News George Osborne is said to have paid £100 an hour to be trained by a Harley Street vocal specialist during his days as shadow Chancellor

George Osborne is said to have paid £100 an hour to be trained by a Harley Street vocal specialist during his days as shadow Chancellor, to help him sound weighty and authoritative. But did he get his money’s worth? After listening to the Chancellor’s speech on Monday, the Labour MP Jamie Reed seemed to think not. He tweeted: “Can someone please reintroduce Osborne to ‘t’ as a consonant? Cos I godda dell ya, that speech made me wanna scream.”

A block of flats in Newburn, Newcastle had to be evacuated after floods washed away its foundations

Flooded communities counting costs of storms

Communities in flooded parts of the UK are counting the cost of the most intense September storm for 30 years as swollen river levels start to recede.

Designer and architectural historian Charles Jencks

1,300ft sculpture of reclining woman sculpted into Northumbria landscape

A 1,300ft-long reclining woman which is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape is to open to the public next month.

Lives Remembered: Brian Dobson, Archaeologist and noted authority on Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall is not an easy monument to interpret. Its very size suggests that its sole purpose was defence, but study of the archaeological remains leads to a more subtle view in which frontier control and the mobility of the Roman army in the whole of the frontier zone played a part.

Newcastle council worker charged with voyeurism and child pornography offences after allegedly hiding cameras in public places

A council worker has been charged with voyeurism and making indecent images of children in offences alleged to involve hiding cameras in public places.

Family plea after missing teenager Rachel Wilson's body found

The family of a teenager murdered after going missing a decade ago made an emotional plea today as police confirmed they had found her body.

Poorest areas hit hardest by escalating childcare costs

Child trust fund provider calls for government action as report reveals stark regional disparities

Ministers visits area hit by floods

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will visit the North East of England today as home-owners, businesses and the insurance industry count the cost of a major clean-up operation after freak storms hit the country.

Wage subsidies scheme moved forward

Wage subsidies for firms taking on young workers are to be brought forward in areas with the highest levels of long-term youth unemployment.

Recall over flawed smear tests

About 1,000 women have been called back to a North East surgery amid concerns that smear tests taken over the past 24 years were botched, health officials said today.

Nose in front: Savannah Marshall had to survive a torrid third round in China

Boxing: Marshall grabs historic gold

Savannah Marshall can dominate her sport for years to come after being crowned Great Britain's first women's boxing world champion here in China.

Beaches fly flag for England

An increasing number of England's beaches have won Blue Flag awards this year, bringing the country into the top 10 worldwide.

Body of missing boy, 8, discovered

Police have confirmed that a body found in a river is that of missing schoolboy Ian Bell.

Still no sign of eight-year-old boy after river plunge, hopes 'fading'

Police scouring a swollen river for a missing eight-year-old boy said hopes of finding him alive were "fading" as the operation stretched into a fourth day.

Five held over internet 'racism'

Five suspected far-right extremists were arrested by counter-terror detectives today after race-hate material was posted online.

Woman in stand-off with bomb squad

A tense eight-hour stand-off between a 40-year-old woman and armed police backed up by an army bomb disposal unit at a seaside town ended with her being arrested under the Mental Health Act last night.

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