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At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

Great North Run: Kenenisa Bekele ready to test Mo Farah on capital streets after win

Ethiopian edges out Briton in Great North Run and seeks rematch in London Marathon

Great North Run gets underway in wet and windy conditions

The Great North Run has got underway in wet and windy conditions, with more than 50,000 people setting off from Newcastle this morning.

Kinnear's appointment as Newcastle's director of football sent shock waves through the club

Joe Kinnear insists he is 'head and shoulders' above every other director of football in Premier League

Former manager also claims he was at Wimbledon for 10 years

Labour's return from the local elections shows a party that has missed the electorate's sweet-spot

The last few weeks have been disastrous for Miliband. And this was no turnaround

Don’t drop the ball: Nick Clegg and David Cameron in Wandsworth in March

Queen's Speech: David Cameron urged not to move UK to the right

The huge gains by the UK Independence Party have rattled Tory and Lib Dem grassroots

Analysis: Coalition may have its troubles after Ukip's rise - but Ed Miliband still has to prove he can capitalise on them

Many a Conservative MP feared the worst when the local ballot boxes were opened. Their concerns were fully realised.

Nigel Farage campaigning in South Shields

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Paolo Di Canio? He’s a bit right-wing for me - Nigel Farage outflanked by Sunderland boss

Pensioner Angela Hay was in shock. She had been sitting on a bench in South Shields’ King Street, enjoying the sunshine, when Nigel Farage and Ukip’s parliamentary by-election candidate Richard Elvin, along with assorted TV crews, descended on her.

This February, Marta Andreasen became the third MEP to quit Ukip in two years

Ex-MEP Marta Andreasen claims Ukip peddles ‘lies’ as high-profile Tory MP Priti Patel's father announces he is standing for election

Former MEP claims Nigel Farage is to blame for failing to vet candidates with far-right links

Man faces British court over 'Facebook threats to kill 200 in US'

A British man who allegedly posted on Facebook threats to kill 200 people in America appeared before a crown court judge today.

The real Simon Brodkin, English comedian

TV comic Lee Nelson pulls out of race for David Miliband's former Parliamentary seat

TV comedian Lee Nelson has withdrawn his nomination to stand in the South Shields by-election.

Lord Heseltine

Andy McSmith's Diary: Dry eyes for Lord Heseltine?

The news that Margaret Thatcher’s old nemesis, Michael Heseltine, will be at her funeral is an excuse to replay the story that the Tory MP Conor Burns told the Commons a couple of years ago.

Chuka Umunna has apologised for any offence caused by a complaint that London's nightclubs were 'full of trash'

Andy McSmith's Diary: Chuka Umunna and George Osborne made it a good day for trivial political gaffes which don't really matter very much

An increasing number of people are learning the hard lesson that whatever goes up on the internet stays there. The latest is the high-flying Labour MP Chuka Umunna who joined an online club called ASmallWorld when he was 27 years old, and posted a lament about the trouble he was having finding somewhere cool to go out for the evening in London’s West End, when all the venues seemed to be full of “trash and C-list wannabes.”

David Miliband resigns from Sunderland board after Di Canio is hired

South Shields MP cites 'past political statements' of manager who once claimed to be a 'fascist'

Steven Fletcher scored twice more for Sunderland on Saturday

Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole deliver Sunderland huge blow in relegation fight

The pair will not be available for the season run-in

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband talks to reporters at his home in London

A new path for David Miliband as allies ask: where would Labour be with him instead of Ed?

Tony Blair leads New Labour calls for beaten brother to return to politics one day

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