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.”
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Friday 09 March 2012
It is described as 'shabby', 'unremarkable' and 'in dire need of updating', but an end of terrace house in Northumberland has drawn an unusual level of interest thanks to a refreshingly honest 'warts and all' description from estate agents.
Wednesday 15 February 2012
David Cameron will today give his support to the use of "drunk tanks" – mobile police cells to hold intoxicated revellers until they sober up.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
Darlington have been saved from liquidation at the eleventh hour after a rescue group pledged £50,000 to ensure their survival for the next three games.
Monday 16 January 2012
The administrators of Darlington today made all the club's playing and coaching staff redundant with immediate effect.
Thursday 05 January 2012
Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has been rewarded for his early-season form with a two-year contract extension.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
A Crown Court judge who stormed out of court after being convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog will not face disciplinary action.
Tuesday 06 December 2011
The Government today confirmed that it would be delaying an announcement on whether to go ahead with the HS2 high-speed rail project.
Friday 21 October 2011
Police have launched an inquiry after a Student Loans Company office had to be evacuated when a member of staff opened an envelope and white powder came out.
Friday 26 August 2011
Saturday 20 August 2011
A murder investigation is under way after a 77-year-old woman was found dead, police said.
Sunday 07 August 2011
The north of England was braced for serious damage last night as heavy and intense rain caused localised flooding, blocked drains and prompted hundreds of calls to emergency services.
Saturday 06 August 2011
A large swathe of northern England was put on flood alert today as a heavy band of rain threatened to cause disruption.
Monday 06 June 2011
The north-east town saw off Braunschweig, Bydgoszcz and Ostrava to host European athletics' flagship team event for the first time after staging its predecessor, the SPAR European Cup, in 1989 and 2000.
Saturday 07 May 2011
Thursday 10 February 2011
A coroner warned today about the dangers of the drug mephedrone after two young men who were discovered hanging were later found to have taken it.
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