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Kim McGuinness, who is representing Labour in the upcoming North East mayoral election, has outlined her three main priorities if she was to be elected. She told Spark that she would focus on “Job creation, from the foundational economy with measures to support the high street to green engineering jobs backed by a Mayoral Development […]

North East mayoral candidate Kim McGuinness has called for “real, long-term investment” in the region following Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Budget announcement. In the Budget, announced on Wednesday, Hunt made a brief mention of the North East’s “trailblazer” devolution scheme. A 37-page document outlined that the region would see funding for a Sunderland-based TV and film […]

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting outlines Labour’s plan to reform the National Health Service should the party be elected to power at the next general election.  Mr Streeting was speaking at the Labour North Conference in Newcastle, which took place last month.  Adam Foster reports from the University of Newcastle. 

Amid the stark realities of the ongoing Gaza crisis, a beacon of hope emerged in Newcastle as Jeremy Corbyn, a steadfast advocate for Palestinian rights, took centre stage. Newcastle played host to a fervent discussion on peace and solidarity amidst the tumultuous landscape of the Middle East. On February 11, PalesTyne, a Palestinian support group […]

A North East MP who is rumoured to be a potential challenger to PM Rishi Sunak has received a large campaign donation, Spark can reveal. According to the Register of MPs’ interests, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Sir Simon Clarke, who has not previously declared interest in leadership of the Conservative Party, received a […]

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 […]

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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