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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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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.

'Drunk tanks' and minimum prices to help Britain sober up

David Cameron will today give his support to the use of "drunk tanks" – mobile police cells to hold intoxicated revellers until they sober up.

Darlington have a 25,000 capacity stadium

Darlington saved for the short term

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.

Darlington have a 25,000 capacity stadium

Darlington administrators sack all players and coaching staff

The administrators of Darlington today made all the club's playing and coaching staff redundant with immediate effect.

Jack Colback has signed a two-year extension

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback signs new deal

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has been rewarded for his early-season form with a two-year contract extension.

Dog bite judge will not face action

A Crown Court judge who stormed out of court after being convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog will not face disciplinary action.

High-speed rail decision delayed

The Government today confirmed that it would be delaying an announcement on whether to go ahead with the HS2 high-speed rail project.

Student Loans office evacuated

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.

Richard Darlington: Don’t promise what you can’t deliver on immigration

Before the election, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats said immigration was out of control; afterwards, they said they would cut it dramatically. Neither was true.

Woman, 77, found murdered

A murder investigation is under way after a 77-year-old woman was found dead, police said.

North braced for floods

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.

Northern England put on flood alert

A large swathe of northern England was put on flood alert today as a heavy band of rain threatened to cause disruption.

Gateshead to host 2013 European Team Championships

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.

Quakers head for revival meeting at Wembley

After years of darkness, the FA Trophy final offers light to Darlington fans such as Stephen Brenkley

'Suicidal tendencies' warning over mephedrone

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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