McGuinness and northern union leaders have condemned Rishi Sunak’s announcement about the scrapping of HS2. McGuinness, the current Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, and union leaders have accused the government of prioritising the capital over the rest of the North. She said: “Today we […]


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