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Richard Moss, Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

This is the home of my irreverent - but hopefully insightful - northern take on reporting politics for Look North and Sunday Politics

North East poll backs move of powers to local areas

  • 5 November 2014
  • From the section England
Angel of the North
Ten years ago voters in the North East rejected a regional assembly

A new BBC poll suggests people in the North East are the strongest supporters of handing more power to local areas in England.

The survey carried out by ComRes indicates that 85% of people in the region favour handing powers over tax, policing and education down to more local decision-makers.

Polls did though initially suggest similar enthusiasm for devolution in 2004. But when North East voters were asked if they wanted a regional assembly, 78% rejected the idea.

Flow of talent

The poll suggests the region is the most concerned in England about an overconcentration of resources and talent in London.

Read full article North East poll backs move of powers to local areas

English devolution - the options

  • 3 November 2014
  • From the section England
England flag flying from a car
Is it time devolution spread to England?

The fall-out from the Scottish referendum has ignited a debate on English devolution. But how might it happen?

Forms of devolution

Firstly - what are the options?

Read full article English devolution - the options

Push on for city powers - but what about the voters?

  • 23 October 2014
  • From the section England
North East Combined Authority meeting
A vision of the future? North East Combined Authority members meet in Newcastle

I was given a glimpse of the future this week, but it wasn't flying cars or teleportation.

Instead it was seven councillors in a room making decisions.

Read full article Push on for city powers - but what about the voters?

Northern Tories look to party for devolution answers

  • 26 September 2014
  • From the section England
Scottish Saltire and English St George's flag flying side-by-side
The promise of greater powers for Scotland has caused concern in England

North East Conservatives are not an endangered species as such, but they are a select bunch, and their MPs are even thinner on the ground.

There are two in the region at the moment - Stockton South's James Wharton and Hexham's Guy Opperman.

Read full article Northern Tories look to party for devolution answers

Ministers accused of letting nurseries 'wither on vine'

  • 15 September 2014
  • From the section England
Children and staff in nursery school
Oxclose Nursery School in Washington is one of a number of council nurseries with an outstanding record

They are a hugely successful part of our school system - yet the government has been accused of letting local education authority nursery schools "wither on the vine".

More than 60 have closed over the last decade, and a recent survey by an early years campaign group suggested only 12% of the 418 state-funded nurseries that survive were optimistic about their future.

Read full article Ministers accused of letting nurseries 'wither on vine'

Northern England waits for Scottish independence vote

  • 12 September 2014
  • From the section England
Flags

With the result on a knife-edge, the people of the North East and Cumbria are waking up to the possibility that what may have seemed a symbolic border with Scotland could soon become a real one.

The border counties of England have plenty in common with their northern neighbours.

Read full article Northern England waits for Scottish independence vote

Breast cancer drug stand-off "not helping patients"

  • 13 August 2014
  • From the section England
Pharmaceutical production line
The breast cancer drug Kadcyla rolls off the production line

The decision that breast cancer drug Kadcyla wouldn't be available routinely on the NHS understandably hit the headlines on TV, radio and in the press.

It seemed to pitch drug giant Roche against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the group which decides what treatments the health service can afford.

Read full article Breast cancer drug stand-off "not helping patients"

Can Osborne deliver on northern powerhouse pledge?

  • 27 June 2014
  • From the section England
George Osborne
George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse

George Osborne has spoken about creating a northern powerhouse in the region's towns and cities.

At the heart of that was the idea of a new HS3 high speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester.

Read full article Can Osborne deliver on northern powerhouse pledge?

The strange death of the Conservative working vote

  • 13 June 2014
  • From the section England
Conservative club members in Seaham playing and watching snooker
Conservative club members in Seaham are keen on snooker but not so impressed by the current party leadership

On the face of it, Seaham is not a town where you'd expect to find many Tories.

This former mining community in County Durham has had Labour MPs for almost a century now. It's in one of the party's safest seats.

Read full article The strange death of the Conservative working vote

European Commissioner warning to North East on EU exit

  • 4 May 2014
  • From the section England
Johannes Hahn
EU regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn says grants have helped create thousands of jobs

A European Union commissioner has warned that if the UK were to leave the EU, the North East of England could be hit harder than other parts of the country.

Regional policy commissioner Johannes Hahn told BBC's Sunday Politics that less developed regions like the North East would be likely to suffer more if Britain was outside the EU.

Read full article European Commissioner warning to North East on EU exit

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About Richard

Richard is the political editor for the North East and Cumbria.

He has worked for the BBC since 1997, and has worked as a journalist in the region for 20 years.

He's interviewed three Prime Ministers and hundreds of other politicians, covering everything from parish councils to US presidential elections.

Richard grew up near Cockermouth in Cumbria, and now lives in the North East.

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