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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bus drivers’ strike action started on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and continues as tensions between a bus company and a trade union continue to escalate. Almost 200 Stagecoach employed bus drivers went on a planned strike after the trade union GMB rejected a pay deal.  Workers were enraged as they consider they have been offered […]

A 67-year-old has been taken into custody over reports of “malicious communication”. The man remains under police watch following reports of “malicious communication” which led to the evacuation and temporary closure of City Hall and other parts of the city centre. The Northumbria Police confirmed a 67-year-old man had been arrested following an investigation into […]

Sunderland City Hall has been evacuated and surrounding roads temporarily closed as a precaution following a “credible threat” received today. A release issued online by authorities said staff members are working with the police force to get the situation under control. The statement also said services and businesses will operate as usual. “City Hall has […]

A University of Sunderland expert has called for tougher policies from tech giants to increase online safety.  Dr Derek Watson’s call comes as pressure mounts for an Online Safety Bill which is currently making its way through the House of Commons after the tragic death of London teenager Molly Russell.  Molly’s death sent shock waves […]


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