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John Marshall: a man of principle

Yvonne Wancke

John Marshall, my dad, was born in 1935 in the east end of Newcastle. He was evacuated for some of World War 11 to a big house on the outskirts of Carlisle. I remember my granny (his mam) telling me that she told his older brother, George (my uncle) to keep hold of his hand […]

Community wealth-building: a North East revolution

Julia Mazza

Imagine a local council policy that aims to reverse the North East’s economic malaise, that directs money and jobs to the people most in need. It’s already here, the town hall revolution is happening in Labour councils across the North East, from Newcastle to Stockton.  Community wealth-building is a toolkit of measures to help councils make the […]


Interview with Ray Laidlaw from Lindisfarne

Graham Clark

Ray Laidlaw was the drummer in Lindisfarne up until 2003. With the BBC4 documentary on Alan Hull , interest in the north east band has been ignited again.  I spoke to Ray about the band, Alan Hull and of course those famous Top of the Pops appearances. Do you think Alan got the recognition he […]

No-one should have to rely on foodbanks

Stephen Lambert

The independent economics think tank, the Resolution Foundation, points out the cost of living both in the North-East and elsewhere in the country continues to rise. In Newcastle 41% of children are growing up in poverty. This is up by 13% since 2014/15 with thousands of residents, many in work on poverty pay, relying on […]

Newcastle City Council: doing its bit to tackle climate change

Stephen Lambert

Climate change is the largest crisis facing the planet. What the global north and much of the south do in the next decade to limit emissions will be critical to the world’s future. Newcastle City Council is doing its bit to tackle climate change. As lead experts tells us – we need to act now. […]

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service: a great career choice

Robina Jacobson

One quick look at their website gives an insight into life in the workplaces which make up Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). Listed on the ‘about us’ page are gold awards from the ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’, ‘Investors in People’, and ‘Better Health at Work’, alongside awards for diversity […]

Is levelling up a slogan or a policy?

Sally Young

In the last few months we have kept hearing about this government’s promise of levelling up. Is this a slogan or a policy? Let’s look at what is really happening. In all honesty, I’ve never been particularly impressed by the idea of HS2. £100 billion would have been better spent by giving the UK’s top […]

“Brexit isn’t working” says Newcastle

Yvonne Wancke

Brexit isn’t working is the message of North East residents, who took to the streets of Newcastle this weekend to protest against the local impact of the recent HGV and supply chain crisis. Campaigners from North East for Europe spoke to members of the public at Grey’s Monument on Saturday about shortages of goods and […]

“Brexit isn’t working” event in Newcastle today

North East Bylines

North East residents will be on the streets of Newcastle today to protest against the local impact of the recent HGV and supply chain crisis. Campaigners from North East for Europe will be speaking to members of the public at Grey’s Monument on Saturday 20 November about shortages of goods and the difficulties faced by […]


A letter to the local Conservatives…

Anne Greaves

I received a questionnaire from my local Tory Party basically looking for ammunition against our Labour run council. So I sent them this letter… Dear Tories Personally I am more concerned about a Tory government that is debasing our democracy and stealing our rights so it can stay in power permanently. 1. Handing over millions […]

A successful bonfire night in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

Carol Westall

Fireworks in Allendale Many of us enjoyed the fireworks, the great fire, food trucks, the presence of fire fighters and shortage of incidents requiring them. The Lions event was much appreciated. Firefighters across the rest of Northumberland had a busy Bonfire night and handled 343 calls. Northumberland County Council said: “Crews attended 60 bonfires across […]

Does your ‘honourable’ MP represent your values?

Yvonne Wancke

Only last week the government voted to change the rules on parliamentary standards. This was a direct attempt to save one of their own from a parliamentary suspension due to wrongdoing. Just how honourable are our ‘honourable’ members? In a typical U-turn, the government then back-tracked. This was followed swiftly by the resignation of Owen […]

North East MPs hopeful despite Leamside pushback

North East Bylines

Last week the final round of successful bids from the Restoring Your Railways programme were announced by the Government in the Spending Review. Sadly, one of the unsuccessful bids was the bid to re-open the Leamside rail line. This was sponsored by Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, and Paul Howell, MP for Sedgefield.  […]

NUFC takeover: a statement from Newcastle Amnesty Local Group

North East Bylines

As part of the major organisation campaigning on human rights worldwide, Newcastle Amnesty Local Group are of course concerned about the serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the NUFC takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. At the same time we understand and share Newcastle fans’ excitement at the […]

Education Uncovered

Education Uncovered: BTECs and hidden funding cuts

Connor Lamb

With the end of a difficult and chaotic 2021 in sight, it is time to explore the things that happened in the education sector this year that did not get the needed attention due to the pandemic.  This is Education, Uncovered. Nationwide, less than 5% of white students from working class backgrounds are represented at […]

BOX SETNorth East History

The path to safety in North East coal mines, 1800 – 1850

Audrey Marshall
A photo of a mine shaft head wheel

Without coal, Britain’s Industrial Revolution would have been impossible, The steam engine could not have operated without it; the iron industry demanded it. Coal was in fact at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. In this North East History series, Audrey Marshall takes a look at the issues of safety and eventual legislation for […]

Supporting refugees in the North East: launch of ANEW

North East Bylines
a photo of a sign saying refugees welcome

A group of volunteers in the North East are working to support and resettle refugee families who find a home in our region. The ANEW team (that’s Amnesty North East Welcomes) must raise funds, find suitable accommodation and work for at least one year – if not two – on integrating the new arrivals into life here in the […]